September has proven to be a busy month for me. Luckily, I have bought a jazzy new camera (Fujifilm X-M1) to capture all of the fun. Here are a few snaps:
Skiing in Ohakune:
The drive to Ohakune takes around 4 – 5 hours (more like 5 for the Barina) and this is the best sight you will see on the way up.
The view from our house in Ohakune. This is Mount Ruapehu, where we were to ski.
Amateurs up the slopes of Ruapehu – this was me and Nicky’s second or third time skiing. Since all I could do was pizza wedge (legs apart, with toes and knees facing inward) I was very slow, but managed to only fall over just the once. Woo! Super sore legs the the next day though.
These whoppers are only available from the ‘Chocolate Eclair Shop’ (go figure) in Ohakune, so it would have been rude not to buy this many!
Vineyards in Martinborough:
Martinborough is about an hours drive North East from Wellington. It is a beautiful place full of wineries where you can go for tastings, platters, lunch and dinner. This is my type of heaven.
Poppies is a new vineyard (around 2 years old), this was my first time here. It is run by a husband and wife team – Poppie makes the wine and the hubby does the rest. They were so passionate about their vineyard, you felt so welcome being there.
Not only did we enjoy their delicious platters but we also had dessert – I need the recipe for the chocolate chilli tart!
We also visited Martinborough Vineyard, Murdoch James and Palliser. We managed to purchase a few bottles…
A busy time at home in Kat Carter’s Kitchen:
After enjoying My Kitchen Rules on TV, me and some of my friends decided to recreate this in our own homes. This is what I created for my instant restaurant: Beef Fillet with fondant potatoes, honey glazed carrots, zucchini and a red wine jus.
Pork Fillet with a broad bean and potato salad
Hanna and Seamus came around for dinner one night and Hamish (technically not Kat Carter’s Kitchen) cooked us Swedish Meatballs. Delish!
Crumbed fish with a green salad of asparagus and beans with kumara chips