Drinks, Light Meals

Winter Green Smoothie

As another Winter draws to a close and I feel the first itchiness of a good Spring-clean coming on, I realised that this must be the first Winter in many years that I haven't, at some point, been ill enough to need antibiotics. My next thought was how ridiculously unhealthy have I been in the past? But… Continue reading Winter Green Smoothie


Lemon Surprise Cupcakes

This morning I've woken to see blossoms appearing on our plum tree, and with Spring just around the corner that's to be expected, but is always heart warming to be part of the cyclical journey of the seasons. Technology has allowed me to chat with my parents in South Africa, read an email from my sister-in-law… Continue reading Lemon Surprise Cupcakes


No-bake Chocolate Peanut Slice

Sugar or sugar-free? I have to admit that I'm getting so tired of listening to debates about the pro's and con's of sugar in all it's various forms. Tired of seeing programmes advertised on TV about the growing epidemic of obesity. What happened to enjoying a well-balanced life? Isn't it common sense anymore? Come on… Continue reading No-bake Chocolate Peanut Slice

Light Meals, Soup

Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Soup

Last night was cold. Perhaps not as cold as some places in this world, but cold for Auckland. We woke to find frost glistening on the grass in the early morning sunlight. I love the sharpness of the summer sunshine, but to wake to a beautiful clear blue sky brightened by the weakened rays of… Continue reading Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Soup

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Kitchen Sink Cookies

This wonderful name comes from the idiom "everything but the kitchen sink" meaning that these cookies have a very long list of ingredients, that practically everything has been thrown in that the inventor could think of. Normally I shy away from recipes with long ingredient lists, but this one excites me as with most of my… Continue reading Kitchen Sink Cookies


Meatloaf with Apricot Sauce

I know that Meatloaf is not the most popular dish ever, and you probably think I've returned to the '70's but meatloaf actually pre-dates much of the history of the last 2,000 years, having first shown up in an old Roman cookbook! Many recipes call for the addition of oats or a bread and milk mixture,… Continue reading Meatloaf with Apricot Sauce

Bread, Dessert

Apricot Jam Bread and Butter Pudding

Winter just isn't Winter without good old Bread and Butter Pudding. So easy to make yet so delicious and very versatile so you can change it's flavour depending on the ingredients you have on hand. I love smearing the bread with Apricot Jam as it adds another dimension, but any jam will do, or, stick… Continue reading Apricot Jam Bread and Butter Pudding