Cakes, Cupcakes, Sweet

SPCA Cupcake Day – Vanilla Cupcakes

The 26th of August is a very special day in New Zealand - it is the day we bake our hearts out for a fantastic cause known as Cupcake Day and all proceeds from selling cupcakes go to the SPCA, visit to see what it's all about. Last year a lovely lady asked me… Continue reading SPCA Cupcake Day – Vanilla Cupcakes

Fudge, Slices, Sweet

Chocolate Chunky Fudge

My little boy came home from school today asking if we could make chocolate fudge - I, of course, thought that was a great idea!  I am one of the world's great chocolate lovers and can't think when I've turned down or disliked a bit (or a lot) of chocolate in any way, shape or… Continue reading Chocolate Chunky Fudge


Basil, Tomato and Garlic Sauce

This week has been a bit of a crazy one, so I haven't been able to bake ANYTHING and I'm starting to feel withdrawal symptoms!  I've even had to rely on my very versatile tomato sauce for dinner, which is one of my favourite standbys and is delicious on pizza bases, hot dogs, or even… Continue reading Basil, Tomato and Garlic Sauce

Biscuits / Cookies

Best ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever baked a batch of cookies, eagerly awaiting the oven timer to buzz, only to find the cookies have spread into horrible flat crisp-on-the-outside-but-doughy-on-the-inside discs?  There are a number of reasons for this and it is generally easily avoidable.  The most important thing is to make sure your ingredients are at room temperature… Continue reading Best ever Chocolate Chip Cookies


Beef Meatball Ragout

I recently came across an article explaining the differences between Ragout and Ragu.  Not much really, the ingredients and the way they're cooked seem pretty similar except the one originates from France (Ragout) while the other is from northern Italy (Ragu) and is most often served with pasta...surprised?  No, I wasn't either. Wikipedia explains: "The… Continue reading Beef Meatball Ragout