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Hawke’s Bay Travel Diary

Over the summer holidays, I spent a week in Hawke’s Bay, a region in the North Island of New Zealand, which is home to fresh, delicious produce and beautiful wines. In fact, Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest (after Marlborough). There is lots to do in Hawke’s Bay, from dining at the many restaurants and cafes, sampling local wines, climbing mountains, exploring beaches, or picking up your produce for the week at the amazing farmer’s market.

Check out my highlights for my favourite things to see, eat and do in Hawke’s Bay…

#1  Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market

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Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market is one of my favourite markets to date for its abundant range of produce, and the fact that everyone is catered for.

Highlights included: FIGS from Te Mata Figs, plus fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, nutty and wholesome gluten free breads, organic blueberries and ice cream from Bay Blueberries, gluten and dairy free treats and products from HAPI, mouthwatering macarons from Monsieur Macaron, hot chilies like jalapeños and Padron peppers, honeycomb honey sourced from Cape Kidnappers and SO much more!

The market is on every Sunday from 8.30am till 12.30pm. 

Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings / Website / Instagram

 

#2  Church Road Winery

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To me, summer days = platters, wine(s) and picnics. And the perfect place for these summer days? Church Road Winery of course!

Having been fans of Church Road Winery for a long time, we decided to have lunch here. You have the option to sit inside or outside or relax on a picnic blanket on the grass, which is what we chose to do. For lunch, we ordered wines – highly recommend their 2017 Rose, which was perfect with our platter to share. We loved all the different dishes  on the platter – Maharaja chutney, marinated olives, pickled vegetables, cured meats, basil pesto, cherry vine tomato salsa, smoked salmon dip, arancini balls, citrus prawns, Hohepa Danbo cheese and Whitestone Brie, served with crackers, croutes and house made bread. 

Although we shared this between the two of us, you could definitely share it between three people. The house made bread was still warm out of the oven and the Maharaja chutney was divine, so much so, we bought a few jars from the gift shop afterwards. 

While we didn’t do either, wine tastings and museum tours are also available at Church Road Winery. 

150 Church Road, Napier / Website / Instagram


#3  Mission Estate Winery

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Just down the road from Church Road Winery is Mission Estate Winery. As mentioned above, Hawke’s Bay is home to New Zealand’s oldest winery – in 1851, French missionaries sailed to New Zealand and planted vines – introducing Mission Estate, located in Napier.

Since trying Mission Estate’s wines last year, I have fallen in love. My favourite wine at the moment? Mission Estate’s 2017 Pinot Gris. It is a beautiful drop and I highly recommend trying it. 

While we didn’t dine at Mission Estate’s restaurant (having already had lunch at Church Road Winery) or do a wine tasting, we did have a lovely walk around the grounds and various dining areas, plus I purchased some of their beautiful branded glasses – at only $5 each, they were an absolute steal!

198 Church Road, Napier / Website / Instagram 

 

#4  HAPī

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Hapī is WOW. Their ethos “you are what you eat” and that “physical and mental wellbeing is a true reflection of how you fuel your body” rings true to my New Year’s Resolution for this year, so I was really excited to check out this cute cafe, located in the heart of Napier.  

At Hapī, the food is plant based, full of nutrients and very delicious. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free or just love eating all of the above, then Hapī is your place! Read more about Hapī here

89 Hastings Street, Napier / Website / Instagram


#5  Te Mata Peak

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Te Mata Peak stands at 399m high and provides spectacular views over Napier, Hastings and the Hawke’s Bay Hills. You can walk up it, down and around (there are six different walking tracks to choose from), you can cycle, or and if you are into mountain biking, then there are a few tracks for you too!

We arrived around 9am to walk up the peak – any later and it would have been too hot. There is parking at the main entrance and a large map, which clearly outlines all the different routes.

Te Mata Peak is a great way to get into nature and do something different, because, really, it is hard to stay away from all the amazing eateries and wineries in Hawke’s Bay!

Te Mata Peak RoadHastings / Website


#6  Hawthorne Coffee

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I first tried Hawthorne Coffee at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market, and while the wait was super long, it was worth it. Their coffee is creamy, delicious and smells out of this world. I also picked up two bags of their coffee to take home, which is priced at $10 a packet – usually $13-$13.50 online!

