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My Online Shopping Delivery Tips

Have you ever really needed a parcel delivered and come home after work to find you missed the delivery and there’s a Card to Call on your doorstep? It is one of my absolute pet hates, so when I saw NZ Post had come up with some new delivery options for parcels or courier packages, I had to investigate. Izzy and I recently celebrated our 12-year anniversary – we had our first date on March 18th at Horse of the Year in Hawkes Bay in 2005.  It involved lots of dancing and our first kiss! Anyway, Izzy wanted to organize a date night to celebrate, so told me we were going to a fancy restaurant in Christchurch that I had never been to. Of course my head went into a spin about what on earth I was going to wear. My wardrobe at the moment, after just having my baby, is pretty much trackies and active wear so I had to go online to find something half decent. As for Izzy I just wanted to …

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Kai for Kids

Our new recipe book ‘Kai for Kids’ not only helps fill your kids’ bellies with nourishing yummys, but supports @curekids at the same time. Buy your eBook here now to donate $3 to Cure Kids. IMPORTANT. Please download your new eBook immediately or your link will expire.

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Banoffee Pie

This recipe is an easy ‘cheat’ version if you don’t have time to make your own pastry and caramel from scratch. The combination of caramel, banana and cream is truly divine. Preparation time: 20 minutes • Chill Time: 2+ hours • Serves 8 Base 250g packet of digestive biscuits 4 tablespoons caster sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 120g butter, melted Caramel Filling 100g butter 100g brown sugar 395g can sweetened condensed milk 4 bananas, sliced Topping 500ml cream 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon Kahlúa Milk chocolate, grated (or 1 large crumbled Flake bar) Method: Grease a 26cm loose-bottomed tart tin. To make the base, blend the biscuits, sugar and cocoa in a blender until it resembles very fine crumbs. Massage the melted butter into the crumb mixture. It should be pretty wet, so add more butter if it’s too crumbly. Using your fingers, push the mixture into the bottom and sides of the tin, making sure it’s evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. To make the caramel filling, melt the butter and …

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Ribs

Ribs and Rugby! Great way to spend a cold Saturday night! This is a quick cheat recipe for pork ribs if you don’t have heaps of time. Easy glaze- 4 tablespoons soy sauce 4 tablespoons tomato sauce 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 tablespoons cane sugar 2 teaspoons English mustard Pinch of cayenne pepper teaspoon of chilli flakes Good grind of black pepper and Rock salt Approx 1kg of pork ribs To make the glaze, cook all ingredients in a saucepan on low heat until the sugar melts, for just a few minutes. Remove as much of the white membrane from your pork ribs and brush both sides with the glaze on an oven tray, covering with tinfoil. Cook in a 180 fanbake oven for an hour or until tender. Amber

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Quesadillas, Wrap Sushi, Banana & Choccy Wrap

Last week for kiddies lunch ideas it was ways with pizzas and this week it’s ways with wraps! Great options for kids lunch boxes or after school snacks. Despite the last one containing Nutella it is soooo yummy and one of my favs! Quesadillas A fabulous Mexican snack! Ingredients 2 wraps 10 slices shaved ham 1/2 cup grated cheese 3 tbsp plum sauce (or any sauce you love) Method Set oven to 180 degrees fa bake. Spoon plum sauce over one wrap and add slices of shaved ham and cheese. Place other wrap over the top and cook for 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Cut into 4 pieces and place in tinfoil to keep warm! Wrap Sushi Great way to get alfalfa sprouts in the kiddies tummies! Ingredients 1 wrap 8 slices shaved ham 1/4 alfalfa sprouts 1tbsp mayonnaise 1tbsp plum sauce (or any sauce you love) Method Heat wrap in the microwave for 30 seconds. Spoon over mayo and plum sauce. Place shaved ham slices and alfalfa sprouts over and wrap up into …