Kids

Eat your greens

Eat your greens

I am recipe-testing for my new cookbook at the moment, and I've just reached smoothies. Browsing old library books outside our Coromandel library, I came across one called Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. It had a load of smoothie recipes in it so I...

The essence of summer

The essence of summer

When we were down in Christchurch the other day, it was so hot that we had the windows of the car down. Wafts of warm air kept coming into the car with a subtle floral scent… elderflowers! What a beautiful smell… the epitomy of summer. We pulled up on the side of the...

Children’s birthday cakes – rise to the challenge

Children’s birthday cakes – rise to the challenge

Children’s birthdays in general can be a bit of a minefield... expectations are so high on behalf of both the child and the parents and one of the biggest challenges is how to make a birthday cake that will compare favourably with those that have come before… We go...

Bees, births and builds

Bees, births and builds

I am quite scared of bees and wasps… nasty things that fly too close to your face and get in your ice-cream when you are trying to eat it… But I have a friend, Oksana who is a beekeeper and sells the most wonderful honey. You can see what Oksana’s honey looks like...

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

At the Steiner Kindy, they have a mid-winter Lantern Festival every year. For the last couple of years, Jack and I have made the biscuits. This year Jack asked if we could bake an extra batch, and eat them all ourselves! Once you have tried them, you may wish to do...