Gone Too Soon

I got a call from my mom a few days ago, that shocked me, that aunty Angela have passed away. A week before that, my mom was with her, going out to Restaurants and spending time together. She was like a second grandmother to me, the fact that she passed away so suddenly, made me…

Rocky Road

Rocky road is an Australian treat, dessert and can also be mixed with ice cream. It’s very sweet, but so delicious, you can pretty much add anything to it, any lollies, anything your heart desires. From our kitchen to yours, happy baking! Ingredients:1.2kg Chocolate100g Mini Mallows100g Dried Strawberries1/2 Dessicated Coconut1/2 Peanuts1/2 Smarties or M&M’s Method:Line…

Butter Chicken Curry with Coconut Cream

Butter chicken is one of my favourite dishes in New Zealand. It was one of the first dishes we ate when we landed on New Zealand shores. I came across this recipe today, and made it for dinner. It was yum! Definitely making it more often from now on, now that I know how to…

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese is one of my favourite dishes! My mom would made it lots and the magic ingredient is the chutney which give the tomato flavour just an extra kick. With this easy recipe, you can make it in under an hour and also don’t have to think too hard of what to make for…

The Suprise That No One Saw Coming

My heart are so full of joy right now! I managed to pull a suprise off for my sisters birthday, and one of her best friends helping me with the planning it to getting everything ready for her. I am so grateful for technology, for services also now available in Rustenburg, click and collect at…

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac biscuits goes back from World War 1 in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corbs. It is crunchy, and tastes very similar to crunchies in South-Africa. I tweaked the recipe a little. The recipe is from Pams. They used caster sugar, I used soft brown sugar. In the recipe they use 2 cups rolled…

Gingerbread Biscuits

If you haven’t seen me posting in a while, sorry about that. It’s crazy busy on my side like always and we had a sick baby, luckily she is all better now. If I don’t post as much some weeks and more than others it means I am more busy than usual and raising kids…

Don’t Forget The Men

They are the breadwinners in most households, the pillars and anchor in the family unit. They are the providers and teachers. In this fast pace world of today, we sometimes forget them too. Mental illness among men in our society is climbing, the covid19 crisis have just highlight it more. Mental illness in society shouldn’t…

Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

A different alternative to the foodies who are not so fond of cream. It is delicious and tasty and I like it too. From our kitchen to yours, happy baking! Ingredients:100g 70% Dark Chocolate3 Eggs Seperated ( must be room temperature) 400ml Coconut Cream60ml Caster Sugar Method:In a microwave safe bowl add in 100g 70%…

Chicken Al La King by my Mother in-law

My mother in-law makes the best chicken al la king ever. I made chicken al la king like my mother in-law makes it only from memory. Trying to replicate the flavours and what she puts into her chicken al la king. I got it right. It’s delicious and tastes just right. A quick, easy dinner…

To be a Stay at Home Mom is a Double Blessing

To juggle the schedules of three people is no easy task. It takes lots of strength that you didn’t know you had. To be a homemaker comes with it’s challenges. There are never a dull moment. In between the toddler meltdowns, the seperation anxiety from your baby and then love and attention for your husband…

Custard Milk Tart

Custard tart is a kiwi favourite. Milk tart is a South African favourite. I thought I would combine the two and bring two favourites of each country together. The custard is not overpowering, it’s delicious and just right. Happy baking from our kitchen to yours. Ingredients:4 Eggs Mixed700ml Milk80ml Caster Sugar8 Tbs Cornflour mixed with…

Muffin Break

The muffin break always got freshly baked muffins,cakes and also savoury stuff. Their iced chocolate is really nice. Me and my friends enjoyed some muffins. If you looking for a nice place to pop in quick, then the muffin break is the place to go!

Ernie’s Reserve

It was a lovely, sunny Sunday today. We decided to head to Ernie’s Reserve just 5 minutes drive away from our house. Our toddler enjoyed it so much. There were so many ducks and a duck pond. A lovely field of green grass stretching miles, lots of trees and a walking trail. We saw lots…

Tres Leches Cake

One of my friends told me about this cake. His mom makes it always, and he said it was just devine, so I had to try it out for myself. It’s a cake dessert, it’s light, fluffy and this cake recipe have no oil or butter, it simply rises with the egg whites. It’s the…

The Sugar Shed

I wanted to visit this hidden gem in our town for a little while, but never got around to it. I was at the Saturday farmers market when me and my friends decided to visit The Sugar Shed. They serve the best coffee in town as well as gelato ice cream and lots of other…

Potato Bake with Crispy Fried Shallots

Potato bake is a South-African favourite. With this simple recipe you will make it in a snap and friends and family will absolutely love it. You will need: 8 medium sized yellow potatoes washed 700g of Grated cheese 500ml of Fresh cream Coarse salt and pepper to taste Garlic Powder Crispy fried shallots for extra…

