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April 13, 2010

New Zealand Lolly Cake, the favourite of generations of Kiwi’s…

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Lolly Cake in New Zealand  is a national institution.

But first I need to inform you of one small thing if you ever want to make this yourself:

It uses a specific biscuit (cookie) and only one sort, to give it it’s very distinctive  taste.

These biscuits are called “Malt biscuits”.

If you are not living in New Zealand or Australia and you want to make real Lolly Cake with the real Lolly Cake flavour then you’d have to order Malt Biscuits via the internet.

The specialty of the Malt biscuits that the unique flavour cuts the sweetness of the lollies (sweets/candy).

It gives a nice balance of flavours that is rather different from anything else you will have ever tasted. Yum!

It’s not for nothing that this recipe is such a favourite  and can be found as a regular item on every Birthday Party buffet table.

NEW ZEALAND LOLLY CAKE

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1/4 pound butter (4 oz / 100g)

1 tin condensed milk    (14 oz  / 400 g)

2 packet Malt biscuits  (Griffins brand) crushed, but with some larger pieces left in. (Sorry but using any other type of biscuit will not give the desired resulting taste)

2 packet hard marshmallows (“Eskimo’s”, Fruit puffs, ) cut into thirds or quarters.

1 Cup (approx) unsweetened dessicated coconut flakes for coating the outside.

Method:
1) Melt the butter in a saucepan over a very low heat so it doesn’t burn.

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Add the condensed milk to the melted butter, still over a very low heat, and stir the two together until the butter completely disappears. (Please don’t be tempted to do this on high temp, because the mixture will scorch on the bottom of the pan very quickly and you will have burned bits that mar the taste of the whole mix)

Here’s the process as it happens so you know what to expect:

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2) chop the hard marshmallows (fruit puffs, Eskimo’s) into thirds or quarters and put into a large baking bowl.  (this is a double mix recipe so you will need plenty of room to mix the ingredients together)

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3) crush the Malt biscuits so that you have at least half in fine crumbs, a quarter in larger crumbs and quarter in bits the size of postage stamps or slightly bigger (my kids tell me this this is the BEST combination for maximum perfection result ) LOL

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Mix the Malt biscuits in with the chopped hard marshmallows.

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4) By now your butter/condensed milk should have cooled off a bit,  add it to the biscuit and marshmallow mix, use clean hands to squish it all together.

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Note:  [b]don’t [/b] add it to the rest when it is too hot because a) from long experience I know that this is easiest mixed together with clean hands and you’ll burn yourself !, and b) a very hot mixture will melt the marshmallows and make a far less than perfect lolly cake.

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5) you will have a very big lump of mix in your baking bowl… I cut mine into four even sections and  take one section at a time, squeeze it together firmly, whilst molding it into a “log or sausage” shape. Once you have your shape, roll it gently in the coconut to cover the outside and ends. Place in a container because at this stage it is very soft and will need to firm up in the fridge before cutting. Repeat this step with the other 3 portions of your mix so that you have 4 roughly even sized logs.

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Leave in the fridge for at few hours minimum to firm up, (overnight is even better)  then cut slices off the log … and wow the kids with the pieces of Lolly that show up in the slices like jewels!

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July 19, 2018

Showing Local Businesses Some Love…

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I neglected to mention that before Family Kiwidutch visited the main shopping area in Kaikoura, New Zealand, we had already had lunch on the main road a bit further out.

Kiwi Daughter had given us one wish (read ultimatum): to go back to “Beach House Café”… “Kiwi Daughter Finds Food Heavenhttps://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/new-2830/… so that she could get another one of their amazing Caesar salads that she had discovered and loved so much.

We made a short stop before that though so that I could get a pie from the Kaikoura Bakery.

I know that the town has had a rough time, the road to the north has been closed for more than a year, the one south was only recently cleared, so access to the town has been via two smaller inland roads, the second of which was a gravel road until about a decade ago.

I also know that it wasn’t only our family who expressed a wish to specifically stop in Kaikoura in order to spend some money whilst having a rest stop from our journey, and at the same time do our bit to help a struggling community and many businesses on the financial brink.

