A Walk In The Woods And Then Yatra.

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I have a 13 year old, she is a very typical 13 year old and we always love each other. That is all I will say.

This weekend she was grounded for doing the things 13 year old people do. Being grounded means a family walk with no technology. In the past couple of months we have had a couple of good walks including the beautiful Pencarrow Lighthouse.

Today we headed for Pakuratahi Forest , just past Upper Hutt. Tanes Track was a lovely a 1 hour round walk including the small diversion to go and look at the old railway tunnel. I must admit we didn’t walk through the tunnel, just in a bit. It is long and Miss wouldn’t come in.

The walk was of course followed by food. We didn’t picnic but headed to Yatra Restaurant in Upper Hutt. Now Yatra does not do the usual lunch time deal but they are in the Entertainment Book.

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Yatra is a beautiful little place, the tables are chunky dark wood with engravings and the water cups were stainless steel. We loved it. The food was excellent too.I think the onion bhaji were some of my favourite ever and the portion was huge.

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I had the Reshmi Paneer for main and really enjoyed it. I must confess to bringing half home as it was a big portion. The plan was to eat it for lunch tomorrow but I ate it for tea tonight. I am not a fan of left overs so this was a miracle. Mr had Chilli Chicken and it had a good tang, I would eat it too. Miss had the Chicken Tikka Masala and made a very good dent in it. The chicken was in good size chunks.

Next time we go to Yatra we will have two mains, a bread each and the onion bhaji. There will be another grounding, another walk and an excuse to go to Yatra.

Comes and Goes- Shut Me Up

Sorry, this photograph has to be big. Just look at that.

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The Nest- Pumpkin seed crumbed soft boiled egg , filo pastry nest , beetroot ketchup, feta and mesclun salad.

 

This is not something I normally say but, I was wrong.

I have been laughing about how Insta/Snapchat the food at Comes and Goes in Petone is and being rather judgemental about how it could not taste as good as it looks. It sure does taste as good as it looks and my mind was blown by this dish, The Nest.

The Nest is two pumpkin seed crumbed soft boiled egg , filo pastry nest , beetroot ketchup, feta and mesclun salad. Just look at that, it is a plate of beauty and the taste was amazing.

I do have to warn you, we had to wait for a table on a Friday early lunch time. I am so pleased we did wait, it sure was worth it.

So I eat my words, not only is the food Insta/Snap worthy it tastes mighty fine too.

One more photo……….

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Richard Hammond – A Short History Of The Motorcycle Review And Lunch At Grill Meats Beer.

The sun has arrived in Wellington and it feel like Christmas is on its way. This weekend is a long one in NZ and what a beauty it is turning out to be. Today we have taken the dog to Petone beach, dropped her home and popped out for a very decent burger lunch at Grill Meats Beer. You can see more about that below.

A Short History Of The Motorcycle By Richard Hammond.

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Mr Muffin is a fan of the Motorcycle and has a purple one, when I saw this book available for review I thought it was time to let him has a go at reading and reviewing. With Christmas coming up this may be a good idea for a gift for someone you know?

The book is published in NZ by Hachette NZ.

Mr Muffin says –

A very enjoyable read.
It was like Richard Hammond was on my shoulder reading to me, so if you like the hamster then you will enjoy this.
Amusing, informative and engaging with short chapters making it easy to pickup and just read, i.e. A good toilet book but its really far to nice for that.
Many interesting photos and illustrations
Good for anyone with an interest in motorcycles or even just automotive history.
A great Christmas gift.
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Today I decided we needed burgers, good burgers. We had been to GMB once before and it was time to return and we left very happy we did. The food was damn fine, the service was excellent and we left full of food and smiles.
To start we had the Japanese Fried Chicken with Sriracha Mayonnaise. Me and Mr enjoyed the chicken, Miss was not so sure. I hung onto the mayo like it was my baby, there was no way I was giving that up when I knew fries would soon be arriving.
A good burger is subjective, some like real fancy with all the things, others like the plain and GMB caters for all of these needs without having one of those huge menus. Miss Muffin and I opted for the Classic Beef, she added bacon and I added Cheese. Mr M went for the special of the week as it contained crumbed jalapeños. We were all happy with our choices and I was impressed with the buns. The portion of fries didn’t look like much but was plenty, they were perfectly crisp too.I also added a rather lovely fluffy fried ball of goodness in the form of a Manchego &   Jalapeños Hush Puppy. To keep up with the specials have a look on their Facebook page, it is listed on Tuesdays.
All up, we really enjoyed our lunch and even though we have now used our Entertainment Book Voucher, we will be returning. When the burger urge hits we will be back.

We Tried Out PappaRich In Wellington.

PappaRich NZ opened a few weeks ago in Wellington, it is just opposite the Intercontinental Hotel. Today was our day to go and try it out. To be honest, we left feeling rather underwhelmed and not very impressed with the price.

