30/10/2015

Easy Halloween Cupcakes

 
 

 
Oh goodness, it's that time of the year: Halloween is around the corner and you didn't plan any treats! What to do? Well, you could make the Kit Kat Frankenstein Fingers or you could just fake it! I mean why stand in the kitchen and bake and slave over a hot stove when you could have a great Halloween treat in 2 steps?
 
 
 
 

 
Woolworth's sell these jelly eyes and most supermarkets should sell some version of eyes. Buy these and some colourful cupcakes. And all you need to do is add the eyes to the cupcakes and ta-da! Quick Halloween cupcakes! Go wild, add different coloured eyes, different amounts or sizes. Add lips or candy teeth, whatever you shop sells!
 
 

 
Add to the cupcakes these cute ghost marshmallows and whatever other decor they sell. South Africa is finally getting the hang of this! Now if only I could find cute costumes as easily...
 
 


28/10/2015

Boy Baby Shower


 
In our family the girls ready do dominate the boys in everything, even in numbers. So all the baby showers and birthdays are all pink and girly! But recently family friends (who are more family than friends) had the joy of announcing the arrival of their little baby boy, named Roux (this despite daddy not being able to pronounce the R!). I therefore decide to introduce a bit of blue among all the pink on the blog and to give some great ideas for a boy baby shower.
 



 
The party itself was held at a restaurant and the theme was everything to do with moustaches as in: I moustache [must ask] you a question!" The cake was adorable and the decor was simple yet elegant: mason jars with sand and some signs and blue and white balloons everywhere. For favours everyone got to take home a small blue bottle nail polish.
 



 
Every had a beautiful and delicious chocolate cupcake and brownie cookies cut out in the shape of a moustache. For snacks the family brought out platters ordered from the restaurant and we had enough to eat until we could no more.
 



I hope this inspired you if you have a boy whether it is for a baby shower or a first birthday! Enjoy

19/10/2015

Sauasage and Scrambled Eggs


 
 
What to make for breakfast when all you have is a couple of eggs, some 'vienna' sausages and a couple of days-old bread? Scrambled eggs on toast! And the best part is everyone loves it! I have learnt two things in all my years of making scrambled eggs and that is:
 
  1. Stop cooking the eggs BEFORE they are set as they continue to cook after you remove them from the pan; and
  2. Add mix ins (other than cheese and cream cheese) at the end of cooking or your eggs become watery!
 

 

So obviously you don't want a bite of creamy hot egg and cold sliced sausage so the secret is to fry the slices until hot and turning almost golden in a bit of butter before hand. Remove from the pan and set aside (covering them with foil so they don't go cold - that defeats the whole exercise!) and then continue with the eggs. An added bonus is that the butter will have a slight sausage flavour to add to the eggs it tastes almost like it would have if you added them from the beginning.

 
Then lastly mix the sausages back in, stir through and pour onto some gloriously toasted bread (toasting the bread breaths new life into slightly stale bread - a life savour it is!). Then top with tomato sauce for the little ones and Siracha for Hubby!.
 
Please don't forget a plate for yourself! I sometime do. Why not add some sliced avocado to the toast first topped with salt and pepper and add the eggs on top? Or try plain old Cheesy and Creamy Scrambled Eggs or even just Scrambled Eggs with Basil Pesto.
 
You have to love eggs. They are so versatile!
 

How do you like your eggs?

 
 

15/10/2015

LOW CARB | Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast



Hubby has been in charged of making the lunches today and obviously he has caught on to a valuable lesson throughout the years: use left overs! So he made extra chicken and popped them in the lunchboxes! These were really yummy. We are trying to be healthy but nothing stops you from wrapping the breasts in bacon before baking! These chicken breast would also be lovely with a big plate of carbonara pasta...
 


What do you need:
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cream Cheese
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Mozzarella, grated
  • Salt and pepper
What to do:
  1. Preheat the oven to moderate (180 degrees C).
  2. Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast ensuring not to cut all the way through.
  3. Chopped (and deseed if necessary) the jalapenos.
  4. Mix them with the cream cheese, mozzarella and sweet chilli sauce.
  5. Fill each pocket with about 1 TBSP of filling.
  6. Secure the opening with a couple of toothpicks.
  7. Place on a prepared baking tray and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  9. Enjoy with potato mash or gem squash as in the picture!


