Beginner’s Chocolate Cake with whipped Chocolate Butter Icing

A few years ago I set out on a mission to find the "best" chocolate cake recipes around. And by "best", I meant "best moist cake", "best mud cake", "best cake for kid's parties", etcetera - you get the picture. A chocolaholic like me┬ácan't possibly rely on only one chocolate cake recipe to meet my… Continue reading Beginner’s Chocolate Cake with whipped Chocolate Butter Icing

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas

Chicken Mayonnaise

I was chatting with someone the other day and she had only ever made a chicken mayonnaise mixture for sandwiches with leftover roast chicken or bought deli chicken. It hadn't occurred to her that you could enjoy this tender, tangy savoury filling in under 15 minutes with no leftover chicken, deli or roast, in sight.… Continue reading Chicken Mayonnaise


Pecan Nut Loaf

This delicious little loaf can be prepared and on the table in an hour. It is a mixture of savoury and sweet, with the Pecan nuts adding a crunchy, chewy texture and altogether different flavour. Very tasty, the actual flavour is a little hard to explain, but if you love Pecan nuts, then this loaf… Continue reading Pecan Nut Loaf


Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

I always find that the last few weeks of term are packed to the brim with activities. It's like the school suddenly realises that they had planned to do a number of things during the term and for some reason, they all end up in the last three weeks. Even trying to catch up with… Continue reading Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

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Everyone needs encouragement, whether it's getting through an illness, problems at work, facing up to a new challenge or completely stepping outside of our comfort zones. Today my little boy faces one of his biggest challenges yet. Today he will play in his first recital. I've known the nerves have been there for the last… Continue reading Encouragement

Dessert, Pies, Sweet

Father’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie

To anyone else I imagine that Father's Day and Lemon Meringue Pie don't have much in common, unless your Father is like mine and would eat Lemon Meringue Pie every day of the week if he could. This coming Sunday is Father's Day in New Zealand; the first Sunday in┬áSeptember so I'm sharing this recipe… Continue reading Father’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie