A Girls Guide to Mac’s Cider Pairing

Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

Bucking the trend that has seen sickly sweet ciders flood the market recently (if I never taste another Strawberry Lime Cider it will be too soon!), Mac’s have taken inspiration from their brewing roots and brought to market four stunning wee drops that will easily find favour with palettes of all persuasions.  I love drinks that have a varietal for all occasions, I think this is why many of us gravitate towards wine.  Cider can also produce flavours as varied and complex as other brews and ferments, you may just have to step out of your comfort zone to experience them! Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

Food and beverage pairing is difficult to get right and even more difficult to remember – for me at least!  With their crafted ciders, Mac’s offer four stunning new flavours that won’t be forgotten; Cloudy Apple, Cranberry & Ginger, Blood Orange & Cardamom and Chilli & Lime.  To make things a little easier for those of us who struggle with the complexities of menu planning, I’ve put together some handy infographics to ensure you always get your cider pairing just right!  Take special note of the flavour scale which is now on all Mac’s beers and ciders, a #1 on the scale will offer refreshment and quenching relief while a #7 will leave you wanting to take your time and savour the intense flavour experience on offer. Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

This range brings innovation and a modern twist on classic cider while remaining true to the tart apple base which remains present throughout the range.  Whether you’re a gumboot girl or a city babe there is something for everyone here, but you simply must try the Chilli & Lime.  Get over the seemingly bizarre concept of a chilli cider and prepared to be wowed.  This one’s a keeper for sure!

Enjoy!

Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

“I don’t know how you do it Mum”.

Ethan said this to me about 4kms into my run yesterday.  We preempted a bit of a lazy day for him and insisted he accompany me on his bike.  He usually just “gaps it” – his words – completes the distance as quickly as possible and I see him back at the house.  Yesterday he stuck with me over the course as my Support Person, was very sweet.  He hadn’t come with me in a while, so maybe he was a little surprised at my progress?  More likely was that he had been watching me stumble along for 4 kilometres and was genuinely amazed that someone who looked so ungainly and dead on their feet was actually still managing to put one foot in front of the other!

Either way it was just nice that he noticed something unrelated to himself.  Selflessness is an important quality to cultivate, yet it seems to be a touch slow in blooming and living with a big-little person consumed by their own agenda is exhausting!  He is such a lovely, lovely boy but we are butting heads continuously right now!

He made me think about why I am running though.  I hurt right now.  I have some painful runners condition that starts with P affecting my heel/arch in my right foot causing me to hobble around like an old women for the first 10 minutes of my day, every day.  Google suggests this is a result of a change in exercise frequency and intensity – yes, hill running – yes, excessive jandal wearing – guilty.

 The reason I’m running isn’t actually getting measured on the scales, though I wish it were!  See I haven’t lost any weight at all over the past two months.  My clothes are fitting so much better so I’m finding consolation in that and in how much better I feel playing touch rugby.  Being so much fitter than I was at the start of the season has improved my confidence so much that now I feel like I’m totally ‘in’ the game rather than just one of the token 3 girls on the field.  Small things right?  Often they can be the biggest motivators.

Dave and I refreshed our runners this weekend so hopefully the pain comes to end after a few km’s in these loud and proud NB sneaks.  As a child of the eighties it blows my mind to see these fluoro hues come blasting back for another go-around.  The last thing I remember wearing that was this blinding was a multicoloured rah-rah skirt and matching scissor-clip circa F2 disco.  Good times!

Have a wonderful week everyone, make yourself proud x

Running Mummy Blog NZ

Acquisitions | Monochrome Birkenstocks

 

After a short stay in customs jail my comfy, velvety, gorgeous {“super ugly hippy shoes” – Husband} black and white Birkenstocks have arrived!  I ordered from Amazon through a seller in Germany which actually took  f o r e v e r, but still worked out cheaper than purchasing here – even with the ridiculously exorbitant customs charges added on, hello revenue gathering : /

Anywho, I wore the White Gizeh sandals out the other night in a desperate bid to hasten Summer but Summer aint listening people!  Can.  Not.  Wait.  

Acquisitions | We Who See Flatform Sandals

We_Who_See_Sandals

Did you die over this sandal or not so much?  Let me count the ways I love these flatforms from We Who See; leather? check, fave teal colour? check, platform? check, super comfy? check, On sale for $19 USD? Check.  Shopping the Northern Hemisphere end of season sales is def the way to grab some bargains!

20121015-195714.jpg

We Who See Flatforms

20121015-195729.jpg

Acquisitions | Blue Illusion Minola Flats

Blue Illusion is an Australian retail store that I have just noticed in NZ {I don’t know how long they have been here!}.  The clothes are not for me, but they had some gorgeous shoes and hats, and I just couldn’t resist these little flats.

The leather is buttery soft, the colours are vibrant and fun and they are SO comfortable.  I’m really picky about flats as I don’t think the typical round toe is the most flattering style but these gems have a squared off toe that looks amaze.

Green_leather_flats

Minola Leather Flat $169 from Blue Illusion