Learning the Lingo & Recipe

Ahh Happy Monday. I am posting this at exactly 8pm on Monday night here in New Zealand, which means it’s 1am Monday morning in Texas. Therefore, we can finally share in a Monday together, yes?

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Don’t worry, it only took me 2 months to get the whole time change right. Just kidding…sorta.

Okay so I might not be the best at adjusting to time change but I am learning how talk and eat like a Kiwi. Below are a list of words that I am finally picking up here in the land of the big white cloud (that’s New Zealand). Finally, I am not having to ask people to repeat things slowly. haha.

More words: here

  • pikelet: small pancake often served with jam and whipped cream
  • naff off: get lost!
  • petrol: gasoline
  • lolly: candy
  • loo: bathroom
  • sunnies: sunglasses
  • torch: flashlight
  • two sammies short of a picnic: used to describe a person who is a “bit thick”.
  • up the duff: pregnant
  • piss: beer, as in “get on the piss”*
  • pissed: drunk, inebriated (or pissed as a fart as my mother in law would say. Winking smile
  • going bush: become reclusive. And expanded by Jonathan:- To take off for the bush and live for an extended period to “get away from it all”.
  • good on ya, mate!:  congratulations, well done
  • banger: sausage (banger and mash= sausage and potatoes)
  • biscuit: cookie
  • buggered: exhausted
  • bugger off: piss off, shove off, get out

Are you laughing yet? I hope so, it’s Monday!

Another learning experience I’ve had lately has been in the kitchen. The kiwi Kitchen. You see, kiwi’s like their white bait. It’s a so-called delicacy here (You can learn all about White Bait here). But this stuff ain’t cheap. I asked the hubs to go buy some at the market so I could attempt to make the infamous White Bait Fritters and he came back with about 5oz of it. 5oz for $20! Whoa!

Now usually White Bait Fritters are made a certain way, kinda like an omelet. Lou cooked it 2 ways here. But I decided to put my “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” thinking cap on and “volumize” these bad boys. I even gave them a little Texas flare.

*Note: You can make this recipe using crab, salmon, sardines, etc.


White Bait Fritters with a Texas Flare

Texas White Bait Fritters
Prep time
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Recipe type: appetizer or entree
Serves: 2
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ chili pepper (optional)
  • 200g drained whitebait (around 5 oz)
  • dash of milk if needed.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 lemon
  • diced pepper or jalapeno (optional)
  • Tobasco to top.
  1. Drain the white bait (or other seafood of choice) and set aside. In a separate bowl, crack eggs and separate egg whites. Place egg whites aside. Add the flour, spices, pepper, and baking soda to your eggs. Whip egg whites until nice and fluffy.Fold in your white bait and egg whites into the main batter. Mix well.
  2. Butter you pan and add a touch of oil and lemon. Make sure it's on medium to medium high heat. Scoop your batter on the pan and lightly fry on each side.
  3. Place fritters on top of rice with sliced avocado and tabasco. Eat up!!

Not too shabby, eh? I actually ended up getting 4 fritters out it. Served on top of rice with avocado and you’ve got yourself a meal.

So tell me, what new lingo have you learned lately?

Anything new in the kitchen?

Cheers to Monday,


Your Monday (or Tuesday??) Musings….

9am Tauranga departure via Honda


4pm-9pm Catch the Picton Ferry Ride


2:30am good old honda arrives in Christchurch


6:30am wake up (my body sucks at sleeping in)

Therefore I leave you with mindless entertainment. This is what I talk with everyday. Yes, I ask them to repeat things slow. Winking smile

what’s your mindless entertainment for a Monday?



Out of it LC

Let’s End this with a Wild Giveaway

Hello and Happy Almost New Year! Well in about 8 hours it will be 2012 here and I am THRILLED to get this YEAR DONE WITH! Yes, I am screaming that! I am not going to go back and look at this year, really have no desire. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing how everyone else’s year has evolved and grown. It’s very comforting. But for us Cotters, we’re giving 2011 the boot. A nice kick in the old arse. Amen?!