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We eat lunch out at least once a weekend and our average spend for the 3 of us is $40. This is a meal that is enough to be a main meal and often something like Indian curry, rice and naan bread.This meal cost just over $60 and didn’t leave us full. My Telur Bawang Curry Chicken Curry was $15.90, I think all 3 mains were around this. We had an iced lemon tea each too. There was nothing wrong with any of our meals, they just weren’t exciting. One good thing was Miss M found that she likes beef rendang.

 

 

All three of us thought that there are better places to eat Malaysian food and we would rather give our dollars to the little mum and pops operated restaurants. As I was eating my $15.90 meal I was thinking about the $8.50 Masala Dosa at Pandan.

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Miss Muffin’s Muffins- Lunch Box Filler.

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So Miss Muffin is nearly 13 years old. When I say nearly , I do mean like three weeks away. She is in a permanent growth state and always hungry. I don’t think I have confessed it on here, she surpassed me in height about 6 months ago and is far too tall for my liking. She is very handy for reaching things and I don’t have to rely on Mr or stand on a chair.

Her lunch box has been a big issue this year. It is hard to muster independence but make sure there is enough good fulling and healthy food. With this in mind Miss Muffin has been making muffins for the past few weeks. Together we have developed a simple recipe  and they add a nice bit of bulk to the lunch box.

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Fruit Muffins - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20 mins cooking,
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Dry

1 c SR flour (or 1 c plain and 1 tsp baking powder)

1/2 c wholemeal flour

1/4 c caster sugar

1/4 c desiccated coconut (optional)

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

Wet

1/3 c oil (canola/olive)

1 egg

1/3 c + extra milk

1 c frozen fruit (raspberries are a favourite)

Heat oven to 180 °c

Prepare a 6 hole muffin tin, cup cake cases are good

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl

Measure the oil in a measuring jug

Break egg into the oil and mix

Top up to the 1 cup line with the milk

Add wet to dry and stir just enough to mix

Fold in fruit

Share the mixture out between the cases, an ice cream scoop works well.

Bake until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.

Lunch- Couscous, Roast Vegetables and Halloumi .

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I love the squeaky halloumi cheese, really love it. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water, yes, really. It is a bit strange as I hate anything that squeaks when touched and am not a big salt fan. Nobody else in my house likes the squeaky cheese so it has become part of my work day lunch. I have experimented with the best ways to cook, store and reheat it and keeping it in small slabs. It is best microwaved in the slab too and then cut up for eating.

I am not going to write out a recipe for this lunch as it is pretty simple. Just roast some of your favourite vegetable with a hint of seasoning ( I like piri piri) and olive oil. Remember they shrink down a fair bit, so do plenty. I have been eating this weeks veg with couscous, halloumi and beetroot added after it is warmed. It is rather delicious and keeps me happy.

So my recent lunches are-

Roast Vegetables, couscous and halloumi.

Black Bean Stew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Lunch Always Attracts Attention. This Week Black Bean Stew.

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I have recently moved branches ( I work on the counter of a major bank). This move has brought lots of interest in my lunch and what I have brought. I have been making for pretty decent lunches for a long time now and don’t really think about it and it has never occurred to me that others might want to know how to make what I have. I cook while doing dinner, I find that it doesn’t feel like a chore.

I am a vegetable lover  and also a healthy eater. I love to have a good serve of vegetable at lunch time. I make a portion of whatever I am cooking that will last three days. I find that the best amount of time for food to stay fresh and not drive me crazy. I often have the main component in different ways. A stew like the one below can be served with rice, put in wraps or any other way that takes your imagination.

Talking of healthy, I am also embarking on a new adventure. For about 18 months I have been walking for exercise and I have made a big leap and signed up with a personal trainer, the marvellous Tim at Studio72 . This leap has lead me to think about keeping up my healthy eating and sharing my ideas.

This week I will mostly be eating …….

 

Black Bean Stew - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 20 mins cooking
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1/2 tbsp neutral oil

1 medium onion chopped

1 clove garlic chopped

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp honey

1 tin black beans in spring water drained

1 tin of tomatoes (I like Wattie’s crushed and sieved)

A splash or two of hot sauce (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Heat oil in a medium saucepan or fry pan.

Add onion and cook until just getting soft.

Then add garlic and cook until onion is translucent.

The spices go in next, add and stir.

When they are fragrant add the honey and cook for a minute, stirring continually.

Add the beans and mix.

Tip in roughly a 1/4 c of the tomatoes and cook until liquid reduces.

Add the rest of the tomatoes, splash of optional hot sauce and salt and Pepper.

Cook with the lid off for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When it has thickened cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan, this will help the beans soften.

When you are ready to eat it, heat covered for around 1 1/2 minutes in a microwave.

It is good with sour cream, sprinkle of cheese or coriander . You can eat it as a soup too.