Nana’s Kitchen

I’ve been looking at recipes recently that should probably fall into the group “Nana’s Kitchen” for one of three reasons;  either it was something that she used to make, something that reminds me of her or something that has no business coming out of anywhere but Nan’s kitchen. A perfect example of this was one…

Going old-school with the cheese bread

A few days ago I wanted to make some cheese bread for lunch, it just happened to coincided with the time that Tim needed to turn the power off at the mains, so I was forced to do it by hand, rather than in my breadmaker.  I had wanted to start  making bread by hand…

Ciao Bella!!

Having friends over for dinner called for some serious shopping, and serious shopping can only mean one thing; A trip to Moore Wilsons in town.  We visit the Porirua store almost weekly, don’t get me wrong, this is great, but when I truly want to go all out and I have the time, I take…

Waffling about for Sunday Brunch

Today our lazy Sunday breakfast consisted of waffles.  I have had mixed results with waffles, there are so many different kinds you can make, buttermilk, crispy, wheat, buckwheat, soda water waffles, waffles with fruit or honey … the options are endless. I think my favorite would have to be plain waffles that aren’t too sweet,…

Playing with Asian Flavors: Part II – Asian Salads

When I normally make dumplings I generally make fried rice to go with it, mainly because it’s something simple, it’s not labor intensive and it’s filling.  This time however I wanted something fresh to go with the Gyoza, so I hunted around for some inspiration …. mmm . Asian Salads. I found two recipes that…

Take time to smell the roses

I often get asked to do random things for my friends, but this is by far one of my favorites, giving flowers and cake to someone on their birthday.  I love the smile on the recipients face, that must be one of the best things about being a courier. My good friend Sam lives up…

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…

Dessert with a difference

If you like dessert, and you like cocktails, then why not try something different?  Recently on a girls night out I got introduced to the concept of Dessert Cocktails, and all I can say is WOW!!  There is a bar in town called The Library that specialises in dessert cocktails and of course while we…

Playing with Asian Flavors – Part I: Dumplings and Moet

I have never been very good at “creating” Asian dishes, unlike Italian or French cooking, I struggle to get the balance of flavors right.  That perfect mix of sweet, salty sour and spicy.  It’s hard to get it right, but I think it will come with practice.  I have really only just started playing with…

Good food, good wine, good company – bad weather.

We have had an awesome weekend, socialising over meals with great friends two days in a row.  What can be better really?  I got to try new recipes, had wonderful company and fantastic wine. Speaking of wine, I have always been one to say that wine is a particular taste, what tastes great to one…