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…

Salted Caramel Christmas Cracker Slice

It’s that time of year, when we are all running around frantically to get things done. Food to buy, presents to get and friends to catch up with before the holidays start. For me I like to take a break from the shops, to avoid all the hustle and bustle.  I try to do my…

Homemade Ricotta

I love ricotta. I have been making ricotta ever since my Italian cooking course last year. Ricotta is a beautiful light “whey” cheese which can be used in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. Sweet dishes include tiramisu, cheesecake, and cannoli. Savoury dishes include spinach and ricotta parcels, quiches, fritters etc.  The texture of…

Twisty Mac and Cheese

I have very fond memories of eating macaroni cheese as a kid for lunch. Sitting around the family table, and being hungry as. Coming from a family of 6, food had to be cooked in big quantities, and this is something that can be prepared so easily and quickly.  There is something very comforting about…

Kedgeree

Food is a big part of my life, and one of my passions.  I have another passion in my life which makes me calm and happy. It’s the beach, and it was time to incorporate this into the name of my blog.  As well as food, this blog shares a bit of my personality too….

Yummy Lamb Burgers

I found this recipe in one of Donna Hay’s books that  I borrowed from the library. As usual I have added my own little twist. It is so easy for a quick Friday night meal, or even mid-week meal. The secret of good food, is to make it look good too. It would be so easy…

Creamy Tuna Pasta

A few weeks ago, I went and visited my daughter in Wellington for her birthday.  This is her second year, at Victoria University, and she is now living in an apartment in Central Wellington.  I love visiting Wellington, it has such a creative buzz, and is laid back, but is also full of great places…

DUTCH APPLE CAKE

We have recently been away for a long weekend. We stayed with my father n law, who was born in the Netherlands. Opa is now 89, and loves having his family to visit. On the Sunday we went to an annual Dutch day, where they served Olie Bollen, Poffertjes (pancakes), braadwurst (sausage) and croquettes.  The…

🌼Courgette Slice

 It’s the weekend again.  We are having such lovely weather at the end of this best-ever summer.  The leaves are starting to fall, autumn is starting to show it’s face. While my husband is in the garden sorting out the leaves, I have been inside, not cooking, but using my new computer! This new whizz bang computer promises to…

Roasted Vege Salad

Are you looking for a colourful healthy dish to take to a friend’s house, or do you just want to have something different at home? You need to try this Roasted Vege Salad. I often make this for Christmas day. It is just so colourful, and gorgeous to eat. Last weekend we celebrated my Mum’s…

Frozen Strawberry Cloud Cake

It has been nearly a year since I received my lovely Kitchen Aid!  After giving hints to my husband, who has enjoyed my cooking for many years, I received my bright shiny red Kitchen Aid from him for Christmas in 2013. I was in tears when I received it! Every good cook should have an…

Everyday Hi-Fibre Muffins

  Sugar, it taste so sweet, and don’t we love it. Nigel Latta, a NZ psychologist, fronted a hard hitting TV series on issues facing all New Zealanders recently.  One of the programs focussed on how sugar has become a major health issue in NZ. It contributes to obesity and can cause diabetes.  Sugar is hidden…