Bangkok – Shop till you drop…

MBK - Eight floors of bargain happiness
MBK – Eight floors of bargain happiness

Bangkok, up until our holiday in July, was never a destination I’ve felt a burning desire to visit. Now the capital city of the ‘Land of Smiles’, named after it’s grinning (and often toothless) residents, sits firmly at the top of my ‘Really Want To Go Back There’ list. Hot, sticky, loud, crazy and stinky in parts, Bangkok was everything Hubby and I expected – and more. Three days simply wasn’t long enough and I was really sad to leave. (more…)

Hokey Pokey Biscuits

I seem to spend a lot of time looking out for new recipes that are simple so my boy and I can make them together. I’ve realised I should just stop looking and stick to using the cookbook I’ve owned for the last 20+ years: The great Kiwi Edmonds Cookbook. This is their original Hokey Pokey recipe that, frankly, you just can’t beat. You need bugger-all ingredients, it’s easy, cheap to make and everyone enjoys them. Why make things complicated?! (more…)

Cauliflower Puree

cauliflower puree recipeIt’s not terribly interesting looking in the picture, but I PROMISE, it’s delicious.   Until my Hubby tasted my Cauliflower Puree he reckoned the only way to eat cauliflower was smothered in a cheese sauce to disguise the taste. He’s changed his opinion since I made this – he loves it.   You can also use this recipe to make cauliflower mash (keep reading!)

You can serve this as a side dish, in the place of cheese sauce, or simply wherever you’d usually use mashed potato. This is also fabulous over pasta with bacon and  mushrooms (a great alternative to a more calorie-laden cream-based sauce).  Hmmmmm. I mix this in with macaroni and call it Mac n’ Cheese for my vegetable-hating-son. He scoffs it, blissfully unaware that he is eating cauliflower. Gotcha.

(TIP:  You can make this ahead of time, just restrain yourself from eating at least a quarter of it before serving time…  It’s addictive. You’ve been warned!). (more…)

Kirsty’s Scrummy Muesli Bars

This recipe is another of our family’s favourites! I love making it as it’s so versatile: I have gone to make it so many times and realised I haven’t got all the ingredients, so I improvise and it always works!  It’s easy to make, my seven year old often makes it by himself.image (more…)

Youngblood Cosmetics – Not just for the young!

Youngblood is a cosmetics range that, up until a couple of months ago, I’d never heard of until my hairdressers, Hair@88 in Havelock North, launched the brand in their salon. I was rapt to get invited to their launch party! Having now spent time playing with the products and reading online reviews, I’m wondering where the heck I’ve been: This brand is a) Well known and, b) It gets rave reviews!  By the way I’ve  learnt that you don’t have to be young to wear this brand, thank goodness (I definitely don’t qualify as young anymore).

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Mel’s Mack Daddy Salad

My gorgeous American friend Mel is the Queen of Salads. I went to her house for lunch once and she made a salad that was so good I recreated it and we had it for dinner that night, and three nights in a row the following week.   So when Mel emailed me a recipe of another salad she thought I “might like”, I got excited and I raced off to the supermarket to get the ingredients.
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Easy Mid-week Asian Chicken and Corn Soup

imageThis soup is a regular feature on our week night menu. It takes a quick 15 minutes to make from start to finish – assuming you have pre-cooked chicken on hand! Best of all, it’s healthy, everyone eats it, including our  fussy Small Child.   Use whatever vegetables are in season, or what’s in your fridge (or leave them out if you are short on time!). (more…)

Jordana Lipsticks – Cheap and definitely cheerful!

I’m an unashamed fan of this DIRT CHEAP brand which is widely available in NZ through many 1,2,3 Shops, $2 Shops and D-City.    The price point is unbeatable – $4 to $4.50 for all items and I think some of the range(definitely not all!) is great.  It represents astonishing value for money, especially in Down Under where purchasing makeup can sometimes almost require a home re-mortgage! (more…)