Pinwheel Bites

From the Indonesian Yummy Magazine we again have the simplest idea for the lunchbox changing a normal ham and cheese sandwich into something fun. I would however change the mayo for chutney (as there is already enough fat in the ham and cheese) and add veggies and hummus to the lunchbox.


Good Food and Wine Show 2013

What an amazing show this year. It was so much bigger than I expected, as all shows the last couple of years seemed to be dwindling to almost a waste of time and money. I don't know whether it was the amazing selection of stalls or the fact that Gordon Ramsey was there!

We had these amazing sandwiches with South African cured beef, avo and hard cheese with homemade balsamic syrup. We also got to try real Ginger Beer (with alcohol) which a UK company is thinking about bringing to South Africa

Some stores were there from the local shopping centres like Entrepo, Le Crueset etc and some online stores as well such as YuppieChef, all with big discounts.

So too were a lot of local producers with homemade goodies such as cheese and relish etc. They usually have a permanent spot at the Biscuit Mill fair in Woodstock.

However, the reason we went was to meet Gordon Ramsey. I have long been an admirer of his amazing cooking skills and his no bullish!t attitude but have come to realise that he is in actual fact quite a nice guy, standing there signing books for almost an hour, going out of his way to talk to each and everyone, asking them about what they are going to do next. Despite the very long queues, a grumpy companion and severe exhaustion due to the pregnancy, I really enjoyed it. 

By lunch time however the place was starting to get over crowded and they had to restrict the amount of people who was coming in. They also didn't seem to restrict the amount of people that can go to the shows. We had VIP tickets with a special seating area and waiting area but due to the crowds we could not enjoy the waiting area and supposed canap├ęs waiting there for us. Truthfully if you did it once then there really is no reason to return but if you have never been there then go at least once. Just go early in the morning!


Lunchbox: Monday, 27 May 2013

This is not the healthiest of lunch boxes but it is exactly according to my cravings: salty and cheesy main in the form of a olives, pineapple and salami pizza with juicy sweet strawberries and tart deep purple cherries.

I am so happy cherries are in season as they are filled with health benefits and the least known benefit is that they help combat headaches (apparently!) so I bought 4 cups and am going to give this a try. 


Classic Calzone with Variations

From Every Day Food we have the perfect answer to any hunkering for something greasy after the previous evening's over indulgence! It's almost pizza, almost a pie and Martha Stewart has given us some variations to enjoy. This is the perfect Sunday dinner after a bug lunch and if some are left over we will have it as lunch the next day.

These are also great for dinner with a side salad to enjoy. What variations would you enjoy?

available from Zinio.com


Lunchbox: Thursday, 23 May 2013

Hungry Hubby's lunch should be a testament to us all, it's healthy, quick and delicious (he even makes it himself!). So what is it? 

A coriander flour tortilla, with salad leaves, grilled chicken breast, hummus and raw carrot and beetroot sticks. A bright and colourful lunch that is almost too healthy for my pregnancy cravings at the moment!


Beetroot, Rocket, Chicken Sandwich

I felt like colour and something that would look great and taste fantastic for lunch after my meal of 2-minute noodles yesterday. And this is what I came up with. It's such a shame you can't appreciate the beautiful colours of this sandwich.

4 slices bread (any kind)
2 tsp butter
1 cup rocket leaves
1/2 cup sliced pickled beetroot
2 tsp mayonnaise
2 tsp provolone or Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 a cooked chicken breast, sliced thinly

1. Spread the butter evenly over all 4 slices bread ensuring you cover the bread generously.

2. Top 2 slices with rocket leaves, then slices beetroot in an even layer.

3. Top with sliced chicken breast and sprinkle with cheese.

4. Spread the remaining 2 slices of bread with mayonnaise and place on top of the bottom slices.

5. Cut in half and enjoy!

Cheesesteaks with Peppers (updated)

As my lunch consisted of 2-minute noodles wolfed down in a 15 minute lunch break today, I thought I would share our dinner instead taken from Martha Steward's trusty magazine Everyday Food.


Make double, is the best advise I can give because, damn these were good! I cannot believe that I have been making cheese sauce the old fashion way with flour and butter when all I needed was evaporated milk and cheese! These will be a weekly staple from now on and I can only think of all the possibilities (steak burger with fried mushrooms and cheese sauce anyone?)

