Festivities and Festive treats

It’s hard to believe that it’s THAT time of the year again.  I know I have said it a lot, but I honestly have NO idea where the year has gone.  It has seemed to have rushed by!  The kids are noticeably older now, and I feel that I am too.  I have to say,…

Learning something new each time, is the cherry on the cake.

I started writing this post a few months back, oh my goodness, where HAS the time gone this year??! I thought it was about time I finished it off and got something off the press. So here it is … Hope you get something out of it. ****************************************************** I have made a few cakes over…

It’s been a while, and things have changed …..

Hey you.  Nice to be back.  As the title of this post suggests, it’s been a while, and things HAVE changed.  I’ve changed.  I’ve changed the way I look.  I’ve changed my eating habits.  I’ve changed WHAT I eat.  I’ve changed my mental state.  And as a result I feel incredible! As I mentioned in…

Everything is better on a stick

Birthdays.  And more specifically kids birthday parties.  Of course there is cake, and all the normal party food, but a great chance to revisit your child hood and make all those things that Mum used to make when you were a kid.   Last year we did the fairy bread, the cheerios, this year it…

Lazy Days and sloooooow cooked lamb, and left overs

A funny thing I noticed when I travelled to Australia to visit family recently, was how incredibly cheap the lamb was there, especially in comparison to home.  I found this most disturbing considering how NZ have so many sheep, we export a huge amount, and yet this Aussie lamb, was around half the price that it is…

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…

Turbulent times

It’s been a rough few weeks, as one friend has said, an emotional roller coaster, and I haven’t been coping too well.  Hence the radio silence on this end.  Apologies.  The inevitable happened, we lost my dear Nan last week.  A wonderful Mum, Nan, Nan-Nan, Great Nan, Aunty and quite frankly one of the most wonderful…

It’s getting to that time of the year again ……..

I need to make my Christmas Cake, I have had the fruit soaking for a good few days now, and I should have made it a few weeks back, but time has gotten the better of me this year and I’m lagging behind. I’m lucky enough to have acquired my husband’s Grandmother’s Christmas Cake Recipe….

Mushrooms for Squash

Who says when you need to take nibbles somewhere that it has to be savory?  I like to take something sweet often, and that’s exactly what I did tonight for our squash meeting.  I took a plate of Pav Mushrooms. I love these tasty little delights are, incredibly easy to make, only a little assembly…