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How Are You Celebrating Father's Day as a Family?


How Are You Celebrating Father’s Day as a Family?

In the weeks coming up to Father’s Day, which here in NZ is always the first Sunday in September, we’re bombarded with ‘must buy’ gifts. Apparently, Dad can’t be without the latest gadget, pair of socks or store brought card. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a present for Dad, there are other more enjoyable ways you can celebrate Father’s Day with him as a family. Here are Miss Lilly’s top picks …

5 Beautiful Ways You & Your Family Can Celebrate Father’s Day

Nowadays, the commercialisation of Father’s Day is so prominent that shops begin promoting their wares anytime from July. But it never used to be like this. In 1909, Louise Dodd heard a church sermon in which the congregation was encouraged to honour their mother. Having been raised solely by her Dad, Louise thought he needed a day of his own too and Dad’s special day was born.

There’s no better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him, than to spend time together as a family. Here are five wonderful ideas to try:

  1. Cook a meal as a family – spending time preparing and cooking a meal together and eating it around the dining table is such a wonderful thing! You could choose Dad’s favourite recipe or a new one to try out.

  2. Play games as a family – how about playing some games which are centred around Dad? Name that Tool is fun and easy to play. Put a blindfold on Dad and everyone takes a turn choosing a tool. They then describe it to him and he must guess what it is.

  3. Throw a Dads party – invite your family, friends and other neighbourhood Dads around for a party! Not only is this a great way to spend time with your father, but to also show caring and compassion for other Dads who may not have family close by.

  4. Head to the park – help Dad recover his lost youth by taking him to the park. Playing games, such as hide n seek and frisbee, or even just playing on the playground, are wonderful ways to make precious memories as a family. You could even have a Bespoke Picnic too!

  5. Host a movie night – for a quiet evening, grab a selection of Dad’s favourite movies and watch them as a family. Don’t forget to make Dad some nibbles too!

Here at Miss Lilly’s, we’re all about family. Father’s Day is a great time to stop and spend time with Dad, but you don’t need to limit it to just one day! After all, every day is family day.


Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday

Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday

Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday Can’t Be Without!

Are you trying glamping these Summer holidays? There is nothing quite like camping with luxurious facilities and delicious food. Even better is that glamping is something you can dowith all your family! Love it!

Add Some Sparkle to Your Glamping Kitchen

Upmarket and more comfortable than camping, glamping is becoming incredibly popular in NZ. With your furnished tent, kitchen equipment and bathroom provided, all you really need to pack is the food. But before you head to the cupboard for those traditional camping tins of baked beans, you might want to look at some of my glamping menu ideas.

Everything tastes better when you are outside and in the company of friends and family. Yet you don’t have to settle for sausages on a stick or spaghetti from a tin. This summer glamping adventure, how about packing some of these ingredients instead:

 Chicken pieces, lemon wedges, salt and olive oil – whip yourself and your guests upa campfire roast chicken. Slow cooked in tinfoil at the base of the fire, it’s an easy meal to prepare and lets you chat with loved ones while it is cooking. Pop some tinfoil wrapped baked potatoes in with it and you’ll have a fabulous meal.

1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms, ½ tsp chilli flakes, 100g mozzarella, 3 tbsp. sherry, ½ cup diced sun dried tomatoes, 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil and a baguette. Pop everything except the baguette into a skillet and heat until well melted to a dipping consistency. Slice the baguette and brush both sides with olive oil. Toast and then use to scoop up the delicious cheesy dip you have made. Yum!

Bananas and dark chocolate – without peeling your bananas, slice them down the centre about half the depth of the banana. Pop chocolate squares along the sliced area and wrap together in tinfoil. Pop in the ashes of your fire and wait for your dessert to cook.

A selection of cubed vegetables including capsicum, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms, pumpkin and halloumi cheese – push onto skewers and brush each kebab with olive oil and toast. Yummy!

Miss Lilly’s Top Secret Glamping Tips

When you are packing for your summer glamping trip, it pays to have already created amenu plan. By being prepared, you are less likely to need to make an emergency trip to the supermarket or run out of food. That’s why that is my very first glamping food tip!

Make a menu plan and try to choose recipes which use similar ingredients, to limit the amount of food types you’ll need to remember to pack!

Take miniature amounts of herbs and spices – packing them in little individual containers such as a weekly pill organiser or tackle box works well.

Posh it up! Take your good china, your silver cutlery and your crystal wine glasses! Nothing tastes great when you serve it on plastic plates!

I wish you and your family a wonderful and happy family time of togetherness.

Miss Lilly xxx

Creative Food Extraordinaries Ataahua Wines

Creative Food Extraordinaries Ataahua Wines

Creative Food Extraordinaire Ataahua Wines

Wine is a beautiful thing. Even more so are the individually hand crafted wines from Ataahua Wines. Located in Waipara, right here in North Canterbury, Ataahua wines work towards producing high quality wines for wine lovers who enjoy pairing a glass of wine with their meal. That makes Ataahua Wines a perfect match with us here at Miss Lilly’s.

