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Green Tea, Lemongrass and Ginger Tapioca Pudding

Green Tea, Lemongrass and Ginger Tapioca Pudding

Just mention the word ‘tapioca’ and you strike fear into the hearts of many. It seems the cheap pudding has had a bad rap since its history as an economical dessert in difficult times and, worse, as served up on school lunch trays in a gelatinous lump. My grandfather used to refer to it as “frog’s eggs”, but then he also used to tell us that some of the raisins in the pack still had … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, Inspired by..., Multicultural, Vegetarian

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Although I haven’t had much time to write since becoming a Mum, I have spent many hours thinking up things a toddler will eat. There are plenty of things that a toddler will warm to, no doubt, but I want to do quicker than quick things that take very little prep so I can get on with building monster forts out of cushions in the living room or seeking out the best playground in the … Read entire article »

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Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

…and spicy, sweet wishes for the New Year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand

Caveman Biscuits

Caveman Biscuits

While I’m not going to pretend that I have any sort of deep understanding of the Paleo Diet, I am interested in how people are trying to regain healthy lives by looking to what is or has been natural for our bodies. I am always searching for naturally sweetened desserts and snacks for my son so he feels like he is getting a treat and I feel happy he will not be doped up on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, United States, Vegetarian

Easy Onigiri: Japanese rice cakes

Easy Onigiri: Japanese rice cakes

What I loved when we lived in Japan was that on the days I didn’t feel like making my lunch, I could stop by the local コンビニ, “conbini”, or convenience store, on the way to work for much nicer food than we’d find in our own equivalent shops. I’d park my bike out front in the bike park and then walk in to hear a loud “いらっしゃいませ!” or “Irasshaimase!” (Welcome, we are happy to serve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Featured, Japanese, Vegetarian

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

“I’m pulling over.” “What, again?! We’ve already eaten two kilo’s worth.” “This never happens and I intend to take full advantage.” It’s a bumper crop this year for New Zealand cherries the majority of which are grown in Otago. And the majority of those were pretty much scoffed by my husband and I on our trip through Southland. We’re lucky we got our deposit back on the hire car since there were probably a few extra cherry stains … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dresdner Stollen

Dresdner Stollen

Where’s the dessert? He’s stollen it! Sorry, but I had to get that out. I’m back and feeling much better now, thank you. — I happened upon this recipe for traditional Dresden stollen a few years back and it has quickly become a tradition for my husband and I to spend a couple of days making a whole heap of these babies as Christmas presents. It’s also a tradition for me to pretend that I don’t see my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, German, Vegetarian

All about ginger

All about ginger

Some things in life are just a wee bit awkward. Whenever I read or write a recipe, I’m always perplexed about what to do about the ginger. People often describe the amount needed as, ‘a thumb-sized piece’ or ‘a 5cm piece’ or ‘6 thick slices’. But that doesn’t sit well with people who don’t like variables. How big around is this piece? What about the little nobules (Yes, I made that word up.)? Do I … Read entire article »

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Spring is well and truly underway here in New Zealand. The sun is shining, the cabbage trees are blooming, and the peas and beans I’ve put in are starting to wind their way up the canes. It all makes you feel like getting out there and playing in the sunshine. It also makes me want to eat fresh healthy things. On one of my ‘That’s-it!-No-more-sugar’  kicks (meh, they come and go) I found a great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian