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Warming winter stew recipe from Kokako Cafe

Kokako cafe’s much-loved stew is the perfect winter antidote; served with generous hunks of melted blue cheese and topped with a poached egg for a hearty meal perfect for these cooler days. The menu is set to change in July, so make sure you stop by before it disappears!

Serves 4 – 5 people


1 x 250g can cooked pinto beans (or white beans)
1 x 250g can Puy lentils
2 x red capsicum (sliced)
80g diced organic onion
10g minced garlic
50g diced celery
50g diced organic carrot
50g diced leek
2g fennel seeds + 2g cumin seeds + 2g coriander seeds: all toasted and ground
5g smoked sweet paprika
10g thyme leaves
10g oregano leaves
2 bay leaves
1 x 400g tin crushed Italian tomatoes
50ml olive oil

Other items:

4 x poached eggs
120g blue cheese
Half cup of coriander leaves
4 slices organic sourdough toasted
1 x red chilli – sliced


Heat olive oil in a medium pot. Sweat off onion, garlic, celery, leek & carrot until soft.
Stir in all spices and cook for a further two minutes
Stir in crushed tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes
Drain beans and lentils and stir in. Cook for a further 15 minutes gently so not to break up the pulses
Season well and at the last moment stir through oregano and thyme.

To Serve:

Serve in a bowl with the poached egg placed on top of the stew.
Crumble over blue cheese, coriander leaves and a few slices of red chilli
Serve with toasted organic sourdough to the side.


A line drawing of Mike Murphy of Kokako New Zealand

Our Guest Blogger today is Mike Murphy. Mike is the Managing Director of Auckland based Fairtrade Organic Coffee company Kokako. He is passionate about sustainable business, design, quality and ethical business but most of all coffee!

Kokako roast certified Fairtrade Organic Coffee which is sold in quality cafes, restaurants and retailers and they also have a flagship café in Grey Lynn. Get more info on Kokako here, or drop by and visit their Coffee Roastery and Cafe at 537 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland (the old Grey Lynn Post office).

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    Hi - feta is a milder flavoured cheese but a good substitute if you want a similar texture. Thanks
    By Melanie Rands on Sat June 18, 2016
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    Sounds delicious but what could I use instead of blue cheese?
    By Pj on Fri June 17, 2016

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