Healthier Cookies, for the most part

It’s been a crazy busy week, especially for one that was supposed to be a bit more chilled out than the last few.  I heard my old friend the baking bowl calling to me to reunite (we have missed each other for the last few weeks, with the exception of a few birthday cakes), for that…

Raw beetroot, are you kidding me?

As I mentioned in a post last week I’m on a mission to try lots of interesting and tasty salads.  When our squash team was over the hill in Martinborough last week, the host team made a salad for dinner that would most definitely fit into the “different” category.  Beetroot salad. When I think of beetroot salads I think…

Do it once, do it right. No pressure ….

It’s easily enough done, to be scared of doing something for years because you thought it was too hard. Crème Brûlée.  I had seen so many disasters on TV shows where the custard had split and it was more like scrambled eggs, or the sugar had not been mixed in and had made the texture…

Cake and Bread coming out my ears!

This week has been a bit crazy.  I thought being the first week of the school holidays that I was going to have time to chill out a bit and catch up on heaps of things around the house that have needed a bit of attention, but it seems to be even busier than normal….

“I’m sorry Sir, we’re all out of Waldorfs”

I’m on a mission, and yes I’m going to combine it with a few other missions on the way.  I may even veer off on tangents that I didn’t expect to, but that’s all part of the fun right?  THIS particular mission is to make and taste as many interesting and different salads as I…

Daffy, Donald, Daisy …. I’m not fussy …..

At this time of the year we seem to get a lot more ducks hanging around our suburb than normal.  They are all nesting in preparation for having their little families.  A few weeks later we see each pair of ducks with their 20 odd little ducklings.  I have tried to count the amount of pairs that we have…

Breakfast Bars – Take two

Well I have been playing around a bit since my last post on breakfast bars.  I have found a few different recipes, some have been baked ones, some have been no-bake bars.  I have also played with putting chocolate and coffee grounds in them too – the perfect all-round breakfast. But what I have found…

What the heck are pea tendrils?

I love spotting new foods that I haven’t used before, buying them, and then figuring out what to do with them when I get home, it’s living on the edge 🙂   This is often what happens when we go to the markets or an Asian Food store. This time it was Moore Wilson’s that…

Herbs: More than meets the eye, or tastebuds for that matter.

Since making an effort to get my herb garden underway, I have also been making an effort to experiment with new herbs, and use at least one in a meal every day.  The thing that I love about herbs are that they are extremely versatile, not only in culinary but also in medicine and landscaping as well. It’s amazing…

Desserts CAN be healthy, AND taste good at the same time

I’m sorry for the radio silence, over the weekend, I kept telling myself that I should really make the time to sit down and write a post, however the weekend seemed to just disappear, and I REALLY have no idea where it went!  I can tell you what though, I truly feel like I need…

Brioche, Honeymoon and good times

I love it how food, music, smells evoke memories, and especially great memories.   That is totally what the smell, taste and even thought of Brioche does for me. A few years back, Tim and I went on our honeymoon.  We decided we wanted to do a 2.5 week road trip around our beautiful South Island, and…