Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

I just had to share as I LOVE these ads!!

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For my birthday this year I received some great new cookie cutters (thanks Sals, Craig, Max & Conor!) in the shape of New Zealand and a Kiwi! I have been meaning to try them out for ages and with some spare time this afternoon it was time to break them out!

I would like to say Izzy was on hand to help me out but since the pox outbreak she has been pooped so is back to having an afternoon nap, and we are having to wake her up after 3 hours otherwise she might not want to go to sleep at night!!

I have not yet found my perfect fail safe cookie cutting recipe and after Louise @ Domestic Scene blogged her daughter engrossed in Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess and her Butter Cut-Out Biscuits I have had them in mind to try next.

The recipe worked a treat and was perfect for cookie cutters. I have always had a problem with the dough sticking to the bench but this time I made sure the dough had plenty of time in the fridge, plenty of flour on the bench and cookie cutter and didn’t roll the dough out too thin – all previous mistakes!!

Izzy was on hand however to dictate what colour she wanted them and it was not until I was just about to add the food colouring did I realise what I was about to do…….. Yellow & Green…..on Kiwi (not Australian!) Cookies……Never!! Since I don’t have black or white colouring I just stuck with blue and pink. We will see tomorrow if this acceptable to Miss Izzy!!!

So, finally I have found the recipe – this is one to use time and time again! I cut the dough in half and will be popping half in the freezer for a rainy day.

Butter Cut-Out Biscuits (courtesy of Nigella Lawson – How to be a Domestic Goddess)


175g soft unsalted butter

200g caster sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

400g plain flour, preferably Italian OO, plus more if needed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

300g icing sugar, sieved

Food colouring

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and moving towards moussiness, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely. If you think the finished mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough tough. Halve the dough, form into fat discs, wrap each half in clingfilm and rest in teh fridge for at least 1 hour.

Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place a disc of dough on it (not taking out the other half until you’ve finished with the first) and sprinkle a little more flour on top of that. Then roll it out to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, and place the biscuits a little part on the baking sheets.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, by which time they will be lightly golden around the edges. Cool on a rack and continue with the rest of the dough. When they’re all fully cooled, you can get on with the icing.

Put a couple of tablespoons of just-not-boiling water into a large bowl, add the sieved icing sugar and mix together, adding more water as you need to form a thick paste. Colour as desired, let the artistic spirit within you speak, remembering with gratitude that children have very bad taste.

Makes 50-60.

You can find these cutters here. I love them!

I also found this online – love it so had to share it! Very tough Kiwi Cookies!!

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We Kiwi’s love a pie – ask any Kiwi you know. No gourmet pies either – no fancy fillings and certainly no vegetarian options! Kiwi pies are made up of 3 ingredients – steak / mince, cheese and pastry. These little beauties are typically found in warmer drawers in the local dairy or petrol station and are usually luke warm….. Each time I go home a petrol station pie is a must but I think the enjoyment comes from nostalgia rather than actual taste! This was 80’s Kiwi cuisine – long before the era of Cafes and Pacific Fusion! One of my fondest food memories is of Monday’s at primary school – I must have been all of 7 or 8 years old. On Monday we could take our $1 to school and place our pie order and at lunchtime the bakery would deliver the most divine pie I have ever tasted. Oh how we used to cherish and savour every bite. There was quite a process to eating the pie too. It started with tearing off the pastry top strip by strip, then taking 2 fingers and plunging them into the meaty mixture scooping it up into your mouth and lastly taking small bites out of the pastry case, trying to make it last as long as possible!! I have never tasted a pie like it since! But I do wonder if I had that same pie from Brown Owl Bakery today would I enjoy it as much? or would it just be the nostalgia?

I have not really experimented making pies but I do have my eye on some really cute individual pie dishes! So watch this space…

However, second to the Kiwi pie is the humble sausage roll!! I had never made these and when I was blog browsing I came across a recipe that I thought would be fun to make with Izzy. Mackie came over to play on Sunday and so it seemed a perfect opportunity to break out the aprons and turn on the oven.

I was blog browsing and came across Gourmet Girl – written by an anonymous fellow Antipodean and featuring a recipe for Pork, Sage and Apple sausage rolls – yum, yum, yum…..and super easy!

I won’t list the recipe here again as it is already floating around cyber space but please find the link below.

Pork, Sage & Apple Sausage rolls (courtesy of Gourmet Girl)

This was a fun recipe to make with the girls as they could help with the mixing, laying out the mixture on pastry, rolling and of course the eating – Kiwi style…tomato sauce is obligatory!

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Happy Waitangi Day!!

Each year on 6th February we Kiwi’s celebrate our beloved New Zealand – although there is some contention surrounding this date and the treaty itself, it is the only day set aside in the year to celebrate New Zealand, it’s culture and all it’s people. This usually means a day off in NZ, while we expats keep grinding away, but not this year as Waitangi Day has fallen on a Saturday! Bummer!

So in celebration of New Zealand and all it’s culinary goodness I have prepared a wee treat (and sugar rush!) for Izzy and her nursery friends. One of my very favourite childhood party treats was (or is..) Lolly Cake!! When Mum came over for Izzy’s 2nd birthday last year I asked her to load up on Malt biscuits and Eskimos (a NZ sweet, or lolly as we call them) which are the 2 essential ingredients. Somehow, I don’t know how, a packet of each has made it through the last 6 months and so now seems as good a time as any to use them.

These are not WW friendly and so I am glad the whole batch is leaving the house first thing in the morning – there is no way I could resist!! Obviously not an every day food – hence why we class it is party food…once a year….

Lolly Cake


120g butter

250g Malt Biscuit crumbs

190g Eskimos

1/2 tin condensed milk

Coconut – for coating

Warm the butter and the condensed  milk in the microwave. Add the biscuit crumbs and Eskimos cut into pieces. Stir the mixture well.

Then form the mixture into a log or small balls and roll in the coconut. Put it into the fridge for approx 4 hours to set. Once set, cut the log into slices.

Serious sugar!!

Ready for the fridge

Just a quick addition…..we were so thrilled to see that the girls at Nursery had celebrated Waitangi Day with the children. Check out the awesome display the children made!! We hope Izzy will grow up to be as proud of her Kiwi heritage as we are!

Kiwi Kid!

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