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SISTER vs SISTER: RICE

Vanessa’s RICE PUDDING PICK ME UP

I love rice pudding, it brings back memories of my childhood although my mum and my sister don’t really remember it quite like I do. (My mum doesn’t even remember cooking it!) For me however It’s one of those nostalgic meals...

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Ingrid’s COCONUT RICE (MADE FOR THE KIDS THEN SPRUCED UP FOR YOU)

Being a mum of two, usually means I have to plan my meals ahead. As soon as I pick my son up from Kindy, and after he has told me I will be his best friend if he can watch TV when we get home, his next line is I AM H U N G R Y. If I let him, he...

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Posted on: June 24th, 2013 by Vanessa Opera 2 Comments

SISTER vs SISTER: SIDES

Ingrid’s PURPLE CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love cheese. Well, not in New Zealand anyway. Kiwi women freak out when they get pregnant, and soft cheese is off the menu. I know it’s not the best for the waistline, budget line or health...

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Vanessa’s TATTIE TAPAS

Some weeks Ingrid and I really need to keep things simple. This week was one of those. When Ingrid suggested we do vegetables/side for out concept, I was quietly relieved. I work full time as a teacher whilst juggling the 2 kids 1 & 5 and of...

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Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Ingrid Opera 7 Comments

SISTER vs SISTER: PIES

Ingrid’s CHICKEN + BACON PIE TO SHARE

Ok, so pies. Me LOVES them. My family loves them. My partner Jim blames any weight gain on PIES (not the beer) it’s the pork pies, the ‘Georgie’ pie, the steak pie from the service station, the not so nice pie from the local...

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GEORGIE PIE EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

For our readers not in NZ, the title refers to Mc Donalds selling the iconic “Georgie Pie” pies in 2 of their locations. Georgie Pie used to be the Mc Donalds of pies, and from memory they were pretty good. Sadly in 1998 all stores...

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Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Ingrid Opera 2 Comments

SISTER vs SISTER: SPONGE CAKES

Ingrid’s LAYERED SPONGE CAKE WITH BALSAMIC BLUEBERRIES

My first sponge cake ever ever, and I wasn’t intending it to be so ‘over the top’ but I’m the kind of home cook, who gets a bit carried away with herself, and sometimes it turns out great, (a lot don’t!), but...

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Vanessa’s VERY BERRY VICTORIA SPONGE

Watching Masterchef gave me the idea to do sponges and the fact that both Ingrid and I have never made them before. How hard could it be I thought to myself, the team on MC came up with some amazing looking ones. I ended up having 2 attempts and...

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Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by Ingrid Opera 2 Comments