Secret Recipe No 1


We love to share and are often asked for our recipes so here is No 1 in a series of special Jester House recipes. We hope you enjoy it as much as our cafe customers do.
Steve, our exceptional baker, has chosen our classic shortbread with a twist recipe to share with you.

He says it is super easy and great with a cup of tea or coffee.

Lavender Shortbread
Process in a food processor until smooth:
440 grms chilled butter, chopped
1 1/3 cup caster sugar
4 cups flour
1 cup rice flour
2 eggs
Place on a lightly floured surface and knead gently.
While kneading add:
2 Tbsp dried lavender buds
Shape the dough using an icecream scoop to make level scoops.
Cut each level scoop in half.
Roll half scoops into balls.
Place on 3 lined trays.
Flatten each ball gently with a floured fork.
Makes approx 75 biscuits.
Bake at 160°C for 20 minutes.
You can omit the lavender and have them plain or you can add lemon zest for a lemony twist.



This recipe makes quite a number of biscuits but they make a great little treat to give to a neighbour, friend, mother or your boss.

Nice pair



In May, all around New Zealand, individuals and businesses get involved in Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. This is the major fund raising opportunity for the  N.Z. Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast cancer is an unfortunate fact of life for many woman but it is not only woman who are affected. A lot of men stand beside their wives, lovers, mothers, sisters, friends and share the fear and trepidation that comes with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Even the discovery of a lump on a loved ones breast can cause great anxiety, as I can attest from personal experience. Luckily it was nothing serious but the process was enough to give me an understanding of what is is like to wait for the results of tests, the sleepless nights, the what ifs.

Here at Jester House, this is the 5th year we have been supporting this worthy cause, last year raising over $1000. This year we are having our Pink Ribbon weekend on the Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. Get a group of friends together, get your pink gear on and make a booking for breakfast, or lunch to show your support for this very worthwhile charity, and it is a great way to celebrate life.

Contact us on 03 5266742 or book online . Remember this is not just about woman.


Winter Dining

IMG_4424The joy of sitting by a roaring open fire cannot be denied. Egypt, our 17 year old cat can testify to the benefits of warmth and comfort. I would go one step further and add a meal to the experience and that experience is complete.

The fire at Jester House is guaranteed to be blazing everyday in the winter months and it warms the whole cafe with such efficiency that guests who start by sitting next to it have to move a little further from the flame. So no matter where you sit you are going to be warm and comfortable while you enjoy your lunch or coffee. It is one of my pet hates – going out for lunch or dinner and being cold, it puts me off to the extent that even if the food was great I would only return in the warmer months.With that in mind I can guarantee that you won’t be cold dining inside at Jester House.

Also our winter menu is bursting with hearty meals ideal to warm you from the inside. Check out our winter menu at . One of my personal favourites is the Krishna Surprise Salad, it is really tasty with the combination of lentils, brown rice and roast vegetables with the added zing of feta and dukkah and of course our secret dressing that makes any salad worth eating. My other winter standard is soup,and Cat and Louie have been creating some very delicious flavours. Last week it was a creamy curried roast parsnip with apple and cashew nuts. Sounds odd I know but it was truly scrumptious, so much so that I had it, 3 days in a row, for lunch.

Winter is definitely the time of year when you can indulge in those heavier types of food that give us comfort in the colder months and what better way to enjoy them than by a roaring fire? My idea of winter bliss. Is it yours?