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Month: January 2016

Chicken and Mushroom Pie

This comforting, creamy chicken pie uses ready-made pastry for a quick and easy mid-week meal.chicken_mushroom_pie Continue reading

Caramelised Roast Vegetables

When the days are getting shorter and the mornings are beginning to bite – autumn is well and truly here. Autumn is traditionally a time of abundance, when vegetables that have been ripening throughout the summer can be harvested and enjoyed throughout the winter months. Take advantage of autumn’s bounty of mushrooms, pumpkins, capsicums, garlic, kumara, tomatoes, eggplant, beetroot, watercress, parsnips and carrots with this easy and satisfying recipe.caramelised_roast_vegetables Continue reading

Baseless Quiche

I don’t care if real men don’t eat quiche. I do and I love it. This one has no pastry base.baseless_quiche Continue reading

Banana Cake

A great way to use up old bananas. I sometimes freeze them whole once they get past their best fro eating then when I have enough make a big banana cake. Yummbanana_cake Continue reading

Baked Caprese Rigatoni

Cheesy tomatoey basilly deliciousness. I used all three types of tomatoes because I like them all and I wanted all the different textures in the sauce. You could easily omit one and replace it with more of another depending on what you have on hand or how you like the texture.baked_caprese_rigatoni Continue reading

Easy Double Choc Chip Cookies

An easy never fail chocolate chip cookie. You can add other things instead of chocolate if you like. But who would want to.easy_double_choc_chip_cookies Continue reading

Blueberry Muffins

These are, without a doubt, the most amazing, the most perfect blueberry muffins I have ever eaten. I love them so much that I think I’m going to break my self-imposed rule and keep these stocked in the freezer for a morning when the mood for a blueberry muffin strikes (and I guarantee there will be many of those mornings!). These muffins are extremely tender and moist, and packed with a seemingly endless supply of fresh, juicy blueberries. The batter is quite thick and there’s no skimping – the muffin cups are packed full which makes for generous-sized muffins once they come rolling out of the oven. Some muffins have a glaze, streusel or cinnamon-sugar topping, but I didn’t feel that these needed anything at all. They are awesome enough to stand on their own – no dressing up required. Just a classic, delicious blueberry muffin. These are the best of the best when it comes to blueberry muffins.blueberry_muffins Continue reading

Cycling Courses

I thought since I could I’d share a couple of courses which are part of the regular routes I cycle. The Airport Loop is a 15km circuit around Christchurch Airport and the QE2 Drive cycleway is a popular commuting route for cyclists and one I use regularly too and from work so I shared the courses on Mapmyride in the hope others will use them and we can see who’s the fastest. I’m under no illusion that it’s me but it’s all part of the fun.   Continue reading

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