Friday, December 28, 2012

pineapple and mint popsicles recipe

pineapple + mint popsicles

I hope you all had a lovely few days over Christmas. Me? I ate too much. Go figure. It's one of the strongest memories I have of Christmas as a child, eating to the point of pain. You say no I couldn't possibly fit one more thing in and before you know it you find yourself taking another mouthful, then another, then another! But it really was a great day, albeit a long one for the kids. On boxing day I think I had a food hangover and could have happily stayed in bed all day... but instead we went back to my mother-in-laws for lunch! 

Now that all the leftovers are eaten I suppose it's time to start thinking about cooking again. Sigh. It's far too hot this week to be doing much more than slicing a watermelon, or two, before laying down on the ground to pass out. With that in mind, I thought now might be the perfect time to share a recipe from an article featured in the summer edition of Nourish Magazine, a great free foodie magazine for those of you who live in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions of New Zealand. I'd seen the pdf of the article a few months back, but it was still such a neat surprise to find the copy my sister had sent over in the post the day before Christmas. I loved seeing the kids faces when I opened the page with them on it, 'we're famous', yelled Ada :-) Haha. For those of you who would like to read the article but can't get your hands on a copy of the magazine, I'll post the link at the end of the season when the pdf will become available online.

pineapple + mint popsicles pineapple + mint popsicle
Friday, December 21, 2012

spiced nuts recipe

spiced nuts

This past week has been a whirlwind of school Christmas parties, last minute shopping, late-night gift making, cooking for the book, bbqs and catch-ups with friends. It's been awesome, but I feel like I haven't sat once to catch my breath until today. The kids have been nagging at me all day to go out 'and do something fun', but me, I'm shattered. Too shattered to barely lift a finger, melting in the heat of summer already. I just need a few days to catch up on some sleep (and finish reading my new book) before the real madness of the silly season begins, that's not too much to ask eh? Yeah, tell that to my kids as they bounce off the walls. Haha.

Somehow we've managed to fluke a good roster this year, meaning Si will be home in time for the big day. He flies in on Christmas eve. The kids have wondered if he might be catching a ride with Santa...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

gluten-free spiced orange chocolate chunk cookies recipe and a bunch of Christmas links...

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For those observant ones amongst you, yes these cookies have already appeared on here, albeit a slightly adapted version of them. But when a friend of mine asked if I would like to contribute a recipe for her online gluten-free Christmas magazine it was these cookies that instantly jumped into my mind to share. Lightly spiced, orange zest flecked and studded with generous amounts of chocolate chunks I feel that these babies are worthy of a second chance, don't you?

I try not to buy into the whole commercialism of Christmas too much and when possible I try to get my bake on and bundle up gifts of food love instead. I mean really, we all have enough stuff to sink a small island, but cookies, caramels and jams? One can never have too much of these at Christmas time I say :-)

gluten-free spiced orange chocolate chunk cookies gluten-free spiced orange chocolate chunk cookies

Friday, December 7, 2012

lemon, honey + thyme sorbet recipe

lemon, honey + thyme sorbet


Last week a crazy storm ripped through Western Australia and I have a feeling it might be the very one that's just passed through Auckland, NZ too? (I hope you are all okay?!) During the storm the kids and I stood at the window looking out into our back yard and begged for the crazy winds to stop. They didn't. It blew so hard we could see the full trunk of the mango trees out back, their branches were that splayed. At the start of the storm only a few baby mangoes had lost their grip and fallen. But come the end of day two, hundreds lay scattered all over the backyard along with about 25 or so lemons too. Thankfully the mango trees were laden enough that we will still have plenty to eat in January but the crazy lemon haul had me thinking quick smart about ways to use them up. The kids have lined them all up on our windowsill just in front of the kitchen sink, so there is a daily reminder every time I do the dishes, which lets just say happens way more than I'd like for it to at the moment! 

lemon, honey + thyme sorbet
baby green mangoes that fell off the trees

Since the storm passed things have once again warmed up, making this cooling sorbet the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for tired kids after school. Lemon, honey and thyme is a classic combination and one that still puts a smile on my face every time I use it and not only because it sounds like my blog name (cheesy eh!) but because herbs work so amazingly in sweet treats. 

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