Instant Cheesecake

This cheesecake get it’s name by the instant pudding or mixes that was used to create it. So the possibilities is endless and so are the flavours. You can’t go wrong with this one! It’s delicious, easy and anyone can make it! If you are running out of ideas for a pudding barbecue with some…

Soul Sisters

In life we need a few good girlfriends we can open our hearts to, that understand us, that support us and that are judgement free, who accepts us for being ourselves. You see in life destiny and time do play a role. All the decisions you make, have a chain reaction to everything that will…

Crunchies by my Mother in-law

Crunchies is a well known and well loved South African treat. Me and my husband just love these! They are so full of flavour and also healthy! They get their name from the crunchy, chewy bites that they are. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: 4 Cups of Flour 2 Cups of Coconut 4 Cups of…

Buttermilk Muffin Scones

I love working with buttermilk these days, instead of crumbling the butter with the flour and adding the liquid afterwards, I did it the wrong way around. It didn’t turned out a flop it tasted delicious like my husband said. When making new recipes, sometimes in the process things change or go differently than what…

It only takes one Teacher

Today I want to tell you a story. This teacher have taught me english in High School, and have always encouraged me and supported me, when I finished High School. She actually encouraged me to start blogging about my cooking and baking, she helped with refining my children’s books that I wrote too. Ten years…

My Mom’s Chicken Curry

You know when there is cold and rainy weather, your in the mood to make something with a little bite, and that takes you back home. I always helped my mom in the kitchen growing up, my grandmother also make this chicken curry. My mom is known for her curry pots, tonight I got it…

Creamy Beef Stronganoff

After a barbecue on a Saturday morning, there is always some left over steak and other meats. When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this recipe will have everyone talking. It’s creamy, peppery and not over rich. Me and my husband have learned that the simple ingredients and keeping it simple, is what…

Australian Fires & How you can Help

Hey everyone, on this windy, cool Monday afternoon in Auckland, New Zealand. This Australian bush fires is terrible. Animals in NSW, Australia have lost their lives and homes. So many people have lost their homes and been misplaced. Some people have also died in the bush fires. The state of NSW have called it now…

Act of Random Kindness

A few months ago we got new neighbours who moved in in front of us, right after our child turned 1. Before they moved in, I baked some crunchies and chocolate rusks with my mother in-law. I thought I would welcome them to our neighbourhood by taking some chocolate rusks and crunchies for them. I…

Karioitahi Beach

We visited Karioitahi Beach on new year’s day. We thought it was going to be quiet, but it turned out to be really busy. Anyway it’s only 25 minute drive from Pukekohe, and closer than we thought. The beach is covered with soft black sand, the waves are a little rough, but if you want…

Blank Canvas

Welcome to 2020! Wow what a journey. Today is the start of your blank canvas. How will you paint yours and what type of brushes and colours will you use. However you choose to paint your blank canvas, may it be your best one yet. 2019 flew by in an blink of an eye. Now…

Chocolate Protein Shake

Starting my day with a Shake 🌞My husband gave me a NutriBullet for Christmas and I love how efficient it is.I started with drinking a Chocolate Protein Shake. Just add 1 Banana 🍌1 Tbs of Jogurt 🍶Sprinkle some oats over your choice of how manySprinkle of salt1Tbs of Peanut Butter 🌰1 1/2 Tsp of Cocoa…

Coconut Chocolate Bites

In New Zealand, coconut rough is well known and loved all over. As I searched the web for some recipes, I decided to make it much more simpler, and only using two ingredients. This recipe of mine is so simple, yet versatile too as you can use any chocolate block you want, and mix it…

Christmas Cookies

It’s tradition to bake christmas cookies, this time of the year, each year I try something different. Last time I used melted chocolate to coat the cookies, this time I used royal icing and it worked perfectly! Ingredients: 125g Butter 1 Cup of Sugar 4 Cups of Flour 2 Tablespoons of Baking Powder 2 Eggs…

Yogurt Cheesecake with Caramel Cookie Crumble Base

I came up with this recipe, as I love yogurt, it’s healthy and it’s sooo creamy and deliciousness. After one bite you are just gone want more and more! I must say from all the cheesecakes I have made this one is the winner! You only need 4 ingredients. Start by taking a packet of…

Easy Gammon

Me and my husband have made so many gammon’s and this one takes the cake! You can add any veggies and sides we eat gammon just like this with some honey. December is the perfect month for gammon, it’s Thanksgiving and Christmas so if you are planning on making a roasts this is simple and…

Butter Beef Fillet Roast

This butter beef fillet roast is very delicious. Me and my husband love beef and we love roasts. Who doesn’t like a delicious, saucy, buttery roast that just melts in your mouth the moment you eat it. This is a very simple recipe that is easy to make and for every beginner. This is a…

