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Mandy’s Chocolate Cake

This one-pot recipe will be your new go-to chocolate cake recipe! When I asked Joe what was one of the favourite things that his mum used to bake, he replied her chocolate cake. So I rang my father in law and asked if he could locate the well thumbed and cocoa stained recipe book that […]

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Instant Pot Yoghurt

Ever wondered what the yoghurt button on your instant pot or multi cooker does? Give this recipe a go and surprise yourself! Many brands of magic pot seem to have a yoghurt button function. Have a look on yours and see.Remember I call my multi cooker a magic pot as I am always surprised at […]

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Station Brownie

This is quite simply delicious and one piece is never enough. You can quite simply use raisins, or mix it up with a combination of raisins, dried apricots and cranberries.  You decide! The recipe is also easily doubled. And would you believe it can be made all in one pot! There is nothing better than […]

Puddings, Sweet Smoko

Coffee Slice (no bake)

This slice takes no time to whip up, is perfect in the smoko bag, as a gift, or simply the perfect plate when you head to a friends house. This year I even cut the slice into bite sized pieces and placed them in little Christmas decorated themed tins. I gave them as gifts along […]

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Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Scones

These flavours need to happen more often – these scones are incredible! My sister Hannah used to be a chef in many trending cafes in Dunedin, and the Otago Daily Times would often publish requested recipes in the paper. Customers would request their favourite item at their local cafe – and the paper would try […]

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One Pot Oaty Caramel Slice

Nothing beats a gorgeous caramel slice – except one that is made in one pot! This quick and easy recipe takes no time at all to whip up. It doubles really easy too.And the oats make this recipe healthy – right?! When I gre up my mum would make tan square most weeks when she […]

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Belgium Biscuits

Sweet and warmly spiced biscuits, sandwiched with raspberry jam, iced and sprinkled with jelly crystals. What more can you ask for in a biscuit! This recipe is an oldie, but it’s a goodie. The name of these biscuits originates from the First World War when it was first named the Empire biscuit or the Imperial […]

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Mary’s Sultana Cake

Mary is my husband Joe’s grandmother and this is her infamous sultana cake. When I submitted this recipe for my book ‘A High Country Life’ they wanted to know how many people this recipe would serve and I had to giggle. I went on to explain that if Hugh (my father in law) and Joe […]

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Forgotten Fruit Muffins

Got wrinkly fruit forgotten in the fruit bowl?Make ‘Forgotten Fruit Muffins’ I first began calling these forgotten fruit muffins, because here in the Otematata Village, which is a popular holiday destination, people leave their cribs and holiday homes to head back to work, just as the fruit begins to ripen. The fruit is often forgotten […]