Strawberry Santa Hat Brownies

    This recipe came from the New Zealand Woman’s Day issue of 9 December, 2013. I was going to make the Strawberry and Cream Cheese Santas again for Christmas (see a previous blog for this recipe), but came across this one instead. I see that a local bakery, Breadworks, made these Santa Hat Brownies […]

Impromptu Christmas Work Gathering

Last week my workmates and I received an impromptu Christmas invitation to an evening of champagne and strawberries at the home of an ex-workmate, and wonderful friend (GS and her husband S). The text was “Champs and strawberries…can anyone come?” You betcha, we were all there! And it turned out to be a delightful gathering […]

Christmas Cakes : A History

CHRISTMAS CAKES : A HISTORY   Here, I am going to look at what we now know as a Christmas Cake: how it came to be associated with the Christmas Day tradition, how it became known as a Christmas Cake, and changes to recipes and ingredients. “Christmas Cake”, as the title of a recipe, only […]

Strawberry Santas

Strawberry and Cream-cheese Santas       Bring on the Santa parade!   These fanciful treats were fun to make, if a little time consuming considering they have only a few ingredients. Mum and I had a recipe to work from, but we sized it down to make 11-12 Santas. The recipe can be suitable […]

Spring Farmers’ Market

It is always a joy to visit the local Sunday Farmers’ Market. Especially on a Spring morning under a sunny blue sky. I had been to the same exact site the day before for an Edible Gardens show. The wind was strong then, but on this morning it had fortunately died down and was a […]