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…

3 Bean Salad by Connor & Jamie

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…

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…

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…

Homemade Chips

There is just something about homemade chips that doesn’t tastes like the store bought ones. I will share with you,me and my husbands homemade chips recipe. It’s simple and easy and also quick to make. Peel 5 big potatoes. Cut up the peeled potatoes in chip sizes and place in a jug with some water,…

Celebrating 5000 Visitors🎉

How do I say thank you, 2 years ago I could have never imagined that my website would do so good and be so successful. I started this website from nothing, building it up to where it is today. My heart is full of gratitude today. What I’ve learned is that if you don’t go…

Kokako

Pop in here before you leave Commercial Bay. The best coffee we have ever tasted! The staff are so friendly and welcoming.

Gochu

We visited this restaurant today, it’s in Commercial Bay and the food is yummy. We had such a great time, the food is spicy but good spicy and not overpowering spicy. We ordered the set menu that was $25 each plus some drinks. If you are visiting Commercial Bay for a shopping spree, don’t forget…

Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay recently opened it’s doors to the public. It’s a lovely shopping mall with so many space and the downtown carpark are right across from it. We were in their quick today, so didn’t see all the shops but the vibe in the mall is lovely. It’s near the vianduct harbour and on queen…

It’s the little things that count

Today, me and my toddler did some baking. I realised it’s all the little things that add up. I showed her how we add all the ingredients and how we bake and decorate the cupcakes. She enjoyed it so much. Stay at home mom and working moms, and all parents alike. If you don’t find…

Yakety Yak

Yakety Yak is a lovely restaurant with the best breakfast or brunch as you may call it in town. We ate there recently and enjoyed the it so much. The staff are lovely and the food is just exceptional.

Homemade Pasta Gnocchi by Connor & Jamie

First time making gnocchi and it is such a different taste that I am used to growing up. Gnocchi tastes to me alot like potato dumplings. Pasta potatoes. Make sure you season your gnocchi well,you can even add some spicy seasoning to it too. This recipe is from our friends, they always make it and…

Honey Mustard Sauce

My husband makes the best honey mustard sauce, and he teached me how to make it too. It can be used over gammon, and over chicken, as a side or as a dipping sauce. In a microwave safe bowl add in: 1 Cup of Honey 2 Tbs Dijon Mustard 5ml of Lemon Juice Place the…

Chocolate Lovers Trifle

The highlight for me for 2020 was to be able to pull this yummy dessert off. It is definitely on the top of my list of desserts. In South-Africa at Woolworths foods I love eating their chocolate desserts, it is always so decadent and chocolate mousse just perfect, fluffy and delicious. This dessert reminds me…

Murray

After our lovely sunny but windy morning on the beach, we decided to have some lunch at Murray. They serve the best fried squid and delicious street food. Murray is located before you get to the beach. It’s a lovely atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There food is delicious, if you…

Piha Beach

Hey everyone. Readers, bloggers and foodies alike. I am ready for the new year, and feel refreshed and energised after my 2 week break from blogging. Hope all of you had a special and wonderful festive season. Here in New Zealand our little town was mostly empty and most people went away on holiday. You…

Last Farewell to 2020

As I typed this blog post, I can’t help but feel a little bit nostalgic and emotional at the same time. This year no one knew a pandemic of this magnitude would reach all around the world, killing so many and just keep on infecting and people getting sick. It has turned all our worlds…

Our Christmas Lunch

Our Christmas this year, we did things a little differently. We teamed up with our friends and neighbours and had Christmas lunch together. It was a lovely fresh lunch with cold meats that have already been roasted and cooled down. For dessert we had cinnamon rolls made by Jamie (recipe to follow) and the most…

Caramel Mint Log by Shar-nica

This is a really simple and easy dessert. My friend have made this for about a decade now. It’s her favourite Christmas dessert to make. She learn to make it from her mom and step mom. I took the photos and she shared her recipe with me. It’s really delicious and it will taste even…

Butter Lamb Curry by Shar-nica

While we were in Kerikeri, my friend made the most delicious lamb curry ever! Yes, it’s that good that it deserves to be heard about, and shared. It’s her husbands favourite. We ate so much, so delicious at their house while we stayed there. We had a blast. The recipe with its flavour profile is…