So, let’s end it with something good. A giveaway. A kiwi giveaway to be exact. I’ll let the video explain because let’s face it, I’m on a video kick.


Can you tell we like our new casual clothing?

trevor and james

The hubs and his uncle Trevor (founder and owner)

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You know you want to get your hands on one of these awesome T-shirts for 2012, right?

How to win:

  • Like Wild Kiwi on Facebook (mandatory) and tell me that you did so.
  • Check out their site and tell me what shirt you like.
  • Read their about page and tell me what you’ve learned about our cool kiwi family.
  • Wish someone around you a BEAUTIFUL 2012 (mandatory)
  • Tell me why you are ready for 2012.

I’ll have the hubs pick a random number next Wednesday, on our 4 year anniversary, for a winner.

Good Stuff!


Now I want to talk to the year 2011…. I am saying goodbye, farewell, au revoir. You were a hard year. Ya, you challenged me, in fact you challenged us. But that’s okay because it made us come together, made us stronger, made us take chances. I will never be “friends” with you but I will keep you as an acquaintance. You’re a year that will never be forgotten but definitely needs forgetting, does that even make sense? Ha, I laugh now. I laugh at how much energy there was wasted on you. Sorry, but it’s true. Don’t take it personally though because we’ve moved on. In fact we moved countries to escape the last bit of you. Your sister 2012 seems quite inviting and we open her with welcome arms in return. So without further adieu ……

Goodbye 2011!




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Kiwi Christmas Traditions

Kia Ora friends and Merry Kiwi Christmas from the Cotters! We are a day ahead so we actually just wrapped up our Christmas weekend.

We’ve been staying with James’ Aunt and Uncle and cousins up in Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) and boy has it been good fun! Now, usually we are with my family for Christmas, lots of kiddos, a turkey, pie, etc. Yes, the good ‘ole American Christmas. Obviously we are not in TX this year and traditions have been swapped a bit for Kiwi Christmas traditions in New Zealand.

Summer weather meant picking fresh fruit from the orchards outside, pouring a glass of wine that just happened to be local of course, strolling on the beach and soaking up some sun, firing up the grill for a Kiwi Christmas  “Barbie,” taking advantage of seeing kiwi cousins and laughing lots, playing tennis in the backyard all afternoon, and let’s not forget…the Christmas Pavlova (how I love that it is Gluten free too!).



It’s definitely been a “new” experience for this Texas Family Gal but it makes me happy to see the hubs home here with family. We never get to see them so we are taking full advantage while we can.

Tomorrow (our boxing day) we will head out to Auckland for another couple weeks of training. More travel time in the car but it’s definitely worth it for this journey!

Kiwi Christmas Pavlova


Kiwi Christmas Pavlova (source)

Servings: 1 pavlova

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Kiwi Christmas Pavlova
Prep time
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 6-8
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  1. Directions:
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff (forms peaks). Add sugar - heaped tablespoon at a time - beating well after each addition. Then beat for at least 10 minutes. This is very important. Then sprinkle vinegar, corn flour and vanilla essence into mixture. Beat until blended.
  3. Coat baking paper with water drops to allow baking paper to stick to sides of tin and pile pavlova mixture in 20cm circle.
  4. Heat oven until 300°F (or 150°C). Put pav in oven and immediately turn oven down to 250°F (or 125°C) and leave for 1 hour. Then turn oven off and leave in oven until cold. (Usually overnight). This makes a nice crust on outside of pav.
  5. Before serving, cover pav in whipped cream and decorate with your favorite fruit.


What are your NEW or OLD Holiday Traditions this year?

I always love to hear!



Wine Wednesday on the Road

Kia Ora and welcome to my Wine Wednesday on the road. I’ll let the video do my explaining and then jump straight post. So sit back, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy more scenes from New Zealand. Oh and try not to work too hard before during the Holidays, mmm K?



Our first vineyard/winery stop was just a quick 45 minutes up the road in Northern Canterbury. Pegasus Bay Winery was gorgeous and their property is filled with a huge garden area just overlooking a range of rolling hills. We sat outside for a while admiring the view.




