German Buttercream

This German buttercream is used on cakes or cupcakes. It is not so sweet like buttercream, some people prefer German buttercream to normal buttercream. Ingredients: 250ml Custard 70ml Sugar 226g Unsalted Butter at room temperature 1/4 Teaspoon Salt Method: Using an electric mixer mix together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add in…

Home-made Worcestershire Sauce

This is a really easy and simple recipe. It only have 3 ingredients. Ingredients: 125ml Vinegar 40ml Soya Sauce 2 Tbs Sugar Method: Mix all the ingredients together. Place in the pan with your sausages or any other meat. Fry with the meat until sausages are cooked. Serve with some mash and enjoy!

Slow Cooked Marinated Ribs

Me and my husband absolutely love ribs and marinated ribs is even better. With this easy recipe it is even easier for an easy quick family meal. Ingredients: 1.2kg Marinated Ribs 1 Large Ovenproof Dish Foil for covering the dish Method: Turn the oven temperature to 140 degrees celsius. Wait for the oven to reach…

Gem Squash Seeds started Sprouting

I am happy to report that my gem squash seeds have started to sprout in our veggie and herb garden. Unfortunately our potato plant died due to accidently being poisoned, but I planted some new potatoes so they will see what happens to the new potatoes being planted. I just took gem squash seeds from…

Home-made Custard

Home-made custard is definitely much more delicious than the store bought ones. This custard was used in making German buttercream. Ingredients: 375ml Fresh Milk 10ml Vanilla Essence 150g White Sugar 60ml Cornflour 2 Egg Yolks Method: On the stove heat up the milk on low heat till bubbling. Set aside to cool down completely. Mix…

You Flew Away Today

You flew away today,The skies grew grey,Clouds poured tears on the ground,The Earth grew still not a sound,Rainbows ended and the sun failed to shine,Even the stars did not align.You flew away today,I choose the words to be delayed,Can it all just be a lie,You did not even say goodbye,My world has stopped turning,My whole…

Bubbles Photography Take 2

I had some more fun, taking photos of bubbles. The bubbles stick to water or wet surfaces better than on dry surfaces. Here is my photos:

Sweet & Sour Pork Sauce

Me and my husband uses the sweet and sour pork sauce in all of our dishes, well most of them. Your welcome to remove the sauce after the first 36 minutes. The sauce adds a new depth of flavour to any dish. It’s so good and delicious it can be bottled and sold. My mother…

Bubbles Photography

I had so much fun playing around with these bubbles and blowing them into the trees and grass and everywhere, trying to capture them as quick as possible cause they pop so quick and the wind isn’t helping either, but I am sharing these photos with you of what I managed to capture. All captured…

Creamed Spinach

I love home made creamed spinach. This is the perfect side to any dish. My own recipe. In a pot add in some olive oil. Add in one chopped onion and fry till brown and soft for about 10 minutes. Add in 100g of freshly chopped spinach. Add in a little water and close the…

Belgian Waffles

I recently got myself a waffle maker and I absolutely love it! Love having waffles for breakfast and for dessert with some ice cream. This recipe is from the booklet that I got with my waffle maker. It’s really easy. Ingredients: 2 Cups Flour 60ml Sugar 8 Tsp Baking Powder 120ml Vegetable Oil 2 Eggs…

Hearty Winter Warmer Beef Stew

I made this winter warmer beef stew and it came out better than what I expected. I used the sauce from our sweet and sour pork recipe and it enriched the flavour so much. It gave this beef stew a new depth of flavour. Put the crock pot on saute/brown and press start. Add some…

Come Jesus Come

This song really touched my heart. It’s perfect for the times we live in today with all the uncertainty and scary times. Sometimes I fall to my knees and prayCome Jesus come let today be the daySometimes I feel like I’m gonna breakBut I’m holding on to a hope that won’t fadeCome Jesus come we’ve…

Women

When she is silent, millions of things run through her mind. When she stares at you, she wonders why she loves you so much despite the fact that it is taken for granted. If she says I will stand by you, she will stand by you like a solid rock. Never hurt her or take…

Onion Plant Growing

Update on our veggie garden. Our onion plant started to grow to my amazement. I planted either a halve an onion or a whole one. Here is the photos:

Chocolate Mint Mousse with Whipped Cream

I had so much fun making this dessert and it’s yummy too. The chocolate mint goes perfect with the whipped cream. Take 100g 70% dark mint chocolate and break into pieces, melt in the microwave in a glass bowl for 30 seconds to 1 minute till melted. Set aside to cooldown to room temperature. Seperate…

