Menu: New Zealand

Here are three food tips I learned from New Zealand, inspired by our thoroughly delicious Global Table.

1. All desserts are 100% better whipped up and inflated, whether done with air or chemical leavening.

2. Everything tastes better grilled. While I didn’t think sweet potatoes could rock my world much more, I was wrong. Grill ’em. Just grill ’em.

3.  Don’t say you’re going to eat a kiwi. A Kiwi is an endangered bird – the national chirper of New Zealand. Kiwi is also a nickname for the people of New Zealand. Say you’re going to eat kiwifruit instead. Much, much better and 99% less likely to land you in jail.

Now for our menu… what sounds good to you?

Grilled Sweet Potato & Bacon Salad | Kumara [Recipe]
Thick, grilled slices of sweet potatoes tossed with green onion and bacon. Serve with a quick, zingy honey mustard dipper-dressing. On second thought, maybe this isn’t a salad. Maybe it’s just nummy potatoes with a few friends.

Pavlova with Summer Berries & Kiwifruit [Recipe]
A cloud of sweet whipped sugary goodness, with a shattering exterior and soft as marshmallow interior.  A gentle hill of whipped cream balances the sweetness (or tries to!), as does each bursting bite of juicy berries.

Hokey Pokey Ice Cream [Recipe]
Make vanilla ice cream shine with homemade hokey pokey candy. Our version is made with three simple ingredients: honey, sugar, and baking powder, while traditional uses golden syrup. Rather like a piece of honeycomb, the candy is foamy in appearance but crunchy in your mouth.

*All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

P.S. Happy Fourth to my American friends!

P.P.S. Happy Birthday to my sweet Ava who turns three today!


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    Happy birthday, Ava 🙂 And can’t wait to see your pavlova!

  2. Ruby says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BIG LITTLE GIRL AVA-so cute and a world of a difference since we last saw her! Jassy is wearing that same pretty dress now. Happy Independence Day. Heading to see the fireworks here in Philadelphia, which is interesting since it is the first one ever was here in 1777. Would love to hear what you guys did for both, too bad not there to celebrate her bday.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Fantastic! We had a small family party and then did a few sparklers in the yard, nothing major. Went out to eat and saw some flyovers and music as well. This Saturday is her “toddler” party 8)

  3. elisa waller says

    Yummy….<3xo happy day….amazing how a few letters can make a difference…kiwifruit or kiwis…LOL….oh the joys of global learning. Both are special!

  4. Simone says

    Happy happy Birthday Ava!!! Can’t wait to see the recipes and of course the video on Monday!!! Happy fourth!!

  5. I want to see the hokey pokey ice cream… and if you need golden syrup, I have some! (I’m in Tulsa.) My DH is an Aussie and probably would die if we didn’t have some in our pantry. 😉

  6. I think I would totally choose the grilled sweet potato and bacon salad. Happy belated birthday to Ava, didn’t realize my youngest was only a few days older than her!

  7. Sasha Martin says

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes 🙂 Ava had a happy day and we’re looking forward to a party with friends this weekend at a lake. She’s growing up too fast!

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