Honey Heaven

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Honey, especially the NZ Manuka honey is amazing. Not only does it taste good, it has got all these anti bacterial qualities. The Maori already knew this 100s of years ago, and used the honey to treat wounds for example. Fairly recent research has shown that there are indeed natural antibiotics in pure Manuka honey that are potentially stronger then the chemical ones we’ve gotten so used to.

Eating a spoon of Manuka honey when having a sore throat will actually sooth it, but also kill the bacteria. And you can use it for example if you have nothing else at hand to clean and close scratches on your body.

The great thing is it just also tastes so good! Rub some honey over some lamb chops, add some thyme and grill them. Or put some camembert on a piece of French bread, poor some honey over it, sprinkle some ground pepper and rosemary and grill it for a minute or so until slightly softened. or as i did tonight mix some fresh ginger and honey with soysauce and sesame oil for a great stirfry mixture.

Honey heaven!

Easter egg extravaganza

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Easter means eggs. And not just chocolate ones! We got some great fresh ones from our neighbours chickens. Fresh free range eggs taste so good compared to the factory variant that you can still buy in the supermarket. It’s almost like a different product!

Soft boiling with some freshly baked bread is probably still one of my favourite breakfast ways, but this time I opted for my own version of ‘oeuf en cocotte’ – eggs in a pot. Traditionally made with crème fraiche, which i didn’t have, i used some full milk at the bottom of the pot, cracked the egg in it and put some home-made haloumi over the top. I also chopped some freshly cut chives which I added under and on top of the eggs. Put in the oven at 200 Celsius for 8 minute, et voila, a beautiful Easter egg extravaganza!

Avocado alternative

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Avocados are one of these trees I am really keen on growing. It produces such a lovely fruit and I use it all the time. Wouldn’t it be amazing to walk into the garden and have an abundance of these lovely shiny green fruits.

 They can easily be grown here in New Zealand, as I do buy only local ones these days. They’re much nicer and fresher than their imported cousins. It does mean there are times of the year I have to live without them, but at the moment there are still avocado’s aplenty! Lucky me, as I am looking for alternatives to the commercial Easter chocolate overload and avocados provide just that!

 Have you tried cacao avocado mousse? If you haven’t – give it a go, it is so good and so simple:

 2 avocados
1/3 cup raw cacao powder ( of course I recommend to use a good Dutch brand)
4 tablespoons of coconut cream
2 tablespoons of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of manuka honey

Blend until smooth, spoon into 4 cups and cool for about 15 minutes

 How’s that for a great chocolate alternative?!

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