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Cooking Down the Kitchen, Moving & Taking a Break

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Some of the easy and delicious recipes you can find on Rachel’s Kitchen NZ

It’s been 18 months since we sold our home of nearly 10 years and in that time we have been living in a studio apartment with most of our belongings in storage, but we will be moving into our new home sometime in the next few weeks.

So I am busy cooking down the kitchen (using as much food as I can so I don’t have to move it) and packing up our few belongings which include a few more cookbooks than the three I chose not to put into storage!

We have built a new home and no it hasn’t taken us 18 months to build the house, we have just had a few hiccups along the way which includes the place in which we have been living being sold and us having to move out about a week before we are can move into our new home!

So I have decided between cooking down the kitchen, moving from here and moving into our new home that Rachel’s Kitchen is taking a bit of break, so for the rest of November you won’t be seeing much activity here, but I will back in December with some great ideas and recipes for the holiday season.

And, remember if you are looking for dinner inspiration you can
always search Rachel’s Kitchen.

Happy cooking and eating.

Rachel

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Cold Brew, Flat White or Chocolate Milk?

Cold Drinks MultiaIn recent months, two boutique Hawke’s Bay companies have added their ready-to-drink beverages to chillers around the Bay.

Coffee lovers are probably aware of cold brew coffee – this is where coffee is steeped in cold water for at least 12 hours. As the coffee is steeped in cold water it does not have the bitterness of hot coffee which has either been poured over ice or chilled after making and as such is a delicious summer drink either chilled and drunk as is, with milk added and other iced coffee ingredients that take your fancy.

If is easy enough to make your own cold brew coffee, but it does take at least 12 hours so when I saw that Al Borrie of Fristhand
Coffee had done all the work for me I was thrilled.

The Firsthand Coffee Cold Brew is a blend of coffee from Brazil and Guatemala which is batch brewed for 12 hours to make a refreshing delicate drink, low in acidity with crisp clean flavours. Another way to enjoy Cold Brew is to mix it with mineral or soda water, I find about a fifty/fifty mixture makes a very refreshing drink. Cold Brew is certainly my choice for a cooling drink on a hot, summer’s day.

Sitting alongside Cold Brew is Flat White and as the name implies this is a milky coffee which combines Firsthand Coffee with Origin Earth Milk and a touch of Hawke’s Bay honey to make a refreshing iced coffee which is ready drink.

Cold Brew and Flat White are available in 300mL bottles in fridges at selected outlets including The Box in Clive and Crazy Good in Ahuriri.

Third on the list is Origin Earth’s Chocolate Milk which combines their Hawke’s Bay cows’ milk with organic and fair trade chocolate and cocoa powder from Hawke’s Bay chocolatier La Petite Chocolat, then adds a dash of Hawke’s Bay honey and a drop of Heilala vanilla extract and like their milk it is not homogenised, just pasteurised, and there are no thickeners, emulsifiers, milk powders, additives or stabilisers.

With just 5.24g fat and 5.74g sugar per 100mL it is also considerably lower in these two components than other similar products on the market.

Look for Origin Earth Chocolate Milk everywhere you would
normally buy their whole cows’ milk or at coffee shops that use their milk.

So here in Hawke’s Bay we have an interesting range of cold
beverages to quench our summer thirst.

Happy cooking and eating.

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A Few Days Off

Multi - Days OffaJust to let you all know I won’t be posting for a few days – as you know we are moving and I have lost my computer access for a
couple of days. Should be back online early next week.

Happy cooking and eating.

Rachel

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