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Tunnels and Pudding


I feel like this is ‘what I did over the weekend’ time on most of my posts at the moment, but I have been doing a lot and I might as well share photos of my explorations.

You see, even if I’m not getting on a plane, passport in hand, I’m exploring often. A month doesn’t usually go by without me driving off somewhere an hour or two away and wandering through landscapes new or old.

This weekend was no exception.

Some friends have had their cousin from America over and we decided to go for a walk through some old tunnels on a walk called the ‘window walk’ from the days when the Karangahake gorge (a mouthful I know) was a gold mine. It has one of the deepest pieces of history in New Zealand and there are still pieces of the old gold mine that surrounds the many walks you can do there.

We wandered through several dark tunnels with flashlights in hand and then next to the flowing river for a few hours, bypassing muddy patches, carefully jumping and stepping into shallow puddles and following the rustle of a river nearby.

First Steps of the tunnel walk

Looking Up and Out

Sculpted Rock

Needless to say, after walking for two hours and having had no lunch we were all groaning of hunger by the end.

Once we stepped out of the large park, it was time for dessert.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a pudding, this ones perfect if you have some banana’s laying around and you want something a little different.

Banana Butterscotch Pudding
Adapted from Bill Granger’s Simply Bill Book
Serves 6

1 2/3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
120 grams butter, melted
1 1/4 cups milk
2 frozen banana’s, pureed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups hot water

Grease a porcelain or glass dish and preheat the oven to 180°C/350F.

Sift the flour, baking powder in a bowl. Add the salt and sugar and stir to combine, making a well in the center.

Place the milk, butter, vanilla extract, egg and mashed banana’s into the center of the flour mix. Stir until well combined and a smooth mixture.


Spoon into the baking dish and set aside as you make the sauce.

Place the water, sugar and syrup in a saucepan and heat on medium to high stirring as the sugar dissolves.

When it’s at a rolling boil stir to ensure the sugar has dissolved.

Carefully pour the sauce onto the back of a tablespoon (this ensures it runs smoothly onto the pudding).

Place in the oven and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream on the side.



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