Dessert, Sweet

Chocolate Blueberry Pavlova

Last weekend I celebrated a milestone birthday and had a wonderful party, joined by many of the friends we've made in this lovely place we now call home. Being me, of course there had to be a cake, but being summer, a fresh dessert was also called for. The original recipe is from Nigella Lawson's… Continue reading Chocolate Blueberry Pavlova


Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

I made this dish a while ago and as with many recipes, I decided to change it a bit here and there, combining two I'd found that were very similar. The end result was just as I had imagined, a light meatiness with a touch of zing from the chilli and lemon, with the fresh… Continue reading Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

Light Meals, Savoury

Tomato Mascarpone Tart

As our family holiday draws to a close and we reflect on all the wonderful times we've spent together and the new memories we've made, what better way to relax ┬áthan to pack a picnic and enjoy more time together in one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks. Whether Winter, Summer, Spring or Autumn, we often… Continue reading Tomato Mascarpone Tart


Apple and Cinnamon Water

This has got to be my favourite summer drink. A friend shared an article about this combination a few weeks ago on Facebook and as with everything I read on Facebook, I take it with a pinch of salt (not literally in this case :)) as you never quite know how truthful the "facts" are.… Continue reading Apple and Cinnamon Water

Light Meals

Steak Rolls

I know I keep going on about Summer, but we're enjoying a wonderful one at the moment and special family time together at home. My husband loves to braai (BBQ) and cannot only cook enough food for us for one meal, he believes that while the fire is good, cook a heap of meat so… Continue reading Steak Rolls