Cakes, Sweet

Chocolate drizzled Profiteroles

I always think of Profiteroles as a bit of a throw back to the '70's, but they have been around a lot longer than that. They are little balls of choux pastry (pronounced "shoe") that are filled with custard cream, ice cream or whipped cream and are often garnished with a sprinkling of icing sugar… Continue reading Chocolate drizzled Profiteroles


M&M and White Chocolate Blondies

Squidgy, colourful and delicious is how I'll describe these tiny squares of delight to you. I had never made a Blondie until a few weeks ago. My son had been asking to make the white chocolate fudge again so a trip to the store for more white chocolate chips was on the cards as I'd… Continue reading M&M and White Chocolate Blondies


Chocolate Swiss Roll

I have been wanting to try making a Swiss Roll for ages and for some reason, I have been quite nervous of the rolling up part. They are known to crack if you aren't super careful and follow the instructions to a T - no messing about with the steps here I'm afraid - except… Continue reading Chocolate Swiss Roll

Biscuits / Cookies

ANZAC Biscuits

Today is ANZAC Day - a very special day in both New Zealand and Australia, where soldiers who have given their lives in the armed forces are remembered and celebrated. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and dates back to the First World War (1914 - 1918), and is strongly linked to the… Continue reading ANZAC Biscuits

Cupcakes, Icing

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing

Last weekend we went away to explore parts of this beautiful country that we haven't seen before. Our neighbour's little boy (not so little anymore) looked after the house and our kitty children so in order to thank him, I baked him these gorgeously delicious moist chocolate cupcakes.  They are definitely my favourite chocolate cupcakes.… Continue reading Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Easy “no fail” Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday was the last day of the school holidays and my little man had a friend over to play, keeping each other busy for hours setting up marble racers, train tracks, army name it.  I took this as my cue to withdraw to my lovely kitchen and create my favourite Shortbread Cookies. All was… Continue reading Easy “no fail” Shortbread Cookies

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have recently found myself in the position where I have a little more time on my hands than usual so I'm in happy heaven when able to spend that time creating in my lovely kitchen. With it being school holidays, little man and I are enjoying baking together again, like the old days before… Continue reading Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bread, Soup

Sausage, Herb & Lentil Stew with Homemade Bread

This past week has seen Auckland's typical Spring weather, "4 seasons in one day", return with a vengeance, this phrase having been made famous by Neil Finn and co. of Crowded House - true Kiwi music icons. We've had quite heavy rain and fantastic loud, thundery storms with the accompanying lightning. So loud that it… Continue reading Sausage, Herb & Lentil Stew with Homemade Bread


Baked Chocolate Pudding

On Saturday night we invited friends over to watch the rugby.  Sadly the game was disappointing, or more appropriately, the referee was an idiot and had no business reffing a game of that quality but the company was wonderful.  We hadn't seen these particular friends in a while and it's always wonderful catching up on… Continue reading Baked Chocolate Pudding

Dessert, Slices, Sweet

Lemon Slice

As I've said before, I love anything lemon flavoured and as yesterday was the first day of Spring and an absolutely beautiful day at that, I felt the need to bake something light and refreshing that we shared for afternoon tea while also celebrating the special man and Father in our lives on Father's Day,… Continue reading Lemon Slice