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Garlic Yogurt Lamb Roast with a side of good news

This garlic yogurt lamb roast is actually from a few months ago. I made it for my family when they came around for Sunday dinner. My family is small, just myself and my parents but my dad has always cooked for an army. I remember roasts when I was a kid would be lamb with all the trimmings. Roast potatoes, veggies in cheese sauce, fresh loaves of bread to soak up the homemade gravy. These days people cut corners and it’s rare for there to be homemade gravy, it’s normally out of a packet. No judgement, honestly, it’s just that I have an allergic reaction to most packet gravies and this is why I normally end up refusing a roast dinner. 
My parents coming to our house for dinner is rare. Our flat is small, it only holds so many people. So when I offered to make a lamb roast, my dad jumped at the chance and I knew it had to be something tasty.
I’m always a little nervous about making roasts because they take a while in the oven and if they’re not quite right then there’s very little time to prepare something else. Luckily, this lamb roast is super easy to prepare and cook. It’s very difficult to make it dry thanks to the marinade and you can always serve (homemade or otherwise) gravy on the side.

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Edmond’s Chocolate Cake with Lemon Buttercream

I didn’t grow up with Edmond’s in my life because I didn’t grow up in New Zealand but I see the company everywhere. When I talk to Kiwis they always tell me how they grew up with the Edmond’s Cookbook. It seems to be a staple in most Kiwi homes from a very young age.
After receiving the new Edmond’s Best of Baking cookbook, I can definitely see why. The recipes inside are easy to follow and cover a large range of basics like slices, savouries and cakes. If you’re just starting out with baking, this is a fantastic book to help you experiment with the basics. My favourite part of the book is that I could take one of the recipes and make it as simple or as fancy as I liked.
We went to a games and movie night and I took this fantastically rich chocolate cake along with us. It was a big hit!

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Honey Mustard Roast Chicken

Oh gosh is it cold here in Auckland. I know the rest of the country laughs when we say that but it has definitely started to get chilly. Luckily today is the winter solstice and so the days will start to get longer rather than shorter now. I am so looking forward to a bit of warmer weather. I’m one of those annoying people who like the weather to be just right, not too hot or cold.
The one good thing about the cooler weather is that I don’t mind standing in the kitchen with the oven on while I make a roast. Of course this makes my parents and boyfriend happy too. This Sunday I found myself making two roasts but I’ll post about them separately. The first roast I made was a honey mustard chicken roast and man was it good. 
I’m always cautious not to make a roast too sweet because it can be a bit over powering.
Luckily this recipe isn’t over powering and you can still taste the chicken. It also goes really well in a sandwich the next day with some mayo and lettuce. Yum!

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Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

This chicken and vegetable noodle soup can also be called “soup for bad and sad days because no one wants steak when they’re upset”.
The last month has been incredibly sad and stressful. Not just for myself but for a lot of my friends and family. It’s times like these that I miss the days of worrying about simpler things like if I would get home before the rains hits to retrieve the washing or how many times I can get away with eating pizza before the scales sneak up a few grams. As we grow, times get harder, we’re exposed to more and we’re expected to handle a lot of really intense situations. Sometimes it makes us stronger, sometimes we break down and have to rebuild ourselves from scratch.
I made this chicken and vegetable noodle soup from scratch because I needed to feel the accomplishment that comes with making something for yourself. Making soup can be cathartic, it’s slow and deliberate work resulting in something tasty and appreciated. It makes rebuilding yourself easier to manage.

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