And I must mention that Hungry Hubby was the Chef for the evening, and he was bragging all evening about slaving away at a hot stove, until I found out how easy it really was!  


Ham, Pineapple and Mustard "Pizzas"

2 English Muffins, split in half
4 slices ham
4 slices pineapple
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 cups grated cheese

1. Preheat oven to 180

2. Spread each muffin halve with 1/2 a teaspoon mustard.

3. Top with a slice ham and pineapple on each.

4. Top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly, almost browned and the muffin is crispy.

Tip: use halve mozzarella and half cheddar, I didn't have mozzarella so only used cheddar.

These muffins are quick to make and lovely enjoyed hot from the oven.

Lunchbox: Friday, 17 May 2013

Suffering from migraine while pregnant is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Okay maybe my worst enemy, but my point is, it hurt like hell. So lunch was easy but extremely good and both are new products from Woolworth's.

Fresh pumpkin and sage soup which was a nice deviation from the usual butternut soup, enjoyed with the best bread ever: Cape Malay Curry Focaccia Soup Bread! With beautiful golden curry streaks throughout each slice, served with a little butter...heaven. This is definitely a lunch that will make a repeat appearance.


Lunchbox: Wednesday, 15 May 2013

For the last two days I've been living on lunch order from the downstairs cafe which consisted of toasted cheese and something while consulting over lunch time so I haven't had an opportunity to implement the new Pregnancy Diet. But (a very sick) Hungry Hubby to the rescue! He made me this wonderful wrap with coriander tortilla, lettuce, steak strips and avo mixed with cream cheese.

With that I'll be eating some juicy red grapes. For breakfast I'm having a bran and raisin muffin (from Woolworth's), a pro-biotic yoghurt and a banana. My first snack is a hot chocolate (from work) and my 3 o'clock snack (when I'm usually hungry will be a Special K choc-chip bar.


Pregnancy Second Trimester 4 Week Menu

I have tried everything. Books, Internet, professionals, and nothing gave me an clear indication of what to eat or how much during pregnancy. Don't get me wrong: everyone has a lot to say about what you can't or shouldn't eat but they can't answer one simple question: Do you have a sample menu? After gaining 6kg in the first 14 weeks (the shock and horror!) I finally got an answer, in the form of one friend, Lameze taking the time and going through the Internet with a fine tooth comb. Now I decided to also share it with you. (It still doesn't say how much of each meal to eat though...). The link below each menu is the direct link to the PDF document from BabyCentre.com. The underlined meals are a link to the recipe and will be available on the PDF.


Lunch box: Thursday, 9 May 2013

Today is a craving day as you can see with the odds and ends. I wanted pizza. It started with plan Margarita pizza but as I walked the aisles of Woolworth's, the spinach and feta pizza caught my eye and bam! I just had to have it. Baked in the oven until extra crispy (pizza always goes a bit soft the next day) and cooled.

With my pizza I'm having the juiciest oranges (I bought a whole bag at Fruit and Veg City after Checkers' orange so recently disappointed me with its boring yellow skin and watery taste) cut into slices. Added is some Honey Crunch apples (the latest variety to be added to Woolworth's already impressive range) that are absolutely scrumptious.


Lunch box: Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Lunch today is quite the combination: homemade Tuna Sweetcorn Fish Cakes on butter lettuce (my favourite even though they have the least amount of nutrients), ham, mustard and avo half sandwich and finally sweet chili low fat cream cheese with cucumber batons. I'm having the other half of the ham and avo sandwich for breakfast with a low fat blueberry muffin.

It's sad I know. So much carbs... But if I don't make breakfast on-the-go (so I can easily eat it while driving) then I don't eat breakfast! And at this stage the only thing that helps the pregnancy nausea is carbs... Not good for my weight though.

Tuna Sweetcorn Fish cakes

I just had to try something like this. But I'm lazy when it comes to cooking. I had an idea what should go into a fish cake but didn't want to cook it too long so I excluded the usual egg. Then I was too impatient to cool it in the fridge before I egg and breadcrumb the cakes, so I lost those steps too. What you end up with is a fish cake that can be difficult too handle but taste amazing! Almost like my mom's tuna bake pie.

