Author: Jane

Secrets of the chef- Oska Inkster-Baynes

Oska is not only really fast at running he’s pretty smart when it comes to the ol’ recipes in the kitchen. He also lives in Wanaka. I love Wanaka so we’ll get along.Trained as a chef (and now training for the Olympics. I mean why not, easy transition) he comes up with all sorts to keep him (and his wife) happy and healthy during the running week. (so you know its good for you!) He also has a fantastic new website go check it out! Thank you Oska Matakana Superfoods Coconut sugar, date and cashew nut cake Serves 12Ingredients From the market 3 oranges 6 large free range eggs From the pantry 250g cashew nuts 200g dried dates 1 tsp baking soda 4 tsps baking powder 2½ Tbs Matakana Superfoods cacao powder 65g Matakana Superfoods coconut sugar 75g Matakana Superfoods coconut flour 4 Tbs local honey 220g ground almonds Method For the cake 1. In a large heatproof bowl mix 150g dates, 150g cashew nuts and baking soda. 2. Pour boiling water over and cover with cling film. 3. Leave to soften for at least 2 hours – should be very soft. 4. Preheat oven to fan bake 160C degrees. 5. Strain dates and cashews and keep liquid. 6. In a kitchen whiz, place dates, cashews, 2 peeled oranges, 65g coconut sugar, 2 tablespoons of honey and 50ml...

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The Find

This post is very special. Not because I’m the world’s biggest cocktail in a teapot drinker, or I like a good backpacker night out, or even because I went to the World Bar ‘back in the day’. (I actually did though) but because there is a real heart beating at the centre of this piece. There was tears, there was booze and pyjamas and then there was a call to action. 1996. I was 17. I wore Dr Martins (the first time, there has been renewal). I loved Stone Temple Pilots. I was in a little place called England....

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Pony Lane

Notice said ‘man bag’, so when you google ‘man bags’ boys and men, this blog will come up. See what I did there? I blog for all- man, woman and child.And now back to me and my shopping. Welcome readers to Pony Lane. A heaven, ultimate heaven, in online shopping. For all those things you need (and don’t need, I’m not that evil) online for 24 hours out of the day. That’s all day shopping. Even when you should be asleep. I love shopping in Queenstown and Central, I really do, but sometimes there’s just not the right thing...

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So, I made a wee calendar for what’s coming up in the next couple of months here But this week is going off in Queenstown!! It must be people feeling the cold, or wanting to drink pinot, or something but there’s so much going on. First off Friday Night (23rd) is The Find’s first anniversary of the (devastating) fire. And to celebrate/ commiserate it proper they’re raising some good ol’ cash and having a shin-dig alongside The Source magazine. $5 entry and so much talent to see. We’ll be there with bells on. Saturday 24th The Find (we...

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Secrets of the Chef- Madam Woo (Part Cinq)

Madam Woo 5 The Mall Lower Ballarat Street Queenstown 03 442 9200 Fan-dabby-dosy. Those were the exact words I used to describe the food here. And that word doesn’t come out lightly.Fan-dabby-dosy (fan-dabbi-dozy) To describe something amazingly wonderful. Usually Madam Woo’s food.  From the Scottish TV series The Krankies.  Onto the food. Madam Woo has only recently arrived on the fair shores of Queenstown but has taken the place by storm. Described as Chinese and Malay style street food, they serve up delicious dishes to share (I didn’t want to and got upset). Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton have done it...

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