A few days later, we stopped by their cafe after exploring Te Mata Peak. The coffee, again, was perfect. Now, back in Auckland, I’m enjoying their plunger coffee at home, which smells and tastes heavenly. 

Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market and 23 Napier Road, Havelock North / Website / Instagram


#6  The Fruit Shop

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Looking for $3 pumpkins? Or how about bags of fresh apricots for $6? Or maybe Feijoa fruit ice cream? Then, you have come to the right place – introducing The Fruit Shop.

Their Instagram bio claims it is “Hawke’s Bay’s best fruit destination”… and I think they are right on track! While I loved the fresh fruit and vegetables at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market, the fruit and vegetables at The Fruit Shop are more reasonably priced. Plus, real fruit ice cream – and not just the usual strawberry and blueberry, but FEIJOA. Ultimate bonus!!!

We literally filled our car with sooooo many goodies from The Fruit Shop and took these all the way back to Auckland. I would highly recommend a stop here!

1010 Pakowhai Road, Hastings / Instagram / Facebook


#7  Kilim Turkish Cafe & Restaurant

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I love Turkish food. Especially homemade falafel, hummus, Iskender Chicken and Lamb, tabbouleh and Turkish bread. Kilim is a family owned restaurant in Napier, and does Turkish food well – very authentic and tasty. And yes, their falafel is primo!

We dined here once (and also got takeaway on a separate occasion) and it was a lovely night. The staff were welcoming and friendly and our meals arrived promptly. They do BYO = double bonus, plus NO CORKAGE = triple bonus!!!

We loved their Iskender Meal with Chicken, which also comes with a generous amount of rice, hummus, beetroot dip, mixed salad, tabbouleh and Turkish bread, and also the Salad Bowl with Falafels with salad, hummus, beetroot dip, tabbouleh, sweet chilli and Turkish bread. Both meals were filling and delicious. Recommend.

193 Hastings Street, Napier / Facebook

 

#8  Chantal Shop

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Note: This is not my kid, but isn’t this cute?

Bulk Food Heaven is how I would describe Chantal Shop. Rows and rows of bins filled with all your favourite nuts, grains, seeds and flours. I picked up some raw cashews (as I was making this) and they were delicious! 

If you are looking for all things organic, raw, vegan, dairy and gluten free, then you have come to the right place. They sell a huge range of fresh foods, products (including some of my favourites – Serious Popcorn, Tio Pablo corn chips and Little Bird Unbakery macaroons) and many cold drinks (perfect for a hot summer’s day or taking on a picnic), plus if you are feeling like a wholesome breakfast or lunch, check out their cafe serving wholesome food next door.

45 Hastings Street, Napier / Website / Instagram


#9  Cape Kidnappers

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Cape Kidnappers is a headland located on the east coast of the North Island and is the site of the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world.

The gannet colony is closed to the public (as the land surrounding the Cape is all privately owned), however there are a few ways to get there. You can either get up super super early and walk across the beach to the colony (about a 5 hour trip return), however you have to walk it in a certain time frame as they tide has to be out when you do the walk. You can also do tours – either via tractor or in a 4WD vehicle. 

Because we had not booked a tour or risen early, we decided to explore the area and check out the beach. The Te Awanga Motor Camp is also near where you start the 5 hour return walk, which is worth a look around. We spoke to some locals – they have been coming to the motor camp every year for about 30 years and I can definitely see why. It is very peaceful, quiet and a great spot for fishing, swimming or relaxing with a good book. 

If you don’t fancy doing any of the above, then you can view the full length of the iconic cliffs of Cape Kidnappers from Marine Parade in Napier!

Clifton Road, Te Awanga / Info


#10 Birdwoods Sweet Shop

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Birdwoods Sweet Shop is one part of Birdwoods Gallery and Cafe, located in Havelock North.

We looked around the gallery, real fruit ice cream shop and cafe, however, they only have plunger coffee available, so we had coffee elsewhere. We did enjoy checking out their old fashioned sweet shop. I felt like a child all over again! 

Memories flooded back of afternoons spent running down to the dairy to buy tons of lollies and the bubble gum with the stick-on tattoos inside.

Birdwoods Sweet Shop has a wide range of confectionery – rows and rows of jars filled with sweets, like gobstoppers, giant marshmallows of all different shapes and flavours, jubes, jet planes, milk bottles, bon bons, Jaffa’s, plus gummy pizza and hamburgers, spaceman sticks, giant chocolate fish and bubble gum.