They also had a gourmet restaurant tucked away inside an old Victorian house. It was packed full of locals and tourists. We drooled over everyone’s plate as we walked through house to take a little tour ourselves.



Then it was off to the tasting room. We had a sample flight of 11 different wines ranging from Riesling to Merlot Cabernet. Pegasus is known for their Riesling and I have to say, I was quite impressed. I’m usually not a Riesling gal due to the sweetness but this was DELICIOUS! Yes, I was like a kid in a candy store, oohing and ahhhing it all.



After our wine tasting and property viewing, nature called. Yes, that nature.

It was probably one of the best parts of the visit. no no, not because of the bathroom trip but because what was written on the walls inside the bathroom! I laughed at all these quotes. Other ladies were laughing too, but I think it’s because I was taking a picture of the bathroom wall, ya pretty sure I was focal point there. Winking smile


Ahh good times good times! I might be stealing those quotes for my kitchen décor some day.

Well, that’s about it. We plan on heading to a few more vineyards throughout our stay, so I will definitely keep you posted.

And I almost forgot. My only two WIAW food pictures. Gosh Jen, I’m slacking. Please forgive me!


New Zealand Lollycake and Muesli, that’s a good combo isn’t it?



Hope you are enjoying the Holidays! Any Wine or Vineyard lovers out there?

Cheers to Wine Wednesday! See you in a few days.

Wino Windsay


If you’re feeling extra holiday-ish, please feel free to vote for my Kiwi Christmas Cookiesover at the Love Grown FB page. Just a thought.

Winking smile

Man’s Meal Wednesday

Today I received a special request from the hubs..…a man’s meal. But not just any man’s meal, a KIWI man’s meal.

What does that look like you might say? Well, I had to do some research but it came down to this.

Lamb & Chutney, beans on GF toast with marmite, & roasted Kumura.


As an American wife this was the most randoms of randoms to me, but hey, after a long ride and a hard swim, a KIWI man wants HE wants.


There you have it, a rather odd WIAW, but we are allowed those.


Right Jen?

If a man’s meal looks like this, what does a woman’s meal look like?

Hmm…….chocolate and wine? hehe. Winking smile

What does a man’s meal look like in your state, country?




The lamb was delicious. I’m thinking I should post the recipe. Perhaps?

GF Muesli Muffins : Breaking in the Kiwi Kitchen

A few days ago I decided it was time to really break our new kitchen. You see, I’d been playing it safe with the stove top and microwave. Those are easy. All you do is turn knobs on high, low, etc. and push buttons for a cook time. I don’t really measure when I cook either, just throw ingredients in and taste while I go, ya know? But baking, well that has to be measured. And the oven? It’s in Celsius.

So here I am back to my conversion table. Tablespoons to grams, cups to ounces, Fahrenheit to Celsius. I better be a “bi-lingual” baker by the time I leave here.

I know, it’s probably so simple to most but hey, I’m taking advantage of that “smart” feeling here.

First up, HEALTHY BITES. I made a few twists on some old favorites. Adjusting the ingredients to what was more available here in New Zealand. I’d say the running theme is MUESLI, specifically Gluten free muesli. Hallelujah!


Coconut date and Hazelnut were a close second.


You should have seen me try to attempt my mother n  law’s food processor. I think it took about 30 minutes just to figure out how to put the lid on. Winking smile

Next up was the oven. Luckily, I brought some chickpea flour with me so all I had to do was throw in some GF flour (which is so cheap here) and of course more GF Muesli.

chickpea museli muffins 2

GF Muesli Muffins

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chickpea Muesli Muffins
Recipe Type: bread, sweets
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 10-12
  • 1 cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1/2 cup GF Flour
  • 1 oz freeze dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup GF muesli
  • 30 grams Vanilla Protein
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • dash of milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • optional sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, etc)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F or 200 C. Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add in egg, water, milk, and remaining ingredients. Beat well until smooth (besides the dried fruit mix). Coat a muffin pan then scoop the batter into each cup. Bake for 15 minutes or until middle of the muffin has baked all the way through. Enjoy with favorite topping; peanut butter, jam, butter, etc.

