Monthly Archives: September 2013

14 Days of Zespri – Giveaway Winner

It’s been a week, a few people entered by little Zespri giveaway and now the time has come to announce the winner.

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So without further ado, the winner is…

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Congratulations Jackie, I’ll be in touch soon to organize getting your prize to you.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 14

So it’s the last day of the 14 days of Zespri challenge and as a reward for sticking with me during all the kiwifruit madness I have a little giveaway for you.

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Not only did the awesome people at Zespri supply me with a few a two week supply of kiwis and and pack of kiwifruit accessories, they also gave me an additional pack of items to give away to you.

The hamper consists of the following items:

  • a Zespri branded lunch bag,
  • a Zespri Gold lunchbox with matching spife,
  • a Zespri Green kiwifruit holder with matching spife,
  • a Kiri kiwifruit hand cream,
  • a Kiri kiwifruit lip balm and
  • a Fruit & Veg City voucher to the value of R150 to buy your own two week supply of kiwifruit.

It's the last day of kiwi madness. #14daysofZespriSA #wflkiwi

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below to leave me a comment letting me know which of my 14 Days of Zespri posts was your favourite. For extra entries share a photo of you doing something funny with a kiwifruit or tweet about the giveaway. You’ll have a week to enter and I will close entries next Sunday, 29 September 2013 this Friday, 27 September 2013 and announce the winner the following Monday.

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Also, don’t forget about the Zespri Cut, Scoop and Enjoy competition. You could win a R1,000 Yuppiechef voucher by sending your Cut, Scoop and Enjoy photos to zespri@storybookcommunications.co.za.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 13

We’re nearing the end of the Zespri kiwifruit 14 day blogger challenge, today’s challenge is to think up a refreshing kiwifruit drink.

Kiwi and mint rooibos iced tea

Although it’s still pretty cold in Cape Town, it’s the beginning of Spring and the warmer weather is just around the corner. While we’re still wrapped in warm blankets or huddled around fireplaces most Capetonians are dreaming of Summer days filled with braais and picnics. This kiwifruit and mint rooibos iced tea fits pretty neatly into those daydreams.

Kiwi and mint rooibos iced tea

Poured into a small thermos I think this would make a lovely addition to a packed lunch. Or you could spike each glass with a shot of vodka or spiced rum before pouring in the tea for an iced tea cocktail, yum!

Kiwi and mint rooibos iced tea

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp loose rooibos or 4 rooibos teabags
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 litre boiling water
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1 kiwifruit pureed

Method:

  • Place the rooibos and mint into a tall jug (I used a coffee plunger due to the loose rooibos) and pour over the boiled water.
  • Leave to steep for at least 15 minutes, the long you leave it the stronger the flavours will become.
  • Strain the tea into another just or a bottle.
  • Add the honey and kiwifruit puree, stir to dissolve the honey.
  • Stick in the fridge to cool until you are ready to server.
  • Serve over ice with additional sprigs of mint and slices of kiwifruit if desired.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 12

This is going to be my last packed lunch for the 14 days of Zerspri challenge. I’ve really enjoyed eating my kiwifruit lunches and I’ve loved being able to add some new items to my lunchbox collection. I opted to keep things simple with this lunch so I’ve got a sandwich, a little salad, some crunch veggies and a kiwi hanging out in it personal side cart.

Tomato salad and sandwich lunch

Today’s lunch:

  • A cheese and pickled jalapeno sandwich on low gi multiseed bread,
  • a simple baby tomato salad with spring onions,
  • a few sugar snap peas
  • and a kiwifruit.

Zerspri are currently running a campaign called Occupy Lunchbox through which they’d like encourage parents and children (and anyone else who packs lunches) to make healthy choices when packing lunchboxes. The ambassador for the campaign is a cutie called KID Z, check her out in the video below to hear all about what she stands for as the face of the Occupy Lunchbox movement.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 11

Over the last week and a half I’ve enjoyed eating kiwifruit in all sorts of ways, but my favourite has to be eating it raw, scoop by tasty scoop. Eating it fresh and raw means I can enjoy a low calorie snack high in vitamins B and C with lots of fibre and that helpful actinidin enzyme. Plus it’s low GI too, sounds like the perfect thing to snack on to me.

Up until receiving my Zespri blogger pack for this challenge I’d never actually eaten kiwifruit with a spoon. *le shock* I’d always just laboriously peeled it, cut it into chunks and then eaten it. Eating it with a spife is just so much less messy and more convenient. I thought I’d share with you visually how I use the Cut, Scoop and Enjoy method along with my cute spife when I feel like a quick kiwi snack.

Cut, Scoop and Enjoy

Zespri are currently running a competition until the end of October 2013 where you could win one of four R1,000 Yuppiechef vouchers. All you have to do is snap a photo of yourself, a family member or a friend enjoying a nutritious kiwifruit using the Cut, Scoop and Enjoy method. Once you’ve got your photo you can then enter the competition by emailing it to zespri@storybookcommunications.co.za. Submissions will be uploaded to the Zespri website and the winning submissions will be announced in the first week of November 2013.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 10

Ten days into the Zespri kiwifruit fourteen day challenge, I can hardly believe it. I may not have posted every single day, but I’ve been eating at least one kiwi a day since this challenge started. I’m feeling a little lighter, a little healthier and a whole lot more inspired. I’ll definitely not overlook these fuzzy fruits with the jewelled middles if I see them when out doing our weekly grocery shopping.

Kiwi Coleslaw and Kassler Lunch

I used today’s allocation of kiwifruit in an Asian flavoured coleslaw. I mixed it with sliced celery, julienne ginger, grated carrot, thinly sliced red and green cabbage, a sprinkling of sesame seeds and a drizzle of soy sauce. This is a delicious fresh version of a coleslaw, a lot lighter than mayonnaise laden variety, and is a good partner to the salty smoky kassler.

