Tamarillo Crumble

I am a total summer-lover but there are a few things I look forward to in our colder seasons: open fires and red wine, pretty woollen jumpers (which can hide a multitude of comforting-carbohydrate-sins) and big woollen socks, slow cooked meats and cold weather thriving fruits like rhubarb, persimmons and tamarillos

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Apple shortcake

When it comes to desserts at Christmas, and yes there are usually multiple, this is the big one. I don’t remember a Christmas that has passed without Nana’s apple shortcake and the battle it incites.

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Pear upside-down cake

Growing up, we had a pear tree down at the bottom of the garden. It has had various swings tied to its low hanging branches over the years. A shady haven over the summer, as the weather cooled it would become weighed down with fruit, so much that if you got the swing going back and forth fast and high enough you could shake the pears off.

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Quince Tart

For retro month I’m going to take you way back in history, with a fruit that was possibly cultivated even before the apple. Famed for its floral perfume, amazing bright yellowy green colour and fluffy outer layer the quince is quite a treat if prepared in the right way.

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Lemon sago

This is a dish which for me harks back to my childhood.  My brothers and I would delight in the times that Mum would surreptitiously turn to the fridge after the dinner plates had been cleared, gingerly removing from it 5 dainty glass serving dishes all filled with lemon sago.  Dessert was a rare treat in our household so occasions like this were few and far between.

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Blackcurrant cheesecake

Well I’ve made 3 cheesecakes on the blog recently and I promise this will be the last for at lest 6 months.  This recipe is the one you should turn to when you need to feed masses of people as it holds its form well and keeps for a few days.

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s’mores

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 pack of marshmallows would be revealed.

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Ginger & orange steamed pudding

Should you be shrewd enough to have picked up on the format our blog follows, you will know that this month’s recipes are all inspired by campfire cooking.  Not being able to lay claim to ownership of a Webber BBQ, I knew it imperative I find an alternative cooking method which would fit the month’s prescribed theme, and thus I decided uopn a hangi*.

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Yoghurt tart with strawberries

With all the sugar I consumed over the Christmas holidays I should probably be giving up desserts for January altogether. However it seems a shame to quit cold-turkey when there are so many delicious varieties of fruit in abundance at this time of year

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Maple walnut cheesecake

My mum and my boyfriend have had numerous discussions (arguments) about cheesecake, usually ending in “I like it better than you”…“no way, I love it the most” (it goes on and on).

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Cherry vanilla tarte tartin

Almost two years ago now my friends and I took advantage of an invitation to a wedding, held the bottom of the south island, to pack our bags, load the cars and set off on a road trip to explore the beauty that lies at our doorstep.  I had slept very little the night before, returning late from Christmas celebrations and rising early to bake savoury scones

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Chocolate Cinnamon Terrine

We first made this recipe two years ago, a decadent treat for Christmas day. Since then it has graced our table a number of times on auspicious occasions, when something particularly decadent is called for. We have nicknamed it Chocolate Butter.

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Happy Halloween

This Halloween we have an extra special treat, a guest blogger from the local culinary arts school.  Our guest, Liz, used many techniques including balloons and dry ice to create an amazing desert that can only be described as an artfully deconstructed pumpkin pie!

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