Okay so 200C is really 392F but I think 375F will work better. Or at least I hope. Math is not really my forte.

I paired these with fresh cream goat cheese and a little honey. Oh and let’s not forget a cuppa tea.

Thankful board day 15 and 16 (I’m doing to 21 days)

the ability to learn (and maybe some patience too).


What have you had to relearn lately?



Trial and Error Part II: Season Recap

With each season (triathlon season), there is a feeling of newness, of hope! This past year was not different. Little did I know that THAT hope would be tested…..


2010 was a break through year for the hubs. He placed top 5 in almost every race and won his first 70.3 at Steelhead (see THIS article). We were ecstatic! Finally, a break through season. Things were looking up for the Cotters, we were progressing.

Well that progress came to a HUGE HALT when the hubs injured his knee and was forced to sit out of World Champs last year. We went and cheered on fellow athletes instead.


We spent some time resting and reflecting on the year.


Months went by, and the knee was still lingering. Several procedures/tests were done and not one could pin point the problem. So all we could was hope and pray. About a month before the 2011 season started, the knee seemed be doing ok. We took this as a sign to jump right in a go for it. Seemed like the only reasonable thing TO DO at the time. He had to race, he just had to.

So 20 days of training and bam! The 2011 season was here with the first race being Galveston. I think he placed top 10 in that race but still felt unfit. The next several races were in his words “flat.” Again, no top end speed quite yet. But the knee was good, we were happy with that.

We kept thinking that the speed would come, everything would line up. Just focus on the training. Then came more stresses in life, 100F heat, and ooh yes, the knee pain again.

WHAT? How could this be? We thought we were done with that? Well, let’s just rest it a week a then get back into training. That should work, right?

Wrong! The hubs ended up dropping out of the World Champs last weekend. He got to the run and again “felt flat,” by mile two the knee pain was back, and by mile three he was out.

I received this text message next, “crappy race, knee is in pain, I’m done for the season!”

As a wife (and number 1 fan), my heart aches for him. I wanted this year to be even better than last year. He deserves it, he works so hard, he’s got so much talent. So why, why the trials, why the frustration?

All I can say is that we live and we learn. My goodness did GOD teach us a lesson this year (and still is teaching us for that matter). We both learned that true healing cannot happen overnight. It takes time. It takes sacrifice. Sacrificing a want over a need. Letting your body heal and then rebuilding it again from scratch, making it stronger.

We learned that healing comes from nurturing. Nurturing each other with love, kindness, gentleness, and patience. As for me, I learned that I need to let God do some healing in me in order to nurture this marriage! I need to let God not only heal me  but restore me, both physically and spiritually.

That’s one major reason why we decided to “temporarily” move to New Zealand. It will give us time to heal, to rest, to rebuild, and to nurture. These past trials may have had lots of errors, but they did not take away our hope!


Here I stand, by my man, never letting Go, it’s in God’s hands………


LC (aka, the wife)


I almost forgot! the winner of the Ice Tee giveaway is STEPH from Run for Fun!! Yea steph! Email me your address friend.

Weekend Entertainment

The hubs has a slight obsession with LeBron James. In fact, when we have kids, he wants our first son to be named Lebron. Sorry hubs, not gonna push out a watermelon for that. I doubt our child will be 6’6” anyway. Just ain’t gonna happen.

But I’ll make a deal. How ‘bout I film you doing your best LeBron James “big decision” (aka team decision) impression? And let’s make it about YOUR big DECISION (aka triathlon training decision) for 2012!

Will that work?

Hope so, let’s Roll!

And just so you know, he did not pull out the accent.

I think you’ll just have to wait till we’re in New Zealand for that. Lots of Kiwi talk there.

Needing some more entertainment this weekend? Take a peek at some of our locals here in Austin.

Yep, it’s officially too hot to wear clothes, let alone tighty whities.



Cotter Crew