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…

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…

Easter is upon us, it’s time for chocolate, family and to be thankful

Mmmmmm … *contented sigh* ……  Easter.  That time to rest and relax for a few days, hang out with family and friends, eat a bit of chocolate (normally),  and nestle into a blanket while taking in the cozy, comforting, familiar smell of hot cross buns warming in the oven.  It’s very reminiscent of my childhood days when we’d heat…

Seriously, who can really help but lick the spoon?

2013 is my year. my year to make a change. my year to do something for myself .my year to finally get there. I’ve been pretty overweight all my life, but this year it’s going to be different.. they say don’t trust a skinny a skinny cook! Maybe the saying is true. But I’m gonna…

Finding my Mojo

For as long as I can remember, in time off stress and or deep loss, I have retreated to the kitchen, for sanctuary, sanity and safety.  But for the last few months, there has been no inventing, no offering up my cakes as humble gifts for those I admire, love and cherish.  I didn’t bake…

Worms, Chocolate Chips, Green Eggs and no ham

My worm farm has now been up and running for about four weeks.  When I purchased my first batch of worms, some of them arrived home DOA, and I don’t think I bought enough, so I thought I’d remedy the situation.  I asked a friend if I could trade some home-made chocolate chip bickies for…

Are we products of our environment?

Are we really products of our environment? I have wonderful memories of being in the kitchen cooking and baking with my Nan and Mum, those smells of sweet sticky goodness coming from the oven, heavenly!  At that age, as always, the best part was always licking the beater. I remember vividly on many occasions when Nan…