MOA Apple Cider, Spices

Recipe & Review – MOA Mulled Apple Cider

It’s supposed to be getting warmer here in New Zealand, but the cold and rain doesn’t seem to want to let go. This weekend I thought I’d try a recipe to warm the old cockles of the heart – Mulled Apple Cider. I was lucky enough to be sent some apple cider from a renowned […]

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Review: Pilkingtons

I recently had a quick lunch at Pilkingtons in Auckland City. Relatively new on the scene, Pilkington’s is a terraced bar and restaurant located in Shortland Street. The thing I immediately noticed upon entering Pilkingtons was the greenery that is a feature not only in the restaurant, but also in the lovely outdoor terraced area. […]

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Review: Beirut Restaurant

I’m lucky enough to have a job where I have the opportunity to take my clients out to dine. I often try to take them to places that may be new on on the scene so that they can have a new experience. Recently I took a client out to lunch to Beirut, a new […]

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Recipe: Sweetheart Butter Cake

For my little daughter’s recent 3rd birthday I decided to make a cake that suited her personality – a cute little sweetheart. Also, it’s easy to make and decorate when you’ve got kids running amok. This is a basic buttercake recipe with buttercream icing. I used a heart shaped cake tin, but you can easily […]

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Recipe Review: Crepes

On Saturday my son decided that we should have pancakes for breakfast. His Dad was out for the day and I think he felt like he was the big man of the house. He’s nine. It was actually a great idea, but instead of the thicker American pancakes that he usually likes, I decided to […]

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Review: Black Box – Chilled

I was lucky enough to be a recipient of the latest chilled Black Box. If you’re not familiar with Black Box, it is a sample site that you can subscribe to. If you’re lucky enough to fulfill certain criteria (through filling in regular questionnaires) then you will be sent a Black Box. It is a […]

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Recipe Review: Lemon Yoghurt Cake

For a combo of reasons I had two things in surplus at my house over the weekend: lemons; and yoghurt. What to do? Make a lemon yoghurt cake of course! I myself am an advocate of a classic lemon butter cake, so didn’t have a lemon yoghurt cake recipe up my sleeve. Not to fear […]

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Review: Lunch at The Crabshack

My Mum, Aunt and I met for lunch in downtown Auckland at a relatively new place on the scene – The Crabshack – a new Simon Gault Restaurant with two locations, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. Being islanders (or half in my case), we all love seafood and my Mum loooves crabs, so […]

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Recipe: Salad Sprinkles aka how to get your kids to eat salad

If you are lucky, you’ll have kids that love salads. Of my three children I have one that hates them, one that likes them and one wavering in between. As we come up to summer, we will be lucky enough to be able to eat lots of salads because my beautiful Mum is a gardener […]

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Review: Mexico Food & Liquor

The tribe and I (my partner and our three children) decided that our previous foray into going out as a family was so successful that we’d try it again. Cue an email from Mexico Bar & Eatery promoting Sundays as a “Day of the Familia” and that children eat free. We were in! I’d previously […]

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