Recipe: Vegan Choc Chip Cookies

Just because it is a vegan recipe, doesn’t mean it can’t taste like a normal cookie, right? Indeed. This recipe is fantastic. Packed with chocolate, the cookies also taste a little bit nutty from the use of whole wheat flour. Not only is the recipe vegan, it is also great because it requires no beating…

Beer, waffles, chocolate & fries… must be Belgium!

Brussels Bright eyed and bushy tailed, we were very excited to touch down at Brussels Charleroi airport as it symbolised the beginning of our month long European road trip in April, 2014. Once Ryan Air had kindly informed us that we were amongst the 99% of their flights which land on time we disembarked the…

Recipe: Afghans

Afghans are SUCH an understated biscuit. I think the reason for this is probably because the spectrum of afghans can be pretty wide, that is, store-bought afghans can taste very different to the ones wee grandma makes at home. In my opinion, homemade afghans are seriously the best, I can almost never resist. All store-bought…

Banana chocolate chip pancakes

Lazy Sunday mornings always call for pancakes, and what a better way to mix them up than by adding some good ol’ mashed banana and some delicious chocolate chips. Always a hit with the boyfriend, they are a pretty easy dish to whip up without much notice, so long as you have the classic baking…

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….

The Bach

The Bach (108 Maunganui Road) A super beachy looking place in the hub of the Mount township; I’ve always been attracted to it purely by its interior decor. It’s spacious, with large tables, menus on the wall and a cabinet + low counter across from which you order. The coffee is tasty, the brownie is…

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Brownie

This recipe is an absolute winner. I kid you  not, every time it goes down a treat. It is super important to not overcook it; in fact, if you were planning on serving it as a dessert with icecream, I would actually under cook it slightly so that it stays gooey and runny on the…

Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

One  of the things I love most is waking up to the smell of freshly cooked muffins; now that I no longer live at home, if I want that smell I have to bake them myself. Which I don’t have a problem with, because it means I get to choose the flavour. Banana and chocolate…

Devonport, Auckland

Only a short 20 minute ferry ride away from Auckland’s CBD, visiting the seaside village of Devonport can sometimes feel like a whole world away from Auckland. You can catch a ferry from Queen’s Wharf and it costs $12 for a return trip (although you can get a concession if you plan on making the…

Ferrero Rochers

Okay, so these aren’t the real deal – but they are the next best thing! It took me a while to get this recipe right, as Ferrero Rochers have such a creamy, indulgent texture (and flavour) that it was important to do it justice. I don’t think anyone will be confusing the two anytime soon,…