Milk and Honey

milk-honeyWe’re so fortunate to live, work and play in a region that is known not just for spectacular scenery, amazing beaches and high sunshine hours; but that also has a (growing) reputation as a foodies heaven!

One of our sweetest natural food resources as a region and as a country is honey!

We believe, and we’re not alone, that milk and honey complement each other perfectly. These precious ingredients work together to deliver a delicious hit of goodness whether you choose to drink a glass last thing at night or first thing in the morning.

The Milk & Honey Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oaklands Farm Fresh milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently over low heat. Stir for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to taste.

The Benefits!

  • In the evening – Honey and milk have both been traditionally used as individual remedies for insomnia, so it stands to reason that mixed together you should be in for a good night’s sleep. Milk has a high calcium content, which sleep experts claim can help you relax but it’s also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps in the production of the sleep inducing brain chemicals, serotonin and melatonin. Honey is one of the rare sugary foods that causes a controlled increase in the amount of insulin being secreted, which also promotes tryptophan to be released into the brain.
  • In the morning – This delicious concoction works in reverse and serves as an energy booster! Milk provides protein, whilst honey, a good source of carbohydrates helps boost your metabolism.

Deluxe Home Style Hot Chocolate

As far as we’re concerned one of the best things about winter is that the cold weather gives us the perfect justification to enjoy a warming hot chocolate! There’s no need to save the excuse for when you’re visiting your favourite cafe though; why not indulge at home?

Promise us one thing though, please banish the kettle and the powder! The best hot chocolate drink deserves more than boiling water and cocoa powder, it deserves to be made with the good stuff… Oaklands Farm Fresh Milk and real chocolate!

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Deluxe Home Style Hot Chocolate

(Makes 4 Mugs)

Ingredients:

  • 600ml Oaklands Farm Fresh Milk
  • 142ml cream
  • 100g chopped chocolate, (plus extra to grate), we like Whittaker’s Dark Ghana.

Method:

Pour the milk, cream and chopped chocolate into a pan. Bring gently to the boil, whisking until smooth. Serve in mugs topped with marshmallows and a little grated chocolate.

If you’re making this for adults, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of brandy, for an extra grown up treat. (We advocate drinking responsibly).

What’s in season? Apples!

Here in Nelson and Tasman we have the most amazing apples quite literally on our doorstep. So how can we combine these treasures with the creamy deliciousness of Oakland’s Farm Fresh Milk…. Here’s how!

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Apple Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tart apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 tbsp high-grade flour
  • 750 mL  Oaklands Farm Fresh Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Melt butter in a pan over a medium-high heat; add your apples, half the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook, stirring, for about 5 min or until apples are softened. Transfer mixture to a bowl.
  2. Return your pan to medium-high heat; stir in the rice and remaining sugar. Whisk your flour into the Oaklands Farm Fresh Milk and gradually stir into rice.
  3. Heat until just steaming, stirring often.
  4. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 25 min or until the rice is very tender.
  5. Stir in the reserved apples and vanilla extract. Let your pudding cool slightly and serve warm or chill until cold.
  6. The pudding will thicken considerably as it cools. Sprinkle each serving with more cinnamon.

How You Support Local when you buy Oaklands Farm Fresh Milk

When you buy Oakland’s Farm Fresh Milk, you’re supporting local in more ways than you might know…

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HarvestingMaizeOur happy healthy cows are fed predominately on healthy green grass, right here at the farm. However, as winter arrives we supplement this with maize harvested on our farm, and other feeds.

We pleased to work with local boutique brewery, Sprig & Fern. Don’t worry… Daisy’s not sipping from a pint glass, but what our cows do enjoy is “Brewer’s Spent Grain”, this is the solid residue left after the processing of germinated and dried cereal grains for the production of beer.

We also source Apple Pomace locally. This is a succulent nutritious moist feed from the apple juice industry, and Oakland’s cows receive theirs from Freshco on Naylands Road.

Because we work regularly with these regional suppliers and with no unnecessary transport miles to processing factories you can be sure that when you buy Oaklands milk you’re buying local, providing almost 4 times as much economic benefit for our region.

Introducing Molly

Here at Oaklands, the home of Nelson & Richmond’s Farm Fresh Milk we’ve begun welcoming baby calves to our Oakland’s family. We offered our Facebook fans the opportunity to name our first born heifer, and we’re pleased to announce the winner of that competition as Kate Sara.

Congratulations Kate, our first born heifer has been given the name Molly as you suggested!

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What’s in season? Pumpkins!

