Baking, Chocolate, Lunch-box Ideas, Muffins, Picnic, School Holidays

Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Term 1 has flown by and was quite a shock to the system with the volume of homework increasing from primary school, settling into a new school, an earlier start time and a later finish, new routines. Plus making time for all the extra mural activities...and that's just me! Let alone my poor child! But… Continue reading Banana Choc Chip Muffins

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

Baking, Lunch-box Ideas, Muffins

Feijoa Muffins

As per my Feijoa and Apple Crumble post last week, we're now well into Feijoa season, so I couldn't resist making more of these delicious muffins. They are fantastically easy to make. Everything into one bowl, a quick mix and then spooned into the muffin paper cups. Muffins can either be iced, or decorated with… Continue reading Feijoa Muffins

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas, Vegetarian

Courgette Fritters

At first thought, courgettes seem to be a bit one-dimensional. I mean how much can you actually do with a courgette? But on closer inspection, this small sausage shaped green or yellow, plain or striped Summer vegetable, also known as a zucchini or baby marrow, can be enjoyed in as many ways as your imagination will… Continue reading Courgette Fritters

Baking, Lunch-box Ideas, Slices

Chocolate Peanut Bars

Autumn is once again in the air. We're still enjoying beautiful warm, sunny days but I have noticed a chill in the early morning air. A relief from the humidity of the last few weeks, but I'm not ready for Summer to leave us just yet. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with… Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Bars

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas

Mini Lunch-box Pizzas

Although a pretty organised person by nature, some weeks throw us out of whack and it feels like we're chasing our tails. The first two days of this past week felt like that, but by mid week I seemed to be on top of things again. It's during these crazy times that I am really glad… Continue reading Mini Lunch-box Pizzas

Baking, Lunch-box Ideas, Slices

Loquat Squares

Last Spring I finally beat the Wood Pigeons to harvesting our delicious Loquat fruit so I made jam, following the same recipe I use for Plum Jam. Then, using the Loquat jam, I made these delicious squares. The original recipe called for apricot jam, but any jam will do. They're an easy and delicious snack.… Continue reading Loquat Squares

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas, Savoury

Bacon and Courgette Quiche

With the warmer weather finally upon us, I find myself drawn to lighter meals. After a hot and busy day, the only thing I can seem to throw together is simple, easy, tasty meals using fresh ingredients. Last week I happened upon an old favourite and served with a fresh salad, it ticks all the boxes.… Continue reading Bacon and Courgette Quiche

Baking, Lunch-box Ideas, Muffins

Lemon and White Chocolate Muffins

Last Sunday we were invited to friends to watch the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals between South Africa and Wales, followed by New Zealand vs France. Because of the time difference between the UK and New Zealand, we were up at 3.30 am and in front of the TV at their house by 4 am, just… Continue reading Lemon and White Chocolate Muffins

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas

Sun-dried Tomato and Potato Rosti with smoked Salmon

Recently one of my best friends moved away. Her new home is only about 3 hours away, so not far, and we'll still see each other, but it won't be as easy as it's been for the past 6 years. She is one of those special people who comes into your life out of the… Continue reading Sun-dried Tomato and Potato Rosti with smoked Salmon