Ponsonby – K Rd bakery crawl.

You heard right! Much like a pub crawl a bakery crawl involves visiting many bakeries within walking distance and stuffing yourself with pastries, deli sandwiches & donuts. What a jolly good idea. My sister is back from Northland (she’s studying to be a midwife and was on placement). Which means three things WOO HOOO –…

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Bernie’s Bar & Eatery

Atmosphere: 5/5 Coffee: 5/5 Food: 3/5 Price: 4/5 A review: A light drizzle fell as I walked up the slate steps towards the back entrance of Bernie’s Bar & Eatery. Stepping inside, Bernie’s was delightful and moody on a rainy Sunday. We were seated in the back half of the Eatery. Facing grand architectural windows…

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My wine cellar

I have been blessed by the wine gods! Three bottles of champagne, two pinot noirs, one bottle of riesling, one rosé & one rioja have all been gifted to me by various lovely people.  I’m so excited! My wine collection has begun. I didn’t even know I wanted a wine collection. Currently they are being…

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Blueberry & Banana muffins

Delicious and airy; such a summery combination – I’ve modified this recipe from the Edmond’s cookbook banana muffins: enjoy! 2 cups of flour 3 cups of mashed banana (roughly 5 banana’s – use up those frozen ones maybe?) 4tbsp warm milk 1tsp baking soda 1tsp baking powder 3/4 cup of sugar 1 punnet of blueberries…

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Plants a’Plenty: Whats in season this January

Happy January – this is my favourite month! Hint: It’s because of my birthday!   Lets get into it.   Basil: Oh you humble yet delicious herb. Pair me with cheese, tomato, cucumber, mint, apple and basically any cocktail that could use freshening up. Plant me anywhere warm and give me some water. Yum, yum,…

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5 Tips to Ace a Tricky Recipe the First Time

Read the recipe before getting started. This gives you a lay of the land. You can anticipate steps that are approaching and organise in advance. You also know how long it will take to prepare and cook/bake – I have been caught out too many times by unexpectedly long bake times when I had planned…

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Plants a’Plenty: What’s in season this December

December is such an exciting time for me. We have the lead up to Christmas, the beginning of summer, so many birthdays (for me that’s a lot of twenty first’s this year!) and so many delicious fruit come into season! Here are my favourites:  Cherries! Oh my gawd. A traditional Christmas fruit in the Gough household,…

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Using flowers in food.

Rose So beautiful to look at, and delicious… to eat? Ha! Roses offer a delicate flavour, which is complimented well by other light flavours such as vanilla or almond. Rose can muddy very easily, so it is best to infuse the petals in a syrup or sugar instead of adding them to cooking directly. For…

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Cheaters caramel chocolate bars.

  Maybe you don’t have time to make a fancy caramel because you would rather be doing something else! That’s totally fine. Maybe you have run out of christmas gift ideas for people you vaguely know. With that in mind I have the perfect treat. Chocolate caramel bars. Yum.     Now here is the…

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Brie vs. Camembert

Both are cheese. Both are round, mild and creamy. They are usually next to each other at the supermarket or cheese stall. Camembert and Brie both sound Frenchy, and in fact both are French. So… um like what is the difference? Honestly, previous to researching this post I could not tell them apart on a…

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Making peppermint marshmallows

I love baking, but I’ve always held off from making serious deserts. If it requires a special mold, liquid nitrogen or a thermometer – then I’m out ( I think a lot of us feel this way? And in truth baking is normally more about eating delicious food than cooking it for me).   Recently…

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