Some of my latest food creation’s

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When food and photography collide

Realised I hadn’t share many photos or food I’ve created lately so here’s a few from yesterday and today. Been missing school so had to get in the kitchen. Now off to study

New loaf recipe I tried

Mini loafs I turned into garlice bread my hubby grew

Home made pumpkin soup n my bread

Mini chicken n mushroom filo baskets

Cranberry and white choc muffins

Oat, cranberry and white choc biscults

Argh help please fellow bloggers

Study help please fellow bloggers I’m a visual hands on learner

I’m studying level 4 chef training and loving it. I’m keeping up and doing well but having a few struggles.

Practical classes I’m doing well, I video the classes and from there watch them and write my notes. Its time consuming but working.

When it comes to theory I’m getting a bit worried. I can read the text books and understand everything but when it come to remembering a few days later I get mind blanks. 

We have our first big exam in July with food safety and multi choice culinary. Also will be getting a list off approx 400 culinary terms we have to remember and understand what they are, plus most are in French. Scared coz at school (I’m nearly 33) I flunked all my exams because I panicked and froze. Feeling the pressure because I got top front of house student last year but was only level 2. And I want to prove to myself and everyone that I’m actually good at something

What’s some study tips so I can improve my recall? 

Yummy goodness

​Made a tasty beet, spinach salad with toasted walnuts and feta and a yummy honey mustard red wine vinaigrette for dinner from the @nadialimcooks Nadia’s kitchen cookbook. (The winner of one of the new Zealand master chef shows) Big hit with the kids


Inspired by all the fresh produce I got today for a gorgeous little organic shop

And last nights dinner of beautiful chicken and asparagus in a lemon soy chicken broth and fluffy rice (found the reciepe on YouTube)

Creative Saturday

​Playing around with a basic meringue recipe, made peppermint n dark choc, strawberry flavoured and a few different types of meringue cookies. Tried out brandy snaps bit of a disaster but still tasted good


Week 7 as a student

And shits getting real. 

For the past 6 weeks we’ve baked, cooked, studied, learnt and gained our barista and food safety certs. Completed and passed assessments written and practical (i received best tasting pie of the class in our big assessment out of 18 other students). I’m proud that I’m the only student in our class with 100% attendance and not once been late (who would’ve guessed I’d be so happy to go to class). Its been our training for today.

Today we had our first day of weekly prep because we start service tomorrow. We have a cafe open three days a week and each tale turns in different roles from dishy to brista to different roles in the kitchen. And guess what I’m first up as sous chef. Ahhhh can’t wait I’m excited nervous. 

Can’t wait to let you all know how I go. This time in two months I’ll have completed my first course as an adult student. I’m so proud

A little Saturday baking

This weekend I decided to get my bake on so it was pastry and desert time for the family.

As with the photos (first attempt at food photography as well) I made it all from scratch excluding the puff pastry.

  • Chocolate eclairs
  • Puff pastry with cream and kiwifruit and some with cinnamon sugar.
  • Puff baskets
  • Cream puffs with chocolate and my berry jam sauces
  • Fill baskets filled with spinach, feta, toms, eggs and chives
  • Chocolate mud mousse
  • And my favourite the pastry rosettes

Can’t wait to find some more time to share heaps more with you all.