Maraetai Beach

We visited Maraetai Beach today. It is a beautiful beach that is crystal clear and there is a park too by the beach as well as a wharf and lots of shells on the beach. Maraetai beach is about 50 minutes from Pukekohe. It was a lovely sunny day and the kids enjoyed it alot…

South African Pancakes

Nothing beats South African pancakes on a rainy day with cinnamon and sugar. You can add in milk tart filling, caramel filling and even mousse. South African pancakes is bigger than crêpes and a little bit thicker. This is the best recipe and easiest and the yummiest too! Sift together:1 and 1/2 Cups of Flour1…

Mushroom Sauce

My husband makes the most delicious mushroom sauce. This is really easy. Start by adding some butter in a pot. Add in some chopped mushrooms. Fry in the butter till soft. Add in about a cup of milk or more. Place heat on high and turn down. Mix a few teaspoons of cornflour with some…

The Start of Our Veggie and Herb Garden

I started our veggie garden a month or so ago. I gave up when I saw that our seeds we planted didn’t grow at all. I decided to plant halve a potato and halve a onion plant which is not growing yet. To my amazement it started to grow. The plants are so happy and…

French Toast

Me and my husband love french toast and this easy recipe is both me and my husbands work. It’s super easy and delicious and not overly sweet. In a blender, blend together: 4 Eggs 2 Tbs Flour 1/2 Tbs Vanilla Essence 1/2 Tbs Baking Powder 1 and 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon Powder 1 Tbs Brown Sugar…

St Pierres Sushi of Japan

After our visit to Butterfly Creek we stopped over at the sushi place for some sushi for lunch. We love these sushi, all these sushi was $50. Seaweed salad was really nice and first time I have tasted it. The St Pierres Sushi of Japan is located just outside of the airport, next to Butterfly…

Golden Egg Hunt at Butterfly Creek

This weekend we visited Butterfly Creek again. They have a golden egg hunt on the whole weekend. Their is a dinosaur walking as well. Butterfly Creek was packed and got even more packed before we left at around 2pm. There is a golden egg hunt on at the moment, where you have to search for…

Johnny’s Steakhouse

Me and my friend visited this restaurant for our moms night out. Their brownie are the best and crème Brûlée is delicious but would prefer it warm. The service was great and the staff very friendly, we had such a fun time.

Moms Night Out

This was my first moms night out, since becoming a mom. I must say we had so much fun. Me and my friend walked down to the restaurant. The restaurant was Johnny’s Steakhouse. We had some chips and dessert. We already ate before we went. The town was eary and quiet, until we went into…

Lifelong Friends

We all have those friends that will stick by us in our life. Who we know is always there for us. Whether we talk everyday, it’s irrelevant. We know we can always count on them. They are unfortunately not very easy to find. In today’s world, people don’t want to go the extra mile anymore,…

Auckland Zoo

We visited Auckland Zoo recently and it was packed with families and kids running around full of excitement. We had so much fun and did lots of walking. We saw lots of animals and the enclosures was big too, I will say that Auckland Zoo is much better than Hamilton Zoo, for the fact that…

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

If you want to bake an easy vanilla cupcake recipe, that doesn’t take much time, is simple and easy to understand, then this is for you! This is the perfect recipe for vanilla cupcakes or vanilla cake, with any frosting to your preference. I got this recipe from a friend of mine, and it’s the…

Why are you trying to fit in, when you were born to stand out

I know I haven’t been active lately, it’s been hectic, being a mom is not easy, but anyway I just want to empower anyone and everyone who feel discouraged or not good enough. We get told by society in order to be accepted and to feel worthy, we must conform to what society thinks we…

4 Ingredients Condensed Milk Scones

These scones are yummy and delicious. They are really easy to make and goes well with some butter, cream and jam with cheese. All you need is these 4 ingredients: 4 Cups Flour 3 Cups Yogurt of your Choosing, can be Greek, flavored or fruity. 20ml Baking Powder 2 Cans of Condensed Milk Add all…

The Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything food related. It’s just been so crazy the last couple of days. I have so much more to share. I started a podcast as well it is available on all streaming platforms, still waiting for apple. The podcast is Kristie’s Pantry. Anyway this blog post…

Homemade Dulce de Leche – Crock Pot & Pressure Cook Friendly

I had so much fun experimenting with my crock pot. Putting it to the test and figuring which time is the right time, for the results of dark, creamy and rich dulce de leche. Many people had asked me what dulce de leche is. It is a confection from Latin America made by slowly heating…

