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Hearty Mince Pasta

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Cola Baked Chicken

Use full sugar Red Coke. The diet stuff doesn’t have the necessary sugar to reduce down to a yummy sticky gooey sauce. I like to use wings but any cut of chicken will do. The long slow cooking is the secret to great chicken.cola_baked_chicken Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls

I love, love, LOVE cinnamon rolls. They are absolutely one of my favourite things to make at home. Name one thing that smells and tastes better than a warm cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven, slathered with melty gooey cream cheese frosting. I don’t think there’s anything in existence that sounds better than that!cinnamon_rolls Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles with Chilli Peanut Sauce

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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

Drink Drive Calculator

Alcohol contributes to around 30 percent of New Zealand’s fatal road crashes. Over the last 10 years, fatal crashes caused by drink-driving have claimed the lives of around 1,100 people and caused serious injuries to another 5,300.

From 1 December 2014, the alcohol limit lowered for drivers aged 20 years and over. This has created confusion and people are unsure of how much they can drink before being over the legal driving limits.

You can use our calculator below to ESTIMATE your Blood Alcohol Level (BAC)

Before you do though, please read the notes below !!

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Hot

Man it’s hot today.

Temperatures in Christchurch reached 36.1c at Christchurch Airport around 3pm on 21st December 2015. This is the highest recorded temperature ever in Christchurch and beats the previous December record of 34.5 set in 1975.
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At one point MetService recorded 40 degrees at Ohoka in North Canterbury.

 

Roundabout Indicator Madness

As I cycle to work regularly I getting rather annoyed at the number of people who don’t know how to indicate properly at roundabouts. I’ve had two recent incidents where I’ve almost been hit by drivers doing something different to what they indicated they were going to do.

If you are going straight through, you DON’T indicate a right turn then suddenly flip the indicator to indicate a left turn. ITS WRONG AND CONFUSES OTHERS.

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