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Rosemary Lamb Meatballs with Butternut Sauce

This is one of those dishes that just happened, the peas were separate on the plate, but when I packed┬áthe leftovers away I mixed them together and it looked so colourful I decided to take a photo and share the recipe with you. New Zealand is well known for the quality of lamb produced here… Continue reading Rosemary Lamb Meatballs with Butternut Sauce

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Mini Banana and Lemon Puddings

We're planning some┬áhome renovations, not much, but there are a few things that need to be done, so this past week has been filled with trades people visiting our home; measuring, discussing, delivering, quoting. Renovating seems like a great idea and I'm generally a very organised person, but I can already feel a little OCD… Continue reading Mini Banana and Lemon Puddings

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Watermelon and Coconut Water Smoothie

As much as I love fruit and veggies, I will seldom reach over for an apple and sink my teeth into it. I like my fruit cut up and as time is almost always of the essence, the luxury of preparing fruit and packaging it to take with me for work lunch, etc. isn't always… Continue reading Watermelon and Coconut Water Smoothie

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Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Hello my friends, been a little over a week since I last wrote and I've missed you, but I've been thoroughly enjoying our Summer break. Summer finally arrived with a vengeance, reaching 31 degrees in our little bay earlier this week! Very unusual for us way down south on our beautiful island, but we aren't… Continue reading Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

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Easy-peasy Plum Jam

I always enjoy watching our Plum Tree as it is the most obvious indicator of the change of seasons. White blossoms are the early signs that Spring is approaching and very soon, green leafy buds appear. When you look again, the blossoms have been replaced by beautiful bright green leaves. As the days grow warmer… Continue reading Easy-peasy Plum Jam

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Butterscotch self-saucing Pudding

Father's Day in New Zealand is in September - today in fact. Unlike the rest of the world who celebrate in June, we get to wait until Spring to spoil the fathers in our lives...or they get to wait, not sure, but today looks like it's going to be a gloriously fresh Spring day. I… Continue reading Butterscotch self-saucing Pudding

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Healthy Homemade Beef Lasagne

School holidays and Mother's Guilt go hand in hand in my book. You see, I'm a working Mum so although I look forward to the school holidays as much as anyone, I always end up with The Guilts about school holiday programmes. I've always worked and am lucky that I enjoy working, and I strongly… Continue reading Healthy Homemade Beef Lasagne

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Easy Paella

I love Paella, although not the kind that goes overboard on the seafood ingredients. I've never been a fan of tentacles in my food, whether octopus or squid. I can't get past the sight of them and remind myself of my son when he was younger, not even going so far as to taste them… Continue reading Easy Paella

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Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

I made this dish a while ago and as with many recipes, I decided to change it a bit here and there, combining two I'd found that were very similar. The end result was just as I had imagined, a light meatiness with a touch of zing from the chilli and lemon, with the fresh… Continue reading Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

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Strawberries dipped in Chocolate

This is not your average post for a person who enjoys baking and cooking, but strawberries are finally in season and hitting the shelves in sufficient quantities that the price was down to $1.99 a punnet today - so I helped myself to two punnets and couldn't resist! On my way to work I drive… Continue reading Strawberries dipped in Chocolate