19/10/2017

Annapurna



Hi everyone. We love Indian curries. So much so that we probably have it at a restaurant at least twice a month (we would go more often if we weren't so worried about our waistlines!). We tend to always return to one particular restaurant and that is Annapurna.



They now have 2 locations, one being at Heritage Square in Durbanville and the other at the Tyger Waterfront also in Durbanville (just behind Tygervalley Center).

I always {ALWAYS} have the Lamb Korma. No matter what else I try, I always go back to my true love. I have however graduated from 'mild' to 'medium' which is fantastic. It's not hot but it has just enough spice to make it lovely. And we always take the garlic and cheese naan. It is so good that when you tear it you actually get the strands of cheese with it. I do compensate and leave out the rice. All you need is the lovely naan bread with the korma sauce.

The restaurants are small so booking is essential (and don't take my Friday night table!)

Enjoy!

Tinkerbell party

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It's that time of the year again! Party time. The Little One's 4th Birthday party is next weekend but we got to attend a Tinkerbell themed party last weekend. Just look at the detail on this cake. It wasn't bought from a hop but made by a friend of the mother. So cute (just look at the mushrooms!).


The tables were so cute: wooden pallets and brown "hessing" table cloths with brown paper bags as gift bags, all reinforced the 'wood' theme. Girls were given wands while boys were given pirate plastic swords.


These cute little chocolate cake balls looked like mushrooms and, as always, were a big hit with the kids.


 Then, a surprise visit from Tinkerbell herself who came all the way to paint some faces.



The Little One really enjoyed the party despite the weather not playing along.



Now only 6 more birthday parties (2 this weekend!) to go!

Enjoy


17/10/2017

Bubbly and Squeak Events Company



So what do you do if you are someone with access to a bit of cash and lazy as hell when it comes to party planning? Well that's easy, you call an events organizer. Well here is an option: Bubbly and Squeak. I came across them at a Toddler party (yes you read right! I apparently travel in very posh circles 😉 )


I was blown away by their signature tables. The idea behind their success is preparing one hell of a themed table. With this in mind you don't really have to worry about anything else!



Just look at this cake! 



Each child was given an empty goodie bag which they could fill to their hearts content.




 An obstacle course was there to keep all the kiddies busy with minders along the way to ensure that no one got hurt.



Now as I said, this is an idea. I on the otherhand will use them for adult parties like Hubby's 40th (and will nudge Hubby in their direction for mine too) but The Little One's birthday will still be done by me...for now.


Hawaiian Cheese Sliders

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These are SO good and SO easy that I just had to share this recipe! It's a quick lunch or dinner that everyone can enjoy.




I used 500g chicken sliced up. 1 red pepper and 1 red onion sliced. Fry in a pan until golden. I added 1 tbls coriander pesto but you can add fresh pesto with the pineapple. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon and stir well.




Add 1/2 to 1 cup diced fresh pineapple and stir until caramelized.




Add 1 cup grated cheese. Put a lid on and allow the cheese to melt. In the meantime, cut 4 hamburger rolls in half (I used whole wheat rolls). Spread some butter on the rolls and place some butter lettuce leaves on the bottom roll.




Spoon some of the chicken mixture on top. If you like things spicy add some Sriracha or chili sauce on top before serving.

What does the Little One eat? Well I take the same ingredients and just deconstruct the slider: I remove some of the cooked chicken before I add all the other ingredients and serve the pineapple, cheese and bun on the side with some extra veggies. Easy and she loved it.




Enjoy!


16/10/2017

Toddler's Birthday Lunch



The Little One is getting too big too fast! Don't you just hate that they grow up so fast? Well, I had to spoil her to show that, while I am not always happy that it is another birthday, I am happy that she is growing up to be a beautiful, and very smart little girl.




So I made my Little Princess a crown sandwich with cheese and ham. I added some berries as the jewels. Since she is a big girl now, I added some tomato, cheese and sausage kebabs and grapes. On the side is her new favourite: a whole nectarine and a yoghurt. 

I won't be able to call her my Litlle One for much longer....



29/09/2017

The Santa Shoebox Project


(Photo above is not mine)

Santa's Shoebox is a charity event that I think everyone should participate in. It is a yearly event whereby you pledge one 'shoebox' filled goodies to one child in need. These boxes include very basic items to something a little bit more fun and can range from between R200 to R500 per box (depending on the goodies you choose and where you buy). And it really is just a regular shoebox filled with goodies!


Each box must contain some essentials but how much you wish to add is up to you. Last year, we decided to make it a bit of a competition between the 6 divisions at work and ended up preparing almost 60 boxes between 40 people!

