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Coromandel

Otama Beach Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I hope you had a great time during the holidays and that you welcomed with joy this brand new year of 2013 !

Paprika and I went up north for a couple of days, in beautiful Coromandel.
We traveled the peninsula from East to West. We truly enjoyed the relax atmosphere, the beautiful beaches, alfresco lunches under plum trees and the fresh seafood locally produced.

Sunset and Sign Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pottery Studio Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pottery Studio A.Rhodes Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

We visited Alan Rhodes pottery studio and gallery.
Yes, I like to have a look at artist workshop… Alan told us about his craft and how he uses the clay extracted from his own land to create the glazed pots.
I could not help, but have one of the pieces myself, a pretty blue bowl.

Macadamia Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Macadamia Orchard | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Hen and Fresh Garlic Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Feijoa Bloom and Garden Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Gardens Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I also came back from our journey with macadamia nuts. The orchard located nearby the renowned cathedral cove can be viewed. The nuts usually harvested in winter were hanging on the branch of the tree still young and green.
I have already made a good use of the nuts. Ground and mixed with shredded apple they made a good filling for this year galette. A tasty twist to the usual frangipane.

Cathedral Cove Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pohutukawa Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

And of course Coromandel is all about the beach. More often than not fringed with pretty pōhutukawa, in bloom at this time of year. We visited the popular and touristic Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, but preferred the charm and the tranquility of many others. Specially Otoma beach, the East end, is worth the drive on the gravel road.

I wish you all a beautiful year 2013 !

Cathedral Cove Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

We liked the food at:
Pepper Tree, Coromandel town.
Colenso Cafe, Whenuakite.

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Plenty

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Droplet on Web & Flower
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Stone fruits & Summer Lunch
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Peach Yogurt & Mint

Paprika and I were relieved that we didn’t go for camping on New Year’s eve as I initially suggested.
The last day of 2011 was nothing but rain here.

Instead we kept everything simple and indoor. Dancing, chatting and eating to celebrate the transition of a year to another.
And I can’t believe we are starting our fifth year here in New Zealand !

I appreciate this time of year that encourages us to look back and also to look forward, setting goals, making resolutions or simply having hope in the future…

Just like summer and this hamper, I wish you all a year of ‘Plenty and Good‘ !

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Galettte des Rois & Picnic Hamper

And if you wish to be the Queen/King of the day -or why not of the year- here’s the recipe of the galette des rois.

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