Nutella Christmas Tree

Last year this Nutella Christmas tree had been doing the rounds on the internet and I always said I wanted to make it. Well a year later I finally made it.

It was super easy and you only need 3 things. You will need:

2 x Edmonds flaky puff pastry sheets

Nutella

1 x egg

Pretty much to start you need to make a Nutella sandwich, so cover one sheet with Nutella (not too close to the edges as it becomes messy when twisting). Then place the other sheet on top.

Measure out the trunk and mark the shape of the tree out.

Once that’s done cut strips along the side to make the branches and then twist each one and top with a cut out star.

Now don’t throw away any of the scraps because you can still bake those p.s you will notice my first attempt of a star amongst the scraps, it’s a shocker.

Egg wash the pastry and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. When it’s cool dust with icing sugar so it looks like snow and I used red and green M&M’s to give a bauble effect.

There you go, the Nutella Christmas tree dessert.

Hope you have a go at making this!

Happy holidays

Ronell x

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The Travelling Scroll Recipe

Okay so first up I cannot take any credit for this recipe. A friend passed on the recipe to me for Cinnamon Scrolls. I’ve just used the same recipe for my savoury scrolls and left out the sugar component. 

She got the recipe of her sister in law, and then passed it onto me, and now I’m sharing it with you, hence the name of the post. Here is the recipe, in my own words. 


Dough Recipe (using a breadmaker)

  • 1 sachet dry yeast or 3 Tsp
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (not too hot)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups plain flour

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees c fan forced or 220 degrees c. 
  • Firstly heat the milk until warm and put in the dry yeast. 
  • Whilst the milk and yeast are doing the tango in the jug put all the other ingredients in the bread maker. 
  • Now pour in the milk and yeast mixture. 
  • Set your machine to the basic dough function and away you go. 
  • In my machine this takes about 2 1/2 hours. 
  • Once done roll out onto a floured surface in a rectangular shape. It will be a bit broad which is what you want. 
  • Spread the cheese over the dough and top with ham. 
  • Then it’s time to roll. Make sure you are rolling it from the longer side away from you. 
  • Once rolled, cut into slices and place cut side down. 
  • Bake for about 15 mins or until golden. 

So that’s how I made the scrolls. The dough was perfect and the scrolls turned out amazing. It will sure be a winner in the kids lunch boxes. 

Below is a photo of the recipe that was sent to me for cinnamon scrolls as reference if you need. 


I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to share the scroll love and pass it on. 

Ronell x

Tantalise Your Tastebuds at Tok Tok

Okay so I realise there are a lot of t’s in the heading but never mind that, let’s get to the important bit.

I wanted to share with you my experience or review so to speak on my favourite Asian restaurant Tok Tok.  I have eaten here a few times and can never get sick of the food.  Tok Tok is located in the bustling suburb of Takapuna, and you will find that they serve Asian fusion cuisine, particularly South East Asian food.  Upon entering the restaurant you will instantly be transported to what feels like a bustling restaurant in Bali, or Thailand.

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The decor inside the restaurant is amazing, from the bamboo lampshades, to the spices and the trinkets around the place.  Every time I have been to this restaurant it was full, so it pays to make a reservation.  Even the cutlery used is so unique.  Good old-fashioned tin cups and tin water canisters.

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So once you get over the decor and the whole scene, we get to the best part, the food!  Tok Tok restaurant has won ‘Best in Taste’ at Taste of Auckland, and I can see why.  It truly is an explosion of flavour, every single dish is like a party in your mouth.  Like most Asian restaurants the dishes are to be shared.  We usually get a few ‘Small’ dishes to start and then move on to the ‘Big’ dishes.

Both my husband and I were so impressed with the service. Your order is taken at the start, and the food is brought out to you once they are cooked, it just keeps coming.  I have never seen service to this level, they were so friendly and efficient, my goodness they are fast!  You are never left sitting there waiting and wondering where your meals are.  It’s like they have eye’s on everyone at all times, they just know what you need before you even know!

For our small dish we ordered the Salt ‘n Pepper Squid and the Pork & Prawn summer rolls. I have tried almost all of the small dishes from my visit’s to date, and I love Asian food so I was in heaven.  They were so fresh and flavourful, and they surprisingly light, they didn’t feel like heavy dishes which is perfect.

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We didn’t have to wait long for our big dishes.  We ordered the Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry and the Shaking Beef.  OMG I died and went to heaven again at this point.  The beef was super tender it was unreal.  The fish was beautiful and delicate.  We also ordered a side of rice and roti.  The rotis are small and really crispy.

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There is a lot of food on the plates so perfect for sharing!  By this stage we were in a bit of a food coma, but somehow we managed to find some space for dessert.  I mean how can you not right!  We had the Bay Leaf Panna Cotta and the Pandan Tapioca.  Oh my goodness, the Panna Cotta is so soft and silky with the unique taste of bay leaf served with caramalised banana and peanut praline.  The Tapioca had so many amazing textures, with caramalised pineapple, lychee and chilli cashew candy.  My husband wants to go back and just have the tapioca!

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We had to do a few laps of walking along Takapuna Beach afterwards to work off the food, but it was so worth it.  I can never tire of this place and there is so much choice on the menu there is something there to suit everyone.

