Delicious Ways with Kea Cookies

Kea Cookies batch-bake premium great-tasting gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free cookies. All are New Zealand made.
There are 10 varieties of gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free cookies available in 250g packs in:
Chocolate Chip; Double Choc Chip; Macadamia; Vanilla; Hokey Pokey; Gingernut; Almond; Peanut Brownies, Lemon Coconut and Coconut.
Kea also have an organic range of  Chocolate,  Peanut Brownie and  Lemon Coconut cookies.

As well as enjoying kea cookies as they are we also have some great ideas for incorporating them into your summer entertaining.

*Ice Cream Sandwiches – grab a tub or more of your favourite ice cream, be it coconut or dairy and make some little ice cream sandwiches using our cookies. Freeze again after making and serve them at your next party.

*Berry Vegan Cheesecakes are not just those who can’t eat dairy, gluten or egg (although of course they are friendly for this) but also for anyone who loves a sweet treat.  The new (almost out) vanilla cookie crumbs are perfect for this.

*For any recipe that requires crushed biscuits then substitute for your favourite Kea Cookie.

*Also perfect with the vanilla cookie crumbs (or make your own crumbs) is our Banoffee Pots, these are great for those who are gluten free and of course everyone else.


















* Hedgehog Slice is so easy to convert to gluten free using Kea cookies.

* For a lovely Fruit Crumble idea, simply sprinkle Kea cookie crumbs that have been mixed with a little coconut oil (plus coconut and chopped nuts if you like) on top of cooked fruit and bake for 15 minutes at 180 C.

* Kea S’mores are an awesome gf treat.  Sandwich toasted gf marshmallows and chocolate between your favourite kea cookies.

*Freestyle your own pretty glass of dessert by layering Kea cookie crumbs, coconut yoghurt and your favourite fruit syrup e.g. passionfruit.

*Who doesn’t like Apricot Truffles? Make your gluten free friendly version this Christmas with Kea vanilla cookies.

Let us know your favourite way of enjoying Kea gluten free cookies!



As we head towards summer and reduced restrictions for those in the Auckland area I am guessing there will be lots of enthusiasm for some socialising. Our Finger Food recipe selection has some fantastic ideas.  Arancini are probably the most popular of them all, a bit time consuming to make but I prep ahead of time and then freeze.
Quick Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make, taste great and look very pretty.
Remember if you have any questions or advice to offer then come and visit our foodlovers discussion forums.
Happy Cooking!

Penati Nut & Seed Crackers Giveaway

Available in 3 flavours – Parmesan, Nude and Black Pepper, Penatii nut and seed crackers are all natural, high in protein, low in carb and honestly delicious!
High in healthy fat, they’re packed with nutrients so a little goes a long way.
And of course they are Penati are proudly baked in New Zealand.
We have one box of 12 packets of Penati crackers (4 of each flavour) to give away.
Just in time for your summer entertaining.
To enter into the draw simply fill out your details below

    Prize to be delivered to NZ address only. Competition open to NZ residents.

Genevieve’s Dressings & Pate

We’re excited to announce Genevieve’s new Vegan & Gluten Free Dressings Range. Packed full of flflavour, this filler-free, fresh dressings range is packaged in a great ‘weekly-serve’ 125ml
100% recyclable bottles.
Six incredible flavours to choose from – Raspberry & Pomegranate, Duo Orange & Ginger,
Tangy Tomato, Golden Kiwifruit, Sweet Onion & Balsamic and Avocado & Lime found next to
the salad in fresh section of great New Zealand Supermarkets, Nationwide.

We have one gift pack to give away containing all 6 of Genevieve Dressings plus 4 of the new pate range.
Simply enter your details below.

    Prize to be delivered to NZ address only. Competition open to NZ residents.

Fruitful Dressings to Liven up Summer

Who else runs out of ideas in making interesting dressings?  I am sure I am not alone in this one.
Genevieve’s are well known for their luscious patè and premium dressings and the newest range from Chef Genevieve and her team are these exciting flavoured Plant Based Dressings
Choose from Duo Orange & Ginger, Tangy Tomato, Avocado & Lime, Raspberry and Pomegranate, Golden Kiwifruit and Balsamic & Sweet Onion Dressing.
The choice is so hard, which one would you pick?
These dressings give you restaurant flavours at home and come in a 125ml recyclable plastic bottle. available at Coundtown nationwide, participating New World & Farro stores.
Find them in the produce section.
For one lucky reader, you will get a box of 6 dressings plus 4 of the new Patès to share with family/friends.  See details at the bottom of this page.

These are some of the ways we have been enjoying our Genevieve’s dressings and would love to see yours.

Raspberry and Pomegranate Dressing
dot over grilled or barbecue chicken with baby spinach leaves
*is amazing drizzled over a watermelon, feta and mint salad
*drizzle over rocket, blue cheese and walnut salad.

