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Jam II


Strawberry Jam

One of the perks of Auckland is the strawberries- sweet and juicy, cheap and in bigger punnets (“chips”) than the South Island. I made strawberry jam today (I think it was the hottest day we’ve had yet- a perfect day to stand over a hot stove!) to give as Christmas gifts. My Grandad Don told me that strawberrys make a nice jam. You know what he’s getting!

 I took a few photos of the process.

I think this last photo is my favourite!

Delicious Sunshine on my plate

Lemon Honey from the St Mary’s Church Fair.

Delicious sunshine on my plate.


:: We’re moving to Auckland! Michael’s been posted to Auckland with Customs. We plan to move in 3 weeks. Any luck you can send our way in our house hunt would be much appreciated. Also, I’ll be looking to find a craft group to join if you know of anything?! ::

A ray of sunshine

Spring has arrived.

Last Supper

Last night, far too late, I put on the batch of cinnamon rolls I promised Michael I would make for him to take to work today, for his last morning tea on rotation in Christchurch. The 3 weeks he’s been home have gone far too fast.

This morning I got up far too early to roll out the dough, spread it with butter, sugar and cinnamon and raisins, and bake the rolls.

We left together this morning, and when I got home the first thing I spotted behind Michael’s shoulder was his lunch, sitting on top of the cake tin.

Don’t worry- we’ve almost eaten them all, and I have another batch baking in the oven.

Louise’s Best Brownies

Michael’s Dad’s partner Louise was on a quest to find the perfect brownie recipe earlier in the year. Lucky for me her idea of the perfect brownie and mine are well aligned.

On the down side, when you’re temporarily living alone making a pan of brownies means eating a pan of brownies. By scrolling down and reading the recipe you are also agreeing not to judge me.

Louise’s Best Brownies

1 cup plain flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

1 cup chocolate pieces

250g butter

2 tsp vanilla essence

4 lightly beaten eggs


Preheat the oven to 180oC

Sift together dry ingredients, add chocolate and mix well. Combine melted butter and eggs and add to the dry ingredients. Pour into a 20x30cm tin and bake for 32 (Louise was very speccific about this) minutes.

Let cool before cutting and serving.


Now excuse me while I go suffer a heart palpatation!

Garden Bounty


We’re getting stuck into the lettuce and strawberries! Yum!

June 2018
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