Rubbish Soup – it's really good!

First up, thanks to my cousin in Aus for the soup name! I've been meaning to post this soup for ages, and 'in these Covid times', as I've taken to saying, it's definitely time. We're very much a Zero Food Waste family. Or as close to as possible. For a long time one of my … Continue reading Rubbish Soup – it's really good!

The Great Christmas Cake-Off : Part 4

Delia Smith and her English Christmas Cake. I was surprised. Given the ingredients list and the ratio of fruit to cake, I had a hunch that I would prefer the Edmonds' cookery book Christmas cake and that it would win outright... Decoration I decided the cakes did need decorating. However I'm not a fan of … Continue reading The Great Christmas Cake-Off : Part 4

The Great Christmas Cake-Off : Part 3

Wasn't a mace thing for whacking people with back in the olden days? Well, yes. Unfortunately it was/is rather a nasty blunt weapon I'd definitely not fancy being on the receiving end of. But it's also a spice.

The Great Christmas Cake-Off : Part 2

t felt very long... I am a big fan of all-in-one cakes and a huge believer in just throwing everything in my Magimix, whatever the recipe says, and hoping. It seems to work. But I don't think the Magimix would have held all the Christmas cake ingredients, or coped with the thickness of the mix.  Especially the Edmonds one.  

The Great Christmas Cake-Off : Part 1

Mum, it turns out, has always used a Delia Smith recipe. Terribly British.  She sent it to me and I compared it to the one in my New Zealand 'Edmonds' book.  Surprisingly different in fact.

So, the Great Christmas Bake Off was declared.

"I'll throw a Christmas tea," I thought, "and serve both cakes and get my guests to vote." What fun!

Thrifty Cook tip… candied peel

Shop-bought Candied peel is pricey, and comes in to-be-avoided 'single use' plastic containers.

Last Christmas I made my own. Turns out homemade candied peel is easy AND really tasty...

The Best Chocolate Brownie You’ll Ever Taste

Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. Whether you're single or in a relationship - treat yourself to this yummy chocolate brownie this week!

French Cream

What is with the French and their relationship to cream? If you haven’t spent heaps of time in France but have an inkling about their cuisine, your answer is likely “Ah yes, they love it, the French put cream it in everything.” Or do they? Because buying cream in France is nigh on impossible. If … Continue reading French Cream

New Zealand Fruity Custard Shortcake

Second time lucky cos WordPress or my sketchy laptop internet connection lost the first attempt... I'm diverging briefly from language and our adventures to post a yummy cake / dessert recipe... I posted this pic on my Facebook last week. It's a cake that was on sale at the Ginger Crunch Café in Helensville, New … Continue reading New Zealand Fruity Custard Shortcake

Amazing Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Fruit Cake

Go on then - in for a penny and all that.  I may as well share this rather luxurious recipe I've adapted from a non- GF one. It's just too good to keep to myself!  This is my third year of making it and I've almost got it just right. I think. My husband isn't … Continue reading Amazing Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Fruit Cake