OUR ‘SUNNY’ TOASTED MUESLI + Waiheke Island
- 4 cups quick-cook rolled oats
- 1 cup fine desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup roughly ground nuts: almonds hazelnuts, brazil nuts etc.
- 1/2 cup roughly ground seeds: sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- generous pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup finely chopped dried fruit: apricots dates, figs, raisins, sultanas, currants
- 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil or ghee
- 4 Tbsp honey or 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 150°C.
- Combine the dry ingredients and spices in a large bowl. In a saucepan, gently heat the honey with the oil/ ghee until combined. Pour over the muesli, and combine. Spread the muesli out evenly in a large baking tray. Cook in the oven for 45 - 50 minutes until lightly golden. Several times during cooking give the muesli a stir for even cooking. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray. Store in a large airtight jar/ container in the pantry.
- Serve muesli with your chosen selection of the following / milk (cow’s, rice, coconut, or nut milk) / natural yogurt or creamed coconut / fresh fruit (sliced banana, grated apple/ pear, berries) / fruit purée (apple, pear, plum) / diluted fruit juice instead of milk
- *Or serve as Bircher Muesli by soaking toasted muesli overnight in milk or hot water so to soften the oats and make them easier to digest.
I am back home after 48 hours in Auckland City. I went all by myself without my family, just this ‘South Island’ Mama in the big smoke. And amazingly (as I am not a big city person) I actually quite enjoyed myself. Auckland is a bubbling Little Big city, the weather was exceptional and the people I met (and worked alongside) were just so lovely. We really are a nice bunch us kiwis (New Zealand-ers), it always brings it home for me when I am dropped into working with a group of people I have never met before.
In case you missed the reason for my trip last week, I headed to Auckland to be filmed for a Television series called ‘Whānau Living’ to be aired on TV One early next year (I haven’t got an exact date yet). The series is all about family living and includes an array of subjects including gardening, crafts and cooking, which obviously was my area. With the help of presenter Stacey Morrison I cooked up a main dish and dessert (recipes will accompany the show) in front of the camera with ‘cuts’ and ‘takes’, bright lights, a bucket load of makeup, and a hair-sprayed do. You can check out some of the behind the scenes on my Instagram feed HERE and HERE.
On Sunday I caught up with family for brunch then headed over to Waiheke Island on the ferry. This was my first trip to Waiheke and I wasn’t disappointed. What a beautiful place with native bush, a delightful bird chorus, and a slow island pace. I sat on the beach with my cousin and ate a hokey-pokey ice-cream while we reminisced our childhood holidays spent doing much the same with Nana & Poppa at Lake Rotoiti. I took a few snaps too…