On a frosty cold Auckland day, there is nothing better than picking an orange from a tree, zesting it and smelling winter. Correct me if I am wrong, but there is nothing quite like New Zealand oranges. The other day I walked past the Australian Navel oranges in the supermarket and the price was $1.99 and said to myself "No, Thank You!" and looked for NZ oranges and the price was $4.99 which seems to be the price of reducing carbon foot prints and supporting local growers. I am still wondering for how many more years and decades will NZ be a dumping ground of let's say...not so great produce from across the ditch?? Gobalisation is a fabulous thing for humanity when it comes to affordability I guess, so in the meantime it saves some of us some cash. After thinking about all of these I decided to go home and pick my own oranges instead, which was a more fabulous idea.
I think this post will be my first entry for Sweet New Zealand. It is a monthly foodie event hosted by a different food blogger every month. The June entries are hosted by Shirleen at Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice and if you are thinking to enter it you can read about it here.
Beat 2 eggs with 1/2 cup cooking oil and 1 cup caster sugar for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup plain youghurt and mix. Fold in 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup almond meal, 1.5 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cardamom and zest and juice of one orange. Bake at 160C for 45 minutes. I used gluten-free baking mix and a 6 inch baking tin.