A quick and easy recipe with little mess in the lunch box. Thank you Hubby!

12/10/2015

Self-Flavoured Yoghurt

 
 
Have you read the ingredients list on a low fat yoghurt? What about the ones made specifically for babies? Instead of just milk, yoghurt cultures or some fruit you have like 20 ingredients including sugar or sweeteners and preservatives.
 


 
 
Buying plain yoghurt is therefore best but it can be bland (and expensive!). I sometimes make my own using a small pot of double thick full cream yoghurt and a little fresh milk in a cheap yoghurt maker from Yuppiechef. It really is that simple. I don't buy yoghurt starters I just use some bought yoghurt.



 
To flavour the yoghurt I use fruit and honey. I sometimes make a compote from fresh or frozen berries and drain the yoghurt to get the "Greek" consistency. But if you have sweet and juicy strawberries then why not try this: dice 2 strawberries and add to 150ml plain yoghurt. Dice 1 orange segment and add to the yoghurt. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp honey (yes that is all that is needed!) and mix well. Regridgerate overnight and enjoy naturally pink and flavoured yoghurt for breakfast!
 



10/10/2015

Mexican Lunch


We try and visit Tasha's once a month for brunch. I always have a quesadilla, Hubby has one of their fancy sandwiches and I order the mini breakfast for the Little One. The best part? There sometimes are leftovers that I can add to the lunch box! This time I had the Mexican quesadilla an had some leftover. I didn't have any of the salsa or guacamole left so I made my own quick and delicious dip.

  • 2 TBSP full fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce.
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate.

try it with a bolognaise and cheese quesadilla or chicken, spring onion and cheese version. Or just with crudities. Whatever you feel like!


08/10/2015

Toddler Lunch!


I just had to share this lunch box - it looked so delicious! A cheese vienna sausage and meatballs, strawberries, grapes and orange segments, Laughing Cow cheese and crackers and plain yoghurt. Quick, easy and looks so tasty that I ended up doing the same lunchbox for the adults!


05/10/2015

Lunch box | Low carb

Sometimes I just like to nibble throughout the day instead of having one big lunch. It's usually when I am very busy so if I can nibble with one hand while typing with the other, then I am happy. I am trying to live a bit'cleaner' meaning I am trying to cut down (not exclude completely!) processed food such as bread, sugar and any other nasty stuff. I love bread too much to stop eating it ever again!
 
 
 
So I have some meatballs and cheese sticks and cucumber batons. All a bit boring but then I add my secret dipping sauce: 2 TBSP plain full cream yoghurt with 1 TSP onion marmalade, mixed well. It goes with the cheese, meatballs and even the cucumber. I ended up licking out the bowl afterwards! This would also make a great a quick dip sauce at parties.


 
 
The Little One's lunchbox was a lot healthier: meatballs, Rosa tomatoes, steamed veggies, strawberries and plum slices. Woolworth's sells these veggies in little packets that you steam in the microwave. I add them to her dinner and any leftovers to her lunchbox the next day.
 


02/10/2015

Lunchbox | Ham Sandwich

 
A decent lunch but still on the bread... I love bread. I feel really sorry for those with gluten allergies who can't enjoy this simple far-reaching staple. Whether you live in a mansion or a small house, everyone enjoys bread. Unless ofcourse you are LCHF or Paleo or Atkins orientated - then bread is the devil and this is primarily why I hate diets!


 
 
And reallly, how good does a single sandwich with mustard (Dijon), shaved ham and lightly salted butter on fresh white bread, look? Add yoghurt (half banana flavour and half plain) and 2 huge juicy strawberries and you have a decent lunch! I cut the sandwich in 4 so it looks like I am having a huge sandwich when in actual fact it is only 1.
 



 
I was not about to enjoy the snadwich alone, no way. I gave the Little One half a sandwich withless mustard and I added cream cheese to hers. I also added a chicken nugget, a strawberry and Rosa tomatoes. She had the other half of the banana yoghurt pot mixed with plain yoghurt to half any sugar.