Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Wairarapa
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We had a very different day today. We started off by driving south towards Wellington to pick up Jon. The rain finally arrived so even the area around Masterton was wet. The farther south we went, the more wet it became. We even had a chance to do some IFR driving over the ridge between Greytown and Upper Hutt (actual names).
Rush hour …
Today was a relaxing day for us. We had a splendid evening last night with Lucy and Simon in Masterton and then slept in to the sound of light rain. Lucy not only made us a fabulous dinner but then cooked us a restaurant-quality breakfast of poached eggs on fresh bread (or special ed crackers) with a salad of fresh corn, avocado, parsley and fennel …
Today we got ourselves organized early, had a good breakfast in our room, and headed out to line up for the Interislander ferry to head up to the North Island. They are down one of the two ferries (the prop fell off!), and it's Christmas Eve, so we thought we'd better arrive in plenty of time.
Indeed, we were the first in line.
It was a rainy, gloomy day out on the water, but what better day to have rain when you need to be inside in a ferry for the ...
... from the racecourse garden.
Still used the 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar though.
It was delicious. Eggplants are so beautiful and cheap at the moment - $1.50 each at Pak n Save this morning.
We are both hoping for a brighter day tomorrow.
ROASTED EGGPLANT, BEAN & FETA SALAD WITH CAPER CRUMBS
2 Eggplant, sliced 2 cm thick
Olive oil for brushing
salt and pepper
· 1 cup thick creamy yoghurt
· 2 cloves garlic, crushed
· ½ cup finely chopped parsley
· ¼ of a preserved lemon, finely chopped
· Black pepper, to taste
Firstly, cook quinoa in vege stock for 20mins and then remove from heat, leaving the lid on. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 190oC.
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