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 […]

Amaretto Semifreddo with Moscato Apricots

Recipes Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Semifreddo means semi frozen, and while I don’t want to say it’s a cheat’s version of ice cream, it is a heck of a lot easier and you don’t need a machine to make it. I’ve poached the apricots in moscato, a light sweet summery wine, or you could […]

Strawberry, Ginger & Coconut Rice Pudding

Words and images by Emma Galloway I’ve always been a fan of rice pudding, and this creamy dairy-free version is my go-to for comforting decadence. I’ve flavoured the rice with ginger, but if that’s not your thing, simply leave it out and add a splash more vanilla. The strawberry compote can be made up to […]

Fluffy Pancakes with Roasted Rhubarb

Recipes and images by Kathy Paterson The fleshy, tart and tangy edible stalks of rhubarb appear in spring and will continue until early summer if the temperature remains in the mid-20s. Roasted or stewed rhubarb and custard are made for each other, and who doesn’t love the combination of rhubarb with sweet strawberries. But there […]

Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Brydie Thompson Churros with Chocolate Sauce While not strictly Mexican, they were introduced by the Spanish where they are often served for breakfast. In Mexico they are more of a snack or dessert. In Puebla we lined up with locals at Antigua Churreria de Catedral. Here, in a kitchen the size […]

Winter Parsnip Cake with Maple Toasted Almonds

Two decades of being a mother and I am very well experienced in hiding vegetables in all manner of disguises. Even with a house full of teenage kids these days, I’m still fairly apt at getting them all to unwittingly eat their veggies. This cake is no exception and successfully brings me the win I […]

Rustic Tamarillo and Apple Tart

Apple balances the intense flavour of tamarillos with the citrus zest adding subtle fragrance. Served with a scoop of ice cream or dollops of whipped cream makes this tart simply irresistible. I like to prepare the tamarillos ahead so they have plenty of time to sweeten up a bit. You can leave them in the […]

Ginger Loaf with Pear and Butterscotch Sauce

In combination this is a wonderful dessert, but there is nothing stopping you slicing a piece of ginger loaf for afternoon tea or pouring the butterscotch sauce over good old vanilla ice cream. 125g butter ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup flour 1½ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp baking powder Cream the butter […]