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 […]

Chocolate Spheres

Some chocolate, a pastry brush and a silicon mould are all you need for some hands-on fun in the school holidays, homemade Easter treats or a special way to plate a dessert, like Harriet’s Chocolate Mousse. You will need: Chocolate, broken into pieces (200g will make 12, 70mm molds) Silicon moulds (Sweet Pea Parties has […]

Hot Cross Buns

I have to confess hot cross buns are my weakness. I can’t wait each year for the Christmas decorations to disappear as it means hot cross buns will start popping up in the supermarket. I know these, often mass-produced versions, are not the best specimens, but they tide me over until Easter and local artisan […]

Bikery’s Berry Shortcake

With summer on the doorstep, berries are easy to come by. Served with yoghurt or cream, this is a favourite with our regulars! The great thing about this recipe is that you can swap out the fruit for whatever is in season. In the winter, try some sliced apples mixed with a little maple syrup […]

Caramelised Pineapple + Lime Sundae with Coconut Macaroons

Recipe and Images Emma Galloway Macaroons are traditionally shaped into cookies before baking, but for these I thought it would be nice to cook the mixture in one piece and then break it up into random shards to serve. If preferred, shape into small cookies before baking. Serves 4 1 litre of your favourite vanilla […]

Refreshing and Sparkling, Iced Herb Teas

Words Natalie Jaques, Images Vicki Ravlich Horan Long sunny days and balmy evenings, BBQs, Christmas and New Year functions, these all symbolise the Kiwi summer. It is customary to feel like something refreshing to drink at the end of the day, whether it is to share with friends, to cool off with, or to just […]

Christmas Plum Chutney

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee Decaires Use up those early season plums with this Chinese five spice chutney. Serve this chutney alongside your Christmas ham, turkey or roast chicken, then use it with leftovers toasted sandwiches for days to come. You can also blitz it up for a smooth plum sauce. 1 small onion, diced […]

Coffee Chia Pudding with Coconut Whip and Coffee Crumbs

Recipe Carrie Evans, Images Brydie Thompson We’ve jazzed up the chia pudding, making it an impressive vegan dessert. Although, if you omit the coconut whip and coffee crumbs you have quite possibly the perfect breakfast – caffeine fix and all. Carrie strongly suggests using cold drip for this recipe as espresso and other brew methods […]

Oui … I’m Not French

Words and images by Fiona Hugues Au contraire! But after 25 years (or so) cohabitating with a bona fide, born and raised in a small village outside of Paris Frenchman, I think I have endured the right to share my stylist’s version of what is in fact, Frenchy and chic. To condense this gourmand saga, […]