While I wanted to buy one of everything, I chose a delicious dark chocolate marshmallow filled slice (above) and some lollies to take back home. 

298 Middle Road, Havelock NorthWebsite


#11  Hunger Monger

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Last but not least, Hunger Monger. Run by Polish couple, Fraser Slack and Agnieszka Wills, the menu is predominantly seafood, where diners can enjoy oysters, Aussie prawns, grilled fish, Cook Strait octopus, squid, sashimi and salmon to name a few. Also, 98% of their wines and beers are local to the area – many I had never heard of before.

We enjoyed their Tempura Prawns with dipping sauces, Grilled Fish with Salads, Grilled Fish with Kumara Miso Mash and Broccolini and for dessert, Deconstructed Tiramisu. The food was beautiful, and the service excellent too. Read more about Hunger Monger here

129 Marine Parade, Napier / Website / Instagram


A fantastic first visit to Hawke’s Bay – cannot wait to go back!
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Tatua Mint Chocolate Crush

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day with a Treat for Your Sweet from Tatua!

I love chocolate. And desserts. And sharing these with friends, so I was super excited when the good folk at Tatua kindly sent me a yummy package to recreate a delightful dessert on Valentines Day – Mint Chocolate Crush

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The recipe is simple and super quick to prepare – I whipped it up in my office at work, so you can literally prepare it anywhere, any time. All you need is Tatua’s Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse, mint slice chocolate biscuits, chocolate spiral wafers, chocolate sauce and mint. I am a huge fan of Tatua’s chocolate mousse (and dairy whip) – it is something I will eat straight out of the can, but it is also delicious in a dessert too!

TATUA MINT CHOCOLATE CRUSH

Ingredients

1 packet mint chocolate biscuits
Tatua Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse
1/2 cup chocolate sauce (the Delmaine one is delicious)

Spiral wafers and fresh mint for garnish

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Method

Crush or chop the mint biscuits into bite sized pieces and some smaller. 

Layer dessert glasses with crushed biscuits, Chocolate Mousse and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Finish with spiral wafers and a sprig of fresh mint. 

Enjoy with a loved one! x

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This is a not a sponsored post, however all the ingredients to make the Mint Chocolate Crush dessert were gifted to me by Tatua. All opinions are (and always will be) my own.

 

Cadbury Caramilk Cookies

I love cookies. And I love Caramilk. So, why not get them together for a taste explosion?!

Cadbury has just recently re-rereleased Caramilk. This delicious chocolate was originally created in 1994 and its smooth caramel and white chocolate and combination soon became a hit among kiwis. And now, it’s back, back again, for a limited time only! It is creamy, milky and as my workmate said, tastes just like Russian fudge. Heaven. 

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I have used this cookie recipe here – to me, it is the best ever! This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Cadbury Caramilk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1x Cadbury Caramilk block (190g), roughly chopped
  • 180g unsalted butter, slightly melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Extra – 1/2 block of Cadbury Caramilk, chopped into quarter squares*

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Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line two (or three if needed) trays with baking paper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and Cadbury Caramilk and set aside.

In an electric mixer (I love the KitchenAid Stand Mixer), combine the butter and both sugars until light and creamy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla essence and continue to mix. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir to combine well.

Using a tablespoon, roll cookie dough into balls and place them on the lined baking trays, about 5cm apart.  *Flatten each cookie and place a quarter of a square of Cadbury Caramilk in the middle of each. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Serve with a glass of milk or a nice hot cup of tea. 

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Cadbury Caramilk Cookies

I love cookies. And I love Caramilk. So, why not get them together for a taste explosion?!

This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1x Cadbury Caramilk block (190g), roughly chopped
  • 180g unsalted butter, slightly melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Extra – 1/2 block of Cadbury Caramilk, chopped into quarter squares*

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line two (or three if needed) trays with baking paper. Set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer, combine the butter and both sugars until light and creamy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla essence and continue to mix. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir to combine well.
  3. Using a tablespoon, roll cookie dough into balls and place them on the lined baking trays, about 5cm apart.  *Flatten each cookie and place a quarter of a square of Cadbury Caramilk in the middle of each.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.
  5. Serve with a glass of milk or a nice hot cup of tea.

For more Cadbury Caramilk creations, check out Emma’s Caramilk Bars here and Anna’s Caramilk Cheesecake here.