And I really do mean essentials: we added the basics like a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap, one set of clothing and school supplies. We also added some sweets and some toys. These children have so little so giving them just a box filled with goodies is the least we can do for Christmas. 

So how about you head over to their website and pledge this year?

14/05/2017

Mother's Day lunch for Toddler


I know on mother's day it is supposed to be the mother's that gets spoiled but I decided to deviate from the normal toddler lunch and included some goodies.


I added meatballs, raspberries and red grapes.





Made sandwiches with strawberry jam and cream cheese filling.


And added nuts and some chocolates. Nothng fancy really, just different.

 
The sad part? She ate the meatballs and fruit and 1 of the 3 sandwich hearts - didn't touch the chocolates! Kids...

27/04/2017

Instagram

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Hi guys. I haven't been able to share as much lately, mainly because I have been promoted to senior management. Not only have this impacted heavily on my free time but also on my ability to access the blog.




However I am on instagram where I share the latest and greatest part of our lives: romantic or family getaways, food and restaurants, raising a Toddler and just surviving everyday life (and maybe losing a few pounds!).




Join me and comment, quote and share as much as you want!



13/02/2017

Valentine's Biscuits - Toddler Activity



Valentine's day is here again (boy does time fly!) and the Little One is another year older so this year she can help create something for the lunch box. We chose decorating some biscuits. As always I cheat and buy some finger biscuits. You can bake your own but at this age I always end up doing most of the work when it gets to baking and the Little One looses interest so quickly...


This is however a great activity whenever you want to keep them busy indoors. Using a tray also limits the amount of spillage that is usual with these types of activity. It's also a nice cheap activity as you only need a few things in order to make this successful.



What you need:

  • finger or any shop bought biscuits
  • icing (super fine) sugar
  • food colouring
  • sprinkles
  • water


I let the Little One choose their own biscuits and the sprinkles as it makes it so much more fun. I used the pastel circles (I added the colourful circles later), some blue and white mini sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles. 



To make the icing I take 1/2 cup of icing sugar and add 1tablespoon of water and 1 drop gel food colouring. I then mix it and add 1/4 teaspoon water until it is a thick spreadable consistency. If it is too watery add more icing sugar.


To add to the fun I made 2 colours. You can do more or use only one colour. It really is up to you.



Place the biscuits, sprinkles, icing and spoon or mini spatula on a tray. I use a tray with a big edge as this will avoid any sprinkles rolling onto the floor.



Then sit back and enjoy the silence. I helped with the first one justto show in what order to add the icing then the sprinkles. Then stood back and watched.



 These are so cute and the icing dries hard so you can pack in a lunch box the next day.

10/02/2017

BBG Hummus Sandwich



How can a meatless sandwich be this good? I am in love with this wonderfully filling sandwich that I am convinced I can eat this every day!



What do you need:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (I buy Tante Anna from Woolworth's)
  • 1/4 cup hummus (I buy the low fat one from Woolworth's)
  • lettuce
  • 1 medium carrot sliced into ribbons (don't grate as it will go soggy)
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1/4 small red onion sliced and quartered
  • 6 baby tomatoes halved
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
 What to do:
  1. Spread the hummus on the 2 slices bread.
  2. Top with shredded lettuce.
  3. Add the carrot, cucumber and onion with the tomatoes.
  4. Top with fresh parsley and salt and pepper.
  5. Cut in half and enjoy!


How pretty is this? So good looking. Such pretty colours.

09/02/2017

BBG Whipped Peanut Butter


So no ordinary peanut butter on toast here. No way. Here we add some tangy yoghurt and whip the crap out of it before spreading it on lovely warm toast. Add an apple and you have a great snack ready to go. Its 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/4 cup yoghurt, whipped with a whisk until smooth. That's it. Easy right? Even I can do this.


08/02/2017

BBG Greek Chicken Wrap


How good is this? So quick to make and really delicious. I used smoked chicken instead of making this especially for lucnh.

What you need:

  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 150g cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced 
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 medium tomato diced
  • 1 hadful of lettuce
  • 1/4 cup tzatziki (or yoghurt with garlic and fresh coriander, salt and pepper)
What to do:

  1.  Chop everything into equal sized pieces.
  2. Place lettuce on top of the wrap.
  3. Top with chicken, cucumber, red onion and tomato.
  4. Top with tzatziki and enjoy!

Less than 5 minutes to pack, less than 5 minutes to assemble. Just slow down when you are eating this delicious wrap! You can add feta cheese or some olives to the mix if you want, but I add enough salt to the yoghurt sauce to make up for any other additions.