Shortcrust Pastry

This Is A very basic recipe and my favourite! I use this pastry for everything and have never gone to a different recipe. I...

  • February 5, 2016

    A 20th birthday cake!

    I love baking cakes, and usually plan to bake the cake before the day it is being served and decorating on the day. My...

  • January 22, 2016

    Cake of a half century!

    Occasion: 50th birthday  Cake original design by: Charis Summers This cake was made for me by my daughter, isn’t it amazing? This cake is...

  • April 27, 2015

    Vanilla Birthday Cake

    Making and Sending a Birthday Cake

Craft & Tips

How to make a flower corsage

How to Make a Corsage

Fancy making a corsage? It's surprisingly quite easy to make but requires a little patience and a pair of steady hands.


Tiramisu trifle: A delicious combination

It’s actually called a Triferrystrawbisu! I would have used this name as the title but you wouldn’t be able to find it on the...


ramen noodles cartoon

Will Eating Ramen Noodles Kill You?

How bad are Ramen Noodles? Well, just about everything can cause harm if you eat an excessive amount. I’m a great lover of ramen noodles but studies...


The Secret to Good Blueberry Jam

Blueberries! Strawberries! Raspberries! It's summer and there is an abundance of fresh fruits. Although there is nothing quite like freshly hand picked berries, you...


Christmas Eve Surprise

A rather unusual delivery A rather unusual delivery for the kitchen… —- Video available in HD mode —– Posted by KitchenBean on Thursday, August 13,...

  • July 27, 2015

    A Seaside Birthday Theme

    A surprise bedroom makeover for a teenager can be a risky business. Your teenager can feel their privacy invaded. A lot of sensitivity is needed to plan...

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    July 21, 2015

    Dogs Are Never Late For Dinner

      When it comes to meals, dog food is certainly very convenient. No washing up to do and certainly no family fueds who’s peeling...

  • July 17, 2015

    The Family That Eats Together

    I believe my golden retriever loves us dearly but part of her nature she enjoys escaping. The first time was terrifying – we thought we’d lost...

Main Course

zesty pork chop with cajun spices and lime juice

Zesty Pork Chop with Cajun Spices

This is a great recipe from HelloFresh™. It was the first time we tried a set meal delivery and my daughter and I were...

  • May 30, 2016

    Salmon Baked with Potatoes, Spinach & Cheddar Cheese

    Salmon Baked with Potatoes, Spinach & Cheddar Cheese Prepare all the ingredients STEP 1: Slice the potatoes thinly (preferably with a mandolin slicer) so...

  • Moroccan Chicken Recipe
    January 4, 2016

    Moroccan Chicken Recipe

    Morrocan chicken is perfect for any occasion So far this winter has been so incredibly mild that it reminds me of the Mediterranean climate which...

  • Lasagna Spinach Rolls
    July 20, 2015

    Lasagna Spinach Rolls with Ricotta Cheese

    There are many versions for lasagna rolls but we like this one for its versatility and simplicity. You can vary the ingredients and cheeses,...


A healthy breakfast

A healthy breakfast can make a great start to your day. Layer your favorite fruits and/or youghurts, granola or even dried fruits, in a...

  • February 5, 2016

    A 20th birthday cake!

    I love baking cakes, and usually plan to bake the cake before the day it is being served and decorating on the day. My...


Spicy Pickled Cucumbers in Red Wine Vinegar

Learn how to make this really simple picked cucumbers. No heating of the vinegar is necessary, just put all the ingredients into a clean...

  • Quick pickled chillies
    September 13, 2013

    Quick Pickled Chillies

    Simple pickled chilly recipe that takes only a few minutes to make. No cooking is required.


How to send apple pies in the mail

How to send an apple pie in the mail

An apple pie kit Have you ever thought of making a pie kit and sending it in the mail? We tried it and it...

  • November 13, 2014

    Shepherd Pie with Snow Peas Simple Recipe

    Shepherd’s pie is a traditional dish from England made with lamb mince meat. But if you cannot get lamb, mince steak or turkey are...

  • October 14, 2014

    Mini Apple Pies

    MMM… We made these with the apples that we picked because it was the perfect time of the year! Each mini pie that I...

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    October 2, 2013

    Pork pies with hard boiled eggs

    What's interesting about this pastry is that it's made with hot water and hence referred to as the hot water pastry.


Coleslaw with olives and apples

Add apples and olives to a coleslaw.

Smoothies, Soups & Drinks

carrot and potato soup

Potato and Carrot Soup

A perfect dish for the winter as it is very warming, but its also fantastic in the summer with fresh summer squash If you...


Gyoza - Japanese steamed then fried pork dumplings

Gyoza – Japanese Steamed Dumplings

2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt ½ cup (120 ml - 150ml) corn starch for dusting


creamy squash pasta sauce

Creamy Squash Pasta Sauce

Perfect for pasta dishes I learnt that squash can keep for months if stored in the right conditions – usually in a dark cool...

  • asparagus-and-salmon
    September 25, 2013

    Quick Salmon Meal with Asparagus

    The beauty of this dish… you can dump everything in the oven - the fish, apparagus and potatoes at the same time and thirty...

  • stir fried kale
    September 19, 2013

    Stir Fried Kale with Onions

    Health food Kale is noted as incredibly nutritious leafy vegetable and surprisingly contains far more vitamin C than an orange and even more calcium than...

  • classic pasta sauce
    September 17, 2013

    Homemade Classic Pasta Sauce

    I was told red cars are more expensive on the insurance. Really? Why? Tomatoes don't go fast…