Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Zealand - Take 1

So, today, Mate left Fiji and headed for New Zealand. Today, our friend, Rhonda had a big interview. So, we had Rhonda and her husband, Chuck, over for dinner from New Zealand. I have not done my research yet, so I cannot tell you about New Zealand. But, I have until March 12th to do that. I made three things tonight and all were ranked 5 out of 5.

Roasted Rack of Lamb - 5 out of 5, serves 5, 21 WW Points each (we think this may be wrong!)
*Please note our Lamb Rack is a product of New wonder it was $18!*

1/2 cup bread crumbs, 2 tbsp minced garlic, 2 tbsp rosemary, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2 tbsp olive oil, 7 bone rack of lamb, salt and pepper, 1 tbsp dijon mustard

- Preheat oven to 450.
- In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic, rosemary, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
- Season rack all over with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over high heat. Sear rack of lamb for 1 - 2 minutes on each side. Set aside for a few minutes. Brush rack of lamb with mustard. Roll in bread crumb mixture until evenly coated. Cover the ends of the bones with foil to prevent charring.
- Arrange rack bone side down in the skillet. Roast for 15 minutes.

Kumara and Corn Fritters - 5 out of 5, serves 4, 5 WW Points each
1 can creamed corn, 2 tbsp chives, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg (separated), 1/2 cup cooked kumara (that's New Zealand for sweet potato) (roughly mashed), 3 tbsp butter

- Mix corn, chives, flour, milk and egg yolk in a bowl.
- Beat egg white until stiff (Bob had to show me how to do this...we used my butt whisk) and mix in sweet potato.
- Mix sweet potato mixture with corn mixture.
- Melt butter in a pan and add mixture by the small spoonfuls. Cook until golden on both sides. (You have to be patient...this was hard for me!)

Pea, Feta and Mint Salad with Pistachios - 5 out of 5, serves 4, 7 WW Points each
1 cup peas, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 white onion chopped, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, salt and pepper, 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, 1/4 cup fresh mint leaf, 100 g feta

- Blanch peas in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet and saute the onion.
- Put mustard, vinegar and honey in a bowl. Whisk in remaining oil and salt and pepper to taste.
- Fold in onions, peas and pistachios into the dressing.
- Add mint and feta. Toss and serve.

We will be in New Zealand again on Monday night for the Bachelor Party. I will have my facts by then so you will know what this country is all about. I hope you can join us again then!


  1. Oh wow, if that is New Zealand food, what is Kristen going to eat while she's there?!?
    Look forward to hearing what New Zealand is all about! :-)

  2. Salad? I am so worried about the picky eater while she is gone. I so hope that she gets enough to eat and does not waste away. And, I know she would DEFINITELY not eat what I am making on Monday. It will be a little creamy. What would YOU eat? You're even harder to feed than Mate.

  3. avacados are big here...and i have been eating a lot of those. and pasta that i cook. and indian food is also big here (as in fiji!) pie is also a big thing..but not fruit pies..meat pies. shawn loves them!

  4. You and expensive meat! :)

    Poor lamb....