If you have not been to Tok Tok yet, I would suggest you get there pretty quick smart, it truly is a culinary experience.

You can find Tok Tok at Shop 1 – 129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.  For more info click on the link here.

Enjoy!

Ronell x

 

Whoa Studios..is totally Whoa!!!


Whoa studios is the new family entertainment place to be in Auckland.  You can find the studio’s in Henderson.

They put on amazing shows for the kids. So if you are heading to the studios, there is no entry fee to go into the grounds.  If the kids just want to play on the playground then you only buy a pass for that, or if you are seeing a show then you pay to the see the show. The general admission cost is $25 for the show, child ticket holders also receive complimentary pass to the playground.  If you don’t want to watch a show then you can pay $10 for a child over 3 for an all day access to the park.  Under 3’s are free with a paying sibling. Then you sit back and buy a coffee and relax.


The park is great and our girls loved the Whoa Web, which is New Zealand’s only crocheted play net.  We tried to convince them to go check out other parts of the playground but nope they didn’t want to!


So whilst the kids are playing you can grab a coffee from The Grounds Restaurant/Cafe. The Grounds Restaurant is owned and run by Executive Chef Ben Bailey, and it was great to see him in action in the kitchen.  I love that you can see all the way through the kitchen, and it was busy, lot’s of hands on deck.  The reason for this is because everything is made in house fresh everyday, including the array of ice creams which include vegan ice creams as well.


The idea behind the restaurant is based around family eating so you order a few dishes and share, now don’t be mistaken in thinking that because it says “family” you will find chicken nuggets and chips on the menu…oh no!  There is no trace of that sort of meals anywhere, which I was rather pleased about.  You can order kids bolognese, cheese toasties, chicken tenders, etc.  It’s homemade wholesome food.


There is also a lovely little toy store in there, where you can buy merchandise and other toys and great seating areas inside to relax in.


It’s a wonderful place and we will certainly be back again!

Ronell x

Easy Bean & Corn Salad

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy salad to throw together then this is it.  Perfect to take along to BBQ’s or to make a big batch at the beginning of the week and use for lunches.

Here is my recipe:

Easy Bean & Corn Salad

Ingredients

2 x cans sweetcorn, drained
2 x cans four bean mix, rinsed
1 x red capsicum
Red onion, finely diced
Cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
Cucumber, diced
1 x avocado diced
1 x bunch asparagus blanched then cut into pieces
Handful of coriander, chopped
Season with salt and pepper

Method

Put everything in a bowl and mix together!  That easy

Note:  The quantities above makes a very large serving, half the ingredients if you want a smaller amount.

Enjoy!

Ronell x

An Alternative to Traditional Garlic Bread

It’s the season which brings along lots of entertaining and that means lots of food. 

This weekend we hosted our first Christmas catch up with friends and instead of the traditional garlic bread which can be a bit heavy and greasy, I tried something a little different. 


I used a pack of wraps and you can get all sorts these days in the supermarket. Then spread over a bit of garlic butter, crushed fresh garlic and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. 

I grilled these in the oven keeping an eye on them the whole time as they brown quickly. Then used a pizza cutter and cut them up in wedges. 


The end result was amazing. They were light and crispy and full of flavour. The kids even gobbled these up!! Fair to say these were a hit. 

So give this a go at your next party or take a plate of these with some dips and you’re set!

Enjoy!

Ronell x

Berry Picking Season

It’s the 1st of December which means it’s officially Summer!  One of the things I love about summer is all the stone fruit and berries available. My kids devour them every time and we go through a lot of fruit.

Something we always wanted to do with the girls is find a strawberry farm where we can pick our own berries and teach them how it all works.  Most of the pick your own (PYO) fields only open on Boxing day.  Now its tradition that a lot of people hit the shops for the big Boxing Day sales, why would anyone do that after just spending the month before at the shops buying stuff for Xmas, go figure! Right back to picking fruit! So why not try something a bit different this Boxing Day and hit the orchards instead.

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Last year we headed to Sweet Red orchard to pick our very own strawberries, however we kinda got the timing wrong and went in October!  But we still had a look at all the fields, and bought a few punnet’s of amazing strawberries and off course fresh strawberry ice cream. Even though we went when you couldn’t pick the fruit it was pretty busy.

img_0560I think it’s such a cool thing to do with kids, getting them outside in the fresh air, looking for fruit and seeing where it comes from.  We took this one step further and planted our own strawberries at home and it was super easy to do.  The girls loved watching them grow and then running out and picking them when they were ready.  Organic as it comes.  We bought a couple of the big tubs from Bunning’s Warehouse and drilled a few holes around the bottom.  You can get a bag of Tui Strawberry Mix soil from most garden shops. Once the strawberry plants were planted we added some pea straw and you’re done.

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Below is a list of links for Strawberry farms that you can visit and pick your own.  There is one listed for the Hamilton region as well.  I’ve had a look for some Blueberry farms but there isn’t much in the Auckland region at all.

Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens

The Strawberry Farm  (Hamilton)

Sweet Red

Blueberry Country

Mona Vale Blueberries

So I hope you will grab the kids and find a field where you can pick your own berries for summer, and create amazing memories.

Ronell x