Chocolate Mousse & Caramel Mint Tart

Caramel mint tart is one of my favourites and of course chocolate mousse too! I thought, what better way than to hero both elements and put them together in a tart. It came out delicious. It’s airy, light and just perfect if you are after something sweet that is not too rich but also have…

Teriyaki Chicken

I absolutely love anything and everything that contains teriyaki sauce! One of my favourite meals is teriyaki salmon and of coarse chicken. In New Zealand we have so many cultures and diversities that food from around the world are available pretty much everywhere in New Zealand in every grocery store. We enjoy having such a…

Lamb Curry

In Auckland we have just rainy, windy and cold weather. This lamb curry is a warm dish and perfect for cold weather! In a pan add in one chopped onion, and a chopped capsicum. Fry till brown. Add in 2 teaspoons of curry powder. Add in two chopped lamb chops, and fry till browned. Add…

Mac ‘n Cheese

Mac ‘n cheese is an all time favourite for everyone. It is also a family meal, easy meal and quick dinner for two. With this easy recipe, you can make it in a flash and without any hassle. No need for baking in the oven, it’s perfect as it is! Boil 2 cups of macaroni…

Hamilton Zoo

We visited Hamilton Zoo a few weeks ago, the enclosures of the animals are big, there are lots of areas to walk and there are monkeys, tigers, parrots, rhinos, giraffes and lots more animals to see. We had lunch at the zoo, after our walk, looking at all the animals. The zoo is lovely and…

Apricot Chicken

Simple, yet delicious for a Sunday night dinner. The apricot is not to strong, and the cream gives it a little sweetness but not to sweet. Seperate the apricots and juice. Place the juice in the fridge and puree the apricots. I used 410g tin of apricots. Without the juice it makes 250ml of pureed…

Lemon Cheesecake

This simple recipe, is the perfect dessert for any quick get together. Who doesn’t love lemon cheesecake, yes we all do. I adapted this recipe, it was the condensed milk cheesecake recipe, I upgraded the recipe to a delicious lemon cheesecake. I used Krispies as the base, it’s coconut vanilla biscuits, I would recommend also…

Chiffon Cake

I made this cake, a few days ago. I must say it turned out delicious! It lasted only 1 day. Yes, 1 day that’s how perfectly good and fluffy it is. I have searched long for a recipe, especially one I can use to make birthday cakes, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. My…

2 Ingredient White Sauce

If you want to make white sauce and don’t want to take too much time, this is the recipe for you. Easy, simple and can be easily be made in the microwave with only 2 ingredients, yes you read right, only 2 ingredients! Ingredients:450ml Full Cream Milk4 Tbs Cornflour Method:In a microwave safe bowl or…

Corn Fritters

I love making fritters, the corn fritters is the perfect side for any dish. This recipe is just as easy and simple to make like the butternut and pumpkin fritters recipes. In a mixing bowl add 1 tin of creamed corn. Add in 2 eggs, and mix well using a spatula. Sift together 1 cup…

Aunty Penny’s Chutney Chicken

This is a memory that is very close to my heart. When visiting my mom’s friend in Warmbath, she would always make this delicious chutney chicken. Tonight I made it for us, and it’s simple yet delicious in every way! Great when you have some cream left over and don’t know what to do with…

Malt Hot Chocolate

My husband added 1 teaspoon of Milo to our hot chocolate and it was yummy. Just add 1 teaspoon of Milo to your hot chocolate and you have a malty hot chocolate.

Dear Mom

If there is one thing I now know, is that being parents is the best job in the world and also the most scariest. To realise how big responsibility it is to raise two humans and keeping them alive. All that I have learned from you, is to always look for the good in people,…

The Real Honor of Friendship

The highest honor of friendship isn’t getting invited to “that party” or out on a girls weekend. It’s not clinking champagne glasses at fancy brunches or wearing matching shirts on a beach in Florida. That all is nice and fun and good and special, but it’s not what it’s about, not at all. The real…

Kindness Goes Along Way

I though long about this, and I think the title is appropriate for the story I am about to tell you. It started as just taking crunchies to our neighbours, what started out as sharing treats, became so much more. In return our neighbours gave us koeksisters and they were absolutely amazing. I soon began…

I Still Believe

I still believe that the goodness in people exist. I still believe that we are here for a bigger purpose than we can began to understand. I still believe that hope brings people together. I still believe that we will get through this. I still believe that whatever challenges we face, that nothing is to…

Lemon Curd Buttercream

With this easy buttercream recipe, you can make it quickly when you want to apply it onto cupcakes or cakes. You can also replace the lemon curd. Ingredients:3 Tbs Butter at Room Temperature3 Tbs Lemon Curd240ml Sifted Icing Sugar Method:In a mixing bowl, add in the butter and sifted icing sugar. Using a spatula fold…