Hunger Monger, Napier

If you love seafood, then you will love Hunger Monger. We found this restaurant by chance, while walking along Marine Parade in Napier. The restaurant was full and the ambience alive, so the next day we went in to book a table for our final night in Hawke’s Bay.

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Run by Polish couple, Fraser Slack and Agnieszka Wills, the menu is predominantly seafood, where diners can enjoy oysters, Aussie prawns, grilled fish, Cook Strait octopus, squid, sashimi and salmon to name a few. Also, 98% of their wines and beers are local to the area – many I had never heard of before. We had a glass of the Beatrix Rose by Alpha Domus (Bridge Pa) and Brookfields Pinot Gris 2016 (Ohiti Estate). The Pinot Gris was a stand out, so much so, we went to New World afterwards to purchase a few bottles of it! 

For starters, we enjoyed their Tempura Prawns with dipping sauces – big, fat, juicy prawns, which were gone in a flash.

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For mains, we ordered the Grilled Fish with Salads, and Grilled Fish with Kumara Miso Mash and Broccolini – the fish of the day was Kingfish, and it was perfectly cooked. I was pleased with the portion sizes and for $23 and $26 respectively, both dishes were reasonably priced. The Kumara Miso Mash was also a highlight, as I have only become a fan of kumara in the last four months… can’t get enough of it! 

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For dessert, I loved their Deconstructed Tiramisu with Hawthorne Coffee mousse. It was decadent, rich, and a sweet way to finish the night. 

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The service at Hunger Monger was excellent too. A shout out to Rose, Marco and Alice for their friendly hospitality, which made our night a very enjoyable one. 

Tip: Definitely book – even though it was a Tuesday, it was packed to the brim. In the space of 1.5 hours, 9 groups came through, who were all turned down as it was fully booked. 

129 Marine Parade, Napier / Website / Instagram

Hapī, Napier

Hapī is WOW.

Their ethos “you are what you eat” and that “physical and mental wellbeing is a true reflection of how you fuel your body” rings true to my New Year’s Resolution for this year, so I was really excited to check out this cute cafe, while on holiday in Napier.

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At Hapī, their food is plant based, full of nutrients and very delicious. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free or just love eating one or all of the above, then Hapī is your place! Their menu is extensive – for such a small cafe, they sure have a range of everything on offer. Their cabinet display is also one of the best I have seen in New Zealand, with all the food well presented and the staff continuously preparing all the goodies just behind the counter. I could literally stand there for ages, watching them make sandwiches!

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For breakfast, there are Acai and raw granola bowls, tofu scramble, omelettes and eggs your way on their beautiful paleo bread. 

For lunch, you can choose between a myriad of things – fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, tacos, nachos, frittata, zucchini noodles, and vegan curry. 

Last but not least, sweet treats and desserts! They have raw slices, Paleo cake, bliss balls, tarts, cheesecake and dairy-free Cocowhip ice cream. Plus a huge range of drinks – smoothies, cold pressed juices, fresh nut mylks, Hawthorne coffee, organic teas, superfood hot chocolates (ooooh) and Hapī chai.

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We visited Hapī on three different occasions and enjoyed the following: Vegan Taco ($7), Raw Zucchini Noodles ($10), Raw Chili Nachos ($12) and Raw Vegan Wrap ($10). The highlights were the Vegan Taco – spicy, but delicious, and the Raw Vegan Wrap – who knew raw food could taste so good?!?!

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The other dishes we tried were tasty, plus are served on compostable plates/in containers, so they’re perfect for takeaway (picnic by the beach!) and friendly to the environment. 

But, the thing I loved most about Hapī was its prices. Up here in Auckland, we pay a bit for raw vegan food, but Hapi is really affordable and knowing you were still getting a healthy, wholesome and filling breakfast or lunch is awesome.

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The food, service and atmosphere at Hapī is spot on. If I lived in Hawke’s Bay, it would be my go-to! Highly recommend.

Note: If you can’t make it to their cafe in Napier, every Sunday, Hapī have a stand at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market where you can sample their nut mylks, cheese and Paleo bread, and purchase raw treats, slices and kimchi.

89 Hastings Street, Napier / Website / Instagram

Hapi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Garden Picnic with Uber Eats

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The Parnell Rose Gardens are just a stone’s throw away from my house. A favourite spot of mine during summer for its beautiful roses, Pohutukawa trees and close proximity to Judge’s Bay and views overlooking Auckland Harbour. A bonus is that you can lunch right next to the roses, making it the perfect spot for a picnic! Thanks to the Uber Eats app for making this possible!

