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The Green Grocer

8 Jul

Shopping Day. Not the supermarket chore it used to be. Now it involves buying up bulk at the peaceful bulk food shop, then popping next door to the family-owned green grocer. The great thing about the green grocer, is that I know their eggs come from happy chickens near Mt Somers in Canterbury. They also give away big bags of fruit and vege scraps – ideal for chickens or to boost your compost. You get to chat about the state of the nation and the weather for free too.



One-Bowl Easy Chocolate Brownies

24 Jun

Time to fill the biscuit tin again. I tweaked this from the Chelsea Sugar website. It’s pretty delicious. It’s also really unhealthy, so eat it with a side salad to cancel out the calories.

In a bowl, melt 200 grams of butter in the microwave. Then add:

  • just under a cup of cocoa (this feels like LOADS, but it’s not a typo)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • couple of handfuls of choc chips
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

Stir the wet mixture together, then add 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder and mix again. No need to bring out a machine – stirring with a spoon works. Bake in a cake or slice tin at 170 deg Celsius for between 20-30 minutes (depends on the height of it in your tin).

Due to pantry constraints, tonight I made it with only 3 eggs and no choc chips. It tastes fine. I have no battery life left in my camera to take a pic, but if you imagine a dark chocolatey slab of cake . . . that’s pretty much it.

Leftover Mashed Spud Deliciousness

10 Jun

Next time you make mashed spud, I recommend making extra just so you can cook this up the next day. Brilliant at any time of the day (or night). Plus it’s cheap, easy, and uses up leftovers instead of opening a packet of something.


  • Take a couple of cups of mashed spud that’s spent some time in the fridge.
  • Add quarter-ish of a cup of flour, a teaspoon-ish of baking powder, some salt, fresh chopped herbs (whatever you’ve got), and a tablespoon-ish of soft butter.
  • Stir it up, wham it into patties, fry both sides in butter.
  • Eat, BAM! Instant comfort.

It’s a winner with bacon, eggs, and lots of homemade relishes and sauces on the side. Tonight I had it with my increasingly famous red onion relish.  So so so good.

Pastry Done Gran-Style

21 May

My Gran never bought pastry. She always made it from scratch. For some reason, I’d thought it was complicated to make. But it’s much quicker and easier than going to the shop to get it. You don’t even have to get out of your pajama pants, if that’s how you roll. Also no stupid packaging.

I made a tuna flan for dinner tonight, and it starts with the savoury short pastry:

  • put 1.5 cups of flour and 100 grams of cold, cubed butter in a bowl.
  • rub the flour and butter together until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. I usually spend about 5 seconds debating whether I use my hands (which feels a bit icky), or a food processor (takes time to clean). I hate washing dishes, so I generally end up doing this bit by hand.
  • add 6-8 tablespoons of cold water – just enough so that it all sticks together. Put in fridge for 5 minutes before rolling out.


This makes enough pastry to line a 23cm flan tin.

Tonight I used a good ol’ Kiwi Alison Holst recipe. I threw 3 eggs, 1 cup of cream, 100g tin of tuna, half a cup of grated cheese, salt, pepper, and a bit of onion pulp together in a bowl and mixed it all up, then poured it into the uncooked pastry crust. Bake at 220deg Celsius for 15 minutes, then 180deg Celsius for another 15 minutes. It’s really good with homemade tomato sauce.