Tomato, capsicum and spinach scrolls

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While sweet treats are undeniably delicious, sometimes what you really need is something savoury – delicious scrolls, tarts and scones packed with flavour to help fill the lunchtime gap. The trick is finding the perfect recipe!

I don’t do a huge amount of savoury baking, but have a couple of recipes I come back to time and time again – like these delicious cheese and caramelised onion pinwheel scones and this easy recipe for tomato, capsicum and spinach scrolls.

There are lots of reasons to love these scrolls, not least of which is the flavour – they’re absolutely packed with it! The dough is generously coated in thick, rich sauce before being covered with a scattering of fresh spinach, a crumbling of feta and a sprinkling of grated cheese. Sounds good, huh?

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Are you a cook or a baker?

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More often than not, people seem to fall into one of two camps in the kitchen – they’re either a cook or a baker. This isn’t to say they can’t do both amazingly well, but one or the other just comes more naturally.

As you might have guessed, I’m a baker. It’s something that comes easily, whether it’s simply whipping something up, creating new recipes for sweet treats or thinking on my feet when supplies run low. While I love a good recipe for inspiration, I can glance at it and go from there – baking comes naturally to me.

But when it comes to cooking I’m the total opposite – I need a good recipe and diligently follow every single step to make sure it turns out right. I’m proud of the meals I create, but know I couldn’t have made them without a solid recipe guiding me through the process.

I enjoy cooking, but I’m a baker.

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Mondayitis

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Happy Monday!

Wasn’t it wonderful having another short week? The weekend felt as though it absolutely whizzed around. After a wonderful trip to the Hawkes Bay over Easter and a nice short week back at work, I’m feeling rested, relaxed and ready to get busy with a few projects – stay tuned!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and are all ready for the week ahead – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Three ways to make entertaining a cinch

This time of year is all about entertaining and barbeques are my absolute go-to. I love nothing more than throwing open the French doors on a warm summer evening, throwing some food on the BBQ and catching up with friends and family.

It sounds pretty good right? The only trouble is the planning – before you know it even the simplest get-together can become a complicated web of planning, cooking and shopping. Suddenly it’s not simple the easy summer evening you envisaged.

Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help making hosting summer get-togethers a total cinch – no more complicated drinks to prepare, mounds of dishes to wash and dry in the morning or time consuming desserts to whip up (woohoo!)

Hands up if that sounds amazing… yip, I thought so. Here are three ways to help make summer entertaining an absolute breeze.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Who else is SUPER excited that Christmas and the summer holidays are just three sleeps away? It feels like Christmas has just popped out of nowhere this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Fingers crossed the weather stays beautiful and sunny, and that we finally get the beautiful Kiwi summer we’ve all been hoping for.

Whether you’re at work or at home, here are five things to help get your week off to a great start…

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Cheese & Caramelised Onions Pinwheel Scones

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Where would we be without cheese? Savoury baking would definitely not be anywhere near as delicious, that’s for sure. All my favourite savoury treats seem to be packed with that cheesy goodness, adding delicious creamy flavour to everything from scrolls and scones to tarts and pies.

But in a world filled with delicious savoury options, I’ve found my new favourite savoury baked treat – cheese and caramelised onion pinwheel scones.

Imagine a soft scone dough loaded with flavoursome cheese and just a hint of cayenne pepper (trust me, it’s magic!), filled with a combination of freshly prepared caramelised red onions and grated cheese, rolled and cut, then finished with a final sprinkling of (you guessed it) cheese.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

The past week has been an absolute dream – Kevin planned such a fabulous honeymoon, I’m very lucky! It’s great to be back in NZ now – and even better knowing we still have a week of holiday ahead of us!

I hope you had a great weekend too. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Gingernuts

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Happy New Year everyone! After a much needed break (otherwise known as intensive wedding crafting) we’re back in action – it’s so lovely to be back. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and that 2014 is off to a wonderful start.

But now, into the baking!

Even when it’s this hot, I can’t stop myself from sitting down with a hot cup of tea each evening. Yip, even on those revoltingly muggy nights we’ve had recently you’ll find me perched on the couch armed with a cup of tea while I wind down for the evening. Sometime I can even convince Kevin to take part in this little evening ritual – but it takes the lure of biscuit!

While I’m not one to turn down any biscuits, there are some that just go better with a hot cup of tea (or coffee) – one of which is a bit of a Kiwi favourite. I bet you know exactly which one I’m talking about… the humble gingernut, of course!

So with our cookie jar looking a little empty I decided to try my hand at making homemade gingernuts. And you know what? I think I like them more than the store-bough variety – though it’ll take a little more ‘testing’ to confirm!

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