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Last weekend, the weather had cleared and the sun was shining, so my sister and I headed across to the Rose Gardens for a picnic. I opened the Uber Eats app on my phone, and was excited to discover the many eatery options available for a picnic. We chose Bird on A Wire. Their aim is to simply feed the world with handmade and sustainable food – their menu includes free range rotisserie chicken, fresh salads, sandwiches and sides. Sounded like the perfect picnic food to me!

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We ordered a Chicken Feed For One – a quarter free range rotisserie chicken and a medium salad of Raw Beetroot and Japanese Slaw, plus a Small Salad with a little bit of rotisserie chicken on top, Antipodes still water, and my personal favourite, a Korean BBQ Baguette with pulled chicken, Korean BBQ sauce, mayonnaise and slaw. 

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The meals from Bird on A Wire arrived promptly and it was easy to share around the food. The salads were very fresh and healthy, while the rotisserie chicken provided substance to the meal. My personal favourite was the Korean BBQ Baguette – it was delicious, filing and gone in a flash. When I think of picnics, I think of baguettes!

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The summer season is the perfect time for a feast in your local garden or park. To me, the Uber Eats app is ideal for your next summer picnic. You won’t have to worry about organising which dishes your friends/family are bringing, or who will be sorting the drinks. It is all done for you, with a few simple taps on the Uber Eats app. Delicious food delivered straight to your location, which is simplicity at its best!

Bird On A Wire Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

I recently purchased Hippie Lane: The Cookbook by Taline Gabriel. It is filled with deliciously ‘luxe’ wholefood recipes, split into four sections – Rise + Shine, Lunch Vibes, Dinner Dates and Sweet Fix. I have been an avid follower of Taline Gabriel on Instagram for a while now. Her food inspires me daily and thus, have put this into perspective for 2018.

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I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I thought this year, I will finally jump on the bandwagon. Mine is to follow and maintain a healthy lifestyle by focusing on wholefoods (like fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, healthy proteins and fats), cutting down on refined sugar and processed foods, exercising daily and keeping up my water intake. 

I have a mega sweet tooth, so it will be a challenge, but one I am willing to give my 100%. I will still be posting about eats in Auckland, new products and adventures on here and on my Instagram and Facebook pages, plus will have the occasional treat now and then (my weaknesses are ice cream, chocolate, bao and fried chicken).

The plan is to also get back into cooking and making meals at home. Thanks to Taline’s beautiful book, Hippie Lane for kickstarting my healthy eating journey. 

First up…

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

To me, this is the ultimate dessert for breakfast. It tastes like soft serve mixed with chocolate mousse. Dreamy. 

Slightly adapted from the recipe found in Hippie Lane: The Cookbook by Taline Gabriel. Serves 1.

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Bowls – Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of acai berry powder (I used Matakana Superfoods)
  • 1 tablespoon 100% dark cocoa powder (I used Avalanche)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup (120ml) of almond milk

Toppings

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Mango, cubed (I used frozen mango and defrosted it)
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh As Freeze Dried Raspberries (whole and crushed)
  • Berry Quinoa Granola (see recipe below)

Other toppings

  • Shredded coconut
  • Extra dollop of peanut butter
  • Sliced kiwifruit
  • Sliced banana
  • Passionfruit

Method

Place all ingredients (except for toppings) in a high-speed blender. Pulse until you have reached a soft-serve consistency.

Spoon into your favourite bowl and top with strawberries, mango, blueberries, freeze dried fruit and Berry Quinoa Granola (recipe below), or other toppings of your choice. Devour!

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Berry Quinoa Granola

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This delicious granola is slightly adapted from this recipe here by Simply Theora. Her granola is protein packed, light and refined sugar-free. Thea says the raw quinoa adds a whole new level of deliciousness and crunch into the mix and is super good for you! Makes 4-6 cups.

Ingredients

  • 2 and ½ cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup White Quinoa (raw)
  • ½ cup Shredded Coconut Slices
  • 1 cup Almonds (I used a mix of sliced and whole)
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Fresh As Freeze Dried Blueberries

Topping

  • 1 cup Fresh As Freeze Dried Raspberries (or Strawberries)*

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, fan bake and line a tray with baking paper.