I don’t know if it was this kind of wish that brought so many people to the bakery, or if it was just extra busy with the New Year’s public holiday imminent, but the bakery was almost beyond packed.

The shop is decently large and people patiently waiting were packed in right to the doors. Inside was what might be called “organized chaos”: staff rattling off orders, filling bags and ringing up final figures for purchases at the cash register, then calling “Next please!” for the next customer.

With at least half a dozen people working behind the counter, it was noisy and the closer I got to the counter the more people came in behind me. This was the New Year rush; it was people showing some love for a local business too. I had no hope at all to take photographs inside, but can attest that my meat pie was delicious and I think that the lolly cake and sandwich I got for Little Mr. passed his fussy inspection.

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New Zealand’s native “Pohutakawa” tree flowers with distinctive blossoms in December, earning it the nickname: “New Zealand’s Christmas Tree”, it’s included in the painted festive decorations for the bakery window…

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April 14, 2018

Kiwi Daughter Finds Food Heaven…

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Family Kiwidutch visited New Zealand recently.

Heading to friends in Wellington for Christmas, we take the State Highway 1 route to Picton.

Blocked by twenty-one land slips in the November 2016 earthquake, this road has been closed for slightly more than one year.

Although it’s clear that a massive amount of work has been done, it’s also clear that this road is going to be “under construction” for a long, long time still in the future.

Of course there have been delays, sections of the road are still one lane only, there are reduced speed limits for very large stretches and more kilometres of road works and works machinery than we’ve ever seen in a single day before.

A stop for lunch in Kaikoura was most welcome, and we chose the “Beach House Café” on the main road. Kiwi daughter has just “discovered” Caesar Salad, and not only has added it to her new culinary experiences, but putting it quickly into her favourites list. Finding Caesar Salad on the menu made her very happy, but also nervous since she didn’t know if it would measure up to the taste of the first one that rocketed it to the top of her “this is gooooooood!” list. The food arrived. I have to say that Little Mr, our mega fussy eater was less than impressed that his toasted sandwich arrived with brown bread (but that’s his fault, and problem to deal with, not in any way that of the café).

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Luckily the “eat it or starve” motto worked on this occasion and after a lot of complaining his hunger got the better of him.

It was of course helped by the fact that Himself and I quietly insisted that he at least give it a decent go, otherwise his Lolly cake would not be available for “dessert”.

Suddenly he had the motivation he needed. Not without a lot of grumbling mind you.

Kiwi Daughter tasted the first bite of her salad apprehensively, Would it measure up? Then her face lit up and it was clear that she had hit the jackpot on this one.

In fact as soon as her mouth was empty she started raving about how good this was, the Paparazzi were not welcome, go away Mama with the camera, she wanted to tuck in.

A short time later she declared that this Caesar Salad was the BEST one she has had so far.

We now have strict orders to come back to this café on the return journey. Himself had coffee, I wanted something a little sweet so had a hot chocolate.

The Beach House Café has been a complete winner for one member of the family, the drinks were fine so no problems from Himself and I, Little Mr. had a more critical review, but that must be taken with a sack full of salt considering just how fussy this kid is and how he fights any attempts to stretch away from his limited array of menu favourites. The positive reviews far, far outweighed the grumpy and hard to please Little Mr. and I think that if Kiwi Daughter lived in Kaikoura, half her wages would go to eating Caesar Salad here at the “Beach House” every day!

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March 30, 2018

Drooling Cheese And Fabulous Views…

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Visiting the Gondola in Christchurch was family outing that was a complete success.

There was something for everyone and we were all taking in the exhibitions and sights.

Soon though, stomachs rumbled and hopeful noises were made from our offspring with reference to the Café.

“Lolly cake” New Zealand Lolly Cake, the favourite of generations of Kiwi’s… was especially a target on their radar, a particular bakery speciality of New Zealand.

When Little Mr found out that they also made toasted sandwiches, he was set. The Café was our next stop.

