So.. You have been in stunning New Zealand for over a month! You LOVE the country, the people, the landscape, the activities, university, your new friends, the crazy accent, the delicious food BUT you are missing one essential thing to survive your semester abroad. COOKIE DOUGH!
Delicious. Easy. Frozen. Always ready for you. It contains chocolate for energy to help you work late into the night. It is pretty much the perfect study snack! How on earth do Kiwis survive without this practical, scrumptious treat????
Here is an easy at home recipe to help you get through without your beloved staple.
“But how will I bake when I haven’t even mastered a toasted sandwich??” I hear you cry. Don’t worry I have you covered. This is possibly the simplest recipe ever.
“My awesome accommodation kitchen doesn’t come with mixing bowls, measuring spoons, scales and a Kenwood HM680 Chefette hand mixer… what ever will I do?” Easy. This recipe is student flat friendly.
You will need:
Large bowl/pot/saucepan/old plastic container
Something to mix with (spoon/wooden spoon/hands)
170 grams room temperature butter
¾ cup white sugar (preferable caster sugar but regular will work)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence/extract
¾ cup flour
Pinch of salt (optional)
Chocolate chips/M&M’s/anything you like
Cut a chunk of butter that is around 170 grams. YOU DON’T NEED TO WEIGH IT. There are measurements on the pack :)
Use your cup/mug to measure out the white sugar and scoop 4 large spoonful’s of brown sugar into your bowl. Don’t worry about being exact.
Use your fork to mix the butter and sugars until combined and creamy looking.
Mix in vanilla.
Add flour and salt and mix until you form a dough
Stir in Chocolate chips/M&M’s/anything you like
ENJOY!!! If you have any leftover keep it in the fridge :)
The Christchurch team hit the road on Friday afternoon with Hello NZ tours. On our way to Tekapo, we passed through small towns like Geraldine, Ashburton, and Burkes Pass. We enjoyed the knowledgeable commentary from Gary, our tour guide, as we passed through the countryside. We learned all sorts of things, from the origin of the word ‘pub’ right through to the history of the regions we drove through. It was evident that Gary is an ex school teacher!Around three hours later we arrived at the beautiful Tekapo village. We spent the evening hunting out some delicious Thai Food, relaxing in the hot pools while staring at the incredible starry night above. The view from the pools was only a taster of what was to be seen down by the lake side, away from all the town light– a starry night to rival all others! As one of the students eloquently stated ‘Twinkly as, bro’. We definitely are integrating into the Kiwi culture!The next morning, we headed off to New Zealand’s tallest mountain – Mount Cook. Within the National Park, we enjoyed several stunning walks. First we tackled the walk to the Tasman glacier. When our tummies started to grumble too much, we walked back to the village for some lunch, then hit up the track to the Hooker Valley. Here we scampered over the rocks to get as close as possible to the roaring river below. Others, however, chose to take the more relaxed approach, and enjoyed lazing in the sun!Next on our stop was our Farm House accommodation. This Bed and Breakfast was run by a retired high country farmer who loves to share his farm, as well as his knowledge, with travellers. We hiked up the hills at the back of the farm where we walked through a herd of cows, tried to herd sheep, and enjoyed the spectacular views of the McKenzie Basin from the top of the hills. After all our hard work climbing, the BBQ dinner went down a treat!The next morning, the farmer took us down to the shearing shed to see the sheep being shawn, then it was off to Omarama to see the clay cliffs. Here we scampered up through the cliffs as far we dared. Finally, it was back to Tekapo to take some final photos, then of home after an epic weekend. Cheers guys!
Last Thursday the Wellington team headed out to Miramar for the famous Weta Cave Workshop tour. After being greeted by a trio of trolls and browsing the gift shop, we entered the top secret place that is the workshop itself! Our tour guide explained how the whole process goes from a concept to a tangible design, how they perfectly paint something only to have to scratch it all up to make it look worn and the painstaking method of making chain maille. We held a variety of “guns” including those from District 9 and we were let in on some trade stories and inside jokes. It was an eye-opening experience into the amount of work that goes into making these films!
