Recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge is so incredibly more-ish! It is the worst when you’ve made fudge and knowing just how much sugar goes into it, yet for some ridiculous reason I seem unable to stop eating it when it’s put in front of me. And then I end up feeling incredibly unwell and questioning all the life choices…

Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake

This recipe is almost too decadent for words. It is not too technical (thankfully!) and it is an absolute dream for chocolate lovers. The dish is made up of a chocolate base, a chocolate mousse filling and  a chocolate ganache topping. So much chocolate! Recently, my boyfriend and I were looking to make a meal…

Recipe: Apple crumble

A hearty apple crumble never goes amiss, especially after a rainy relaxing weekend spent at home. Last time I visited my family I was blessed to be given more apples than I knew what to do with. Finally, I have got through them (after making apple sauce for pork, stewing a whole bunch for winter…

Recipe: Pecan Pie

My aunt makes a killer pecan pie, honestly. Since forever it has probably been my favourite part of Christmas dinner and since forever I have wanted to learn to make it myself. I was amazed at how easy it was – probably not a good thing as it might mean I start making it wayyyyyy…

Recipe: Chocolate and raspberry tart

I can’t help but be drawn to the chocolate desserts on Christmas Day, I don’t know what it is, but pavlova just doesn’t quite do it for me. When Dad asked if I could make a dessert to supplement my Nana’s pavlova, I knew that a chocolate and berry tart would be just the thing….

Recipe: Nectarine tart with cheesecake and lemon curd

A long time between recipe posts meant that I really wanted to make sure that this one was a cracker. Christmas time too, so it couldn’t be more appropriate! Being from Hawke’s Bay means an abundance of fresh stone fruit, so much sometimes that I don’t actually know what to do with it. This recipe…

Recipe: Poached Pears in Chocolate Brownie

What a delectable dessert. It’s a rich, fudgey brownie, but the freshly poached pears lighten it somewhat, making it not so sweet and extremely more-ish. Poaching the pears is definitely what takes the longest, but that is really a matter of chucking everything into a pot and leaving it to simmer for almost an hour….

Recipe: Creme Brulee

Time to get fancy! I have always loved creme brulee, and have always thought of it as a highly complex dish. Once I decided that I wanted to make it though, I realised that perhaps it wasn’t that difficult – rather the gas torch just makes it look extremely flash. The risk in its success…

Recipe: Saucy Chocolate Pudding

It’s hearty, warm and delicious. I can’t claim full credit for this recipe, it’s one that I have stolen from Chelsea Winter – and like almost all of her recipes, it is simple yet still a massive crowd-pleaser. At a recent dinner party, everybody kept asking me whether they could have my ‘secret’ recipe; nobody…

Recipe: Chicken Lasagne

A yummy home-made lasagne is one of my favourite things ever. No lasagne tastes as good as my Mum’s, which has just resulted in me giving up on ordering it when I go out, because while it might be tasty (especially in an Italian restaurant), it just never matches the way Mum makes it.  When…