Warming Winter Breakfast

  As it is almost officially the middle of winter, Mum and I had a sneaky dash of warming brandy in our Sunday morning breakfast coffee. This was Mum’s idea entirely, and a very good one too, as was adding a bit more than a splash of cream to our coffee. The coffee we used was roasted […]

Seasonal Fridge Art: Winter

  It is now the middle of winter and on a recent visit to Mum’s I found, on her fridge, another piece of seasonal art. The “artist” says the bit about Jack Frost biting is reflected in the wording forming a mouth shape, complete with teeth. Just like Mum’s Falling Autumn poem (see a previous […]

Cranberry and Herb Couscous Salad

      This is a very tasty salad that is quick to prepare. The cranberries give it a little extra taste and texture boost, and the addition of these was Mum’s invention. We have found that this salad combines very well with left over roast vegetables. The ingredients and preparation are very similar to […]

Whittakers and Griffins Cookie Bear Hundreds and Thousands Chocolate Block

    Whittakers is a well respected New Zealand chocolate company. Griffins produce the iconic and well-recognised Cookie Bear hundreds and thousands biscuits, which are vanilla biscuits covered in pink icing with multi-coloured hundreds and thousands sprinkles on top. These two companies have joined forces to bring us a chocolate block based on the hundreds […]

Excursion off State Highway 2 (SH2): Upper Norsewood, then SH50

  Travelling north on State Highway 2 (SH2) to warmer weather, is a journey I have made hundreds if not thousands of times. The main objective is to get to Hawke’s Bay to see family, sticking to the main highway, and although I enjoy the sights on this road, and townships and areas of interest […]