Oreo Cheesecake

I love oreos and who doesn’t love oreos in a cheesecake? I know I do. I made this cheesecake a few days ago and it came out delicious. You can add your own twists to it. Ingredients: 250g Shortbread Biscuits Crushed 50 – 70g Butter or Margarine melted 3 Packets of Oreos (147g per pack…

Chicken Risotto

I love risotto, the fact that it has so many different aspects to it and that you can put your own twist on it. From vegetarian friendly to using beef, pork or chicken and adding any vegetables to your prereference. It is healthy too and makes for a super quick dinner in under an hour…

Rasberry Flavoured Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

This is really easy to make. You just add 30ml rasberry essence to any vanilla cake box mix, to your preferences. Bake the cupcakes according to the steps given on the box. I used ready made chocolate buttercream and added some sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!

Bell’s Berries

We visited the strawberry farm today. Our toddler had so much fun and our little one too. We finished the day off with some strawberry flavoured ice cream. It was a lovely, sunny day and we all had a blast. Both our kids love strawberries just as much as we do. The strawberry farm is…

Chocolate Mousse & Caramel Mint Trifle

I made this dessert a few weeks ago and it came out delicious. It’s a quick and easy dessert that doesn’t take up much time. The peppermint liquor makes it extra yummy. Ingredients for the Biscuit Layer:1 Packet of Vanilla Biscuits Crushed Ingredients for the Chocolate Mousse Layer:92% 200g Dark Chocolate melted4 Large Eggs at…

Hertzoggie Biscuits

Hertzoggies is a sweet, pastry with jam in the middle and coconut meringue on top. It’s delicious and easy to make, even for the beginner. Pastry: 250g (450ml measured unsifted) Cake Flour 25g (37.5ml) Castor Sugar 10ml Baking Powder 1ml Salt 125g Butter or Margarine at room temperature 3 Extra Large Egg Yolks 15ml Cold…

3 Bean Salad

This is the best bean salad I have ever eaten. It’s packed full of flavour and goodness. We ate this bean salad with our Christmas lunch in 2020. They made the salad and I took the photos. Ingredients: 2 Tins Baked Beans 1 Tin 4 Bean Mix 1 Tin Butter Beans 2 Green Capsicums Chopped…

Bobotie

Bobotie is an easy South African dish. When you only have the basics and need to prepare an easy dinner with not alot of effort then this is it. Ingredients: 1 Thick Slice white bread or 2 – 3 slices white bread or any other bread 250ml Milk 1 Large Onion 25ml Cooking Oil 37.5ml…

Easy Chocolate Ganachè

I came across this recipe and this is the easiest ganachè recipe to make. From beginners to experts and even starting homecooks alike that is only starting to learn the basics. In a glass bowl, add in 500g 70% dark chocolate chopped up finely. Set aside. On the stove top on in a pan add…

2 Ingredients Oreo Mug Cake

This easy recipe is doing the rounds on social media especially on Tiktok. It requires only milk and oreo’s. In a coffee mug add in 6 oreos and crush them with a fork until fine crumbs form, add in 30ml of milk and place in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and…

Unicorn Coloured Birthday Cake with Rasberry Jam

I had so much fun baking our daughters birthday cake. I doubled the chocolate cake recipe I always used and just went for it. This time I wanted to do it the right way, from scratch and with no exceptions. I think all my experience and knowledge learning to bake cakes properly have lead up…

Unicorn Coloured Smash Cake for our Daughter’s 1st Birthday

Our daughter’s 1st birthday was recently, and I decided to make her a smash cake. I had so much fun! My pantry was overflowing with ready made frosting, so I decided to make the cake and decorate it with the frosting I had and to just add some colouring to it. It was amazing to…

The Perfect Vanilla Buttercream

I came across this recipe when my sister in-law gave me a recipe book for Christmas with some lovely recipes and also tips. I came across this buttercream recipe, and haven’t used any other recipe since. I use this recipe for decorating cakes and cupcakes to everything in between too. This buttercream recipe is airy,…

Oreo Cheesecake Pops by Bianca

I got these recipes from one of my friends and it’s devine! It’s super easy to make, and just yummy and the balance between sweet and the bitter of the oreo biscuits, makes it a yummy treat in itself. I made this oreo cheesecake pops for our daughters birthday party coming up. Start by removing…