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Vanilla & peanut granola

Vanilla & peanut granola

I love this, and so does my soul with fresh fruit & chai seed pudd

2 Cups of Wholegrain Oats

1/2 cup of Peanut butter ( I use Pics)

1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup of Coconut oil

3 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180 c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until combined and a sticky

Spread granola out on to baking tray, in a single layer about 1 cm thick.

Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until golden

Remove from the oven and leave to cool

When cool I am normally cranberries, toasted almonds, shredded coconut, what ever you desire

The granola will keep in an airtight container for 1 month

Enjoy with fresh fruit, greek yogurt, & chai seed pudd

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.   

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.