22. The World – Olympic Torch Cupcake Cones

this vanilla buttermilk cupcake recipe

The world has come together to run, jump, swim, shoot, row and pummelhorse over the next little while.  To celebrate I made something that represents this exciting time – Olympic Torch Cupcake Cones.


You will need:

8 ice-cream cones
Cupcake mix
Yellow buttercream icing
Red fondant.


Make your cupcake mix (I use



21. New Zealand – Mum’s Neopolitan Rosette Birthday Cake

Wow I can’t believe I am a quarter of a way through my challenge already! I’m really enjoying cooking and baking all these different things, and sharing them amongst friends and family 🙂 Right, this one is a bit confusing as I’m not sure what to categorize it as, so I’ve just put New Zealand…

20. France – Creme Brûlée

Ah I love this time of year – well certainly not for the winter weather, but it’s Tour de France time and of course Bastille Day. It was the perfect occasion to break out my lovely French linen, cook creme brûlée and to celebrate all things French. I hosted a dinner party which started with…

19. Thailand – Pla Nueng Manow (Steamed Fish with Lemon)

Visiting Thailand last year we had the most amazing steamed fish with chilli, lime, garlic and coriander. The best experience we had was visiting a local fish market and selecting our fish, then taking it across the road to a restaurant for them to cook it in the style we chose. This recipe is adapted…

18. India – Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a tasty vegetarian curry – palak is the spinach and paneer is a hard type of cottage cheese. I ate this almost every day when I was in India, I loved it that much! Palak Paneer Serves 4 1 bunch of spinach, cooked and drained 200g paneer cut into cubes (you can…

17. USA – Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Happy Independence Day!! To celebrate the Fourth of July in little old New Zealand, I made some whoopie pies. I’ve been wanting to make whoopie pies for ages, and went out on the weekend and splurged on a whoopie pie tin. You don’t necessarily need a tin to make them though, and Betty Crocker even…