breakfast smoothie

My weekend breakfast challenge, take two.

This morning I decided to mix it up a little. Luckily for me, the results were tastier than expected. It’s good sometimes to experiment and add more unusual favourites to create something delicious. I absolutely adore coconuts but would never think to use it to make a smoothie. It’s obviously pays off to be brave sometimes…

All you need:

  • 4 tbsp of natural or greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp of coconut cream
  • 1 ripe medium mango
  • 1cm piece of lemongrass
  • juice from 2 apple


Now, put it all together in a blender…

… and it’s all yours! I guarantee, you will want more :-). Bon apetit!


no time breakfast

I normally struggle with breakfast ideas. Why is it always the same stuff: toast and jam, a bowl of cereal or granola??? There are so many yummy options and you don’t need much time at all. I decided to challenge myself (oh yeah) and try to have something different at the weekends to start with. Perhaps I will managed to incorporate those habits into my weekday routine later??? Will see how it goes…

Today, I’m having a white breakfast smoothie I found in Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook: Jamie’s 15 minutes meals.

Things you need:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup of milk – 250 ml
  • 3 tablespoons of ground or chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or less depending on how sweet you want it to be

Sounds easy…

Blend it altogether, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and voila! You will be surprised how filling it is.

PS. If you are using a hand blender, make sure you cover the jug or it will be very messy…

restaurants to eat out in new zealand (south island)

Here are a few places to eat we tried out during our South Island + Wellington trip.

I’m not a fine dining chick and love decent food that is not too overpriced. It wasn’t always easy to choose a restaurant but the Trip Advisor app was incredibly helpful.

Bon a petit!

Lake Tekapo:

Kohan Japanese Restaurant

State Highway 8  Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand, Tel: 03 680 6688

Not the most obvious association NZ and Japanese cuisine?? Hell yeah!! Try some teriyaki  salmon, so fresh and delicate, just melts in your mouth. Stir fried veggies were delicious and so was the selection of sushi and sashimi.

VIew from the restaurant…

Te Anau:

The Fat Duck Restaurant, go to their Facebook page

124 Town Centre, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand, Tel: 03 249 8480

Lamb salad was sooo good, my father in-law was so keen that he had it as his main two nights in a row (he’s normally really picky), lamb burger looked really yum too!

Miles Better Pies

2 Milford Crescent, Te Anau, New Zealand, Tel: 03 249 9044

Scrumilicious pies, I tried satay chicken, so yummy and filling. Great, cheap alternative for lunch.


Aggy’s Shack Fish and Chips 

Church Street, Queenstown, New Zealand

Yummy scallops and huge portions, if you are not a pig like me, it’s enough to share between two people…

The shack

Scampi and chips

Right outside the shack

The views while you munch on your food are spectacular

Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier:  

Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand, Tel: 03 751 0878

I had a vegetarian pizza which was really tasty however the chorizo one was to die for (stole some of it from my in-laws), the greek salad was good too, well dressed. We went there for lunch the next day as we absolutely love the place, the decor, the atmosphere and of course the best service. We had some amazing chunky chips with garlic aioli, and a really tasty chorizo panini. One more thing, I also probably had one of the best and biggest as well as superbly looking cappuccinos ever. This place is a must visit if you are in the area. Probably one of the best dining experiences of all times. Ahh, I almost forgot about the carrot cake! Best one ever (honestly)!

ginormous cappuccino

this pix makes me hungry…

pure indulgence


Cafe de Paris

19 Tancred Street  Hokitika 7810, New Zealand, Tel: 03 755 8933

this one is a though one… It’s slightly overpriced for the portions and the quality. I ordered roasted veggies that were on special that night and received some undercooked eggplant in a blunt sauce, not to mention the tiny size of the portion. One of the waitresses asked if everything was ok so I asked to change my order. I had some marinated grilled chicken and that was spectacular. All in all left happy in the end. The service wasn’t the most pleasant, our waitress seemed grumpy (maybe she had a bad day). My father in-law had pasta carbonara and he was pretty happy with it, the portion was decent.


Caffe Affair

295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, New Zealand, Tel/Fax: 03 548 8295 

I absolutely loved this place, cool ambience and decor, fabulous food and good service. I had a cajun seasoned lamb salad and it was full of flavour. I completely forgot what my in-laws had but they were definitely happy.


Scopa Cafe Cucina,

Corner of Ghuznee & Cuba Streets, Wellington, New Zealand,  Tel: 04 384 6020

I probably won’t do this place justice since I ordered a main I shouldn’t have. I had spaghetti alle vongole with NZ clams…. I thought they would come with no shells and blended with the sauce but how foolish I was! I decided I don’t like mussels, clams etc that night. The sauce was hardly present and was tasteless. My father in-law had a risotto so he was happy (and safe) and his wife had gnocchi pomodoro (she wasn’t too impressed either). THe portions were tiny and it seemed as if there wasn’t much love in the food. Fragrant pizzas flying past our table, on the other hand looks absolutely great so definitely wrong food choice! The restaurant has a great casual vibe however the service is a little too laid back as no one really checked if we were happy with the meal. I will give it a go next time I’m in Wellies and get a pizza!