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Weekend Getaway – Kiwi Style

Having not seen our friends, who live a few hours drive away, since the wedding back in January, we decided a little get together was in order. I scoured the NZ holiday house websites and we decided upon this little coastal gem: http://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/properties/2076.asp

A weekend was picked and anticipation ensued. The location of the bach was about half way between us and them so neither of us had to drive nausea inducing, windy coastal roads, yay! As well as L&P and jandals, NZ is kind of famous for narrow, coastal road ways.

We set off last Friday afternoon and after a quick coffee/gas stop and then a grocery stop we were there just after sun set. Joss had lit the fire and we quickly caught up on how everyone was, over a beer. Onemana, where the bach was, is quite tiny. Like, really really tiny, and has only a dairy and a small cafe so with rumbling tummies we jumped in the car and headed ten mins down the road to Whangamata for some fush and chups.

The weekend on the whole was relaxing with fairly good weather. The sun was shining both days but there was a fierce wind and finding a sheltered spot was a bit difficult. It died down on Saturday afternoon just as we had grabbed more beer, ready for the Saturday night, and arrived at the local skate park for the boys to have a play around.

I find it so good for the soul to catch up with old friends, chat about all of life’s little goings ons, relax and unwind while imbibing tasty beers and eating a bit too much food. We’re all in our late twenties/early thirties so having too much to drink and going to bed at 3am wasn’t so much on the agenda. Instead we played board games like Pictionary and Balderdash, and laughed a lot. I love the wholesome, shameless fun that comes with being a bit older and not so consumed with getting shit-faced or laid. Though, those things are still fun 😉

One of the things I looked forward to this trip so much for was because I volunteered to cook for everyone. Another way for us to be all brought together and add to the happy memories of the weekend – plus it’s a bit self indulgent for me to be able to do what I love, for the people I love.

The following photos are of the two breakfasts I cooked (I also cooked on Saturday night which was vegetarian nachos and cauliflower mac and cheese – recipe here – but there are no photos).

The vegetarian version of my infamous breakfast stack (it was meant to have hash browns as well, but they were in the freezer – out of sight, out of mind. A bit sad, but not a total loss by any stretch)

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In case you wish to try it at home: corn bread, sauteed spinach with garlic and olive oil, oven roasted mushrooms with herbs, oven roasted tomatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil, haloumi cheese and poached egg. I sometimes add a relish or pesto on the side. This one had pesto which I usually would spread on the corn bread but the kids eating it this time wanted to have the “full corn bread experience” as it was their first time.

This photo is of the non-vege version – just add bacon:

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On Sunday, as Scott and I had to leave a bit earlier than a casual brunch allows, I prepared a smoothie to start (no photo) containing banana, sweetened almond milk, soaked walnuts and vanilla – blended. I wanted to strain it to get the larger chunks of walnut that wouldn’t blend (used a stick blender, probably would’ve been better blended with an actual blender) but there wasn’t a strainer. The nuttiness was appreciated anyhow. To accompany (but not compliment) the smoothie, I had already baked a loaf of what I call magic bread AKA The Life Changing Loaf of Bread thanks to the amazing Sarah Britton of “My New Roots” fame. I topped toasted sliced of this bread with cream cheese, capers, smoked salmon and a bit of lemon zest and a small squeeze of lemon juice. Amaze balls!

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Suffice to say, there were groans of delight after a filling breakfast, on both days which made me quite a happy lass.

I spent yesterday afternoon trying to keep the goodness of the weekend going with a book in the sun. I even had to slip, slop, slap as the sun was feeling harsh and I have pasty ass skin. Later met my sister for a couple of drinks at a local pub where we hoped to win the “find the joker jackpot” but were unsuccessful. A trip via the supermarket on the way home to grab the weeks eats and home again to whip up some spaghetti alla puttanesca and a toasted caramelised onion and brie sandwich.

Should probably go to the gym after work today… 🙂 I hope you had a lovely weekend, whatever you did.

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I never get sick of … SHAPESHIFTER

Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen them live, or heard them anywhere, I do not tire of the uplifiting, emotive, dance happy sound that is by far New Zealand’s BEST drum and bass acts. Feeling excited and ready for my fun weekend ahead – Shapeshifter gets me hyped up. BIG love!!

Akarua wines

Someone searched for “akarua meaning” and landed on my page which got me excited and curious. I also googled “akarua meaning” and what came up didn’t really offer much of an explanation. Well, not in the first page of the search results anyway – I rarely go any further than the first page.

The meaning of Aka – is “vine” in Maori and the meaning of rua is “two” in maori. So, the Akarua winery got their name from combing the two words. When they started out, they only had two vines hence the “rua” part of the name.

Check out their website and if you’re ever in the Central Otago region, go to their cellar door and taste some of the yummiest wines you’ll find in New Zealand. The lady we had our tasting with, was great to chat with, knew HEAPS about the history of the vineyard and winery and about wine in general. She’d also owned a cafe in nearby Cromwell so knew a lot about food matching. Which, I think, is VERY important! As great as a glass of sav and a ciggy is, wine and food go much better together. Oh, and she also coined the phrase “mid week wine” when referring to one of the pinot gris’ that day, which I loved!

Rainy days and rock music

It’s a mellow Friday morning here in Queenstown, New Zealand. The forecasted rain has just rolled in; pitter pattering on the roof. As I busy myself with the tasks of the day, I wonder what to listen to in order to block out the hum drum sounds of the office. On a Friday, I would usually listen to up beat, peppy tunes to further enhance my excitement for the oh so close weekend. But today, I think some rock music will do quite nicely to go with this grey, drab, eerily warm day.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

 

HAPPY FRIDAY!

I Aroha New Zealand

Just a little shout out to this fine country of mine and the international export quality everything that it produces…Whoop whoop!

The sheep, electronic funds transfer at point of sale (you’re welcome Canada), women’s right to put their two cents in, models, actors, singers, DJ’s…people and music in general and not to mention the movies: Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider, The Piano, Once were warriors, Heavenly Creatures, Eagle vs Shark and soon to be The Hobbit. Go New Zealand! It’s your birthday!

The next instalment of greatness comes from “Scarfies” director, Robert Sarkies, called “Two little boys” which prompted this post in the first place and got me higher out of the grump I’ve been in for the last two days (fucking hormones…)

Here is the trailer for what is sure to be NZ’s next amaze balls* film:

Roll on 20th September!!! That’s when it opens in NZ, it’s not just a date I’m looking forward to for no good reason.

*this word now features in the Oxford English Dictionary…my thoughts on this later. Or not at all. But just quickly, what the?! English is going to shit…