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Making the most of Autumn Food

25 May 2016

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Leek and potato soup makes for a hearty Autumn meal

Napier Courier


Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons and until recently the weather has been very clement in the Bay. Last week Atawhai celebrated autumn, its seasonal produce and stunning colours with a restaurant night dedicated to the shoulder season. Forty-five residents and guests tucked into the autumnal fare of leek and potato soup, chicken breast served on pumpkin pie with brie and plum sauce, pork and apple cider filo with baby vegetables and other mouth-watering dishes.


Residents Max and Clarrie gave the entire meal a big thumbs up. The best part was the desserts... rhubarb crumble, lemon meringue pie and feijoa, white chocolate and Baileys cake. Clarrie recalled that he didn't like rhubarb as a kid but loved the taste and texture of the rhubarb crumble. According to our chef, the secret is to soak the rhubarb in orange juice overnight and leave it chunky.


Feeling hungry? I thought I'd share the recipe for feijoa, white chocolate and Baileys cake with you. It's a creation from one of our chefs, Sarah White, who ran the last restaurant evening. Easy to make and with the abundance of feijoas around at the moment, I am sure it will be a welcome addition to your recipe book:


Feijoa, white chocolate and Baileys cake


150g butter, softened

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup of flour

2 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of feijoas, mashed

1 cup of white chocolate melts

Baileys (as little or as much as you wish, just remember to add some flour if you put quite a bit and the mixture is too wet.)



Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees C.

Cream sugar and butter, add eggs and beat until combined.

Add flour, baking powder and beat.

Fold in feijoas, white chocolate melts and Baileys until just combined.

Pour into a greased / lined 23cm ring tin. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream (and a shot of Baileys on the side if you wish)


After trying this yummy dessert, why not go out for a walk or a drive and enjoy the countryside. The colours are just breath-taking right now.  Our residents love to go out on sightseeing trips every week towards Puketapu or Puketitiri.  If you feel like walking it off, enjoy a walk at the Dolbel reserve where the reds, yellows, oranges and browns are a feast for the eyes.  Why not go there with your grandchildren and gather some colourful leaves. They’re perfect for craft activities - from collages, to leaf prints, salt dough leaf impression, making an autumn frame ….  Enjoy autumn and everything it has to offer.


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