A day trip to Raglan

The weather has been so nice this long Easter Weekend.  Thank you, Sun. ☀️ We took the opportunity to visit beautiful Raglan on a day trip. Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline.  Known for its bohemian atmosphere, the idyllically coastal town is just slightly over 2…

A day of sculptures

Looking for a day trip out of Auckland? We spent last Sunday doing two Sculptures trails at Snells Beach and Matakana, an hour’s drive north of Auckland. Started the day with a sumptuous lunch at The Glass House, the spectacular home of Brick Bay Wines and gateway to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Brick Bay…

Life’s a breeze … when you cruise

I bet not many will agree that ‘life’s a breeze’. It definitely isn’t but when you take a cruise, in the open sea,  life’s a breeze indeed. We sailed Aqua class on Celebrity Solstice and love it to bits.  You get to put your feet up and lay on a heated bed in full view…

Goodbye Papa

It was sudden and quick. My loving and kind papa left us before I had a chance to hold his hands. To tell him that it’s ok and that he will get well soon. Goodbye Papa. You left us so peacefully. We know you are now in a better place with no worries, no sickness,…

Easy Radish Cake

Turnip cake (or Radish cake) is a Chinese dim sum dish made of shredded radish and plain rice flour.  The recipe is similar to making Yam cake (or Taro cake). I blogged on this recipe before (Click this link for recipe). For some reason, at times, the cake or ‘kueh/kuih’ (Hokkien) sometimes get a bit marshy when pan-fried especially…

Big Fish

A restaurant named ‘Big Fish‘ would probably make one think that it could be ‘fish and chips’ related or fish is its signature dish. However, ………….. At Big Fish Eatery we take pride in serving a modern take on traditional Pan Asian cuisine. We are inspired by bold Asian flavours, beautiful produce and freshest New Zealand ingredients to create…

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…