Monthly Archives: February 2013

Baking: Gingerbread Loaf

Having woken this morning with an intense craving for banana bread, I took to the kitchen (post run) to get my bake on. While I didn’t opt for banana bread – due to a lack of over ripe bananas in the house – I decided to take on a much loved and fail safe gingerbread loaf recipe.

Taken from the Chelsea Sugar website, this recipe yields a light, spicy and incredibly delicious loaf that will not last long in any household. I doubled the mixed spice and ginger for a slightly warmer end result, but it’s just as tasty either way.

Gingerbread Loaf Recipe


50g butter
1 Tbsp Golden Syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup Soft Brown Sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ginger spice
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk


In a large microwave-proof bowl or saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup together.

Add egg and sugar, mix well, then add all other dry ingredients except the soda.

Mix the soda with the milk and stir in. Pour into a baking paper-lined loaf tin and cook at 190°C for 30 – 40 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and slice when cool (if you can wait!).

Serve with lashings of butter and a good old fashioned cup of tea and you’ve got morning tea sorted.

Gingerbread Loaf

My gingerbread loaf!

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On Repeat: Running Playlist

Running is slowly becoming part of my daily routine and to say it comes naturally to me would be a fib, thus I need all the help and motivation I can get. Up until about a month ago, as far as exercise is concerned, I was of the No-iPod school of thought, but I’ve been working on and refining my running playlist and believe I may have cracked it i.e. finally settled on an amping, varied and fun set of tunes to get me through 30 minutes of exercise.

Running Playlist

There is absolutely no method to my song selection (I have no idea of BPM etc) and it will definitely evolve over time, but for now it works for me. And the song I most look forward to hearing on this playlist is Azealia Banks’ 212. Such a good time!

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Local Haunts: Waikanae Beach

I’ve just returned from a beautiful walk along Waikanae Beach and had to share this shot of the beach. It was a deliciously mild evening that was further enhanced by the sunset and a cookies and cream ice-cream. I heart summer in NZ!

Waikanae Beach

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The Haps: Breakers Fun Run Series

A couple of days ago my friend Jo mentioned that the Breakers Fun Run series was starting this week… and then she asked if I might be interested in partaking in the 5km race. Having never ever run a race before (bar a couple of primary school regional athletics meets) I was rather hesitant, but with no commitments that night I had no excuse for refusal.

We roped in a third team mate in my cousin Annie and last night, armed with our $2 entry fee, registered for the 5km run down at Breakers restaurant. A short 30 minutes later and all the runners & walkers were huddling for the best starting position and we were off.

Jo bounded out at an incredibly impressive pace (the girl can run), Annie struggling to fend off a giggling fit among all of the people and prams surrounding her, also set herself a pretty swift pace. I established my snails pace and settled into the 5km nightmare jog.

When I finished at least 10 minutes behind Jo and Annie, it was exciting to learn that there was a spirited sprint finish for first place and Jo who had led the women the entire race was pipped at the post coming second with a time of 22min 51sec, 1sec behind the winner. Gutted… But she’s determined to return in a fortnight to give it another go. Annie wasn’t too far behind Jo, and me, well I’m quite confident that I came last! Not that I had expected more from my performance, I was stoked to simply finish the run.

It was a great community event for a Thursday night, well organised and completely inclusive.As mentioned above, the four part series started last night with the next three runs taking place on 21 February, 7 March and 21 March. Remember your $2 entry fee and come down. For more info visit the Gisborne District Council website.

Race Day Essentials

My race day essentials clockwise from top left: iPod Shuffle (with Running playlist loaded) Kathmandu drink bottle, Nike Free 3.0 shoes, Karen Walker Jonestown sunnies.

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The Haps: The Classic Hits Winery Tour

The Classic Hits Winery Tour kicked off over the weekend and yesterday it was Gisborne’s turn to play host. Held at Brunton Road vineyard, Clara van Wel, The Adults, Anika, Boh & Hollie and Fat Freddy’s Drop made sweet sweet music despite the uncharacteristically chilly and damp weather.

It was such a pleasure to see Fat Freddy’s live again and the lads proved why they are one of NZ’s most beloved bands, from the first note they played the rugged-up Gizzy crowd were up and moving their dancing feet.

Fat Freddy’s Shiverman was a definite highlight and Anika Moa an absolute delight (she’s so bloody funny!) but I was gutted to miss Clara van Wel (we were just a wee bit too late).

A big thanks to the organisers, Brunton Road vineyard, the artists and the crowd for turning up and making a success of the Gisborne leg of the Winery Tour, fingers crossed they’ll be back in 2014.

One of my all time favourite Fat Freddy’s Drop tunes, Midnight Marauders.

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Blog love: Fashion Editorials

If you have even the tiniest interest in anything fashion related and you haven’t checked it out yet, head over to This website is a comprehensive repository of past and current magazine editorials, designer and fashion house lookbooks/campaigns and portraits of models making waves in the fashion industry.

The material is sourced from publications and professionals spanning the globe, from NZ’s own Black Magazine to Vogue Paris, V to Grazia et. al., there is a seemingly endless stream of material and it is without a doubt one of my absolute favourite websites/blogs right now.

“Julia” : Julia Nobis : Numéro #139 December 2012 / January 2013 : Anthony Maule

“Julia” : Julia Nobis : Numéro #139 December 2012 / January 2013 : Anthony Maule

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The Haps: Die Die Die

Born to

Tomorrow night Die Die Die, supported by local bands Fighting Like Stags and Skypills, will be playing the Dome Room at the Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne. Be there or be square.

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