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A day out around Helensville!

We decided that we would go for a drive, as we both had the same day off this week. We haven’t seen much of north west Auckland so chose to take a trip up to Helensville.
Not knowing much about the local area we came across this cafe on South Head road called Macnut Cafe. What an experience and not a great one at that! As Trevor was extremely hungry we decided to give this place a go. If you are ever in this situation keep on driving. Customer service is non existent in this establishment nor is the upkeep of the premises. Even at this point we ( Trevor) decided to give the food a chance.
The menu was basic, nothing in comparison to what they advertise on their website.
Trevor ordered bacon and egg burger more like a grease burger and Gaila – mushroom burger, received on a chipped plate. Dry chips with no seasoning.

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We were given a half a bottle of water with dirty glasses. I don’t think we have ever left a place so quickly after receiving the food and that includes McDonald’s.
It’s a shame, the place has potential.

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Trev looking scared.

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Potato pancakes

Today we present you one of our favorite Lithuanian dishes – Potato pancakes or Bulviniai blynai in Lithuanian. There are many different variations of this dish in different countries but this is how we make it. It’s simple but very tasty.

They are very good with mushroom or minced meat  filling as well 😉

You will need:

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • we like to use ‘All purpose seasoning’ here or in Lithuania we have ‘Potato seasoning’ that we use (it contains: salt, garlic, paprika, mustard, sugar, onion, turmeric, celery root, black pepper, parsley)
  • oil for frying

To start peel the potatoes

Grate them, watch your fingers 🙂

Add the seasoning, eggs and salt  Mix well. Heat the oil in the pan, spoon the mixture and fry the pancakes on medium heat until cooked throughout.

After one pan is cooked put it in the oven set on low heat  (around 60C) just to keep the pancakes hot while you cook the rest.

Serve with sour cream and enjoy!!!!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen – the hardest dish to cook, Cheese Souffle! Specially for our dear friend Sharon.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 40 g butter
  • dried white breadcrumbs or polenta in our case
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry English mustard
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 290 ml milk
  • 85 g strong Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

First of all preheat the oven to 200 C. The next step is very important as from this will depend how your souffles will rise and look like.  Melt a little bit of the butter to brush your little ramekins with

Dust lightly with polenta or bread crumbs as shown in the picture. All the surface should be covered with no little gaps 😉

Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper.

Cook it for around 50 seconds and add the milk. Cook stirring all the time for around 2 minutes. When it becomes very thick, remove it from the heat.

Now stir in the cheese

Egg yolks and salt and pepper.

Put in quite a bit of salt, taste it, the mixture should be very well seasoned (later on you will put egg whites and the mixture will double, that’s why you need to season it very well).

Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry (so do not over whisk)

Mix the spoonful into the cheese mixture. Then fold in the rest with a big metal spoon and pour into the prepared dishes filling them about two-thirds full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes and serve immediately. Remember to leave it for at least 20 minutes before you check it, then you can open the oven just wide enough to get your hand in and give it a push, to see if it wobbles. If it does, cook it for another 5 minutes.

And enjoy!

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