2. Mix the rolled oats, quinoa, coconut slices, almonds and chia seeds in a large bowl.

3. Melt the honey and coconut oil and stir through the dry ingredients, and spread out on lined tray. Bake for 5 minutes or longer (depending on your oven).

4. Sprinkle Fresh As Freeze Dried Raspberries on top and give it a quick stir around. (*The reason I add these at the end as first time making the granola, the strawberries burnt in the oven). 

5. Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container and keep for 2-4 weeks.

 

 

Summer with Uber Eats

Summer has officially arrived in New Zealand!

When I think of summer, I picture swimming at the beach, chasing waterfalls, hiking through native bush, going strawberry picking and visiting my favourite vineyards.

And for those simple days, relaxing by the pool with friends… eating delicious, fresh and healthy food of course, without having to leave your sun chair! Thanks to the Uber Eats app for making this possible!

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Last weekend, the sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky, so we headed down to the pool. I opened the Uber Eats app on my phone, and was excited to discover one of the app’s newest eateries – Cali Press. Their aim is to create a fun and natural way of clean living, by serving healthy and delicious juices, smoothies, superfood breakfast bowls and wholesome meals. Sounded like the perfect breakfast to me!

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We ordered two Superfood Breakfast Bowls, two Toast Bar – Toppers and the Ah-Sah-Ee (Acai) Smoothie.

The Superfood Breakfast Bowls are the perfect poolside breakfast – you can have a few mouthfuls, and then save the rest for later. We enjoyed The Signature Bowl with superfood granola, coconut yoghurt, coconut chia, seasonal bircher muesli, banana, strawberries, coconut, passionfruit and goji, which to me is the epitome of summer.

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The De Coco Bowl with cacao buckinis, coconut yogurt, chia, banana, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter and almonds also hit the spot.

On the more substantial side, Cali Press also serves toast by the slice, loaded with wholesome toppings or a choice of spreads. We loved their Avocado Toast, topped with tomato, vegan kale pesto, pumpkin seeds and lemon, served on organic rye sourdough bread. Or, if you are looking for something with more of a kick, then try the Salmon Smash – smoked salmon on an edamame and pea smash, with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of chilli flakes. Delicious.

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Finally, the Ah-Sah-Ee (Acai) Smoothie with coconut water, acai, banana, mango and passionfruit was the perfect drink to end a healthy and delicious breakfast.

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The meals from Cali Press arrived promptly, plus the food was fresh, well presented and delicious – it felt as though we were eating breakfast by a hotel pool in Bali, Fiji or some other tropical location.

 

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If you enjoy spending your summer days not having to worry about what you are going to cook or having to venture across town to pick up your favourite meal, then Uber Eats is ideal. Delicious food delivered straight to your door, and in my case – only a few steps away from the pool. Simplicity at its best!

 

Cali Press Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tiramisu Pavlova

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‘Tis the season for fun, sun and glorious food – Christmas is almost here!

My absolute favourite dessert around Christmas time is Pavlova, served with whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit. 

This year, I will be trying something different because the good folk at Tatua kindly sent me a selection of their products to whip up their spin on my favourite Christmas dessert – Tiramisu Pavlova (otherwise known as ‘Tiralova’ to all the serious pav-lovers).

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The recipe is simple and quick to prepare – I whipped it up in my office at work, so you can literally prepare it anywhere, any time. All you need is a homemade or store bought pavlova, a few pantry staples, plus three Tatua products – Crème Fraiche, Dairy Whip and Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse. I am a huge fan of Dairy Whip – it is something I will eat straight out of the can, but it is also delicious on Pavlova too.

TIRAMISU PAVLOVA

Ingredients

1 homemade or store-bought Pavlova
200gms Tatua Crème Fraiche
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
1 tablespoon of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of hot water
Tatua Dairy Whip Tatua
Tatua Chef de Can Chocolate Mousse
Toasted chopped nuts (I used pistachios)
Fresh strawberries, sliced in half

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Method

1. Place the pavlova on a serving plate and slice horizontally through the centre, then carefully lift off the top.

2. Combine the coffee and water and stir until dissolved.

3. Whisk the Crème Fraiche, coffee mixture and icing sugar together until thick then spoon over the cut pavlova.

4. Replace the top layer of the pavlova and decorate the top with alternate swirls of Chocolate Mousse and Dairy Whip.

5. Garnish with chopped nuts and fresh strawberries.

Hope you enjoy this Pavlova as much as I did, and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!🎄😍🥂

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This is a not a sponsored post, however all the ingredients to make the Tiramisu Pavlova were gifted to me by Tatua. All opinions are (and always will be) my own.

