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That’s A Mole! – Cadbury Cooking Festival Recipe

Ah….chocolate. Nothing is better than chocolate! Especially when you learn how to have chocolate for dinner, which is what this mole recipe includes!

Andrew and I had the opportunity this year to attend the Cadbury Cooking Class as a part of the Cadbury Festival. What a great night! Two local chefs, four gluten free recipes, and chocolate in all of it. Chocolate is the language of love, you know…*wink wink*

Most of the ingredients...including cocoa powder!
Most of the ingredients…including cocoa powder!

Of course, it’s one thing to watch the professionals…it’s quite another to replicate their recipes in your own kitchen. The recipes were actually surprisingly simple and manageable. Without further ado….vegetarian mole (pronounced Mole-ay)

Spicy Vegetarian Mole with Crisp Winter Salsa

Grated Beetroot....may be a good idea to use a food processor unless you like having a red kitchen!
Grated Beetroot….may be a good idea to use a food processor unless you like having a red kitchen!



  1. 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 2 medium carrots, grated
  4. 1 large beetroot, peeled and grated
  5. 1 tsp cocoa powder
  6. 1 /2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  8. chili powder to taste (optional)
  9. 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  10. 1 large bunch of rhubarb stalks, stewed
  11. 1 tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  12. 1 tin black beans, rinsed and drained
  13. 1 tin lentils, rinsed and drained
  14. salt, sugar, apple cider vinegar to season as required
Assortment of Spices
Assortment of Spices

Winter Salsa

  1. 1/4 large kohirabi, peeled and julienned
  2. 1/2 of a fennel bulb, cored and julienned
  3. 1 handful of picked watercress
  4. Juice of half a lemon
  5. flaky sea salt


Onions, oil, and spices
Onions, oil, and spices
  1. Heat the oil in a deep skillet or pot. Sauté the onion for a couple of minutes until translucent
  2. Add the cocoa, cinnamon and paprika, along with the chili poser if using and sauté until fragrant
  3. Add the tomatoes, rhubarb, beans, and lentils. Bring to a simmer, stirring continuously as this will stick if left alone.
  4. Add the beetroot and carrots, stirring to integrate
  5. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 1-8+ hours. Check seasoning as beans and tomatoes can take a bit to enliven.
  6. Adjust with salt, sugar, and apple cider vinegar

To make salsa:

  1. Combine the vegetables in a non-reactive bowl and toss with lemon juice and salt to taste
Adding in the beetroot and carrots
Adding in the beetroot and carrots

How to serve it:

Serve the mole over corn or nacho chips, in a tortilla or taco, or over baked potatoes with some cheese curds and sour cream.

Given that a majority of this recipe uses in-season vegetables and tinned food,  this could be a perfect camping recipe! Simmer for as long or as short as you want. If you happen to have a large cast-iron pot that you can leave over the campfire (don’t leave your campfire unattended!), you can toss all the ingredients in and just let it do its thing.

This recipe also lends itself well to a slow-cooker on those busy days. It is also easy to double or triple this recipe and freeze the leftovers for another day as it freezes quite well!

If you do want, you can also add some cheap cuts of beef or chicken…it simmers for long enough that you will end up with a very tender meat by the end of it!


Night Noodle Market Dunedin

One of the advantages of living in one of the four largest cities in New Zealand is that Dunedin is just large enough to still attract the major events that visit the larger cities like Christchurch and Auckland, while still being small enough to have that small town feel.

Andrew and I at the market
Andrew and I at the market

This past week, Dunedin played host to the ‘Night Noodle Market’, which hosted both performances and foods with an Asian influence. According to their advertising, it would allow locals to experience the “sights, sounds, and tastes of an authentic Asian street market”.

Noodle Market full of people
Noodle Market full of people

Authentic? Not so much…far too orderly with neat little queues marked out in the grassy fields of the Kensington Oval. Far too neat and orderly if anyone’s been to any actual Asian markets, but still, the food was quite tasty.

Rice and beef
Rice and beef

Andrew and I arrived just at the dinner rush, which wasn’t the best timing on our parts. We were hungry and most of the lines were ridiculously long (think around 20-30 minutes in line).

Andrew's noodle dish
Andrew’s noodle dish

The portion sizes were also quite small given the prices.  The only thing we were tempted by that we didn’t go for was the pineapple smoothies; they wanted $12 just for a small smoothie in a pineapple!

Hoy Pinoy Stall
Hoy Pinoy Stall

That being said, the food was still absolutely fantastic. Andrew and I shared our dishes and got to sample four different dishes while we were there. It did mean standing in line for each dish, but once we had our first one and weren’t so hungry anymore, it was a lot more enjoyable.

Massive BBQ for cooking the skewers
Massive BBQ for cooking the skewers

The atmosphere was nice and the people were quite friendly. Each of the stalls was quite efficient in their food delivery as well, getting through the long lines quickly.

Delicious Pork Belly skewers
Delicious Pork Belly skewers

The skewers were definitely the most popular stall in the place, and I can see why! They were absolutely delicious. It was $12 for 2 sticks and some people were walking around with entire bouquets of the things. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people spent upwards of $100-$200 on dinner, although Andrew and I kept our evening reasonable.

Ginger beef was delicious!
Ginger beef was delicious!

There was also some fire dancing performances, which were fun to watch. The fair could have really benefited from a small craft market as well, in my opinion.

Beautiful lanterns
Beautiful lanterns

Overall, Andrew and I really enjoyed our evening and the opportunity it  gave us to sample food from a bunch of the different local restaurants.