Owned and operated by Stephanie and her husband Andrew, the vineyard has 4.5 hectares of grapevines, all of which contribute to the amazing products which are created in the onsite winery. They have owned the five-hectare block for over 20 years and lived on it for the past 16. But it wasn’t until 2008 when Stephanie took the plunge and started up Ataahua Wines, after already having an extensive career in the wine industry. She began by launching Ataahua Wines first product, a 2008 Gewurztraminer which was made in a neighbouring winery, but now has built her own winery onsite.

Ataahua Wines is run organically, even though they are not officially certified. They are however certified through Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) for running the vineyard and winery in a sustainable manner. Stephanie herself crafts her individually hand made wine, actively taking a part in all stages along the way right from the vine through to the packaging.

The Ataahua wine range includes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in the whites, and Merlot and Pinot Noir in the reds, plus a Pinot Rosé and a Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. All her wines are naturally fermented in seasoned French Oak barrels with as little additives used as possible. You will find them available for purchase through the Ataahua Wines website, as well as in several restaurants and fine wine stores around Canterbury, Auckland and Wellington.

Matching Your Wine for Christmas Day

I was very excited to find out more about Ataahua Wines. I love how Stephanie has grown her passion for great wine into a sustainable local business and one which works perfectly here with us at Miss Lilly’s. The wine she produces makes a fabulous accompaniment to a great meal, especially Christmas Day lunch or dinner. Here are a few of my seasonal favourites:

  • Ataahua 2014 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – the perfect match for having with your Christmas cake or mince pie, this Gewurztraminer offers a sweet and smooth palate, together with a rich fruity aroma.

  • Ataahua 2014 Merlot – a wonderful wine to have with your Christmas roast beef or seared venison. It has gorgeous ripe plum and blackberry flavours with a pinch of spice.

  • But there is one wine I’ve taken a bit further into my kitchen and that’s their Ataahua 2014 Rose. I’ve even gone as far as creating this recipe to go with it…

The Rosé Grapefruit Dream

Ingredients  Makes 1 cocktail (make as many as needed)  3 oz. Rosé  1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice  ½ oz. vodka  Simple syrup, to taste  Ice cubes  Quartered strawberries  Fresh mint, for garnish   Directions   Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.  Pour the Rosé, grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup into the shaker. Most like a light drizzle of simple syrup.  Cap the shaker and shake.  Strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with strawberry and mint.  Enjoy.   


Makes 1 cocktail (make as many as needed)

3 oz. Rosé

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

½ oz. vodka

Simple syrup, to taste

Ice cubes

Quartered strawberries

Fresh mint, for garnish


Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.

Pour the Rosé, grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup into the shaker. Most like a light drizzle of simple syrup.

Cap the shaker and shake.

Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with strawberry and mint.



Helping Create Substainable Farming & Food

Helping Create Substainable Farming & Food

Have you heard of the Rabobank Global Farmers Master Class? Rabobank flew in more than 50 leading farmers from around the world to discuss the ways in which we can ensure the sustainability of our global food supply. We recently had the pleasure of catering for these participants over two days while there were here in Canterbury.

Rabobank have created a program called Banking For Food. They have positioned themselves as a major player in helping farmers increase productivity and food supply by providing global networking opportunities for farmers, as well as offering funding from their bank.

The nine-day Master Class took place in Australia and here in Canterbury. During their time here, we were proud to be chosen to cater for their lunch over two consecutive days: at Patoa Farms and Cleardale Station.


Patoa Farms for Free-Farmed Pork

The first lunch we catered for the attendees of the Global Farmers Master Class was at Patoa Farms. Owners Steve and Jens had a vision of farming pigs as naturally as possible. That’s why at Patoa Farms all their animals run free in paddocks and they’ve got straw shelters in each paddock for farrowing too.

Patoa Farms produce delicious pork! They have been incredibly successful at marketing their pork, with many leading NZ brands using it to on sell. As winners of the 2016 North Canterbury Awards, they have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable farming and we are proud to use their pork here at Miss Lilly’s!

Cleardale Station Sustainable Sheep Farming
The second lunch we catered for the Rabobank Global Farmers Master Class was at Cleardale Station. Located about 10km from the Rakaia Gorge, Cleardale Station are firmly concentrating on improving the productivity and sustainability of their farm, as well as increasing their profitability.

While Cleardale’s 1400ha property mainly farms sheep, they also have a small herd of cattle. But it is their half-bred sheep they are most proud of. They have bred a cross between their own merino and some English Leicester studs which is definitely helping Cleardale achieve it’s high productivity levels.

Canterbury Caterers with an Eye to the Future

As our population continues to grow, we need to look towards buying our food from suppliers who practise sustainable methods in creating their products. Wherever possible, we purchase our fresh produce for Miss Lilly’s from local businesses. We’re playing our part and would love you to join us too!