Today’s lunch:

  • Kiwi coleslaw with celery, ginger, carrot, red cabbage, green cabbage, kiwifruit and sesame seeds,
  • a little blue bear bottle filled with soy sauce to drizzle over the coleslaw just before eating,
  • a sliced kassler chop and
  • some baby tomatoes.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 9

I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Zespri Daily Scoop of Amazing challenge. I’ve learned you can do more with these fuzzy brown fruits then just peeling them, cutting them into chunks and eating them. I’ve been trying to use them in interesting ways, so far I’ve made a kiwi smoothie, face mask, salsa, kiwi squares and pancakes. As the challenge has progressed I feel like I’ve gotten my blogging mojo back, something I’m very happy to have returned.

My lunchbox today is filled with “leftovers” from a braai we had last night. (Is it still considered leftovers if you purposefully prepared an extra portion of food to stick in your lunchbox?) My boyfriend was so happy to braai that he couldn’t wait to share our interesting supper with his friends over on G+.

Kiwi Kebab Lunch

The ostrich cubes on these kebabs were marinated in a mixture of kiwifruit, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli and olive oil. The kiwifruit in the marinade has a tenderising effect on the meat so it’s best not to let it sit for too long, an hour is perfect. I then skewered them with alternating chunks of kiwifruit and onion. The grilled fruit has a really intensified flavour and the onion turns all sweet and sticky, a yummy option for your next braai or just grilled in the oven.

Today’s lunch:

  • Chickpea, red onion and cucumber salad with zataar and dried apricots,
  • longstem broccolli and
  • braaied ostrich and kiwifruit kebabs.

Here is my recipe for the kiwifruit and ostrich kebabs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwifruit mashed with a fork
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 chopped bird’s eye chili
  • 6 bamboo skewers soaked in water
  • 500g cubed ostrich steak
  • 1 onion cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 kiwifruit cut into 6 pieces each

Method:

  1. Combine kiwifruit, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger and chili.
  2. Add the cubed ostrich steak and mix so that all the meat is covered in the marinade.
  3. Set aside to marinate for about an hour.
  4. Skewer the cubed ostrich steak interspersing with alternating pieces of kiwifruit and onion.
  5. Grill kebabs for 5 minutes on each side.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 8

It’s day eight of the Zezpri kiwifruit challenge and today we’re being challenged to share our breakfast with you. I’ve never been able to stomach porridge, since I was a child I’ve always chosen muesli or granola over Pronutro or oats. My preferred way to eat it is with some plain yoghurt and honey. If there is any fresh fruit available that would be chopped up and added to the mix.

Kiwifruit, yogurt and granola parfait

These days I seem to skip breakfast more often than not and a cup of coffee at the office usually lands up being the first thing that passes my lips in the morning. Taking a little time to prepare a quick breakfast makes such a big difference to the rest of my day.

Kiwifruit, yogurt and granola parfait

Layering the kiwifruit, granola and yoghurt in a glass and calling it a parfait just makes it a little more special and really doesn’t take much more time than dumping it all into a bowl. I really need to make an effort and sacrifice ten minutes of warm bed time to make sure I’m starting my day off right.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 7

I missed two days of posting for the Zespri Daily Scoop of Amazing challenge. But I’m back with a special treat in the form of a stack of kiwifruit pancakes.

Kiwifruit Pancake Stack
Yesterday was a full day of cookieswapping and evening at the Madame Zingara Theatre of Dreams, my first visit and an amazing night out. So today I just wanted to stay in and take it easy. These American style pancakes are a great thing to make for a breakfast at home. I took it so easy that we actually ate them for lunch. A perfectly acceptable Sunday lunch don’t you think?

Kiwifruit Pancake Stack

I made the pancakes using this recipe on Instructables. I halved the recipe as I was only cooking for two people and added pieces of kiwifruit before flipping them. I served them with maple flavoured syrup and the leftover bits of  kiwifruit that didn’t make it into the pancakes. You could of course serve them with honey, real maple syrup or just plain if you prefer.

14 Days of Zespri – Day 4

Today’s lunch is another kiwifruit laced affair, I’m having fun finding different ways to enjoy my stash of kiwis. I’m supposed to be sharing a recipe with you today, but honestly the salsa in my lunchbox today is so simple it’s hardly a recipe at all. I combined equal parts of diced kiwifruit, red onion and yellow pepper, a handful of chopped coriander and squeezed over the juice of half a lemon. That’s it! The kiwifruit adds a lovely sweet tang to the salsa that is a great accompaniment to the smoked chicken in the wraps. I loosely rolled the tortillas around the chicken and salad so that I had enough room to spoon in the salsa when I was ready to eat it. That way the tortillas don’t get all soggy and are easier to eat.

Chicken wrap and kiwi salsa

Today’s lunch:

  • Smoked chicken tortilla wraps with rocket, grated carrot and coriander,
  • celery sticks,
  • a tub of kiwifruit salsa and
  • a few strawberries.

This coming Saturday I’ll be participating in my third annual cookie swap. It’s the third year running in Cape Town and this year there are going to be events in Joburg and Durban too. Seeing as we’re well into our Zespri challenge I thought I’d attempt a cookie with kiwifruit in it and share the recipe with you. Most of the recipes I came across required dried kiwifruit and I don’t own a dehydrator or a very reliable oven so that wasn’t going to happen. I did come across this interesting recipe in an old edition of Lawrence Journal-World from 1987. How retro! The recipe is a variation of a tray bake that you cut into bars once cooled and I think pretty ideal for when you need to bake for a crowd.

Kiwifruit Bar Cookies