All the meals we had in New Zealand were great, but one of my favorite food experiences was the Farmer’s Market in Christchurch.
We almost missed it completely, though because … we had no idea it existed.
In fact, if I hadn’t been bored on the plane and hadn’t absentmindedly browsed one of those airplane magazines that people NEVER look at, we would’ve lost out forever. I’m so glad for random airplane magazines. You too?
What can I say about the offerings?
We spent some time browsing all the vendors, getting inspired by quite a few things.
But there was a HUGE line to get bacon breakfast sandwiches, and we knew we couldn’t resist. I mean, check out the menu.
Anyway, this sandwich was so good, and we’ve actually made this at home twice since coming back. (On a side note, it seemed like almost everything in NZ comes with these colorful fresh greens)
The other thing we had to try was “Posh Porridge.” The concept is so simple, and I’m sort of shocked we don’t see this at farmer’s markets in the States much.
Basically, it’s organic oats topped with all sorts of tasty things. We got the banana, sticky date, peanut butter, and chocolate version. Look closely at the picture and you will see they did NOT skimp on the chocolate.
Finally, can we talk about these Afghan cookies?
So these were a new completely new discovery to me (have you ever heard of them?), but they are a really popular treat in New Zealand.
This chocolate cookie has cornflakes in the dough, a thick swirl of chocolate on top, and a crunchy walnut. You can buy them in bakeries and grocery stores and we tried at least a couple versions of them in New Zealand.
I’m officially hooked and have googled recipes for homemade versions as well.
You see, this is why I LOVE travel. It’s all comes down to the cookies.