Day 2 – black sand and surf If you want to see the stunning and deserted beaches of the west coast of the north island, you’re going to need to rent a car …despite the curious prevalence of tv public service announcements questioning the intelligence of allowing tourists access to cars. It’s definitely worth the drive (and the honks, bird-flips and dirty looks you may receive on your way). Just remember to circle left at that roundabout. First stop is the famous (and curiously abandoned) KareKare Beach. A 45 minute drive west from Aukland over the Waitakere Range, this dramatic, black sand beach provided the location for the 1993… Read More
These are insanely delicious. Plump, pastry wrapped bundles of warm, oozing apple, brown sugar and cinnamon, spiked with Calvados. The sugar in the bottom of the pan becomes a lovely caramel and the warm Calvados cream tucks it all together. Apple Dumplings with Warm Calvados Cream Save Print Author: Lisa Cassell-Arms Ingredients 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 4 medium apples, Macintosh are good 1 lemon Pie crust (see recipe below) Flour for dusting 4 tablespoons Calvados, French apple brandy 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1 egg, beaten with a teaspoon of water 1 teaspoon granulated… Read More
Day 1 – all about staying awake 7am — or is it 2pm yesterday? Either way, arrive on the other side of the world. It’s thrilling to see the dramatic coastline unfold as the plane banks over the rugged west coast beaches on its approach into Aukland. First order of business, grab some local cash at the nearest ATM and check into your hotel. Do notlook at the comfortable, soft, inviting bed. Leave the hotel immediately and try to stay awake for the next 8 hours by climbing up Mount Eden; a grassy, volcanic crater with panoramic views of Aukland city and all points beyond.
A generous neighbor gave me a butternut squash from her garden the other day. I love butternut squash and usually use it in soup, but I was craving something a little more substantial that evening (ok, was craving pizza). I had beets, the last of my garden sage, and a little container of Blue Ledge Farm Maple Chevre sitting in the fridge. Here’s the result. Pizza craving satisfied. Butternut and Beet Pizza Save Print Special equipment: pizza peel and pizza stone Author: Lisa Cassell-Arms Ingredients ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes (about 1 cups) 2 small beets, peeled and chopped… Read More
Greek Penicillin. This soup is the Greek equivalent of Jewish Chicken Soup: the cure-all for whatever ails you. Greek Yia Yia’s everywhere make this for their children and grandchildren- and it’s still what our family asks for when they need a bit of comfort. It’s a simple but soul-satisfiying egg and lemon soup. Greek Yia Yia’s Soup Save Print Author: Lisa Cassell-Arms Cuisine: Gluten free Ingredients 6 cups chicken broth (good canned or made from scratch) ⅓ cup white rice 3 eggs Juice of one lemon (about ¼ cup) Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Heat chicken broth in a… Read More
Almonds love raspberries. I love almonds and raspberries. This cake is an adaptation of an Alice Medrich almond cake recipe. It’s simple and fast to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand- and it’s so, so delicious. Almond and Raspberry Cake Save Print Equipment: 8″ springform pan Author: Lisa Cassell-Arms Ingredients 1 cup sliced almonds, plus 2 tablespoons for topping 1 cup sugar Pinch salt ½ teaspoon pure almond extract ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, slightly softened 3 large eggs ½ cup flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup seedless raspberry jam Instructions Preheat… Read More