Saturday, November 28, 2009


This is one stunning Pinot gris.. an elegant, creamy, rich, DRY wine, when most of the kiwi offerings of this varietal contain some residual sugar. In the world of NZ Pinot gris, however, there seems to be no set NZ or even regional style per se, and that's ok. Variety is indeed the spice when it comes to this burgeoning grape.

They also make some great red wines too. If you are in the vicinity of this beautiful winery and lodge.. it's worth the detour if not a purpose trip.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The cookie jar

In addition to a mixture of melted chocolate and cocoa in the batter.. these little brown nuggets of chocolately goodness also contain bittersweet chips and walnuts.

I love them.

Melt 125g of chocolate and 6Tbsp of butter stirring constantly over low heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Once melted, set aside.

Combine 1/2c flour, 2Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, 1/4 tsp each baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

In mixer (a larger bowl) cream 1 c sugar and 1tsp vanilla with 2 large (or 3 small) eggs.

Stir in the cocoa mixture, then the flour mixture until well blended.

Stir in 125g chocolate chips and 1 c walnuts.

Cookies can be made to this point and refrigerated, covered, overnight or for at least an hour.

Heat oven to 180C.

Roll 2.5 cm balls of dough and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until puffed and slightly crackled.

Allow to cool for 2 minutes before moving to a rack to cool a little more before mowing through them with a side of milk, cup of coffee or tea.