PumpkinSoupWow it’s pumpkin season! There’s nothing we love more than a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup, it’s a lunch time treat for the whole family and with the little ones breaking up for school holidays you want something that’s going to fill them up.

Of course there’s only one way to put more heartiness into a bowl of pumpkin soup and that’s to make sure you use farm fresh Oaklands Milk in your recipe! Here’s our favourite….

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup diced potatoes
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups (500ml) Oaklands Milk

Method:

    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan and cook the onion until soft, but not coloured. Add the pumpkin, potatoes, water, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes or until pumpkin and potatoes are tender.
    2. Add you farm fresh Oaklands Milk, blend until smooth and serve.

Cook’s tip:

To make your pumpkins easier to peel, chop in to segments. Scoop out the seeds of the pumpkin segments, fill the hollow with water and place in a microwavable dish. Pour a little water into the bottom of the microwavable dish. Cook in your microwave on high for 4-7 minutes. You’ll find the skin will easily peel off.

Name That Calf!

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Who doesn’t love a calf? Well we know the pupils at Victory School do, here they are with George…

Well, Here at Oaklands, the home of Nelson & Richmond’s Farm Fresh Milk we’ll soon be welcoming a herd of baby calves to our Oakland’s family, and we’d like to give one lucky Facebook fan the opportunity to name our first born heifer!

What name will you choose? Head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE to ENTER

Rocking a great smoothie with Rockmelon…

RockmelonRockmelons are abundant at the farmers markets at the moment. The other day I found one for 50 cents, yes 50 cents for a super ripe, super sweet, super tasty melon.

We’re also lucky enough to have access to plenty of Oakland’s delicious farm fresh milk. (Oaklands Milk comes from A2 tested cows and may improve digestibility, especially for those who struggle with dairy intolerance). So naturally we wanted to find a way to use the two together. A little use of Mr Google and, hey presto, we discovered this fabulous recipe… Enjoy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups rockmelon (chopped)
  • 1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of Oakland’s farm fresh milk
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup or honey

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Original recipe courtesy of Much a Munch.

What other people are saying about our Farm Fresh Milk…

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We can talk about the benefits of our Farm Fresh Milk, quite literally, until the cows come home… But we understand that you sometimes want to hear how good it is from other happy customers, here’s a few reviews and comments we’ve received lately…


Since I started getting your milk from Saxton or the other places, I no longer cough in the mornings & do not need inhalers for asthma.

We love getting our milk from Oaklands. Our son can only tolerate A2 milk so we feel very lucky to have this fresh milk practically on our doorstep! The customer service is brilliant too…I really enjoy that you guys pop out to the vending machines regularly.

Best tasting milk I’ve ever had!

Best milk around these days … tastes great!!! Reminds me of childhood days… The way milk used and ought to taste like! And the fact it has the A2 protein is a bonus.

Delicious! Makes great smoothies too.

The milk has so much more flavour we love it and after consuming 3 litres in 2 days think we will be buying it regularly.


So there you have it! It’s not just us saying it, it really is great stuff!
Check out our vending machine locations HERE.

Have a Ro”moo”ntic Valentine’s Day!

We’re feeling Ro”moo”ntic… Yes as the 14th February approaches it’s time to think about treating your loved one… Nothing says “I love you” like chocolate pudding, especially chocolate pudding made with Oaklands Farm Fresh milk!

We discovered this fabulous recipe… Enjoy!

ChocPuddingHomemade “with love” chocolate pudding.

Ingredients:

  • Approx 110 g of (70% cocoa) chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 230 mls Whipping Cream
  • 3 large Egg Yolks
  • 600 mls Oaklands farm fresh milk
  • 110 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Optional Toppings
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips

Method:

  1. In a large heat safe bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, cornflour & salt. Slowly whisk in the cream, a little at a time, until all is smoothly combined. Whisk the egg yolks, one at a time, into that mixture.
  2. Heat the Oaklands farm fresh milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the sugar until it has dissolved. Bring milk to a simmer, be careful not to let it boil.
  3. Add most of the milk into the egg mixture & whisk quickly until well combined. Pour this back into the saucepan with the milk that you reserved. Warm this mixture over medium high heat until it boils. Once it boils cook for about 2 minutes until the pudding becomes thick, whisking quickly the entire time.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat & stir in chocolate & vanilla. Whisk quickly until chocolate is well combined.
  5. Transfer to bowls or one large container. Cover with plastic wrap, the wrap should touch the pudding so a skin does not form. Serve chilled, with optional toppings.

Note: This will serve 6 to 8 people, so if it’s a romantic Valentines meal for two, be sure to reduce quantities!