Bakey Kate’s the name (well it is now thanks to fellow blogger Lauren) but not only do I love to bake, I love all things culinary. This passion started from a young age, mostly inspired by my Grandma and Grandad. I spent hours at my Grandma’s bench ‘helping’ her to ‘fill the tins’, and waiting for the illusive pavlova laden beater attachment to come my way. Grandad tended a huge vegetable garden on their farm which was the source of bounty for the most magnificent soups, roasts and his specialty – campfire baked potatoes. The potatoes were extra special because cooking them involved riding motorbikes out on the farm, building fires and coming home with that toasty, earthy campfire smell embedded in our clothes. These early beginnings led to my training as a chef and specializing in Patisserie.

9th December 2016

Roast vegetable cake

Anyone that knows me knows that I have an enormous sweet tooth, so naturally when we were discussing what we could make as a part of the 2016 Love Food Hate Waste campaign to “use up your leftovers” I immediately thought of something sweet.

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9th November 2016

Beer Braised Ribs with Radish & Broad Bean Salad

These delicious and saucy ribs will make your mouth water, we combined beautifully soft broiled beef ribs with a fresh palate cleansing broad bean and radish salad that evokes feelings of summer and time with family or friends around the table with plates of lovingly prepared food.

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26th August 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Tart

Late one night, I found myself craving a certain American sweet treat. Salty but smooth peanut filling encased in deliciously creamy chocolate. 

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29th July 2016

Grilled prawns, bacon and bananas, avocado and chilli mayonnaise

This is another beautiful recipe by our friend chef Peter Gordon.  Personally prawns are right up there on my list of favourites and especially in summer they are a great choice for entertaining.  Prawns (shrimp) and bacon make a great combination, especially if the bacon is smoked, slightly crisp when cooked and deliciously salty.

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20th July 2016

Orange and Cranberry Muffins

When you grow up with a mechanical engineer for a Dad, it seems inevitable you will be equal parts curious and methodical.  A few months ago we were lucky enough to have year 12 Otago Girls High student Holly spend a couple of days here with the design team completing some work experience.  Passionate about [...]

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23rd June 2016

Ultimate chocolate layer cake

Every baker should have this recipe up their sleeve.  It’s a superbly rich and decadent cake which with a little imagination can be transformed into a limitless number of decadent creations fit for any occasion.  We tested this cake over and over again and tried one layered with freeze dried raspberry buttercream and topped it [...]

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30th May 2016

Peanut butter brownie

One of the side effects of being both a scientist and foodie is that ideas and inspiration sometimes come about in the most unexpected of ways.  This peanut butter brownie recipe (loosely based on one from BBC Good Food) is one I first made for “work purposes” in my previous life as an ice cream [...]

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3rd May 2016

Mother’s Day Crumpets, vanilla labne and sour cherry tea

Everyone likes to claim that it’s not even worth eating a store bought crumpet after you have had a homemade one, but I beg to differ.  I’d say with a friendly slather of butter the bought ones on my deliciousness scale fear quite well. That said the homemade ones ones are comparatively out of this [...]

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22nd March 2016

Hot X Doughnuts

For me Easter is about finding the perfect hot cross bun, scouring the city for weeks hunting out the perfect fruit to spice ratio. A quick kiss under the grill, topped with a proper slice of butter is the only way to start an Autumn Sunday morning.

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10th March 2016

Imperial Stout Affogato

Beer and ice cream? To some people this is going to sound like a horrible waste of beer – or maybe a horrible waste of ice cream – but it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you can find a pairing you like.

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11th December 2015

White Sangria Ice Pop

Although for many of you the festive season is all about getting cosy, wrapping cool hands around a mug of hot toddy or possibly wrapping warm hands around a nice glass of red to offer it the same gesture.  Here in  New Zealand the long days are here,

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10th November 2015

Taste of Auckland – It’s a wrap

I’m still on a high after a magic weekend at Taste of Auckland #TasteOfAuckland.  Our Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen™ Theatre #fpsocialkitchen was a huge hit.  All weekend the theatre was full of conversation, laughter and attentive faces tuning in to learn tips and tricks from the amazing group of chefs and food bloggers who [...]

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