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Swallows Nests – Nidi di Rondine

Think fresh sheets of pasta spiraled like a cinnamon bun, but layered with bechamel sauce, cheese, and ham (and a pinch of nutmeg). Then the whole shebang is baked on a bed of more bechamel sauce, under a sprinkling of Parmesan, for an ultra creamy casserole.swallows_nest Continue reading

Stuffed Cheesy Bread

This is Cheesy-Melty-Onion-Garlic-Love weekend. Stuffed Italian Bread is like onion-garlic bread on crack. Highly snackable, highly addictive, you find yourself unable to stop pulling those cheesy bread pieces and licking your fingers good after devouring each piece.cheesy_stuffed_bread Continue reading

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Everyone will enjoy this. I liked it because it was not too sweet like some of the other recipes I have tried, and the red pepper flakes gave it a nice little kick.slow_cooker_brown_sugar_garlic_chicken Continue reading

Shortbread Cookies

Deliciously short cookies that melt in your mouth.shortbread_cookies Continue reading

Sausage Pie

An easy and tasty pie that kids will love. Made with sausage meat.sausage_pie Continue reading

Pumpkin Soup with a Twist

Everything is better with bacon including pumpkin soup.pumpkin_soup_with_a_twist Continue reading

Pizza Dough

A simple easy to make pizza dough. I like to do it in my breadmaker and save myself the work of kneading the dough.
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Perfect Pancakes

Mmm pancakes. A great weekend breakfast for the kids (and big kids).perfect_pancakes Continue reading

Trademark Paving Incident

As a cyclist I regularly see incidents involving shocking driving from vehicle drivers. I understand that it’s often debatable who is at fault so I have a dashcam mounted on my bike to record what happened.

I hope that I am never involved in a serious incident but it does happen and having some hard evidence can often help establish what happened.

On my ride home last night I almost go hit by the driver of a small truck owned by Trademark Paving which is a subsidiary of Trademark Construction. Had I not braked hard I could well have ridden into the trailer. Anyway here’s the video clip Continue reading

Peach Cobbler

This recipe for peach and berry cobbler was devised a while ago and everyone seems to like it – it’s fluffy, slightly eggy with a nice firm crust.peach_cobbler Continue reading

Pavlova

It is well known that Kiwis and Aussies have a rich history of gentle ribbing. For decades, we have argued over who invented the pavlova.

The answer, we thought, came in 2008 when Professor Helen Leach wrote The Pavlova Story: A Slice of New Zealand’s Culinary History, saying the first true pavlova recipe was Pavlova Cake from New Zealand in 1929. While a dessert named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was a four-layered jelly from a book published in 1926.

However, Dr Andrew Paul Wood, a New Zealander, and Annabelle Utrecht, an Australian, have been tracing the origins of the dish for two years. They can “categorically state” the modern pavlova began life as a German torte, eventually travelling to the US where it evolved into its final form.

They have found more than 150 pavlova-like meringue cakes served with cream and fruit prior to 1926. They have also found more than 50 dishes named after Pavlova occurring before 1927.pavlova Continue reading

Pasta Dough

The secret is in the slap. By occasionally slapping the dough down onto the table, the gluten relaxes, making it easier to roll out without springing back. That and generously dusting the dough as you go.pasta_dough Continue reading

Oakhill Potatoes

Comfort food that is easy and cheap to prepare. You can make a double batch and freeze some if you like.oakhill_potatoes Continue reading

Miniature Baked Cheesecakes

I almost loathe to give away just how simple these are as they really do look as though you’ve toiled away n the kitchen when truth be told you can wow your guests with around 15 mins work!miniature_baked_cheesecakes Continue reading

Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce

This is the yummiest meatloaf around, so moist and full of flavour. My mum use to make it when we were kids, she still does and my kids love it just as much as I do. Great hot or cold (if you can leave it long enough to go cold) The only meatloaf recipe very kiwi should have.Meatloaf_bbq_sauce Continue reading

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