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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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Under Italian Skies – An Interview

You may have seen the hype about Under Italian Skies as people flocked to buy their copies recently. If not, then that’s ok, there’s still time to purchase your own book and immerse yourself in the beautiful world of Nicky Pellegrino’s new novel.
I’ve always loved Italy. I spent two weeks there on a crash course learning to cook and bake traditional dishes. While I desperately wanted to go back, I wasn’t able to make the trip before moving to New Zealand. I feel Nicky and I have something in common in that I too lived in the UK, visited Italy (only briefly compared to Nicky’s childhood with her cousins on Italian shores) and then moved to New Zealand where we are both very settled right now. I felt this connection between myself and the author but also myself and her characters. Each one is so fully formed and complete, even when they are trying to find themselves, that I could not help but love them all. Some characters feature in Nicky’s earlier novels while others are brand new; the mixture of the beloved characters sharing space with new souls is something magical in a novel.

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