Food, My Photos, Recipes

Prawns are such a yummy ingredient…

So tonight I am making Basil, Lemon & Prawn Pasta. Oh yes I am... Now we all know that recipes are have some patience with me please. This one is just for one person. Ingredients. A handful of pasta. I quite like the spinach fettuccine, but folks anything you fancy goes. Prawns. De-veined. I… Continue reading Prawns are such a yummy ingredient…

Animals, Food, My Photos, New Zealand, Recipes

Pets, Friends, Fresh Fruit & Preserving

Although we are heading in to winter here in New Zealand there is still loads of fruit around. Kiwifruit season has started. At the moment I have a couple staying with me from China who are on a year long trip around New Zealand. Sophie & Bob are very sweet and I am really enjoying… Continue reading Pets, Friends, Fresh Fruit & Preserving

Digitally Altered Photography, Funny Stuff, My Photos, Recipes

Moist Orange Poached Egg Cakes

This is my version of a recipe that was adapted from another version by a chef at the Auckland Heritage Hotel. It tasted amazing. I did not have a straight up muffin tin so they were not as high I think. Next time I might investigate using baking paper in the tins and making them… Continue reading Moist Orange Poached Egg Cakes


White Chocolate Mud Cake Panic…

When my daughter was turning 21, she asked me to make her a cake. I was thrilled. One of the traditions from my kids' birthdays, was making THE cake. Over the years I have made trains, a marshmallow doll, racing cars, rockets, pianos. So many cakes. Once they reached the age where it was no… Continue reading White Chocolate Mud Cake Panic…


Homemade Spinach Soup

This recipe came about because I found out I had high cholesterol - and needed 'oat bran' in my diet. Oat bran washes the cholesterol your liver produces out of your system. I'm always looking for ways to add it to my diet WITHOUT RUINING THE FOOD. I love spinach - and a friend gave… Continue reading Homemade Spinach Soup


Homemade Broccoli Soup

I had this at a friend's place for lunch one day and was addicted immediately. 700 g broccoli 1 small onion 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard salt & pepper to taste *** 1. Cook the broccoli and onion in the stock until tender. 2. Add the mustard and blend (I… Continue reading Homemade Broccoli Soup


Fresh Tomato Soup

This is a friend's recipe - and it really is the best!! 25 g butter 1 onion thinly sliced 1 carrot thinly sliced 1 tablespoon flour 750 g tomatoes peeled and chopped (if you want to cheat - use 2 x 400 g cans) 3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock 1 bay leaf a… Continue reading Fresh Tomato Soup


Bean and Vegetable Curry

1 large red onion, peeled and thickly sliced 1 large orange-fleshed kumara (sweet potato), peeled and diced 1/2 a cauliflower or 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 1 cup water or vegetable stock 1 green or red capsicum, diced 400 g tin of kidney or butter beans (I prefer the butter beans) 400 g… Continue reading Bean and Vegetable Curry


Tuna, Cannellini Bean, Avocado and Red Onion Salad

This recipe will serve 4 people. ******** 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 300g good-quality tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked into large chunks 1 diced avocado 1 small red onion, finely sliced 12 cherry tomatoes, halved or 4 truss ripened tomatoes, diced large handful fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped 3 tbsp olive… Continue reading Tuna, Cannellini Bean, Avocado and Red Onion Salad