The cheese in the toasted sandwich turned out to be both a source of frustration and amusement, being so soft and melted that it drooled out of the toasted sandwich in every direction.  Little Mr managed to enjoy it regardless, and later devoured the Lolly Cake that he had been looking forward to.

I delighted in a brownie and Kiwi Daughter found not only some Lolly cake but also some delicious peach iced tea. Delicious all round! The tables in some of my shots look empty, but that’s mostly because they had been filled with people who had young children.

Trying as much as possible to take photographs to exclude the faces of young children on my blog, I waited to take photographs until they left. I’m finding one unexpected problem that appears to be the result of today’s “camera age” where every little move is documented (yep, of course that’s me guilty too of course! but I don’t document my children relentlessly like some parents do), that some children are now conditioned to constantly posing for photographs.

On occasion I am trying hard to exclude a small child and the same kid thinks that since someone is pointing a camera even slightly in their direction, this is their cue to take part in a photo-shoot. Some even run into the shot when I move to one side, clearly thinking that if there is a photo, then surely they should be in it. It’s a startling by-product of multiple devices we carry these days that all contain cameras. I was rather surprised to see that a couple of the people taking photos further along the balcony appeared only interested in taking Selfies with the view in the background, rather than any photographs with just the view.

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September 4, 2012

Restaurant Review: Getting Our Just Desserts… from Our Valentine!

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Following yesterday’s post we are still in Valentine’s Buffet Restaurant in Petone,  which is in the Hutt Valley in the North Island of New Zealand.  One of the great things about a buffet menu is that the desserts also come buffet style.

There are of course a sampling of  “the usual suspects” because tradition demands the presence of a Pavlova, Lolly Cake and ginger snaps… but we went here early in the New Year, there were still things like Christmas Mince pies too.

Personally I can’t see the attraction of stuffing what is essentially fruit cake mixture into a little pie, (why not just have a  piece of fruit cake?) and since I find fruit cake too heavy and overly rich it goes without saying that I never took a liking to Christmas Mince pies either.

Never mind, there is plenty to sample, like the soft ice cream  from the machine that pours into the cone (only  if you hold the cone in the right place Little Mr!!!!)

If you know six year old boys like I know my son,  eating the ice-cream was very much secondary to pushing the button in the machine so of course  there was the necessary rescue procedure involving extra dessert plates and for the kid… a change of clothes once we returned to our friend’s home as he indulged in his ever persistent  habit of wiping sticky fingers on his tee-shirt and pants.

We all indulge (too much as usual) but I manage to limit the damage a little at least by loading my plate with watermelon…  yum!!!

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May 18, 2012

Avoiding Drama Ends with a Melting Moment, and Yummies all Round…

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, the hungry Kiwidutch clan are visiting the small New Zealand town of Paeroa and have made themselves comfortable inside the Tui Coffee Lounge for lunch.

I’m delighted to see the cabinets well stocked with traditional Kiwi favourites: Custard Squares, Chocolate Fudge Slices, Rocky Road, Peanut Brownies, Lolly Cake and Lamington’s to name but a few.

As well as the sweet cakes and biscuits on offer there is also a cabinet full of sandwiches and rolls, and a warmer with plain and stuffed sausages, patties, chicken and the like.

As with the café we visited back  in Kaikoura, I was sorely tempted by the stuffed sausages but I remember that pies won’t be on our menu once I get back to the Netherlands so once again I am indulging just because I know I will miss them later.

Ok, Let’s be honest here, I’m also indulging because they taste good too LOL.

Kiwi Daughter picks out a brown coloured biscuit (cookie) that she assumes has large white chocolate chips in it… She’s never seen one of these biscuits before, clearly hasn’t looked closely at it  and she wants to take a sneaky bite before we get to the cashier… horrified I tell her urgently not to…  and luckily she feels guilty so she obeys.

I’m not upset because of the impending sneaky bite, I’m freaking out because I now see that she’s about to unknowingly put a Peanut Brownie in her mouth…  …and she’s got a severe peanut allergy.

Fortunately drama is avoided, the offending Peanut Brownie becomes part of my lunch and Kiwi Daughter gets to pick out an item without peanuts in it’s place.  She goes for a Melting Moment, Little Mr for a large Chocolate Chip biscuit and Himself for an Apricot Slice.  Yummies all round.

