Teaching an old dog new tricks

I have been making a few cakes recently, and with the extended summer (and the heat) we have had, the buttercream hasn’t be holding up as well as it used to.  After a near miss with one cake, I decided it was time to change it up and bit and investigate other options for under…

The move to winter afternoon-teas

It’s funny how as time goes on and things get busier, we still manage to cram more and more things into our weekends.  In my wisdom, as I get older, I find myself looking for things that almost make me feel like I’m cheating …… they look complicated, but are ever so easy. The last…

Feeding the Monster

A month ago I had the pleasure of attending a full day Pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, and I tell you what, it was worth every cent!  I felt like a little girl walking into a toy shop, this is my version of it, anyway.  Chills as I walked in, massive grin on…

Pancakes in different time zones 

It’s funny how it doesn’t matter what country we’re in, the little people in the family still insist that Sunday’s are pancake day. This week we are staying with my Father in Aussie, it’s Sunday morning, And we’re eating pancakes for breakfast.. I enjoy cooking when we are staying somewhere. It’s one of the things…

Vegetarian Burgers with a Punch

A while back I wrote a few posts on using black beans in chocolate brownies and cookies, that was yummy! Recently I have been delving back into the black beans and making various recipes where I can slip them in without the kids noticing too much. There have been a few Mexican dishes, but I…

I for ITALIAN – E for EXCEPTIONAL

The easiest way to feed a few families for a weekend meal is to pull together a roast.   In our house, during the summer cooking months, this normally takes the form of a spit roast, slow cooked on the BBQ. In winter it’s more commonly a roast lamb or pork in the oven, or a…

Pull together Sunday dinner

There is something bitter sweet about Sunday’s, it’s great that there is one more day left in the weekend, however I always find myself looking forward to the week to come and what it will bring, the good and the busy. We normally spend Sunday evenings with our neighbours for dinner, however tonight it is…

The first of the year are in the oven as we speak

It’s that time of the year, and this time I’m feeling particularly organised.  There have been years when I have left it all but a few weeks out from Christmas to make my cake, and while it has been good, it hasn’t lived up to its potential.  A mature cake has had time to sit, and…

Bean there done that!

I have continued to look for recipes that aren’t using the traditional flour and sugar combo that have long been what my cooking experiences have been based one.  Don’t get me all wrong, I’m not going all gluten free, but for me, I’m finding it is good to look for alternatives and use them where/when…

A bit more time for me

I have had to take a step back this year, from the cake making adventures.  I found with working full-time and with two wee ones at home, that saying yes to making cakes for people all the time, was just a bit too much, and I needed to take some time out for me, and…