Kicking back in Courmayeur

  Being among the fortunate few who don’t have any mid-term exams, Danielle and I have been able to plan a month long trip around a number of countries within Europe. What better way to start this journey then by heading up into the Northern parts of Italy (and as it turned out, the Southern part of…

Review: Alto Cafe

As a student without a car, Mornington wasn’t  really somewhere that I would venture to all that often. I made it up to Rosyln, for the Friday Bakery and the odd event at Luna but Alto Cafe was just that little bit further, meaning that it was omitted from my mix. Alto Cafe had loads…

Review: Precinct

  Having been a student in Dunedin for 5 years I thought I would be all over the cafes, restaurants and bars that existed. But man, time sure changes everything – and it hasn’t even been that long. I had heard of Vogel Street when I was a student, but there was nothing really happening…

Review: La Rumbla

  La Rumbla is a tapa style restaurant tucked away on the main street of Arrowtown. It is vibrant, modern and fun-feeling. The staff are all extremely knowledgeable about the food and drink which they are serving, which is always a good thing. My boyfriend and his family had always spoken so highly of La…

Wherefore art thou Romeo? – Verona, Italy

If one has a day to spare while in the Milano region, then a visit to Verona is the perfect way to fill it. All the tourist attractions essentially form a leisurely walking loop around the town, finishing up centrally in Piazza Bra. About ninety minutes after departing Milan’s Central Station, Danielle, Dimitri and I…

Recipe: Chorizo & Chickpea Soup

Wow, this recipe is an absolute ripper! It literally takes all of ten minutes and is so warming and delicious. It’s also pretty cheap. The amount this recipe cooks is perfect for 2 people, but unlike most of my recipes it doesn’t give leftovers (although you could totally just double the recipe). Collect 1 chorizo…

Recipe: Savoury Scones

I know I have posted a scone recipe already (Cheddar and Chive flavoured) but sometimes more of a meaty, colourful scone is desired. Obviously, you could just use the other scone recipe and add ham or bacon but when we tried this recipe I thought the dough was particularly good so thought it would be worthwhile…

Recipe: Butter Chicken

This is an authentic butter chicken recipe, adapted from the Little India cookbook. It uses no sugar, which is uncommon for most Western butter chicken recipes. It doesn’t lose its sweetness though – even without butter or sugar this dish still melts in in the mouth. YUM! Collect 2 T plain unsweetened yoghurt salt and…

Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

Man oh man! With all this crazy weather we have been experiencing lately, how could we not excuse ourselves for thinking that winter is here. And winter time means we want hot food – what better fits that bill than curry? Indian curries have become my new favourite thing to make – a little bit…

Recipe: Healthy muesli bars

If you are anything like me, snacking is important. I hate the thought of only eating three big meals a day and fortunately I don’t have to do that. The problem is having enough different kinds of snacks to stay healthy and keep things interesting. Muesli bars are such an easy solution, however the ones…