2-in-1 Mousse & Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream and who doesn’t love mousse. I know I do! I have been loving ice cream since being a kid growing up, since living in New Zealand they have the best ice cream and chocolate I have ever eaten. In this recipe I have used the Whittaker’s Creamy Milk block, but…

A Story to Inspire You too

Dear Readers, followers and supporters this blog post I wanted to do for sooo long, but you know it just wasn’t the right time(yet). I feel now that I can finally share with you where my love for cooking and baking started, how I got my voice and without me realising it how God guided…

Rainy Weather Porridge

Today it was pouring with rain, growing up during the winter when we wrote exams, we always would eat porridge for breakfast. This reminded me of being back home and brought back so many memories. It’s called maize meal and we get it in New Zealand. This simple recipe of mine that you just make…

Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is a delicious warm pudding served with some creamy custard. It’s a real favourite during cold months and when served with your favourite Christmas dinner. I have always used this recipe, it’s from foodloversrecipes. It’s really easy and simple and delicious too! Pudding: 375 ml (180 g) flour 5 ml bicarbonate of soda…

South African Samoosas

Since arriving in New Zealand, me and my husband miss eating samoosas the most. You can just walk around and in every café and corner shop will have them. My husband enjoyed the samoosas so much he said it beats the ones in South-Africa and the ones he tasted before. He said it was just…

Lemon, Caramel and Mousse Tart

I came up with this recipe as I love lemon, caramel and mousse. Who wouldn’t love all three together? I know I do! Crust:2 cups flour1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup butter1 egg1 tsp baking powderpinch of salt Put the oven on 170 Degrees Celsius.Rub flour and butter together to form breadcrumbs.Add the rest of the dry…

Chicken Lasagna

Love lasagna, so I made this delicious, spicy, saucy, chicken goodness! It’s a real crowd pleaser too. Ingredients:2 Chicken fillets 2 Carrots peeled and grated 1 Onion chopped 1 Green capsicum chopped 3 Tomatoes chopped 1 Thumb size ginger peeled and grated 1 Tbs tumeric or saffron 1 Tbs curry powder Salt and pepper to…

Cheesy Pasta

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese. I came up with this simple and easy cheesy pasta recipe. It’s so quick, when you are a parent anything easy and simple goes. Ingredients: 450g Fussili Pasta / Macaroni Cooked and set aside 2 Tomatoes Sliced 1 Cup of Gouda Cheese grated for sprinkle on top Paprika for…

Simple Potato Salad

This potato salad is very simple and easy, if you don’t have mayonnaise you can substitute it with some plain greek yogurt. I like the potato salad when it’s still warm. Ingredients:4 Potatoes cooked, peeled and cut into blocks and cooled down. 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise Coase Salt and Coarse pepper to taste Method: In…

Lemon Meringue Pie

This recipe I got from my mother in law. It’s a really simple and easy recipe, the source of the recipe comes from Foodloversrecipes group and website. Ingredients: 1 Tin Condensmilk 3 Eggs 1/2 Cup Castor Sugar1/2 Cup Lemon Juice For the base: 125g melted butter or margarine 200g coconut biscuits crushed Mix the butter…

Mango Tart with Mango Glaze

I came up with this recipe when I got a bunch of mangos from my friend. I decided to make mango juice and put it in a tart. It is a nice summer tart that is very light and delightful. Ingredients for the Mango Mixture: 1 Packet of any crunchy biscuits250g Mascarpone 250g Cultured Cream250ml…

Buttermilk Rusks

Buttermilk Rusks are crunchy and will trigger your taste buds. It’s a delicious morning quick breakfasf before you leave for work. It’s one of my favourite things to snack on and it’s also good for babies when they are teething. It is loved by lots of South Africans as well as their friends and family…

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

I baked this cupcakes today using a cake mix from a box. Edmonds which is widely known here. It’s actually just made to be used as a cake but I decided why not twist it up and make delicious cupcakes. It came with some icing where I just had to follow the instructions to make…

Creamy Bacon Carbonara

This delicious and creamy, bacon cabonara was made by my husband. Its very simple and easy and won’t take long to prepare! Boil and drain about one and a half cups of elbow pasta and set aside. In a pan add some olive oil and about 300g of bacon. In the oven let it grill…

Hunua Falls

We went yesterday for a lovely Sunday afternoon drive, and visited Hunua Falls. It’s only 23km from Pukekohe. By the time we arrived it was already very busy. There are a Kiwi Grill where you can buy something to eat or drink and fruit flavored ice cream. The boysenberry and strawberry is delicious. We then…

Pasta Bake

This dish is very close to my heart, growing up this was the go-to meal my mom would make. When you ran out of ideas in the week and by the weekend you throw together a few simple ingredients and you have a wonderful delicious and easy meal the whole family will love! Cook about…

4 Ingredient Caramilk Cheesecake

Caramilk is getting alot of attention at the moment in Australia and New Zealand. From Aussies to Kiwis love them, the first time I tasted the caramilk cadbury block, I was hooked! It’s pure caramilk smooth, creamy chocolate. Caramel goodness! I wanted to make a cheesecake with it since it reappeared on New Zealand shelves….

