47. Scotland – Strawberry Vanilla Scones

Scones originally came from Scotland in the 1500’s according to Webster’s Dictionary. They were originally made of oats and griddle baked. There’s two ways to pronounce it – skon vs skoon and there is debate about whether the name is derived from a Dutch word ‘schoonbrot’ which means beautiful bread or from the Stone of…

46. France – Cherry Berry Clafoutis

It’s summer time in France which means stone fruit and berries are everywhere in abundance. And it’s so much cheaper than at home 🙂 We went a bit overboard snapping up the fruity goodness at our local market, so I decided to make a clafoutis with cherries (cerises), raspberries (framboise) and blueberries (myrtilles). Clafoutis is a…

45. France – Fromage de chèvre omelette

So a bit of an update as it’s been ages since I’ve done anything with this blog (notice a common theme?!) In January we left New Zealand and embarked on a bucket-list journey with our kids through South East Asia and Europe. We’ve had an incredible time journeying through Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri…

44. Vietnam – Gỏi cuốn

We had a Halloween party this weekend, and I made some Gỏi cuốn – or Vietnamese fresh spring rolls for the adults to enjoy while the kids were stuffing their faces with chocolate. Gỏi cuốn are traditionally made with pork/prawn/duck/chicken, shredded vegetables such as carrot and lettuce, bún (vermicelli noodles), wrapped in Vietnamese bánh tráng (rice paper). The bánh…

43. India/Fiji – Roti bread

I recently had a lovely mid-winter break in Fiji, and while I was there I spent an afternoon at the Flavours of Fiji Cooking School learning to make a selection of traditional Fijian and Fijian Indian dishes. It was so much fun, but the huge revelation of the day for me, was how easy it is…

42. New Zealand – Hokey pokey ice cream

After a few glorious, well overdue days of sunshine over the weekend, it truly feels like summer is around the corner. With the arrival of daylight saving (summer time) we had our first family barbeque picnic dinner on the lawn. There are few things that are quintessentially more New Zealand than hokey pokey ice-cream, so…

41. Spain – Paella

According to my European food bible “Culinaria – European Specialities”, paella is the dish most typical of Spain. It comes from the Albufera region where rice has always been cultivated and eaten and is usually prepared with mussels, squid and shrimps. There are countless versions of this dish however – in the past the rural…

40. England – Lemon Meringue Pie

  Auckland is awash with lemons at the moment, in fact lemon overload is one of the very few things that I like about winter. It pains me to drive past a tree that is covered in lemons but with even more on the ground. Give them away people if you aren’t going to use…

39. Japan – Katsu curry

In our house we love a good katsu curry, or “Japanese KFC” as my husband calls it! I checked in with a friend of mine who is very knowledgeable on all things Japanese (interestingly he wrote his PHD thesis on the rise of amateur sumo wrestling around the world, but I digress….) as I was…

38. Mexico – Chocolate, cinnamon and chilli cake

Well after an almost 2 year hiatus, Around the World in 80 plates is back! Life got super busy and while this blog was always on my list of ‘things to do’, it inevitably got pushed down the priority list which was a real shame as I love doing it! But I’ve recently made some…

37. Italy – Tiramisu

So it has been a while since I’ve blogged, mostly because cakes, kids and the day job have been all consuming of late! But I have been missing my little cooking project and blogging about it, so I’m going to get back into it. Plus I’m nearly half-way there. I have actually made way more…

36. New Zealand – Sour Cream Plum Cake

Today was Waitangi Day in New Zealand, so that means a day off work. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we made the most of it and went on a picnic. It is Black Doris plum season at the moment too, so I made a yummy sour cream plum cake to make the most…