33. Indonesia – Base Gede Bumbu Kuning (Basic Yellow Sauce)

Well it’s been a while since I’ve a.) cooked very much and b.) blogged about it. The build up to Christmas was super-busy, then we went on an amazing holiday to Bali, Indonesia in the New Year, and returned to our house for a couple of nights before moving out again while it has been…

32. New Zealand – Christmas Cake

Festive cakes have apparently been made for over 2000 years, however today’s Christmas cake as we know it came about in the 17th century. It was a bread-like cake made with expensive dried fruit, nuts, candied peel and wine and was part of Twelth Night celebrations. The legendary Mrs Beeton printed the first Christmas cake…

31. England – Parkin Cake

Today is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night as we call it here in New Zealand, so I made some Parkin, a traditional cake from Yorkshire, England that is eaten on Bonfire Night. The cake is like a ginger bread, but contains oatmeal and molasses. I first came across Parkin Cake when I lived in the…

30. USA – Halloween Cupcakes and Cake

Halloween is obviously a US tradition, but I think every year it seems to get more popular here in New Zealand. I think it’s kinda fun for the littlies to get dressed up, not so sure about the teenagers that don’t even bother and go around demanding treats! When my kids are a bit older…

29. New Zealand – Pavlova

So there’s much debate as to where the pavlova comes from – was it invented in New Zealand or Australia. Well being a Kiwi, of course I’m going to say New Zealand. Apparently it was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The meringue dessert was created in her honour after her tour Down Under….

27. Italy – Torta di Ricotta E Uvetta (Ricotta and Sultana Tart)

Here is the second part of the Italian night meal – Ricotta and Sultana Tart. Torta di Ricotta e Uvetta (Ricotta and Sultana Tart) Serves 8 50g sultanas 5 tablespoons Marsala 185g flour 120g unsalted butter 80g caster sugar 2 egg yolks grated rind of 1 lemon 350g ricotta cheese 25g breadcrumbs 1. Put the…

26. Italy – Ossobuco (Braised Veal Shanks)

Well it is an absolute disgrace that I’ve got a quarter of the way through my challenge and haven’t yet featured anything Italian.  Considering it’s way up on my list of favourite foods, I’m not quite sure how that happened.  Anyway time to rectify that. Ossobuco is braised veal shanks, a dish that originates from…

Even more cake – purple ombre sprinkle cake

Amidst the cake frenzy of the last few days, was Cake Fix’s birthday! Couldn’t let it pass without making her a cake.  So I made a purple ombre layer cake using this recipe. And colouring the inside with Wilton violet gel. Which made for a lovely surprise when we cut into the cake 🙂 Then…

Rachel and Owen’s wedding cakes

It has been a huge few days making cupcakes and the wedding cake for my friend Rachel who got married on Saturday.  Cake Fix and I were very flattered to be asked, and also very nervous as we’ve never done anything like this before and are not at all professional cake makers but enthusiastic amateurs! Anyway…