Monday, March 8th, 2010

Chocolate mousse-filled easter eggs

Being of the non-religious, sweet toothed persuasion, Easter for me is a celebration of chocolate in all its delicious forms. In my humble opinion, these chocolate mousse-filled chocolate eggs are a good place for the party to begin. A perfectly made mousse is deliciously rich, silky-smooth and decadent.

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Tahini balls

I will be the first to admit that this recipe caused a bit of a stir! It evoked some strong reactions from our willing testers, the majority of whom, thinking they were being offered chocolate truffles, were taken by surprise, discovering their intense sesame flavour and nutty texture. Testers’ opinions were very much

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Valentines day shortbread

Happy Valentine’s Day readers! Each year, February 14th creates its fair share of controversy; there are the believers and the non-believers and there are the gift receivers and the non-receivers. I can understand those that don’t agree with this tradition, those that make the stand that every day should be

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


Writing my Christmas posts has prompted me to think about what it is that makes Christmas so special for me.  I am not at all religious, nor am I much of a traditionalist, however every Christmas Eve I slip into the back of the local church just as midnight mass begins.  There is something about [...]

Friday, December 18th, 2009


These truffle recipes come to us from Sophie (a.k.a. Fabulous Sophie (because she is)), our marketing guru Sydney-side.  When I first started at Fisher & Paykel, Sophie was based down here in Dunedin, and she always brought a little ray of sunshine (and glamour) into the office.  I have fond memories of these truffles made [...]

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Almond drops

The 1st December marks a very special day in Auckland’s Christmas calendar.  On this auspicious evening every year just as dusk turns to dark in one of our central city streets, a row of houses light up with the spirit of Christmas.  Draped in curtains of Christmas lights these houses are transformed and it is [...]

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Tangelo marmalade

You may remember that I gave an introduction to the fruit trees which grow next door to us, and to the generous offer made by our friendly neighbours to help ourselves to their fruit.  This recipe is one which makes the most of the winter/spring bounty produced by their tangelo tree.  I am partial to [...]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Pale ale

Beer is definitely an office favourite, on a Friday afternoon it’s a given that members of the office will be heading off for that well deserved end of week beer. And sometimes, when there’s cause for celebration, one of the functional managers will put on a few beers and the whole office gets together in [...]

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Espresso fudge

Coffee is the life blood of product development in Dunedin. So much so that certain members of the office partake in a coffee bean pool so that they can enjoy true espresso from an espresso machine without the bite four cups of it would normally inflict on one’s wallet.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Chocolate dipped hokey pokey

The thought of homemade Hokey Pokey for me conjures up memories of science class where, armed with Bunsen burners, brown sugar, sticky golden syrup and baking soda, a class full of excited 14 year olds experience the wonder of chemistry in the kitchen. And what better way to end

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