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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Caramelised Banana Dutch Baby

I haven’t posted in a while. I started a new job. I ordered too much off AliExpress for my wedding. I am not winning at life right now.
But breakfast makes things better. So last weekend when Michael was still sleeping, I got up super early and made a caramelised banana Dutch baby. Why? Because I could and I wanted to. And also, I’ve always wanted to make a Dutch baby. Thanks to my parents gifting me a set of cast iron skillets, I can now make Dutch babies whenever I feel like it.
Lots of people don’t know what a Dutch baby is, let me inform you.

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Burger Series: Pork and Apple Burger

My favourite thing to do is take a burger I’ve had out and about and recreate it in my kitchen. This time, it’s a pork and apple burger.
Pork and apple go so well together. They’re a classic pairing and in a burger they’re just amazing. The pork will need to be seasoned well and the apple will need to be sliced thin to give the burger crunch without allowed the apple to take over. Adding a bit of apple sauce to the burger patties makes this pork and apple burger even more flavourful.
If you’re so inclined, you can also make my optional apple and rum sauce to pour over the top. Make sure you make quite a bit as I found it was incredibly popular when serving these and I could have used more.

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