Lamb mince stuffed in sweet chili pepper

Couldn’t resist these big sweet chili peppers we found at the Fresh Fruit & Veggies shop. We had some lamb mince in the fridge so created below. Stuffed Chili Peppers with Lamb Mince Ingredients (You may half the recipe for 2 chili peppers) 4 big sweet chili peppers – slit and remove seeds 400gm lamb mince (or…

Sunday market & walk

The weather was nice today although it drizzled a bit during midday. We visited the Takapuna market, one of the busiest and most diverse markets in Auckland.  Probably spent too much time looking at the odds and ends.  Thankfully, still managed to grab some vegetables as the stallholders were about to close.  I sure love markets…

Flat Rice Noodles

Flat Rice Noodles is known as Kuay Teow (Kuih Tiaw) in Hokkien. They are available from Asian supermarket either fresh or dried.  The dried forms are imported from Vietnam or Thailand where they are used for Pad Thai and Pho. Flat Rice Noodles is cooked in many varieties in different countries and is a popular street…

Taste of Auckland 2018

Taste of Auckland (first held in 2009) is one of my favourite annual events.  Last week our calendar was full, with Sam Smith’s concert and the Taste of Auckland happening at the same time. This year, Taste of Auckland was held at the Cloud and Shed 10, Queen’s Wharf along Auckland’s waterfront. This event is…

Diwali celebration in Auckland 2018

The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world. Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. Thousands of…

Birthday lunch at Farina

A year ago, I blogged about a birthday lunch at Miss Moonshine with a 6-month-old baby. Time flies, Baby Kirsty’s dad is another year older.  Today, our family celebrated Jin’s birthday at Farina, an Italian restaurant in Ponsonby. The restaurant is very cozily decorated and the lady staff was very nice and friendly.  We ordered…

There is always hope

NZ Herald’s news today …………. The owner of a Banksy print allegedly worth more than £40,000 (NZ$81,000) has shredded it in a copycat attempt to try and double its value – but has now been told it is worthless. Art experts were contacted by an owner hoping to sell their destroyed Girl With a Balloon…

One-Pot Grapefruit Chicken

It’s grapefruit season! There’s just so many things you could do with grapefruit.  From sweet treats of brown sugar on grapefruits to cakes, muffins, chutneys, jams and juices. With abundance supply, I got a bit creative and created a one-pot Grapefruit Chicken with Orzo Pasta for dinner. Ingredients 2 grapefruits (one for marinate and one for cooking) 800g…