Roast Lamb with coffee and cream

Serves 6 I know this sounds very strange but believe me it is truly delicious. No one who eats it can ever guess what the secret ingredients are! 1 leg of lamb (approx. 2.5 kg                       25g butter 3 large onions roughly quartered              2 cups hot lamb or beef stock 300mls hot strong black coffee               … Continued

Our tour to Vietnam is now a reality

All inclusive 23 day tour with no hidden extras to come from your spending money   Where do we start?  Vietnam has so much to offer, and on our 2019 reconnaissance tour we made a lot of contacts, sussed out numerous hotels and activities, and have personally selected an internal tour company which specialises in … Continued

October in Nepal – the best time to go

October in Nepal is stunning.  The skies are clear, the mountains are crystal clear, the rice is being harvested and the climate is at its best. Our 21 day escorted tour to Nepal departs Auckland late  October 2019.   This will be Skylark’s fifth tour to Nepal and will be based on the tried and proven … Continued

Cheese blintzes with goat’s cheese

  These cheese blintzes from Skylark Tours are easy to make, and are a delicious canape addition to your Christmas table.   Makes about 20   150g flour                                                        … Continued

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival 2019 beckons

  The 26th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival in May 2019 once again has a great line up of artists.   Headlining for New Zealand is Nashville recording artist and multi award winner Che Orton. Che has performed to sell-out crowds of up to 2500 in Las Vegas and has a loyal following in USA. … Continued

Chitwan offers a different side of Nepal

The Chitwan National park is on the southern border of Nepal near Sauraha Village. The Skylark’s escorted tours to Nepal each November spends 2 nights in Chitwan at the Hotel Hermitage where a number of friendly and knowledgeable guides are on hand to greet us. We are assigned to Mudhan for the duration of our … Continued

Pashupatinath, Nepal a unique cultural experience

One of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal – Pashupatinath is located on both banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu.  Every year this temple, dedicated to the God Shiva,  attracts hundreds of Hinduists during the last weeks of their lives. They travel there to meet death, be cremated on the banks … Continued

Twice baked goat’s cheese souffle

This souffle has been on the menu at The Engine Room restaurant in Northcote Point Auckland for 15 years, and the recipe was offered publicly via Cuisine magazine May 2018.  We tried it for  a group of eight and it was a big hit.  We were able to source most of the ingredients at our … Continued

Stuffed Aubergine

  The world’s your oyster when it comes to stuffing vegetables – mushrooms, capsicum, eggplant – you name it. Here is a version that we tried on the barbecue over summer. These are so filling that we didn’t need any accompaniment. For this version you will need (for 2 people) 2 eggplants Half a cup … Continued

Festive Salmon with Walnut Dukkah

The salmon can be roasted two days ahead and certainly takes the pressure off when entertaining. If preparing for a lesser number use a tail fillet. (Serves 10-12) 1 side salmon, skin on (about 1.5 kg) 2 tbsp olive oil 1-2 tsp sweet chilli sauce or more if you want a stronger flavour Sea salt … Continued