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My Christmas No Bake Fake Cheesecake

The perfect Christmas easy bake that won’t have you spending time fussing in the kitchen this holiday season. My no fuss – fake bake The perfect Christmas dessert for you to take to share with your family and friends this holiday season. This bake is also perfect for letting the children lend a hand with […]

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Felicity’s Tried and Tested – Best Ever Christmas Cake

School and community fund-raising recipe books hold so many gems. Always the most tried and true recipes that have been passed down for generations. This recipe is no exception . . . Here is the introduction on Felicity’s recipe in the Waihi School Cookbook ‘Fuel for your Family’. “This is an old recipe of my […]

Lunch, Meal Ideas

The Cheapest and Easiest Pea Salad

When you need a quick salad to take to a BBQ or family event and you have no idea what to make, or if you’re thinking do you even have enough ingredients to make something delicious – then this is what you should make! This simple to make sale will be the one your friends […]

Lunch, Meal Ideas

Family Beef Casserole

Do you want a hearty family friendly beef casserole? Then look no further. This is it. When I am cooking for our family I tend to leave out most vegetables from the casserole and serve them on the side. This is just simply something I do to avoid negative food discussions at meal times. I […]

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Lemon Delicious Slice

A light and fluffy, lemon and coconut, delicious treat. This one pot wonder is super easy and quick to whip up. All you need is a pot and a dough whisk or wooden spoon, and a lined or greased brownie pan. Is there anything better than the smell of a fresh lemon picked straight form […]

Breakfast, Meal Ideas

Elderflower Marmalade

This is a great way to use up the fruit leftover from when you make elderflower cordial. Use this sweet marmalade as a gift to accompany your elderflower cordial. Or simply smear on your own toast for a gorgeous sweet taste. What ingredients will I need;Lemon and oranges that were used to make the elderflower […]

Meal Ideas

Elderflower Infused Gin

This is a very fun and easy way to infuse gin with a fresh summer flavour. You do not use an expensive gin. Just a moderately priced one will do the job. All you will need is;1 bottle of ginElderflower flower headsLemonsA large jar or jugGlass weights or small clean river rockMuslin I often make […]

Meal Ideas

Elderflower Infused Vodka

This is a very fun and tasty way to infuse vodka with a fresh summer flavour. You do not use an expensive Vodka. Just a moderately priced one will do the job. All you will need is;1 bottle of vodkaElderflower flower headsLemonsA large jar or jugGlass weights or small clean river rocksMuslin cloth I often […]

Breakfast, Lunch, Meal Ideas

Elderflower Cordial

This cordial recipe is refreshingly sweet. Perfect for a refreshing hot day thirst quencher. My children can spot an elderflower bush in full bloom – road side – anywhere between Otematata and Oamaru. They are pretty much a weed down here in the South Island. The girls have their eyes zoomed in, as they love […]

Lunch, Meal Ideas

Instant Pot Macaroni Cheese

Magic Pot Mac and Cheese This quick and easy dinner, snack or bowl of comfort food is only eight minutes away! Make this for a quick dinner for kids. Or when friends call in unexpected. It makes a great side dish too.Make a bowl as comfort food and sit back and watch your favourite show. […]