Tracey’s New Kitchen

 It’s time to get back in the kitchen, Tracey’s Kitchen. Tracey’s kitchen has had a makeover.  In fact its been completely ripped out and redone. It took 5 years of convincing hubby Andrew, that I needed a new kitchen. It wasn’t that I needed one, more that I wanted one. Midway during 2017, that convincing…

Morning Glory Muffins

There is something delicious about biting into a muffin. That first bite that can surprise the taste buds when trying a new muffin at a cafe or at a friends house.  Will the muffin be moist and live up to expectations?  What about the first bite of a tried and true recipe, and that brings just…

ROCKET AND PEAR SALAD

ROCKET AND PEAR SALAD Serves 6 – 8 50g walnuts (optional) 100g rocket (1 bag) 1 firm pear 50 – 100g parmesan or feta cheese juice of half a lemon 2 – 3 tbsps of light olive oil salt and pepper Toast the walnuts in a frying pan on a low heat for 5 minutes….

Crunchy Roast Potatoes

  We have had many visitors to our house over the years.  I just love to share my home made food  and I regularly cook roast meals for our visitors. It makes great comfort food and is easy to cook. Friends of our daughters that return, mention that they love my crunchy roast potatoes.  …

Apple Crumble

We stayed with friends last weekend and we were given a bag of granny smith apples.  I love these apples. I love the green outside skin, and the slightly tart taste contained within. The apple is named after a “granny” who propagated it from a chance seedling in 1868, New South Wales, Australia. Her name…

Individual Sticky Date Puddings

  I love Mother’s Day as it one of the days of the year, I can choose to do exactly what I want.Since I am a mother, somewhere along the way, hopefully I will be in touch with my two daughters. This year we had our eldest daughter Joanna staying with us.  She had planned…

Puff Pastry Tarts

I’m feeling kind of lazy on this autumn Saturday.  When I’m lazy and relaxing at home, my mind turns to food. My instagram feed is full of beautiful food shots and food created by extraordinary people. The coffee table is full of Cuisine and Dish magazines, and endless cookbooks. I just love to browse through…

Watermelon and Feta Salad

We are experiencing lovely warm days here in Auckland.  Hot summer days calls for something cold and refreshing.  Iced water, ice cream, ice blocks and watermelon are some of the cooling tastes of summer. Watermelon on it’s own is refreshing, especially when it’s cut straight from the fridge.   I found this salad via Jamie…

Nana’s Chicken Salad

My Nana was a wonderful cook.  She loved fussing over everyone with food, and every one loved the fussing and her food, including my uncles John and Roger. My Nana, knew that Roast Chicken was my favourite and she made it when I came to visit for dinner.  I remember on one ocassion when I…

Courgette, Corn and Carrot Fritters

I love cooking with fresh seasonal produce.  Cooking seasonably means you are buying locally, and usually at a reasonable price. Summer is a fantastic season for fresh produce.  There is so much choice.  I get all carried away when I’m at the vege shop, with lots of ideas swimming around my head of what I’m…