The little foodie devil that sits on my shoulder wishes I had a place like this just around the corner from where I live…  my little foodie saint thanks God that I don’t … Life just isn’t fair… why can’t all these mouth-watering goodies contain the same calories as rice crackers and celery sticks?

Today we  indulge…  the fasting can be put on hold until we get home and settle back into a routine loaded with fresh vegetables..

Yes, I know your mouth is probably watering… mine is too and I’m just remembering the taste. This post is torture to us all.

Fed and happy,  family Kiwidutch manage to find a small gap in the cloudburst to get back into the van, we have places to go, appointments to keep.

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Mashed potato-topped mince meat pie…

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Melting Moment and Chocolate Chip Biscuit…

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Apricot Slice and Peanut Brownie…

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February 29, 2012

Harrington’s … Can Jingle Our Bells Any Time…

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So, what have we been up to in the days before Christmas 2011?

We’ve been busy sorting out things on the Christchurch property we own,  Himself has been painting a new fence that’s been built just before we arrived in New Zealand, and it’s been taking longer than planned because that turned out to be far taller and longer than we first thought.

(just proves how useless Himself and I are at judging measurements on paper plans and envisioning the finished article)

It was at least two to three days work and at the end of day one Himself arrived back at the B&B  tired after spending the day with a very large pot of undercoat that appeared to reduce very little even after a hard days painting,  announcing that he was looking forward to a slap-up  meal, and early night and a bright and early start the next day so that he could paint all day and actually feel like progress was being made.

At the time he said this, he was painting on his own and it was starting to feel like he was going to be spending his whole holiday just painting.

Fortunately after the undercoat was finished, a very welcome reinforcement arrived in the form of my Cousin “P” and together they got the second coat of paint on the fence at a professional speed.

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This post is therefore a restaurant review by the family of a tired and hungry amateur fence painter.

Our eatery tonight is called “Harringtons” and it’s a combination business that includes a bottle store, (alcholic beverages/off licence) a cafe and a restaurant.

We arrived and asked if it might be possible to get a table… I had my doubts since all around us were tables with “reserved” signs on them, and we did not have a reservation, but due to the fact that we wanted to dine so early we could take a seat.

Himself looked at the menu and opted for the “Rump Steak Special”, which consists of a 200 g piece of rump steak, done to your liking with salad and chips for just $12,–.

I went for beef nacho’s and the kids opted for fish and chips and chicken nuggets and chips which they amicably decided they wanted to share equally between them.

We also ordered a garlic bread to share and were not dissapointed when our meals arrived. Delicious!

It’s family friendly food done really well, and served with a smile. Actually we made our waitress laugh because I immediately detected a familiar accent when she lead us to our table and asked for our drinks order… without checking but taking a risk, I ordered my meal in Dutch instead of English and once she got over the shock she confirmed my suspicions and replied in Dutch.

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Turns out she is from the Fremish area of Belgium and since we entered the restaurant speaking English she had no idea that we spoke Dutch. She is on a working visa and got a job waitressing here a few months ago. We chat about her experiences in New Zealand so far and she said it was really relaxing to be speaking her native language again, even if just for a little bit.

After we had done justice to our main courses, the topic turned to dessert. For me there was only one option: the New Zealand national dessert, Pavlova.

Himself and Little Mr. headed straight for a selections of ice-cream but Kiwi Daughter had been looking longingly at the large display cabinet full of cakes and slices ever since we had arrived so chose Lolly Cake instead.

I asked permission to take photographs and was told that if I wanted a giggle I should be sure to see the Christmas Song that the owner has rewritten the words to (*) , down the back by the pool table.

It was worth the walk… actually it was a little bit of a shame that it was so tucked away from the diner’s tables because I thought it was inspired. Try it out yourself to the tune of “jingle bells”… I bet you smile.

Everyone enjoyed their desserts but I have to say that the prize for the most photogenic dessert was mine by a country mile … it’s a photo you just want to reach into with a spoon.

