Too easy Homemade tortillas for quick mexican meals

Ever looked in the pantry and decided you wanted quesadilla, only to find out there are no tortillas?  Don’t fret, there is a solution.  If you have flour, water, oil and salt, you are on your way.  It only takes a minute or two to make the dough, no need to let the dough rise….

Nostalgia in times of need

It’s been a particularly hard weekend and last few days.  My dear Nan has been hospitalised for the last 8 weeks (after major life saving surgery), and while we knew she wasn’t going back to her home, we thought she may have made it to a nice wing in a rest home.  Instead she has been moved…

Far too easy Banoffee Pie

Yes, I know, this is yet ANOTHER post about dessert, but it tis the season, so embrace it. A few months ago Tim came home from work raving about a Banoffee Pie that one of his friends had brought into work. While I have eaten a bit of Banoffee Pie, it was another thing that…

Making something genius from an epic fail!

I have been busy making cakes again.  This time I had to make one to demonstrate icing a cake for a fundraiser for Playcentre on Friday night.  It was a great chance to catch up with all the girls again.  We had a ball and I’m hoping the girls may have learnt something along the way….

Tomatoes on Tomatoes

It’s been the week of tomatoes in our home.  This came about because of the purchase of a multitude of tomatoes, on special, with the thought of making a Gazpacho for a dinner, only to change my mind.  I then had to use these beautiful tomatoes in creative ways before they went to waste.  So…

Amidst the Calm before the storm, there is always room for desert

It has been a crazy week.  After nearly four years of being at home with the kids, I started back at work, on contract, full time.  Though it has been only three days of the week, it feels so incredibly different already, new routines, for the whole family.  I have to say, I’m knackered. Eating…

This morning I rocked out the Iron, and I liked it

I hate ironing, I buy clothes that I don’t have to iron, because I don’t enjoy all the ironing.  I iron Tim’s work shirts though, call me mad.  I have noticed that the kids are now producing little ironing piles of their own, how old do you think they should be before I teach them…

Limoncello and Lemonade

It’s that time of the year where I need to start thinking about making Limoncello so it’s ready in time for summer.  I made my first batch last year and it was delicious!  Some of it managed to find its way into our chilly bin to take away camping and the rest was given away…

Desserts in jars

Normally I’m not one to bow to peer pressure, or worry too much about the fashions of the day, but in this instance I just couldn’t help myself. Desserts in jars.  They are far too cute, and the presentation looks amazing.  There is an added bonus, since there are individual servings, I can’t go back…

Flying by the seat of my pants, on a magic carpet made of Filo

Wow, it’s hailing outside, the weather seems to have turned towards winter again.  Why does spring have to tease us so?  It’s not fair.  You get lured into this false sense of security that summer is finally on it’s way, we get a few beautiful spring days when the days are warming, and then we…

Did you know you can make fresh Ricotta, at home?

I use Ricotta all the time, mainly in pastas, but there are so many more things that you can do with it; tarts, desserts, baked with parmesan and olives, stuffings, the options are endless.  One thing I do bork at though is the price in the shops, and I tend to wait for big tubs…

Oregano gone wild!

This time of the year is a little but unpredictable as far as weather goes though, the last few days have been typical Wellington weather with four seasons in one day, blue skies, torrential rain and then clear again.  Don’t expect to be able to take your umbrella into the city though, the wind is a little unforgiving. Today…