Writers: Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

Vanessa and Ingrid share food and photography as their passions. They started www.foodopera.com in 2009, when they both started having kids. Their blog is a journey through the ups and downs of motherhood with ideas and recipes that have helped make their busy lives a little easier and more enjoyable.It also has lots of fun features such as cook offs between the two sisters.

Rice pudding pregnancy pick-me-up

rice pudding with blueberries

I love rice pudding. It brings back memories of my childhood.

It’s one of those nostalgic meals that really hits the spot. It was my go-to, super easy, recipe when I needed a bit of sweetness and a pick me up during both of my pregnancies. Continue reading »

Easy pizza with kids

Easy pizza with kids

Making your own pizza with kids is easy! Too often we perceive making things by scratch to be difficult and end up spending way too much money to buy a sub-standard product. Time is also an issue, when you have busy lives and hungry kids to feed. However making easy pizza with kids really is simple, stress free and homemade is so much more delicious than anything you can buy. All it takes is a little organisation and a hot water cupboard! It’s a great activity to do with the kids these holidays. They will love all the kneading and choosing what ingredients to go on top. Continue reading »

Mashed eggs in a cup – with a twist

Mashed eggs recipe

I don’t know about you, but when I think about Easter, I think about eggs. Mostly often, it’s chocolate eggs but don’t forget traditional eggs, too! This recipe is easy enough for even young children to be involved and you can adjust the seasoning for all tastes. It’s a nostalgic recipe for Easter that both kids and parents will enjoy. Continue reading »

Cheesy Muffins

easy cheesy muffins

This easy cheese muffins recipe with no butter is quick to create – and the result makes a great school lunchbox addition. They are also a great breakfast on the go or are quick and impressive for coffee mornings.

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Family Christmas menu – Passionberry Pavlova

Family Christmas menu

This final recipe in our Family Christmas menu is this AMAZING Passionberry Pavlova. A dreamy mix of sweet flavours and the tartness of the berries and the passionfruit make the perfect summer combination. Enjoy! If you’ve missed the other recipes in this menu, you can see them below.  Continue reading »

Family Christmas menu – Raspberry Beetroot Jelly

Family Christmas menu

This is part 2 of our Family Christmas menu  – a delicious selection of food that’s just perfect for a Kiwi family Christmas. Here’s the menu for you and in this post, you can find the recipe for Raspberry Beetroot Jelly. Just click on the links below for the other recipes.  Continue reading »

Upcycled Herb Planter Using a Milk or Milo Tin

herbs - upcycled cans

Hey it’s Vanessa here, I decided to jump on the recycling band wagon and upcycled some used milk formula tins simply by painting them, and planting herbs in them. Check out my super-simple upcycled herb planters. Continue reading »

Family Christmas Menu

Family Christmas Menu

If you’re looking for a delicious Christmas menu that will please the whole family, then you have come to the right place! Just click on the recipes below and you’re on your way to a delicious Christmas feast! Continue reading »

Family Christmas menu – Summer Ratatouille

Family Christmas menu

Tomatoes are plentiful at the moment and a lovely, fresh, ripe tomato give great colour and flavour to any family Christmas. This recipe for  Summer Ratatouille is part of our Family Christmas menu – you can see the details below. Continue reading »

The ultimate beef burger with beetroot relish

Beef burger recipe

This is not your ordinary beef burger recipe. It’s a smoky, saucy and mountainous burger that makes you feel exceptionally happy you stopped in. And if you have kids, and stopping in, is what you do now – this will make you and hubby, partner, bloke or special friend very happy. Don’t forget the kids: just omit the chilli (unless your kids are adventurous).  Continue reading »

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