Night Noodle Markets

Over the weekend, I headed down to Victoria Park to check out the Night Noodle Markets. Held annually, this event celebrates mouthwatering Asian street food from around the country.

This year, the Night Noodle Markets are being held over 10 days (Friday 1st to Sunday 10th December). There are 20 street food vendors to choose from, with dishes ranging from $5 to $15 each. I love the variety of the food too – think dumplings, BBQ’d meat, summer rolls, ramen, bao, loaded fries, spicy karaage fried chicken, pakoras, roti rolls, donburi, poke bowls, noodles, gelato, deep fried ice cream and smoothies in pineapples. Check out my foodie highlights below: 

Hoy Pinoy – it was my first time trying Hoy Pinoy at this year’s Night Noodle Markets and they did not disappoint! They are a Filipino BBQ vendor, selling juicy pork and chicken on sticks. My favourite is the Inihaw na baboy – BBQ Pork Belly

House of Dumplings – handmade dumplings in a variety of flavours. My favourites are their Nepalese Spiced Lamb and Korean Sesame Beef. For the Night Noodle Markets this year, they have brought back their Indian Dahl Coconut Cashew flavoured dumpling, which is delicious, plus it is vegan!

Chaiwalla – this Indian food truck makes deliciously spicy pakoras and three flavours of masala chai. The owners come all the way from Wellington. 

White + Wong’s – my current favourite restaurant, which serves amazing Asian fusion food! I love their dumplings, edamame (with a killer sauce), pork belly bao, Korean spicy chicken bao, kingfish sashimi and cocktails. And, at the Night Noodle Markets this year, they are selling their delicious Roti Rolls – one with Bang Bang Chicken and the other with Fried Tofu.

Indochine Kitchen – a Vietnamese eatery located on Fort Street in Auckland CBD, who are selling delicious Bao with pulled pork ($4.50 each) and bun cha.

Lalele Organic Gelato – owners Mulan and Nathan, make delicious hand crafted gelato, using organic ingredients, and they have many vegan options available. My all time favourite flavour is their mango sorbet which tastes like you’re eating the real thing. If you’re feeling adventurous, I recommend trying their newest flavour – Black Sesame!

Vietnamese Delight – Cheap tasty Vietnamese food, including pork and prawn summer rolls, banh mi, crispy salted chicken and… sui mai dumplings! Not Vietnamese but we tried them anyway. 

Mango Madness – Loved their smoothies served in pineapples (!!!) and Thai drinking coconuts, which are perfect for the beautiful warm weather we are having right now. This year, they have a new dish – Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl! I didn’t get to try one on the weekend, but planning to have one this week. 

And something new for the first time this year, GELATO MESSINA have arrived in New Zealand! Those who have not heard of Gelato Messina, well, they have shops based all over Australia – 16 in total! They make creative and experimental gelato, with a range of flavours and toppings, check out their ‘gram here. You can purchase two of their creations at the Night Noodle Markets including:

It’s Sher-Berth-Day (White chocolate lined cone filled with mango sherbet, vanilla cream and mango jellies – dipped in white chocolate) and Great Balls of Fryer (Deep fried banana gelato, passionfruit caramel & coconut pudding).

I tried It’s Sher-Berth Day and it was delicious. I loved the combination of mango, white chocolate and vanilla – the perfect treat on a hot summer’s day!

The Night Noodle Markets are also licensed (Tiger Beer on tap/wines by the glass), there is live music, table tennis, face painting, performances, plenty of seating (or bring a picnic blanket), plus you can bring your dogs too! 

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All the details…

Night Noodle Markets
Dates
Friday 1st to Sunday 10th December 2017

Location Victoria Park, Corner Beaumont Street and Victoria Street West
Times 5pm – 10pm weekdays and 4pm – 10pm on weekends
Admission Free entry
Notes The event is cashless, so only EFTPOS, credit card and pay wave are available. 

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This post is not sponsored, however I was kindly sent a food voucher from Fairfax Media to spend at the Night Noodle Markets. All opinions are my own.