Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding with Chocolate Chips

Wow, talk about a long title. I’ve always been one of those people that think the shorter the title, the better but sometimes you need all of those delicious descriptions.
Easter is creeping up on us quickly. In fact, the whole year has just whizzed on by so far. It feels like just yesterday we were talking down Christmas decorations and now we’re buying hot cross buns and chocolate Easter eggs. Luckily for me, Easter is my favourite time of year because hot cross buns are like my kryptonite. I could eat them all year round but that takes the fun out of it.
A friend of ours offered us a weekend away as a honeymoon gift (as well as a board game) and I decided that I needed to make something tasty. I had just bought my first pack of hot cross buns for the year but as I’m the only one in the house that eats them, they needed to be used up. And that was how this delicious pudding came about.

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Crispy Chicken Wings in Asian Sauce

It’s been hot in Auckland. That plays it down quite a bit but the city has been muggy and humid and my hair as not been handling this well.
Get it together Auckland.
So I got up on Saturday and decided that wings were the order of the day. Who doesn’t love some crispy chicken wings to kick back and enjoy with a cold glass of wine? Rhetorical question there guys, the answer is everyone. These wings are salty and sweet and sticky but not too sticky and they’re perfect served with a creamy lime dip and lashings of spicy Siracha sauce. These wings are all I thought about all day and I’m sure I had a dream about them that Saturday night. I made them inside because the sky had opened up but next weekend, these wings are going on the BBQ.

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Marshmallow and Pretzel Chocolate Fudge

I got married. We did it. It was fun. It was perfect.
And next month will be the first Valentine’s Day we spend as a married couple. My orders are to make this Marshmallow and Pretzel Chocolate Fudge again. My husband (it feels so weird and awesome to write that down, guys!) has requested it as his Valentine’s Day present this year after he devoured the majority of this batch I made around Christmas time. Fudge is something he is incredibly fond of. Luckily for me, my matron of honour has this awesome recipe up her sleeve.
I nabbed that recipe and made a few adjustments because Lizzy’s version is very elegant and grown up and Michael and I are basically kids. Who doesn’t want a salty pretzel and brightly coloured marshmallow in their fudge?!

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Honey Almond Plait with Aotea Manuka Honey

Guys I get married in less than two weeks! It’s super exciting!
At the end of 2016 I started having a chat with the lovely people over at Aotea who do natural tonics, balms and honey based on traditional Maori remedies. Their Horopito tonic has been keeping me sane and stress free throughout my wedding planning. Not only is the packaging absolutely beautiful (simplicity is key in their remedies and also their design) but the products are awesome. I’ve always been keen on trying natural remedies instead of medicines and now that my doctor has ordered me to lower my blood pressure, I find the Horopito tonic is great when I need to take a step back and unwind. Now you might need to look hard for Aotea as they are pretty new but trust me, they’re worth the hunt because their Manuka honey is absolutely amazing. It’s one of the best Manuka honeys I’ve ever tried.
Wedding planning has also made me crave home comfort foods. One of those comfort foods comes from my time working in a bakery in the UK when I was allowed a treat from the cabinets for tea time. I always picked the maple pecan danish. It was to die for but unfortunately very much missing from the New Zealand market. So I decided to use this beautiful Manuka honey to create my own version to indulge in.

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