I’ve been back in Oz for nearly 2 weeks now but wanted to post about some of the yummy kai (Maori word for food) I had at the markets I went to while in New Zealand. I love going to farmers markets, making new foodie discoveries and sampling old favourites like Devonshire teas. I enjoyed the lightest, fluffiest scone I think I’ve ever tasted in a Devonshire tea at the Tamahere Markets near Hamilton. Served (and probably made) by some lovely old ladies in an old country hall I was happy in the knowledge that my $4.50 was going towards the upkeep of the hall. Couldn’t help but smile at this sign they had on the wall: The Tamahere markets were a foodie heaven. I had to give these giant mussel fritters a go, and yes, they tasted as good as they look!
No mistaking which country you’re in when you see a sign for puha pesto. Puha (pronounced poo-ha) is a plant traditionally used by Maoris and grows as a weed in most gardens, similar to dandelion. (Also known as sow thistle). At the Mount Maunganui Markets I had an indepth chat to a guy who was obsessive about his chai tea. I love talking to people who are obsessive about their products, their passion always adds to the flavour I’m sure 🙂 I tasted a cup from the huge pot he had bubbling away, and it was a nice strong spicy brew. As you may know I am a huge chai fan and I was sorely tempted to buy a packet, but then remembered that I bought some chai in Bali which is still waiting to be used.
I also saw my friend Kim in action selling her awesome hemp seed oil, if you haven’t tasted using this wonderful stuff I recommend you try it – great drizzled over salads and I add it to my smoothies.The Coatesville Markets were a 20 min drive north-west of where I was staying in Auckland, they only happen once a month but are well worth a visit. There I tasted these Swiss-style mallowpuffs, raspberry Muss Kuss, heaven for a mallowpuff fan like me!
There was also a great smoothie truck there called The Green Room who were offering chia seed shots for your smoothie.
All in all a very enjoyable exploration of some new and delicious foodie treats, happy as a pig in mud – there’s a reason my blog is called Eat Well Travel Often 😉
Which of these treats would you most like to try? Leave me a comment in the speech bubble at the top of this post to let me know.