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    6 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Easy moist chocolate cake that never fails, scales easily and comes with a story! Tim and Tracy met at work, fell in love, and decided to get married. One day Tracy was talking about the cost of getting married and mentioned that she had difficulty finding the right cake so I offered to make their wedding cake as my present to them. Tim said it had to be chocolate cake and it had to be this recipe, which came with the cake tin he had bought. I trialled it, we ate a lot of chocolate cake at work and eventually I made 4 cakes, 2 large and 2 medium (all made the night before so that it was fresh for the wedding!) The cake has a nice moist texture without being too heavy but was still solid enough to cover with rolling fondant icing to make it look like a real wedding cake. (sorry, the photo has long gone!) We had a ladies night where Tracy, her mum, granny, me, my daughters and another friend all made moulded icing roses in a lovely shade of burgundy. The cakes were stacked, icing rolled over the large cake and smaller cake and then the smaller cake placed directly on top of the larger cake. The edges were covered with a narrow ribbon. That's how I transported the cake to the wedding reception. Then in situ, I added the icing roses, some sprigs of baby's breath and a cascade of a wider burgundy ribbon. When it came to speech time, Tim's father revealed that Tim's love of chocolate cake almost prevented him from considering marriage. Apparently, when he was little, he had attended a wedding and was very disappointed with the wedding cake. He only liked chocolate cake. He was told that traditionally a wedding cake is fruit cake. His response to this news was that was it, he was never going to get married! So, Tim father continued, it was just as well that I made this chocolate cake for their wedding otherwise it may never have happened. I was so embarrassed. I thought I was helping out my friends and getting away with a no-brainer wedding present. All of a sudden, I was in the limelight. Everyone was coming up to me afterwards and congratulating the "chocolate cake lady"! I had no idea that my cake was going to be such a big feature at this wedding. It certainly wasn't what I intended but I'll never forget this recipe. It has become our family favourite too. Prep time includes time for the chocolate mixture to cool.

    Recipe #259680

    1 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    These tasty little appetizers are perfect for anything from a treat at home to elegant party nibbles. It will always be Jenny W.'s recipe to me, a lovely woman I worked with when I first came to New Zealand. She used to make them for morning tea, something I had never experienced before - a tea break where you actually talk to your workmates and share food. Brilliant idea! She shared this recipe with me and I've passed it on several times. It's always a hit. So Jenny W., if you see this and recognise your recipe, get in touch with me.

    Recipe #257346

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    This was a recipe I came up with when I started trying to lose weight with Sure Slim. It uses Cruskit crispbreads or crackers and follows the "rules" of the diet. Cruskits are those revolting puffed crispbreads that you buy thinking that you are being good but then don't eat. I found that they make an excellent binder for burgers.

    Recipe #254905

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    The fastest and most delicious vegetarian pizza you have ever tasted. This is a great favourite with Sure Slim members. We have a flat bread called Mountain Bread in NZ and Australia but any flat bread or even flour tortilla will do.

    Recipe #253322

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I used to make a cheese soufflé topping starting with a white sauce. This is easier and delicious. The Halloumi and Ricotta cheeses gives it a buttery taste that complements the creamyness of the eggplant and the acidity of the tomatoes without being too heavy.

    Recipe #253318

    9 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Preparing the vegetables for this stock is so easy that I do it as I'm putting the groceries away. In NZ celery is sold the right way, with all the leaves, so it's too long to go in my veg chiller drawer in the fridge. This stock uses all the top part of the celery, thereby solving a problem and not wasting any good food! It also has the added bonus of making you look like a domestic goddess. It makes about 2.5 litres of stock, which I freeze it small tubs so I always have stock on hand. Prep time is about 3 minutes and the rest is put-your-feet-up cooking time. Couldn't be easier.

    Recipe #247153

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