About Me


Hi! My name is Tania and this is where I keep all of my favourite recipes.

I was born and live in the sunny Hawkes Bay, ‘the fruit bowl’ of New Zealand.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my Nanas, on her farm watching her in the kitchen…..cooking, baking, preserving and working her butt off on the farm, all whilst raising five children, it was she who passed on her love of cooking (and eating) to me. The kitchen is my favourite room in the house and I am at my happiest and most relaxed when I am creating something in there.

I have been a Café Chef for around eleven years now with seven of them in an award winning, much loved (and missed) family-owned Café and many of the recipes you will find here are cherished, tried and true and enjoyed by our customers from back then. I have worked in restaurant kitchens also but have enjoyed working in Cafes more as I prefer baking, cooking breakfasts and preparing light meals much more than grilling a steak! I am a qualified pastry chef and have a sweet tooth so you will find most recipes on here are on the ‘naughty’ side, for when you want to treat yourself and your loved ones 🙂

You know you love something when you do it for many hours a week at work and then on your days off, you are still doing it!  I must say I feel very blessed for getting paid all these years for doing something I enjoy. Friends often ask me how I can stand working every weekend, public holiday and school holidays (and yes sometimes I get tired of it), but my family are used to it and the hours don’t really bother me too much. I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work to me.

I created Tania’s Kitchen as a place to store all of my recipes and to use as a platform to create new ones. I am really excited about having all of my favourite recipes in one place as I have them everywhere, at work, at home, in files and ripped out magazine pages everywhere I look, so this blog is my new ‘Recipe Box’ where they can’t get lost and the most used pages won’t stick together from melted butter and chocolate, lol!

This blog is about me, sharing my passion for food, especially baking, with like-minded people like you. I believe recipes are meant to be shared not stashed away in the cupboard, lost forever.

Thank you for stopping by and I’d love you to say ‘Hi’ below. I hope you try out one of my recipes and let me know how it turns out because next to my love of cooking food is talking about food!





  1. Your blog is fabulous Tania. The time you have taken and the detail you have gone to with your recipes, the ingredients, method, options and fabulous photographs is a true credit to you. We are so fortunate that you are sharing these recipes with us. Thank you

    • Thank you so much Andrea! A lot of hard work goes into creating a recipe blog, luckily I really love it. Thanks for your kind words they are encouraging and help to keep me in the kitchen 🙂

  2. Love your style of food. Look forward to each creation! Keep them coming.

  3. Hello Tania
    I was in Napier last week, and cycled to the Snapper Park cafe…where I had the most divine coconut and lemon loaf. I’ll be back for more!

  4. Hi Tania,
    I have been following your page since I saw the link on your mum’s FB. You most certainly are talented with food. I hope to come to your cafe when I am in New Zealand.

    • Hi Karen, thanks so much for following my page 🙂 What is your favourite sweet thing to eat? I’ll make it for you when you come to NZ. P.S I am not as talented with cooking and taking pics of food as I am at eating it!

  5. You asked for a dutch baking topic, well, here is one: little tartlets with all kind of ( burnt) nuts on top, ‘ glued’ together with a sort of tasty sirup! Yammy! The same recepy for a big cake for a bithday or so!
    I will keep thinking of more favorites and i’ll let you know 😍

  6. Yammie, yammie, real delicious! ❤️ Thank you.

  7. This is all great and yammie! I will bake and make your recepies as soon as I am home, in Holland, again! Arnolds love is going thru his stomic, so he (and I) is the person to bake for! I sure will follow yoy and make your recepies. Thank you!

    • That’s really nice Oma, thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 I will do my best to share and create some yummy things for you to try!

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