Oxtail Potjie made in the Pressure Cooker

Oxtail potjie is a well known South African dish. It is enjoyed on winter nights and around the campfire where everyone have their wine in hand. It brings back so many memories. Now I bring oxtail potjie to you, in the comfort of your own home. Where you can make it in the pressure cooker…

Egg Fried Rice

This easy dish, is pretty much a no brainer, it’s veggie friendly, packed full of protein from the eggs and veggies. You can add some meat if you’d like, it’s great as a side dish too! This is a really easy recipe I made, you can even add sauces to make it even tastier. Ingredients:4…

Italian Chocolate Truffle

We ate the italian chocolate truffle dessert from our local grocery store, I decided to make a homemade version, and it tastes better than the store bought one. It’s the most decadent chocolate dessert for any chocoholic. It will soon become a family favourite in any household. I apologise in advance for the long recipe,…

Classic Chocolate Mousse

There are so many chocolate mousse recipes out there, it’s really hard to choose the right one or even know which one is the right one, don’t worry I got you covered! With this full proof, flop proof recipe, you can’t go wrong. It’s delicious, it’s airy, it’s fluffy and everything you want in a…

Dulce de leche, Butterscotch and Caramel Milk Tart

Another delicious milk tart flavour! No need to add any extra sugar, it is already sweet enough and the dulce de leche makes it even more yummy! Crust:1 Packet of Shortbread Biscuits Crushed and mixed with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Pressed into a prepared rectangular, glass dish. Set aside. Filling:1.325 L Milk800g Dulce de…

Healthy Fried Chicken

Me and my husband got the inspiration from one of the chef’s on Eat Well For Less New Zealand. The chef used skinless, boneless chicken breasts and his own coating. We wanted to put a twist on it, and use normal chicken drumsticks and use a ready made coating mix. The results were delicious. If…

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This idea popped into my head just randomly! This is a new healthier alternative to mousse made with cream. It is so airy, light, bubbly and melt in the mouth. It does not contain any egg yolks, like the traditional recipe calls for. It’s cholesterol friendly as well, high in protein, and really delicious. Start…

Yellow Kiwi Fruit Baked Cheesecake

I love cheesecake! I think you know I love cheesecake, just by going through my blog. I did some reading, looked through my own blog and used my own recipe, tweaked the method a bit and there you have it! My own baked cheesecake, I was so amazed when it came out perfect, delicious and…

Beetroot Feel Good Smoothie

This beetroot smoothie is perfect for in the morning! It gives you a great boost and beetroot have lots of antioxidants that are very good for your health. Ingredients:1 Ripe Banana sliced into pieces 125ml Cooked Beetroot, peeled, chopped and shredded 120ml Full Cream Milk30ml Peanut Butter30ml Honey30ml Lemon Juice10ml Tumeric Spice20ml Oats20ml Flavoured Yogurt…

Ginger Nuts

Ginger nuts is a well known and loved kiwi ginger biscuit. It’s rock hard but onced it’s dipped into your preferred warm drink, it’s delicious, melt in the mouth, ginger overload goodness! I got this recipe from a friend of mine, who always make these, she says her batches never comes out the same, this…

Hello August

Like most of us feel, that Covid19 has taken over all the news, our lives and the thought that things will never be like it was before Covid19 hit. All the uncertainty, all the worry, most people losing their jobs, their well being, their livelihoods, their houses and mental health skyrocketing. During these unprecedented times,…

Dulce de Leche & Chocolate Mousse Tart

I love coming up with new creations! Who doesn’t love dulce de leche and chocolate mousse together, I know I do! The chocolate mousse is rich and dark while the dulce de leche is light and not so rich. Together they work perfectly. Start by taking a rectangular glass bowl, prepare it and add some…

Coconut Ice

As a kid growing up, I loved eating coconut ice! It’s sweet, it’s delight in every bite! I made this simple, easy recipe for you to make as well! What you need:395g Tin of Condensed Milk2 and a 1/2 Cups of Icing Sugar2 Cups Dessicated Coconut 1 Tsp TartarFew Drops of Food Colouring Extra icing…

Beef Soup

Beef soup is perfect for rainy days and winter nights. Me and my husband made this, it is yum and have deep, rich flavours, total different flavour profile than the chicken soup. 500g Beef stew meet1 Red Onion chopped1 Spring onion chopped3 Carrots chopped4 Potatoes chopped1 Handful of beans1 Tomato chopped3 Mushrooms chopped200g Celery chopped1…

The Townsend’s Family Baked Milk Tart

My mother in-law always makes this milk tart, and it’s just delicious! I got the privilege to make it too and now post on my blog! It has been passed on from her mother Karen, and it is her mother’s recipe. So we are the 4th generation, to receive this recipe. Before we immigrated, we…