Cake Sale / School Fete / Church Bazaar, Christmas, Fudge, Picnic, Tea Time

4-ingredient Chocolate Fudge

Fudge always goes down well, whether for school fétes, church bazaars, fund raisers or "just because...". This was one of those "just because" moments. The freedom of doing something simply because I can and want to is exhilarating and then of course, the simple joy of eating and sharing the fudge afterwards. You need to… Continue reading 4-ingredient Chocolate Fudge

Let's chat, Life

Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Recently myself, and a number of very special friends hosted a Pink Ribbon Morning Tea at a local golf club. These breakfasts/morning tea's are held during May in New Zealand to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation to enable them to continue their research and to cover the cost of tests and treatment.Instead of… Continue reading Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Beef, Light Meals, Soup, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Slow-cooked Beef and Vegetable Soup

With June being Winter Wellness month, what better way to celebrate health and vitality on a cold night than with a hot and filling veggie soup. Packed with flavour, colour and any vegetable in season you can think of, it's a delicious meal on it's own, but I decided to slow-cook gravy beef separately and… Continue reading Slow-cooked Beef and Vegetable Soup

Caramel, Cupcakes, Dessert, Muffins, Pudding, Sauces

Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

Today is June 21st, our Winter Solstice; and what better way to celebrate the shortest day and longest night with a deliciously tasty hot winter pudding smothered in a creamy caramel sauce. And of course a dollop of freshly whipped cream never goes amiss. The combination is very more-ish as we discovered over dinner with friends the… Continue reading Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

Bread, Lunch-box Ideas

Feijoa Banana Bread

With the last of my seasonal feijoas, I made this banana bread. A twist on the original, but with an added depth you don't know you've been missing until you taste this loaf. It looks dense, but it has a beautiful texture which melts on the tongue. I can only attribute that to the feijoa pulp/puree… Continue reading Feijoa Banana Bread

Mains, Pasta, Savoury

Rich Mince Pasta Bake

;Something has happened to my life lately, it is disappearing before my eyes and there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it. I keep getting busier and busier: wake up, school lunch, school drop off, traffic, work, traffic, school pick up, after school activities, afternoon tea, homework, prepare dinner, eat dinner, tidy up… Continue reading Rich Mince Pasta Bake