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Homemade Scotch Eggs

In Non-Fiction on October 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

Having failed miserably to find a decent scotch egg in Christchurch, New Zealand, I decided to have a go at making my own. The result was awesome! I highly recommend making your own, but they can be time consuming and messy during the coating process so keep a warm bowl of soapy water to hand so you can keep cleaning your hands to prevent creating messy egg balls!


7/8 eggs

approx. 700g of pork sausage meat

3 chopped sage leaves or a teaspoon of rubbed sage

a handful of chopped parsley (fresh rather than dried is best)

cup of flour

2 cups of panko crumbs

1 litre of (good quality) frying oil

Salt and pepper



  • set one egg aside for later7ed51714-7112-4721-807e-a4217822a6f2
  • boil remaining eggs for four minutes (six if using duck eggs), cool under running water, shell and set aside

In a bowl, mix herbs and sausage meat together and divide into equal portions. Using wet hands to prevent sticking, create a flat patty shape with the meat and place a boiled egg in the middle of each patty folding until the eggs are covered.

Using separate containers or plates, place the flour, egg (beaten) and crumbs on them for the coating process.

Take your time and carefully roll each meat egg ball in the flour, then the egg and then the panko crumbs and set aside.

Place in the fridge when finished. Can be made the day before cooking if desired.9ea814bd-d189-4e41-a44e-6ae15d354d65


Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

In a high sided pan (a wok is ideal if you have one) heat the oil. Don’t overheat! Test after a few minutes with some of the crumb and see if it sizzles.

Carefully lower each scotch egg into the oil using a large draining spoon. Cook two or three at a time for 5-8 minutes and drain on paper towel. Finish in the oven 5-8 minutes.4f23444c-2edc-4281-b8dc-b1a8195686e8

Serve with salad, chutney, chips, mayonnaise – or whatever you want! Eat hot or cold!









Japanese (3 ingredient) Cheesecake!

In Non-Fiction on October 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm




3 medium sized eggs

120 grams of good quality white chocolate

Cream cheese



First, separate the egg yolks from the whites, then place the whites in the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 170 Celsius (325 F).

Melt the white chocolate in a pot. When cooled, mix it with the cream cheese using a spatula, then add the egg yolks and stir well. Remove whites from the fridge and mix them well.

Mix egg whites in with the cream cheese and chocolate mixture so you get a homogenized mixture.

Pour the mixture directly into the pan, which is previously covered with butter (do not leave the mixture) and bake for 15 minutes at 170 Celsius degrees (325 F), and then 15 of slightly lower temperatures around 150 Celsius degrees (300 F). Turn off the oven and leave the cake to stand for 15 minutes. Remove, leave to cool completely, then decorate with icing sugar or fruit if desired.







‘It’s all trial and error’

In Gardening, Non-Fiction on October 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

It’s all trial and error with gardening. I’ve grown things that have been prolific in my garden at one time and then flopped the next time. All depends on seasons, which are not necessarily consistent.

I’ve begun slowly and tried not to be too keen; allowing the weather to warm up rather than rushing with eagerness because it’s 20151021_140438 now spring! I kicked started with some pak choi, coriander, lettuce and potatoes as well as potting some already established annual and perennial flowers in tubs. I’ve also got some flower seedlings on the go: calendula (from the daisy family), viscaria mixed (cottage garden plant) and sunflowers.

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I was late planting garlic this year as I wasn’t at home when I needed to get them in the ground and although it’s not too late, it’s not ideal so I’ve only planted half the amount this year. The cloves will be third generation seed deriving from the original elephant garlic I purchased from a farm in the North Island so I’m not sure how they will turn out. Hopefully well!


Now the weather is settling and the frosts have passed I’ve begun potting tomato and pepper plants. I picked up some beautiful 20151021_140129gerberas (my favourite) for a very low price the other day and potted them too. One year I tried to keep things in my greenhouse but the mice kept getting in and helping themselves and unless what I’m growing thrives in a very warm environment like tomatoes and peppers then my greenhouse becomes overwhelming for seedlings. My seedlings do best in my mini-greenhouse that now has a great new cover on it thanks to my mum who made one out of mesh when she visited last year. It stands in a spot that gets sun for half of the day and that seems to suit—as I said ‘trial and error’ because what works one season doesn’t always work the next! And I’m no “Monty Don” so I just give it go. Nonetheless I do try to be frugal as possible with compost, seedling mix and seeds as you do have to buy them, unless you’re an exceptional gardener and have your own compost pile—mine however is very small and it does take years to break down (and mine did) but I am not that good at remembering to add to it, however, with poultry and a guinea pig that enjoys fruit and veggie scraps there’s not much that goes to waste in my kitchen. Even though I miss the mark when it comes to composting I do use my chicken’s manure as a fertiliser!

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So spring is off to a productive start with seeds germinating successfully and chicks and ducklings due to hatch this week and next. I love this time of year.