Kiwi Kronicles – Part 3

The Eastwood family have left their campsite at Lake Hawea, and are now on the road to the highest mountain in New Zealand…

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Kiwi Kronicles – Part 2

Over the past week, the Eastwood family have been in their old home town of Island Bay, visiting friends and touring the city. It was a lovely week, full of kind people and fun times. But now the time has come to begin the 2nd part of the adventure: car camping on the South Island.When we last saw the Eastwood family, they were on the plane to Dunedin…

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Lemon curd!!!

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Oh yeah

I had an urge to make something this weekend after the success of Saturday night’s mie goreng (which Rosie and I made all by ourselves, with tasty results). So I decided on lemon curd! I cycled over to Hypermart to buy ingredients… with a twist. I bought some strange butter thingy which wasn’t really butter, and one of my packs of lemons got cancelled because it was missing a barcode! But that was fine, all fine. I cycled home and started on the cooking. Looooads of juicing, and frustration over zesting, but I got there in the end. I had everything perfectly measured out (my butter came to an exact 12 tablespoons) and mixed together as the recipe dictated. However, I didn’t read the instructions properly, so, having heated up the saucepan, I poured the egg and sugar mix in and promptly scrambled the eggs. Undaunted, I scraped the egg mix of the bottom, cooled down the saucepan, and started again. This time, I mixed all the ingredients in the (cold) saucepan before putting it on the heat. The butter melted nicely, and it smelled great, so happy days there, but it wasn’t thickening, so not so happy days. I whisked and whisked and whisked until I thought my arm would fall off (I still have a blister from holding the whisk), and then after 15 minutes of strenuous beating, the curd thickened! Yay!!!! It smelled great, and I strained it into some jam jars. It made just over two jars, and tastes great! I am super happy, and will add it to my repertoire now. As with the baking of the cinnamon buns, it was a super fun experience, with a few hiccups, but a great end product. Yum yum!

P.S. You may have noticed that the floral shirt I am wearing also features in the cinnamon bun post. Perhaps it has become my Official Baking Shirt…

Kiwi Kronicles – Part 1

For the holidays, Papa, Rosie and I went to New Zealand for just over two weeks. We spent a week in Wellington, a week camping and then several days in Christchurch. It was a very special trip for us, as Wellington was our home for abour 4 years, and we had loads of friends there that we were looking forward to meeting again. The posts that follow document this adventure.

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