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April 12, 2017 Filed under Dessert

Pavlova is a very traditional New Zealand dessert.  Some pavlovas rise beautifully and look great, others (like mine) tend to flop and need to be propped up with cream and decorations.  They taste good regardless, though my son (aged about 8) once asked me why my pavlovas didn’t look as good as the bought ones!! That was the last time I made a pav! (He’s now 50 something!)

Here’s a never-fail pavlova recipe from my good friend Ann Hancock.  Read more

Ann’s savoury chops

November 20, 2016 Filed under Dinner

This is my friend Ann’s go-to recipe for a quick and easy, tasty dinner – for family or friends.


6 lamb leg chops
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon of each of ginger, curry powder, mustard, mixed spice
1½ cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Trim the fat from the chops and place in an ovenware dish
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the chops
  3. You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and leave it to marinade the chops for several hours or just put the dish into the oven straight away.
  4. Cover dish and bake in a slow oven (140°C for 2 hours, or 170°C for 1 hour.

Serve with baked potatoes, boiled carrots and steamed broccoli for a well balanced dinner

Arranging a cheese platter – in pictures

September 17, 2016 Filed under Extras

Here’s an update on my original cheese platter post.  This one gives you step-by-step instructions in pictures.  The different cheeses are described by their country of origin but these varieties are being made in many other countries now and should be easy to locate in your supermarket or deli.

Update on Graham’s winter special

June 27, 2015 Filed under Dinner, Lunch

Winter must be here. 2015-06-20 13.29.27

I’m getting ready to make another batch of Graham’s vegetable soup.  This has been a family favourite for many years.  The photo shows the range of vegetables that go into this tasty and filling winter meal – good for a dinner with crusty bread as well as for lunch.  Heats up well in the microwave at work too.

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