Afghans

Afghans are SUCH an understated biscuit. I think the reason for this is probably because the spectrum of afghans is pretty wide, that is, the store-bought ones can taste very different to the ones your grandma makes at home. Homemade afghans are seriously the best, although I do have to admit I am a pretty…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Snickers Bliss Balls

I loved the bliss ball craze when it started. There were so many variations of these tasty little ‘healthy’ balls – so much better for you than the ‘butter and rum balls’ (albeit delicious) that my mum used to make for us. Peanut and chocolate is a winning combination, which is why I’ve opted to…

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Who doesn’t love themselves a gooey, chocolate cookie? This recipe is just so great, I have made them so many times that I think I really have perfected them. The original recipe that I adapted them from used just plain milk chocolate chips, but I like to use broken up blocks of chocolate so that…