There really is nothing more perfect than a slice, or two, of delicious chocolate and coffee cake topped with heavenly caramel buttercream?! I had the absolute honour and so much fun baking this cake with my amazing friend Emma from The Feature Wall last week for the opening of her brothers stunning new cafe bar, Deluxe. Emma and I had such a lovely afternoon/evening adapting Annabel Langbein’s stunning Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe and creating a beautiful two tier exposed layer cake that would be perfect for any celebration! If you’re out and about in Mt Roskill you really must take a peek at this fantastic new coffee bar that’s serving some of the best coffees in Auckland! I hope you have a lovely week planned, I’d love to know what you think of this cake if you give it a try. x

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With the always delicious and inspiring Food Show just around the corner where for three days this August you’re able to taste and buy the very best food, drink and kitchenware that New Zealand and the world has to offer in this wonderful foodie heaven – it’s easily my favourite show of the year and I can’t wait to attend and try all the new goodies on offer, and of course watch a few delicious cooking demonstrations. So to celebrate the upcoming Food Show, I thought I’d have a chat with the incredibly lovely and talented Nadia Lim about her truly stunning recipes, what inspires her and of course what she has planned at The Food Show this year – how divine does her Lemongrass Chicken recipe sound? Be sure to click read more for the interview with Nadia and her delicious recipe. x

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Parisian Flan

parisian flan recipe made from scratch blog

I know that Bastille Day isn’t until the 14th but with all the beautiful and delicious celebrations around the truly stunning French culture happening this weekend I thought I’d share one of my favourite new dishes. A truly classic and completely perfect Parisian Flan. It’s like a ‘grown up’ vanilla slice – it’s wonderfully simple to make and the silky texture with the signature caramelised top is beyond perfection, I’m even going to be bold enough to say that it’s now one of my top 5 favourite desserts – and terribly popular with my hubbies work which is always so nice! So in honour of Bastille Day and one of my favourite countries in the whole world I hope you enjoy this truly stunning Parisian Flan – it’s a perfect dessert to make over a rainy weekend. x

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Banana, Date and Walnut Cake with Caramel Icing recipe made from scratch blog

After a truly lovely day in the kitchen yesterday whipping up a few new recipes for the blog, I thought I’d share one of them for you today! Before I forget, thank you all so much for your lovely recipe suggestions, I now have a very long list of new recipes to create and share on the blog for you, if there is ever anything you’d like me to share, please let me know! While I was baking yesterday I shared a little peek of what I was making on Instagram and the end result is the most delicious Banana, Date and Walnut Cake with Caramel Icing – if you’re after a stunning banana and caramel cake recipe that’s beautiful enough to serve for any celebration and takes no time at all to make you simply must try this. I hope everyone is surviving this horrible storm, it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and bake. I’d love to know what you think of my new recipe and I can’t wait to share the other’s I’ve made. x

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winter-style-roundup Despite the blustery wind, rain and cold that comes with winter, one of the best parts about the cooler seasons is the clothing! I’ve never been a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of winter clothing and absolutely adore layering beautiful winter jackets, scarfs, jumpers and accessorising with bold jewels, lipstick and of course a stunning pair of boots to make up for dreary winter days. Here are a few of my favourite cozy yet stylish looks and items to help get you through the blustery winter weather we’re having at the moment – or of course on seconds thoughts, curling up inside under a heavy knit throw with a good book and warm cup of tea is just as perfect this time of year. x

| witchery trim wrap coat | saben frankie handbag | witchery foiled spot knit | topshop lips in rio rio | rain or shin umbrellakaren walker harvest sunglasseshunter boots |

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I’m so proud and excited to share this post, as this coming Thursday my incredibly talented mother in law Rosemary Nightingale will be showcasing her stunning collection of art, you can see a peek of her work above, alongside some of New Zealand’s most talented artists. For anyone who has a deep love of New Zealand art ranging in mediums from painting, sculpture, photography and jewellery and are looking for something to do this Thursday evening or upcoming weekend – this beautiful exhibition and the grand opening of one of Aucklands newest gallery truly is the event to attend. Their opening exhibition will run until the 7th of August and the grand opening is this Thursday the 26th of June from 6pm at 78 Coates Ave, Orakei. xo

lemon and almond friand made from scratch

I’ve always found it so lovely that lemons are in season during winter – it’s almost like nature wants to remind us of brighter things on gloomy winter days. So because this week has been particularly gloomy,  yesterday afternoon I whipped up a batch of delicious and very simple Lemon, Almond and Coconut Friands – not only is the texture of these small cakes divine, they’re also incredible adaptable. You can easily switch the lemon and coconut for raspberry and white chocolate or a classic lime friand – the possibilities are truly endless, and of course delicious! I’d love to hear what your favourite friand flavour is.

I’m also so excited to share that I’ve been asked by the truly lovely and talented Lauren Kelp to be a guest blogger on her beautiful blog – as it’s summer in the states Lauren is generously sharing a few of my older recipes, but shortly I’ll be sharing exclusive recipes for Lauren. If you haven’t had a peek at her work yet, you must, it’s so beautiful! I hope everyone has a lovely day planned and are tucked up somewhere warm away from the rain. x

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There are truly no words to describe how incredibly thankful I am for all of your generosity, support and love towards Gem, Nath, Coco Darling and their family – they are so grateful and humbled by your love. In tragic and heart breaking moments like this you feel terribly helpless, if you wish to help Gem and Nath through this time please have a look at this post for more details. The generosity has been beyond what I ever imagined would come of this, all I can do is thank you with all of my heart!

I shared on my Instagram account this afternoon a little of what I was up to – my ‘therapy’ has always been to bake and adapting old recipes, I find baking so calming and it always add’s a little comfort to dark and cold winter days. And as promised, here is the delicious recipe I adapted from a 1978 edition of The Australian and New Zealand Family Cookbook that my Grandma so kindly handed down to me. I wanted to add a modern and warm touch to the classic chocolate chip cookie, the end result is a perfect batch of Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, with a twist of orange zest and delicate spices – which turns out to be a perfect combination of flavours. These cookies are so simple to make and are a delicious treat for a cold winters evening, I’d love to know what you think. x

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