Author Archives: thebakingof

A new chapter

Hello friends of the baking of…  This blog has been idle for some time now and this note is to let you know that I am working on a new food writing project – Kitchen Chapters. It’s a site which takes you inside people’s kitchens to gain a deeper understanding of the role food plays […]

jam-filled spice cookies.

My kitchen shelves have been heaving under the weight of homemade jam ever since the end of summer, and feijoa season is only adding to the strain! After a successful run of jam slices I decided it was time to come up with something new. So here they are – lightly spiced cookies with a […]

treat of the week: “apple”, Milse

To say that Milse has had a busy couple of opening weeks would be a complete understatement.With people queuing for up to two hours to get in (they aren’t taking bookings at the moment), the owners are considering hiring security guards to keep the sugar-craving hordes at bay. “You dessert fiends are crazy!” one of […]

cheese biscuits.

Recently, a friend of mine founded a ‘cheese society’ – nothing particularly high-brow or culinary, just a fantastic excuse for a group of people to get together on a Sunday afternoon to drink wine and eat cheese. Lots and lots of cheese: The event gave me an excuse to resurrect an old favourite recipe: Mum’s […]

treat of the week: bagels, best ugly

If the online reaction to Best Ugly’s opening last week was any indication, bagel-loving Aucklanders have apparently been crying out for a place like this for a while. Ever since the short-lived Wolfem Bros on High St closed a few years ago, we have been forced to watch jealously as our Wellington mates post instagrams […]

jam slice.

This is the stuff Kiwi afternoon teas are made of! I have long been a fan of jam slices but it’s taken me this long to attempt making my own, even after years of continual disappointment from the cardboard-like ones found in bakeries that require a microscope to find any trace of fruit. I was […]

treat of the week: cheese scone, the federal store

My discovery of this New Plymouth gem was borne out of my annual trip to the WOMAD festival. We happened to be staying a couple of streets away, and its shabby chic decor and packed tables caught my eye. I didn’t have time to stop in until I was on my way out of town. […]