Let’s Get It Macaron

Recipe by Adelle from But First Dessert Images by Brydie Thompson Not to be confused with the French president or the very simple to make coconut-based biscuit, the macaron epitomises French pâtisserie. These deceitfully simple cookies take precision and patience to master and then they require a creative palate to turn them into a taste […]

Chocolate Basque Cheesecake

Images and recipes by Fiona Hugues I made my usual vanilla Basque cheesecake a few years ago and it was photographed as part of a festive editorial for a national magazine. I won’t name the publication, as the readers, I imagine, are much akin to the legendary readers of UK Horse & Hound, opinionated, unbudgingly […]


Recipe and images by Fiona Hugues Any young at heart Auckland party goer or night owl student of the nineties will undoubtedly remember DKD café tucked at the back of the Civic Theatre. Named after the trio that started it, Darren, Karen and Derek, I always thought it stood for Decadence Kills Desire. Maybe it […]

Olive oil Lemon Cakes

You can’t get more Mediterranean than olive oil and lemons! Like the Olive Oil Cookies, the oil in these cakes make them simple to make and means they keep fresh for a few days. I love the addition of thyme to the lemon syrup as it complements the herbaceous notes of the extra virgin olive […]

Harriet’s How To: Lamingtons

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Brydie Thompson I’m ashamed to admit it, but this all started with a love for Pak ‘n Save lamingtons. I know what you’re thinking, they can’t be that good, can they? Oh, but they are. The unbelievably light sponge, thin but moist chocolate icing, perfectly textured coconut and a lick of […]

Rocky Road

Words by Harriet Boucher, Images by Brydie Thompson This recipe is a family favourite of Vicki’s that never lasts long. I convinced her it had to go in the picnic recipes as it’s the perfect sweet treat for any occasion. For the rocky road base 250g butter ½ cup sugar ½ cup cocoa 1 tsp […]

Smoked Chicken, Cream Cheese and Apricot Filo Pie

Recipe Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Filo pastry can be a lot of fluffing around only for it to all crumble down your front when you eat it.  After years of making filo parcels in the café, I had come to the conclusion, why bother? That was until I saw this innovative way of using […]


Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires One of the true joys of travelling is getting a real taste for a place, and for me the challenge is always how to recreate that at home. I was back in New Zealand just two days before I was in the kitchen trying to see if I could […]

Apricot and Almond Slice

Recipe Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires This is a lovely light cake perfect for a summer picnic or a dessert to serve at your next BBQ. When apricots are no longer in season you can replace the fresh versions with tinned – I love the Delphi24 ones from Vetro. Black Doris plums would also be […]

Frangipane Christmas Mince Pinwheels

These are a twist on tradition mince pies. Frangipane 120g butter, softened ½ cup sugar 1 egg 1 tbs flour 1 cup ground almonds 1 tsp almond essence (optional) 2 cups of Christmas mince (store bought or homemade) 4 sheets of ready rolled pastry Make the frangipane by creaming the butter and sugar together until […]