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One day when pressing matters of fence painting and early risings are not on his agenda, Himself would like to come and taste test more of Harrington’s beers, They make some 20 of them, many of them award winning.

Today he had to make do with one beer with his meal since he’s the designated driver for the duration of my foot recovery time.

We have a host of appointments to go to in the next days but if we have time then Harringtons would be on the list for a return visit.

Every member of the Kiwidutch family left feeling deliciously full and everyone enjoyed their meal.

If you too have fussy kids, you’ll know that that’s a restaurant success in anyone’s book.

p.s….(*)  a short explaination of Kiwi terms:

bush = native forest
ute = utility vehicle (pick-up truck)
yummies = delicious food
boot = rear compartment for car baggage (trunk)
singlet = a tight tank top worn by men
sunnies = sunglasses

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December 23, 2011

Quick, Easy, Simple, Gorgeous and Delicious Christmas Tray Treats your Kids can Whip up in a Jiffy!

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Himself and I had a friend babysit our kids at her house whilst we sneaked out to the shops to “help Santa”  bring in some surprises for Christmas Day.

When we came back later to collect the children they surprised us with a lovely treat:  her son and our two had been busy in the kitchen making some wonderful little Christmas tray treats.

Simple ingredients, easy to make and looking amazing!

These little Christmas “puddings” are not “puddings” at all, but are really just mallowpuff biscuits, partly covered with melted white chocolate, and topped with New Zealand “lollies” (sweets/snoepjes/candy) in the form of  gummy spearmint leaves and a Jaffa.

Since these were presented fully-made and as a surprise, I didn’t get the chance to photograph the seperate ingredients, but here are links to photos that should shed some light on what the ingredients actually are .

Mallowpuffs are described as “Light fluffy marshmallow sitting on top of a shortcake biscuit, covered in luxurious milk chocolate.”  and you can see a picture of them here:  http://www.griffins.co.nz/by-name/mallowpuffs

Spearmint Leaves are a soft-ish chewy gummy type sweet, tasting (naturally enough) of spearmint and shaped like a leaf.  Here’s a link to a photograph: http://www.lollyworld.com.au/pascall-spearmint-leaves-2kg-bulk-nz-lollies-624.html

And Jaffa’s are a classic New Zealand sweet that all Kiwi’s know and love, they are little balls of chocolate covered in a hard orange candy shell : http://www.shopnewzealand.co.nz/en/cp/Cadbury_Jaffas_140g

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Ingredients:
– Mallowpuffs
– White Chocolate
– Spearmint leaf lollies/sweets/ candy
– Jaffa lollies/sweets/ candy

Method:
Cut the spearmint leaves in half (lengthwise) , melt the white chocolate, put into a piping bag (or sturdy plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and pipe  it onto the top of the mallowpuff biscuits (cookies).

Then place the spearmint leaf pieces into the choclate and top with a jaffa for the “berry”  in the centre.

My friend melted the white chocolate and supervised the piping, her 11 year old son cut the leaves in half with a sharp knife and my 10 and 6 year olds made a little production line with the 11 year old to assemble everything.

They made a grand effort and doesn’t the result look stunning?  (I think so!!!)

Maybe you will need to find similar “style”  ingredients where you are if an exact match isn’t possible, but the idea is blissfully easy and if three kids can whip up three trays of these with  minimal  help from an adult, then it proves  that this would be a quick and easy winner of a recipe for any busy adult (or adult with kids) to whip up for  that work afternoon-tea,  end-of-year school party, or sports function etc.

As an addition to your Christmas baking trays, they couldn’t be easier and they look wonderfully festive!

The note reads… “dear Mama and Daddy, Love from …(Kids names obscured for internet privacy).

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve been warned that trying to substitute icing / frosting for the white chocolate is fraught with difficulty, because  unless the icing/frosting is of an exact consistency, it will simply slide off the side of the mallowpuff into puddles at the bottom, so DO use white chocolate  which I’ve been assured is pretty much foolproof.

So… How do they taste? Excellent!… I “needed” to taste several to make sure LOL . Enjoy!

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