Matauri Bay

After our visit to the Makana Confections, we visited Matauri Bay. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches we have visited. The water is clear blue, it’s so clean and the view from the top is spectacular. We had so much fun, we were looking forward to dinner, all the playing and running in the…

Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory

While in Kerikeri on our 2nd day of exploring, we visited the Makan Confections, Boutique Chocolate Factory. There Chocolate are devine, and you can also order online. They are a bit on the pricey side, but it2really delicious my favourite is the Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch and the Brittle. In the Makana Confections, Boutique Chocolate…

3 Ingredients Caramel Sauce By Shar-nica

This is the best caramel sauce I havs ever eaten. I almost ate the whole container. The best part it’s only 3 ingredients, yes 3 ingredients. Ingredients:125ml Brown Sugar4 Tbs Butter1/4 cup cream Method:On the stove in a pan, with the stove on high add in the butter till melted then add in the brown…

Krismis in Kerikeri

It’s so lovely that my husband is off with us and the kids for the holiday season. We get to do the things we love and explore the places we want to, where we don’t always get time to do it. We have great friends who lives up North is Kerikeri. Just before Christmas we…

Orewa Beach

After our outing to the Beach House Eatery for lunch, we went down to the beach for a little walk. It’s a lovely beach and was also packed with lots of holiday goers. We enjoyed it so much. After the beach, we drove home and the kids passed out too. Our day was packed full,…

Beach House Eatery

After our Snowplanet visit, it was lunch time and we decided to head to the beach, a Restaurant on the beach. The food is devine! Me and my husband had the fish of the day with veggies and tartar sauce, our toddler had some nuggets and chips. The place was packed and quite busy. We…

Snowplanet

We visited Snowplanet today. It is located in Silverdale, Auckland. It was packed full of kids and families having a fun time. I must say snow is not my thing, but it was lovely to take our kids there even though they are too small still. You can rent boots, jackets and mittens at Snowplanet….

Mini Milk Tarts

If you don’t want to make a big milk tart and just the right size for serving then you are at the right place! Dessert servings, for that little bit extra when you want something sweet after dinner. From our kitchen to yours, happy baking. For the Crust:500ml Flour125ml Butter (at room temperature)125ml Sugar1 Egg2…

Vetkoek & Curry Mince

Me and my husband love vetkoek and mince. We grew up eating it and every second shop selling it. With this easy recipe, you can make it and enjoy it too. If you want to know where to find the best vetkoek dough, I suggest Mama Africa in Pukekohe. You can get it if you…

Curry Mince & Rice

Being from South-Africa, curry and rice is at every bazaar and event. When winter comes, people are selling this well loved dish at the shops too. My mom also makes the best curry and rice. This is for the rainy and cold winter days. From our kitchen to yours, happy cooking. Ingredients:800g Tin Tomatoes500g Beef…

Baileys Cheesecake with Rasberry Coulis Topping

I made this baileys cheesecake, it is a little bit strong with the alcohol, but you can add any amount to your preferences. The longer the cheesecake set in the fridge, the better it tastes. From our kitchen to yours, happy baking! For the Crust:500ml Flour125ml Butter (at room temperature)125ml Sugar1 Egg2 Teaspoons Baking PowderPinch…

Hair Makeover by Babble on Hair

It is hard to find a good hairdresser, it is even more harder to find a good hairdresser in a new country. They are affordable and really take care of your hair and you. They are down to earth and have a passion for what they do. For my whole hair, to cut and colour…

Butter Potatoes

So proud of getting my butter potatoes right this time. Butter potatoes are just yummy and goes so well with pretty much anything. From our kitchen to yours, happy cooking. In a microwave safe bowl, add 3 chopped potatoes. Add a little bit of water and place in the microwave uncovered for 7 minutes.When the…

Banana Muffins

I love bananas and I love muffins too. This is a very simple and easy recipe. From our kitchen to yours, happy baking. Mix in 1 bowl:1 Egg200ml Sugar4 Bananas Smashed Sift in another bowl:1 and 1/2 Cup of FlourPinch of Salt5ml Baking Powder5ml Baking Soda Melt 60g margarine and add to the egg mixture.Mix…

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…