Wedgewood launch at The Langham

The other day I was invited to attend the Wedgewood launch at The Langham Hotel in central Auckland. The hotel itself is beautifully ornate with gilt gold trimmings and a baby pink colour scheme – the perfect setting  for a high tea. The event was held to celebrate the tradition of afternoon tea established by The Langham with Wedgewood based on the story of Lady Anna, the Dutchess of Bedford who held mid-afternoon tea and cakes for her friends back in the 1700s. Today, The Langham worldwide serves guests loose leaf tea in fine bone china flown over from England, accompanied by cakes and savory treats every afternoon. Her Majesty The Queen would have approved. And so would my Oma.

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Caught my eye

I often take a trip up to Matakana Farmers Market which is only about an hours drive up the line from Auckland. The produce is cheaper, fresher and it’s so nice to chat to people who are so passionate about the food they sell. The other day I met Anne, a lovely lady who sells the most delicious smoked salmon I have ever tasted. As opposed to supermarket salmon, her’s contains no nasty additives, and the salmon are not farm fed. There were three different tasters available – seasoned Nigella Lawson style, plain or sweetened with brown sugar. Once we got chatting, I learnt they also had some special gravlax in stock which I got to try too – which in my opinion is the creme-de-la-creme of salmon. If by the end of this post you are craving salmon, check out their facebook page to order online, or head on down to the markets for a fun day out! Would be perfect for appetizers at your next dinner party or school lunches…

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Love,

Liv x
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Christmas Strawberry Picking

IMG_6790-0.JPGSummertime calls for road trips, ice-cream and fresh fruit. So when both Anna and I suggested strawberry picking as a summer activity we’ve always wanted to do, it soon became our next adventure.
We went to the Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens in Kumeu on their first day of opening for the season, and the fields were abundant! Here are some pics – Charlotte and I filled our buckets half way, while Anna’s strawberry obsession became clear when the lady laughed and asked “uh, for one person?” ..these strawberries are that good.IMG_6806-1.JPGIMG_6783.JPGI found the trick with strawberry selection is to go for the really dark red, small ones. They’re the juiciest and most flavoursome. And amazing when warmed by the sun! IMG_6770.JPGIMG_6769.JPGIMG_6778.JPGIMG_6803-0.JPGProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThey also had delicious mixed berry icecreams which we ate under a tree and people watched.  So if you’re thinking of things to do over the summer, definitely consider fruit picking. We had such a lovely day out – and it’s fun to do something a bit different and spontaneous. Looks like we’ll be creating strawberry themed dishes for the next couple of weeks, yum!

I am going to try and post more regularly now, I actually just finished uni which is exciting and I have more time now to go adventuring – so make sure to follow (either by email or blog account) to stay up to date with upcoming posts. Much love, and hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Liv x

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A slice of Italy

If I told you pizza could be cooked in 90 seconds, would you believe me?

I was fascinated to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to making an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Esteemed pizzaioli Kevin Morris sat down with me to share a few secrets from the age-old tradition only a small number of chefs in the world practice. He also shares with me his personal story from being a jack of all trades, to pursuing his love of pizza making. Thanks Kevin and the wonderful team at Dante’s for your fantastic pizza, lovely warm service and for keeping the art of pizza making alive.

For more info check out: http://www.dantespizzeria.co.nz/

Love,
Livvy xx

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Vegan Banana and Blueberry Protein Pancakes w Choc sauce

A while ago I posted this photo on Instagram, which received quite a lot of interest and requests to post the recipe… So here it is!

The pancakes are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free and ridiculously good for you with all the vitamins, antioxidants and superfood benefits packed into the cacao, berries, protein powder and cinnamon. It tastes like an absolute dream and is fantastic served with some yummy “nice cream” or maple syrup also. All the ingredients can be bought from your local supermarket and the recipe can accurately serve 2 people, or 1 if halved (which is what I did today). So here’s the recipe – please feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have and link me a pic of your final result on Instagram 🙂  Continue reading “Vegan Banana and Blueberry Protein Pancakes w Choc sauce”

Chocolate Vegan Mousse/Ice-cream – say what?!

Okay, okay. So veganism has a stigma. My friends call it the “Ponsonby fad-diet”. I’m not gonna lie, I probably couldn’t live 100% vegan because I love fish and baking waaay too much… but vegan dessert – woah. That stuff is good. Raw “cheesecakes”, mousse, puddings, icecream, slices – you name it, there’s a delicious healthy recipe out there which you can make with simple ingredients and a blender.

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Friday Fettuccini

Cold wintery nights mean major pasta cravings.

I decided to take the challenge to make an all time favourite of mine (Creamy Chicken Fettuccini) and give it a healthier twist. Before you think

“how utterly boring”

and run for the hills, I can assure you – it’s

utterly irresistible

All I’ve done differently is added some greens which are packed full of nutrients, fiber, slows energy burning properties, iron, vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, increase in collagen production etc. etc. I’ve also found the portion size doesn’t need to be as big and there is a perfect balance of carbs, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Oh and did I mention it’s also gloriously creamy? What have you got to lose?

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