After the tour, it was a short walk down the road to The Larder where we had a delicious 3-course meal for our farewell dinner. There were a range of choices available with something to suit everyone’s taste buds.
On Saturday, bright and early, some of the Wellington students went to Belmont Regional Park to help out the Friends of Maara Roa on one of their restoration days. We volunteered our time to plant some native New Zealand trees in order to increase the population of native bush on the park. After learning how to keep the young trees protected with cardboard to cover the roots and plastic to cover the leaves, we got to work and planted around 60 new trees! During our morning tea break, we were taken on a walk to find a small waterfall, where our guide may or may not have gotten lost once or twice – but that’s all part of the experience of going bush! After morning tea it was back to planting and chatting with those that volunteer their time every weekend.
After the planting we went and had some well-deserved lunch at Scorch-o-rama, which boasts the best views from any café in Wellington. On the way home, we were given with a tour of the Southern Bays of Wellington by our shuttle driver with Zac Brown Band blasting through the speakers – so all in all, a very good day!
The Auckland team woke up bright and early to hit the road with the crew from Multiday Adventures. Three hours later we found ourselves in the beautiful (and smelly) ROTORUA!! After a scrumptious lunch the guides at Mountain Bike Rotorua set us up with safety gear and some pretty sick mountain bikes. We spent the next few hours racing through some epic trails in the redwood forest.
From the redwoods we jumped on the gondola and headed up the mountain taking in the glorious views. We then screamed down the luge track at an awesome pace!
Once we had worn ourselves out we headed back to the accommodation to strip off the layers of mud before heading out for dinner at the Fat Dog café! Massive meals! Delicious food! Great company!
After eating so much I felt like I might explode we headed back to our apartment for Tim Tams, ice cream, cards against humanity, popcorn and the kiwi film Boy!!!
After a short sleep thanks to daylights savings we woke up to the smell of bacon, eggs, toast and baked beans. YUM! Following breakfast the guides took us for a tour of the boiling mud pools and told us a bit about the history of the area. We then headed to the river to gear up and take on some massive rapids and the highest waterfall you can commercially raft in the world!!!
In true kiwi style we dined on fish’n’chips with tomato sauce for lunch before cutting flax and having a weaving lesson. Epic weekend!
The Auckland crew jumped aboard an Explore yacht and set out for a morning cruising around the harbour before sailing over to Waiheke. The awesome staff at Explore treated us with cookies and hot drinks as we soaked up the amazing views. We were even able to have a go at sailing the ship!
We arrived at Waiheke Island just in time for LUNCH! Our guides picked us up from the ferry and drove us to Wild on Waiheke. We were greeted with a delicious lunch, wine and beer tastings, a tour of the vineyard, giant outdoor board games and fantastic atmosphere. Once we were full and fully relaxed the guides lead us through the vineyard to try our hand at archery and electronic clay bird shooting before heading back to the ferry to sail back to Auckland.
On a cold Wednesday night we set out and met the local Hair Raiser for a tour round Dunedin Central. The tour moved through some of the city’s darkest alley ways and we learned of New Zealand’s longest running unsolved murder mysteries. The most interesting tale included a famously popular lawyer meeting a grim end at the hands of well-timed bomb. Despite his remains seen flying to the pavement below his first story window no charge has ever been laid for the murder. The tour peaked when we were taken through one of the city’s former libraries and down to an old war bunker. Seven stories below ground made for great footage on some of New Zealand’s ‘famous’ ghost programs, but for us it was our own crew and the hair raiser himself which proved the most frightening. After the tour we took to Scotia Bar & Bistro to recap the night and try some new foods. All tastes were well received, haggis being the only exception.Cheers guys you are a fantastic group!
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