Chicken Cottage Pie

We all love cottage pie, for the most part. My mom always made this for us and we couldn’t wait for dinner. I put my own twist on it, and made it a chicken cottage pie. It is very rich but soooo delicious with just the right flavours and spices. Hope you enjoy it as…

Potato Bake

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: 5-7 medium sized potatoes washed 500ml of grated cheese 1 cup of sour cream Coarse salt and pepper to taste Garlic Powder Paprika for on top I…

The Perfect Vetkoek Dough

I finally got the vetkoek dough recipe to perfection! The art is in the sifting of the flour which gives it a more airy taste and is just perfect and crispy. It’s my own recipe, very simple and easy too. In a mixing bowl sift 6 cups of flour and pinch of salt. Add in…

Auckland Botanic Gardens

We recently visited the Auckland botanic gardens. They have the most beautiful plants and trees as well as a place to have a bite. The entry is free for all visitors. They are open from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm. It was a lovely sunny day and we enjoy it very much. We…

Japanese Muffin Pancakes

Take a flour sifter and sift together 3 cups of self raising flour, 60ml caster sugar and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl add three egg yolks, 3 cups of milk and 5ml vanilla essence and add to the flour mixture, while mixing. Take the three egg whites and…

Cream Cheese Chocolate Brownie Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Using my knowledge and experience to make this cake was so much fun but also nerve racking, but so excited. It tastes just like brownie and the cream cheese gives it a different taste. I enjoyed baking this cake alot. It’s an easy recipe to follow. Hope you enjoy baking it too! In a jug…

Viaduct Harbour

The Viaduct Harbour is situated in Auckland CBD and on the harbour there is restuarants situated on the vianduct as well as the Marine Museum. The first time we visited the viaduct harbour we ate at The Viaduct Grill and the steak was delicious! We were so full and the food is absolutely delicious. The…

3 Ingredient Cheesecake

This recipe is a MUST if your doing a barbecue with some friends and need a recipe to make cheesecake in a “flash”. This recipe have lots of different names, it can be called the 5 minute microwave cheesecake or the 3 ingredient cheesecake, whichever name you prefer the method and ingredients stays the same….

Coffee Mate Fridge Tart

Growing up my mom always used to make this tart for us. It is called “Cremora Tart” in South Africa and here I found the ingredients similar to cremora which here it is known as coffee whitener or coffee creamer. The replacement for milk in coffee. Combined with condensed milk and lemon juice, it’s delicious….

Arriving in New Zealand

We arrived in New Zealand in February 2018. It happened to be Chinese New Year too. After a 28 hour flight, none to less sleep we were glad to be safely in New Zealand, touching ground and trying to figure out where we were from the airport to get to our AirBnB. There was no…

Lemon Garlic Barbecue Snapper

My Husband recently made us the most delicious snapper over the barbecue. All he used was salted butter and he added teaspoons of garlic and lemon juice and mix it with the butter. He then spread it over the fish and inside the fish, he then covered it with tin foil and placed it inside…

Marlise Meyer Photography

I can highly recommend her! We got to know her through mutual friends of ours and since then we only use her to take our photo’s. She is situated in Long Bay, Auckland. I feel that her photography is so good that it is worthy of being feutured in magazines all acrosss New Zealand. She…

Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe by my Mother In-Law

My mother in-law that came to visit us, showed me what she uses and how to make this legend of a recipe! This is my husbands favorite dish since growing up, when the smell he can’t resist. I finally got it right yesterday evening. It’s not to subtle and not too sweet either it’s just…

War Memorial Museum

The War Memorial Museum is situated in Auckland City at the Auckland Domain Park. The museum have three floors and free entry to Residents. There are also some coffee shops inside that serves from muffins to cakes to bars and hot beverages. There are bathrooms situated after you enter. We managed to do two floors…

Potjiekos

Potjiekos is a traditional South African dish where meat, vegetables and rice or “sous kluitjies” is added to a cast iron pot and nothing gets mixed in between adding all the ingredients. At the bottom goes the meat and some coke and wine and salt and pepper and herbs and spices. It’s cooked over a…