What to eat this weekend

Liana Thaggard,
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Saturday, 5 August 2017, 12:23PM

Whether you're planning to stay in or are heading out, we've rounded up some of the best meals to enjoy and foodie events to attend to over the weekend.

Dining in

Eleanor Ozich's Raspberry Yoghurt Pancakes

Eleanor Ozich's raspberry yoghurt pancakes. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

If you're looking for a simple yet delicious pancake recipe for breakfast, try Eleanor Ozich's Raspberry Yoghurt Pancakes. An easy flour swap will make the pancakes gluten-free and swapping yoghurt for coconut cream will make them dairy-free. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple and enjoy. Yum!

See the recipe on Viva.co.nz.

Cocktails delivered to your door

Espresso martinis made with a Cocktail Collective box. Photo / Cocktail Collective

The newest subscription box on the market is a boozy one. If you want to impress your friends and family with your drink-making skills check out the Cocktail Collective. Their cocktail boxes come with all the ingredients and instructions you need to create your own espresso martinis, Moscow mules and more, at home. Head to their website and select the cocktail of your choice and in a few easy steps you can have a box delivered right to your doorstep.

For more information see their website here.

One-dish oven bakes for winter

Warren's fruit cobbler.

Bite's Warren Elwin has the oven on for a warming set of one-dish bakes from grilled fish and greens to a sweet fruit cobbler.

See Warren Elwin's recipes here.

Dining out

Restaurant Review: Halcyon, Herne Bay

The crab tacos and spring rolls at colourful Halycon in Herne Bay. Photo / Babiche Martens

Viva's Eating Out editor Jesse Mulligan visits the Jervois Rd spot where the iconic Andiamo once was. Starting his review of Herne Bay's newest bistro Halcyon, he mentioned that the massaman duck curry was the best thing he ate, but it seems to have since disappeared from the menu.

The rest of the menu sounds delectable though: "The biggest takeaway from this new place - that everything you eat will be perfectly cooked and packed with flavour, the way restaurants used to be before we started worrying about adjectives like "light" and "fresh" and "healthy", he writes.

Read Jesse's full review on Viva.co.nz.

Brunch review: Botswana Butchery, Auckland CBD

The Stewart Island salmon at Botswana Butchery. Photo / Getty Images

Looking for a new brunch spot this weekend? Canvas reviewer Helen van Berkel sat down for breakfast at Botswana Butchery in Auckland's Ferry Building.

"My generous slices of smoked Stewart Island salmon ($19) arrived hidden under green salad, avocado and crisp apple.

"The poached egg could have done with a little more cooking but the mix of flavours provided a well-balanced and light breaking of the fast on a sunny Sunday morning."

See her full review here.

Health fix

Is your "healthy breakfast" killing your diet?

You may think a smoothie is a great start to the day. Not quite, according to a nutritionist. Photo / Getty Images

Do you consider a smoothie, Marmite on toast, or a trim latte a healthy breakfast? Well your opinion may change after reading this article.

Sydney-based dietician Susie Burrell spoke to the Daily Mail to explain why your so-called "healthy breakfast" could in fact be doing you a lot of harm.

Read the article here.

The secret of the world's oldest family

Porridge eaten both in the morning and at and night has proven the secret to this family's longevity. Photo / Getty Images

With a combined age of 1075 years and 68 days, the 13 Donnelly siblings of County Armagh in Northern Ireland can proudly lay claim to being the world's oldest family.

The Donnelly clan are convinced that what has really guaranteed their long life is their habit of eating porridge, not just for breakfast every day but for supper, too.

Read the article here.

Chef reveals secret to perfect mashed potatoes

Apparently, we have been cooking our mashed potato wrongly, according to a top chef.

Tyler Florence of The Food Network says the traditional method of cooking potatoes in water then adding milk and butter when you mash them isn't the best way to bring out their flavour.

Read the full article here.

Foodie events

Auckland's Restaurant Month

Try the menu at The Culpeper this month. Photo / The Culpeper

Head to more than 100 restaurants in the Auckland region to experience the special offers and events that have been organised for Restaurant Month this August.

Try something new with the month's special offers from restaurants you've always wanted to try from participants such as The Culpeper, Pilkingtons, Oaken, Xuxu and Cafe Hanoi, to name a few.

For more info see the Heart of the City website.

Jamaican food pop-up at Ostro

Appleton Estate rum pop-up bar at Ostro. Photo / Krish Marinas

Appleton Estate rum is celebrating its 20th anniversary of master blender Joy Spence with a four-day pop-up on The Deck at Ostro.

Tonight is the last night of the pop-up event that features Appleton Estate rum cocktails and a tasting menu of Caribbean comfort food designed and prepared by Jamaican chef Larry Clarke.

Take your pick from delicious three-day smoked jerk chicken or pork with rice and peas, home-made festival (Jamaican fried dumplings) and spicy slaw - served with an accompanying cocktail.

Find out more over at viva.co.nz.