Here at I AM Co. one of our favourite things to do is enjoy visiting the great cafes around the country. We’re so spoilt to have such an amazing range of cafes serving some hugely delicious, healthy food from a wide variety of cultures. Some of these cafes have been generous enough to share some of our favourites with you….

Ortolana is a contemporary bistro set within an elegant, sun-filled conservatory in the Pavilions at Britomart. The name Ortolana means ‘Market Gardener’ in Italian and is symbolic of our use of the best seasonal, local produce from our own farm and from other local growers. Ortolana offers an all-day, European-inspired menu.

Preheat oven to 155C fan force.

Melt together in a pot:

  • 85g salted butter
  • 250g raw rewa rewa honey

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 165g raw whole almonds
  • 250g raw macadamia pieces
  • 250g raw rolled oats
  • 85g pumpkin seeds
  • 85g sunflower seeds
  • 85g puffed millet

Mix together dry ingredients with honey mixture. Mix until evenly incorporated.

Line four baking trays with baking paper, spread mixture evenly between the trays.

Bake in oven for approx 1 hour, stirring every 10-15mins so it colours evenly.

When golden reduce the oven temperature to 100c and continue to bake until dry to the touch, approx 20mins.

Once cool stir the granola to break up & store in an airtight container.

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If you have an absolute favourite dish from a NZ cafe we’d love to hear from you – we will try our utmost to feature it on the blog! Email us at [email protected]