Meri Kirihimete and Happy New Year everyone!

Sorry we have been absent for the past few weeks! Hoping everyone had a fantastic holiday break filled with lots of food and family.

We spent both Christmas Eve and New Years together and devoured many many treats. It was particularly hot here in Auckland and we enjoyed days of swimming and barbeques (though don’t ask what happened a.k.a didn’t happen with the coal BBQ. We couldn’t get it to start haha).

Promise more recipes are coming soon! Here are a few snaps from our holidays.


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Chocolate Kumara Cake

Our ‘healthy as’, cake! If it wasn’t for the 4 eggs we would have covered all the bases. This gluten free, ‘almost dairy free’, refined sugar free (real sugar optional) kumara cake packs a moist punch and we are so proud of it.

Follow the recipe below (or don’t) and let us know how you go!



  • 2 Medium / large grated kumaras
  • 1 cup of dates blasted into tiny pieces
  • 3/4 cup of coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup of raw cacao powder (or use what you have)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup of oil (only because I ran out of coconut oil) so optional here
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Like all good recipes, pre-heat the oven first at 180 degrees!

This requires some arm work, so hopefully you haven’t already been to the gym today.
Grating these kumaras took some time, I suggest putting on an episode of Friends (recently obsessed all over again) to keep you motivated.

Once grated add your processed into tiny pieces, dates to the mix. Mix these both together. Then in another bowl, add your dry ingredients. Coconut flour, cacao powder, sea salt and baking soda. Then in another bowl add 4 eggs, whisk together with coconut oil, oil, honey, your organic sugar and water to a bowl. Mix together.

Then add together in one big bowl, mix until the mixture is all mixed. Mix. I love to mix it up. This will look nice and moist, which excites us all. Also a thing to note is, we love using so many bowls. I don’t know why, as we both hate cleaning up.

Divide mixture into two paper lined  tins. And cook for 15 minutes. Check it at 15 and see if the fork is clean. Otherwise obviously cook for longer.

Once your cakes are cool you have options. You can make some fabulous icing. You could dust with icing sugar, or cover in nuts if you are being healthy.
I chose when I was ready to serve to add berries and dust with icing sugar. I also added a layer of melted chocolate because I was feeling naughty!!!!

ENJOY! Let us know how it goes team.

Chicken Lasagne

We made this dish on a seriously stormy (typical) Auckland day.

It was my Grandfathers 88th birthday celebration so a lasagne was the perfect idea for a big family like mine.

Making the rich tomato sauce and cheese sauce from scratch does take some time, but it well worth it for the taste! Do the mahi, get the treats.


2 chicken breasts (or a packet of chicken thighs)
Quarter of a pumpkin, chopped up
1 onion
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup tomato paste
1 ½ cups chicken stock – I made mine with the stock cubes
2 x 400g canned tomatoes
3 tsp rosemary or other herbs
1 x 400g packet lasagna sheets – I used the fresh ones

Cheese sauce – you can use a tin of bechamel sauce if you are looking for the easy way!
100g butter
½ cup flour
3 ½ cups milk
1 cup cheese


Preheat the oven to 180c.

Put chicken breasts and pumpkin on a tray and cover with olive oil. Bake in the oven until chicken is cooked and pumpkin is soft (approx 25-30 mins).

While they are cooking in the oven start the tomato sauce. Cook onion until soft and then add the garlic. Toss in the tomato paste, chicken stock, cans of tomatoes and the herbs. Let it cook for the as long as it takes the pumpkin to cook. It should thicken up as it cooks.

Once the chicken is cooked shred and place in the tomato sauce with the spinach. Mash the pumpkin by itself on the side.

To make the cheese sauce melt the butter over a low heat and add the flour. Once the butter has melted and the flour is mixed it take your pot off the head and slowly add in milk while whisking. This is where it is great to have a best friend or helper in the kitchen (thanks shan!). Put the milk and flour mixture back on the heat and let it thicken up a bit. Once it thickens up stir through your cheese and try not to eat it all from the pot.


Next is the fun part, layer it all in your dish. I put the tomato sauce, cheese, pasta, then the mashed pumpkin and repeated the layers once more. Add heaps of cheese on the top.


Bake for 35 minutes then enjoy!