Dining out at: Kopapa

Avocado and goat's cheese on sour dough bread

I recently brunched at Kopapa. It’s a fab restaurant in London. I’d been there before, when it first opened. A Kiwi friend introduced it to me as it’s run by New Zealand top chef Peter Gordon. I remember enjoying what I ate on my first visit, and welcomed a return with another friend (not a New Zealander, but she did live there for a year or so). I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading

Fudgy coconut brownies

Fudgy coconut brownies

In a bid to clear the cupboards of ingredients that I bought but used I stumbled across a lonely bag of dessicated coconut. From memory, it was supposed to be for some sort of curry recipe, but never made it into the pan. Searching the internet for an alternative plan for the coconut I came across this rather delicious looking recipe for fudgy coconut brownies. Continue reading

Crispy gnocchi with olives and sun-dried tomatoes


I made gnocchi and it turned out rather well. I’m not really a fan of the fluffy pillows of potato. Every time I’ve eaten it before it’s left me a little under-whelmed and wishing I’d ordered something else. However, the husband is a fan, so I thought I’d give it a go.

With the idea that pan-fried gnocchi might make it more appealing to me, I plumped for this crispy gnocchi with olives and sun-dried tomatoes recipe from Delicious. Continue reading

Birthday cake

Birthday cake

It was the husband’s birthday today. So, instead of cooking up a storm in the kitchen we all headed to Pizza Express for a family tea.

However, that doesn’t mean the toddler and I weren’t busy a la cuisine. I don’t profess to be a master baker by any stretch of the imagination. I’m a bit too impatient. I can’t be doing with having to wait for things to cool down before I either eat them or decorate them – generally. But, by 8.30 this morning we’d baked a sponge! Continue reading