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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 […]

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Nancy’s Lemon Cordial

A quick and easy recipe that makes two litres of delicious and refreshing lemon cordial concentrate. Don’t be restricted to just lemons. Try this recipe with oranges and limes too. Nancy is my sister’s friend’s Mum and has been an expert in making and delivering smokos (morning and afternoon tea) to farm workers for the […]

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Lemon Loaf

My theory is that when baking – it is always best to make one for the tin and one for the freezer. This way you always have something up your sleeve for when people drop in, or for an emergency smoko. I remember my mum making a similar loaf to this, and she tells me […]

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No Bake Bubble Date Slice

This light date slice with hints of citrus, is paired perfectly with the dark chocolate topping. This is a mash-up of a few recipes that I found in old fundraising recipe books.  These are always the best books for gaining insight into true and tested smoko ideas.  A lot of these recipes have been feeding […]

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Peppermint Slice

An easy no bake – no fail slice This is an all time favourite recipe of mine. I don’t particularly like cutting slices with solid chocolate toppings, which coincidentally a lot of peppermint slice recipes have, because I can never get through the whole slice without cracking a few tops. With this recipe you won’t […]