Makes 4 big or 8 small fish cakes

1 can tuna, water drained
1 medium cooked potato, peeled
3/4 small can creamed corn
1 spring onion chopped finely
1 cup flour

1. Mash all the ingredients together until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Using your hands, form a ball and dust with a lot of flour until it isn't sticky anymore. Form into patty.

3. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the patty until it is crispy on the bottom. CAREFULLY using a spatula, turn it over and fry on the other side until crispy.

4. Drain excess oil on kitchen paper. Enjoy warm with a salad or cooled in the lunch box.

Lunch box: Tuesday, 7May 2013

Not my most appetizing picture but it was a great lunch! Curried pasta salad with golden Santana's and celery, four bean salad and steak slices. The high carb (high fat from the mayo) is offset with the high protein of the steak and the high fibre of the four bean salad. Strangely few in my family love or even tolerate the four bean salad but I adore it with its vinaigrette. It's light and filling.

It looks like a lot of food for one person but I tend to be hungry the whole day and suffer dire consequences if I don't eat. Unfortunately I also suffer those same consequences if I do eat and it doesn't matter what or how much I eat!


Eating for Sustained Energy for Kids

I have mentioned it before but I adore children orientated cookbooks. It has the same recipes we grown ups love, made healthy but most importantly they look and taste good. Otherwise kids won't eat it! I myself are the same. Food should look AND taste good before I even taste it and healthy food is always a struggle. Remove the sugar and fat and you are usually left with cardboard. I am therefore happy to share a cookbook that I have been using for years: Eating for Sustained Energy for Kids

I have tried and tested these recipes over and over again and they do use some strange ingredients like baking with Pronutro etc, but the dishes are low fat, low sugar, low GI and low GL. Here is a sample recipe from Gabie Steenkamp's website.

Sample Recipe : Fish Cakes Makes 12 fish cakes or burger patties, or 24 mini fish balls
This recipe is taken from Eating for Sustained Energy for Kids
GI recipe
1 tin (410 g)pilchards in tomato sauce or 1 tin salmon
400 gpoached white fish (e.g. hake)
1medium onion, peeled and finely grated or chopped
30 mlfresh parsley, finely chopped (2 T)
375 mllower GI oats(1 1/2)
30 ml (2T)canola or olive oil
1. Remove pilchards from the tomato sauce and flake. reserve the sauce
2. Flake the poached white fish and mix it with the pilchards
3. Add the onion, parsley, oats and some sauce from the pilchards to make a
   firm batter. (use extra tomato sauce if using salmon)
4. Mix the eggs. Be careful not to over mix.
5. Shape the mixture into 12 fish cakes or burger patties, or 24 mini fish balls
6. Heat 15ml (1T) oil in a large frying pan and fry half the fish cakes quickly,
    as one batch over medium heat. remove from heat and keep warm.
7. Add the remaining oil to the pan and quickly fry the second batch of fish
8. Serve with potato wedges or colourful coleslaw or baby (new) potatoes
    sprinkled with parsley and plenty of cooked or raw vegetables.

Nutrients per fish cakeo    Glycemic Index n/a as this is a protein dish       
o    Carbohydrates 8 g
o    Protein 13 g    
o    Fat 6 g
o    Saturated fat 0 g
o    Fibre 1 g
o    kJ 614
o    Glycemic Load 8
One portion is equivalent to :  ½ starch, 1½ protein

Lunch box: Monday, 6 May 2013

Today's lunch box is pretty boring (leftovers always is) but tasty as I'm having leftover Goulash with rice, broccoli and butternut with a little bit of cheese sauce. Stews such as these are always better the next day and †he stew did not disappoint (or last long for that matter). With winter suddenly here we have no choice other than a regular supply of stews and soups to keep you warm when the icy Cape Town wind tries to violate you by blowing through you instead of around you.

What is your winter go-to?


Lunch box: Thursday, 2 May 2013

We enjoyed a leisurely day making Oxtail Potjie that was slow cooked, tender and so delicious and I though why waste it? It always taste even better the next day. So there we have lunch!