Friday, August 26th, 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. 

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Chocolate bark

For a sweet treat with a twist, you can’t go past this simple recipe for chocolate bark. It is sure to wow, but is also incredibly easy to make – especially if you’re lucky enough to be using an induction cooktop, where the heat control is so precise so you can melt the chocolate directly [...]

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Ricotta filled, orange scented doughnuts

Almost two years ago now, while travelling around southern Italy for a few weeks, we happened upon a small café in the town square of Catania, Sicily, with a counter stacked high with sweet treats. Choosing to forgo the famous cannoli, I bought the biggest doughnut I could find

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Chocolate Cherry Rum Cake

If you want to drop a bomb on your dinner party.  This cake it totally nuclear.  The Engineers (our poor friends who we inflict our culinary experiments on) didn’t stop their thumbs up mutterings for days after this went out at afternoon tea.  The lovely Genevieve (one of our superstar product evaluators) and I have [...]

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Spiced pumpkin tarte tatin

Rosie McLean is a final year student studying for a Bachelor of Culinary Arts at Otago Polytechnic. Rosie has her own blog where she indulges us in her weakness for all things sweet. As a special Halloween treat, Rosie popped in and cooked this amazing dish. I must admit that I personally ate four of [...]

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Avocado ice creams

I spent Saturday with three friends and we talked food. One had purchased a juicer and was giving us a run-down on her latest concoction – pineapple, lime and watermelon.  One had cut out dairy and eggs and was talking about a plant-based diet. And one was contemplating going vegan for a period of time [...]

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Date and almond guilt-free slice

You’ve indulged a little too much at Christmas right?  Me too.  What I find is that you can’t go cold-turkey on the sugar, you still crave that sweet hit mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  This sweet treat is guilt-free and will trick your mind, leaving you sat-is-fied

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Oaty ginger crunch

Nothing beats a beautiful slice of ginger crunch along side a nice cup of tea. Dedicated fans will have a favourite style, from the purist form of a plain shortcrust base with an equal depth of icing to those with‘creative extra’s’ like mine (surely you can make most things better with pistachio nuts?).

Monday, March 25th, 2013


I have spent many a cold winter in the states, thanks to my obsession with the cold, white stuff, and in that time I quickly developed a taste for the great campfire treat our American friends call s’mores. On many occasions, during a bonfire evening, where we were wrapped up warm and surrounded by snow, a [...]

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Raspberry Marshmallows

Are you a careful, artful toaster?  Slowly, turning your stick with a steady hand, creating golden perfection with your pillowed confection?  Or are you more of a fire fiend, roasting close for sugary fireworks? Burnt to a crisp, the instant fix. These raspberry marshmallows are seriously good, but toasting them takes their real raspberry flavour [...]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Bliss balls

I couldn’t place more emphasis on the importance of eating fresh, unprocessed food.  Having an awareness of the origins and make-up of the ingredients that we cook with is a very important step in the cooking process and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.  Avoiding processed foods and instead starting with fresh, unprocessed ingredients when cooking [...]

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Chocolate dipped candied orange

This post is a wee ode to my Mum for having instilled in me the dogged determination to gift things handmade.  I remember as a young child taking a sheet of white A4 paper and carefully folding it in two, lining up each edge so that it was perfectly square.  Then out came the paints [...]

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