Biscuits / Cookies, Easter, Lunch-box Ideas, Sweet

Chocolate Oaty Easter Nests

With Easter just around the corner I decided to pull out a few old family favourite recipes from my childhood. My sister used to make these, or something very similar, just minus the Easter eggs, and we'd impatiently wait for the freezer to set them sufficiently before we attacked them with relish. She would heap… Continue reading Chocolate Oaty Easter Nests

Lunch-box Ideas, Slices, Sweet

Lolly Cake

A friend recently had these ingredients on her kitchen bench-top and being the inquisitive me that I am, I asked what she could be making with a packet of malt biscuits, Eskimo lollies (sweets), condensed milk, butter and coconut. To her horror, I had to admit that I had never heard of, nor had I… Continue reading Lolly Cake


Pear and Frangipane Tart

It's been a busy week with lots of decisions to make, but I'm pleased to say that they're made and my dilemma has passed and I'm excitedly looking forward to the future. Although busy, I've been able to catch up with a few girlfriends before I start my new job and it's been a real… Continue reading Pear and Frangipane Tart

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

Dessert, Slices, Sweet

Chocolate Banoffee Stacks

Why is food such a big part of our celebrations? Don't get me wrong, I'm really glad it is as I absolutely love food, but it seems that we as a human race can't get together without sharing in the love of munching on something delicious. No matter what religion, nationality or creed you belong… Continue reading Chocolate Banoffee Stacks

Christmas, Dessert, Sweet

Strawberry Double Chocolate Christmas Mousse

Merry Christmas one and all! I can't quite believe it's already come and gone for another year. Time is whizzing by and I'm happy to say that while holidaying at home, I've been able to spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking, cooking and experimenting until I've literally been too tired to stand… Continue reading Strawberry Double Chocolate Christmas Mousse

Christmas, Slices, Sweet

Grown-up’s Rocky Road

I hadn't come across Rocky Road until we moved to New Zealand and was intrigued with what is essentially an unbaked slice of a massive amount of chocolate combined with all kinds of squishy, crunchy, colourful bits and pieces, making it look very interesting. It took a while for me to try it and although… Continue reading Grown-up’s Rocky Road

Biscuits / Cookies, Christmas, Sweet

Santa’s MallowPuff Reindeer

Each year my little boy's classmates write out Christmas cards for all their friends. A week or so ago I asked him if he wanted to reciprocate and after thinking for a while, his comment was: "Not this year, but let's make something". Oki doki, now I'm always up for that so we began looking… Continue reading Santa’s MallowPuff Reindeer

Cakes, Scones, Sweet

Lemonade Scones with Strawberry Jam and Cream

Last week it was my birthday, a special birthday at that and so many of my friends made an awesome effort to spoil me, not to mention my wonderful family. My celebrations literally lasted a week, starting with afternoon tea with two dear friends at what is quickly becoming my favourite little corner of Coatesville,… Continue reading Lemonade Scones with Strawberry Jam and Cream

Dessert, Slices, Sweet

Decadent Chocolate Brownie

I finally tried my friend's recipe this weekend and I am very pleased to confirm it is every bit as delicious as she said it would be. ┬áDecadent is the right word to describe it. ┬áThere is a shocking amount of chocolate in it, but I was pleasantly surprised to note that only half the… Continue reading Decadent Chocolate Brownie