Balsamic & Sweet Onion Dressing
*trickle over frittata and omelettes or maybe your weekend bacon and eggs.
*also great iwith a big fat ham & cheese toastie.

Avocado & Lime Dressing
we tried this on bbq chicken and thought it a great fit.
*Mexican dishes are obviously an ideal match e.g. drizzled over your favourite tacos.

Duo Orange & Ginger
this dressing pairs well with some of our favourite Asian dishes including noodle salads.
*give Raw Energy Salad an extra zing with a good drizzle of Duo Orange & Ginger.

Tangy Tomato
add a splash to your guacomole.
*give a flavour boost to your homemade salsa

Golden Kiwifruit
The tropical flavours of golden kiwifruit are just perfect for prawns off the barbecue or fish with salad.  Try a drizzle our Coconut Prawn Salad.
*Apple based salads are also a perfect fit with golden kiwifruit dressing.

Enter into the draw to win one of each flavour of Genevieve’s new fruit dressings plus 4 of her new paté.

Ways with Nut and Seed Crackers

Have you tried Penati nut and seed crackers?  We have some awesome ideas for using Penati, plus the opportunity to win a carton of Penati for you and your family/friends to enjoy.


Penati nut and seed crackers comes from sunny Nelson, they are all natural, high in protein, low in carbs and they are honestly delicious!
Penati come in 3 flavours: Nude, Parmesan, Garlic & Black Pepper




Some of our favourite toppings for Penati crackers include
*Sliced multi-coloured cherry tomatoes with basil and bocconcini
*Whipped blue cheese and walnut
*Ricotta, slice of fresh peach, crunchy bacon crumbs and a drizzle of honey
*Quick pickled red onion with salmon and cream cheese

Some of our favourite dips to serve with Penati crackers
*Whipped feta
*Avocado dip
*Pumpkin Hummus
*Warm Hummus
*Romesco Dip
*Beetroot Dip

 Lunch Box Penati
*Pack Penati crackers with a can of tuna, tomato, cucumber etc… for a delicious wholesome lunch.
*Penati go so well in a lunchbox of hummus, felafel, cucumber and tomato
*Graze through lunch with Penati crackers, cheese slices, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and celery.

What else can I do with my Penati Crackers
*Smash your crackers into rough chunks and add to salads, providing great texture and flavour
*Blitz the crackers in a food processor and use as a coating for fish fillets.
*Serve with nachos instead of corn chips.

It isn’t all savoury either, Penati can make a nutty cheesecake base or a base for lemon meringue pie.
1 packet of Penati Nude crackers
1/2 cup coconut
¼ cup sugar
50g butter, melted

Blitz the crackers in the bowl of a food processor until crumbs, combine these with coconut, sugar and melted butter and press into a tin. Bake at 180C for around 7 mins. Then cool at room temperature before placing in fridge to cool.

You can also blitz nude Penati Crackers with dates and a little coconut to make a base for sweets such as these Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pots.

Smash nude Penati Crackers and stir through homemade ice cream for a nutty addition.

As a low carb tasty breakfast serve Penati crackers alongside scrambled eggs.

Enter into the draw to win a box of 12 packets of Penati Nut & Seed Crackers

 Penati nut and seed crackers have no added gluten and are sugar free although please be aware Penati are produced on the same machinery as products containing Gluten (from a range of cereals).
AND the Nude and Garlic & Black Pepper flavours are vegan friendly.

Quick Pickled Red Onion

Quick pickled onions are simple to make and ready within 24 hours.  Serve them on crackers with cheese or smoked salmon, serve them on platters or stuffed into sandwiches.
They can sit in a clean jar in the fridge (covered) for up to 3 weeks.
Vary the flavour with the addition of coriander, cumin, peppercorns, juniper, fennel, caraway, celery seeds or whole star anise.

Zucchini Risotto with Whipped Feta

Whipped feta makes such a delicious topping on this risotto. You will end up with more whipped feta than you need but it will keep for a few days in the fridge.  Spread it onto sandwiches, crackers or add in some extra bits (chopped spring onion , herbs etc…) and make it into a dip.

Chocolate Mallow Slice

I love our homemade marshmallow Easter eggs , the marshmallow is so luscious.
Why wait until Easter to have them when you can include the marshmallow in a slice with a chocolatey coconut base.  mmmm :)

Liquid glucose may seem like an extra ingredient but it is worth it and you can buy it at supermarkets.  Golden syrup is an OK substitute but the marshmallow will then be slightly golden not white.


Deliciously Easy Orange Loaf

This super easy orange loaf can also be made in a bundt style cake tin.
For extra fragrance add a little orange blossom water to the mixture if you have some.
This loaf is popular in Morocco where it is sometimes served for breakfast with their lovely mint tea.
For those that prefer to measure by cups than scales then measure the sugar, oil and yoghurt to come in between 3/4 cup and a full cup.