19/03/2016

Toddler Lunch


How cute is this lunch if I may say so myself? I received the Little One's new sandwich cutters and could not help but try one out. Please note that this isn't what the Little One gets every lunch. Really, who has time for that? I had a bit more time on my hands than usual and ran with it.



I made ham and cheese scrolls using cheese slices, placed on top of a ham slice, rolled and cut into 3 pieces. The 'grass' is sliced sugar snap peas and shredded, cooked chicken. Then I added blueberries and raspberries for the dinosaurs back fins - or whatever you call them. The sandwich is just a plain old cheese sandwich with a bit of jam.

The sad reality was that I enjoyed making it more than what the Little One enjoyed eating it. Really there is no appreciation for our hard work!

18/03/2016

Ham and Cheese Rice Slice


This recipe is perfect for using up leftover rice from Cooking For Busy Mums and I had to share it. Making a slice like this is ideal for school lunch boxes as it is easy to eat and you can pack it full of all types of fillings. Vary the filling each week and make it a lunchbox even family favourite.

It is freezer friendly! Simply freeze a serving size in a zip lock bag and place into the lunchbox in the morning, it will be defrosted by lunchtime. Alternatively if using a ice pack, defrost overnight in the fridge and place into the lunch box in the morning.


(photo from Cooking for busy Moms)


I deviate from the original recipe by adding almost everything except the mayo from the Family Rice Salad recipe

  

INGREDIENTS


  • 3 Cups cooked rice – try using brown rice as well
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Plain flour
  • 1/2 Cup Diced honey leg ham, bacon or chopped viennas
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 diced maraschino cherries


LET’S PUT IT ALTOGETHER 
  1. Simply place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake at 160 degree Celsius for 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden and firm to touch.
  3. Cool quickly in the fridge. Cut into slices. 

Keep in the fridge for 3 days or store in the freezer for up to 3 months in zip lock bags.


Just remember that if you want to make a larger slice, add one egg for every extra cup of rice and add and extra 1/4 cup of fillings per cup if rice.

14/03/2016

Crustles Bacon and Spinach Quiche - Daily Dish



I have been a dedicated supporter of Daily Dish for more than a month and I cannot begin to tell you how convenient it is! And I can't get bored either! I swap between the low carb and classic menu almost weekly depending on what looks good. I have cooked with egg plant and made chicken breast stuffed with cheese. I have made so many different and new dishes which I never would have tried if it wasn't for these menus. 



 
Some dishes however stand out as something that I just have to make again. Usually about 2 out of every 4 recipes I receive is like this. I don't always take photos though so sharing it with you is not always possible but luckily they provide you with decent recipe cards that will last a life time so you always have them nearby (even if you don't have the perfectly portioned out ingredients the second time around!)




 
This recipe is going on the weekend away menu! It was fantastic - a bacon and spinach quiche that we had with a dollop of onion marmalade on top. Absolutely divine! Have it for breakfast with some roast tomatoes or for dinner with a side salad of lettuce and vinegar.
 
What you need:
 
  • 1 packet cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups cheese, grated,
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • salt and pepper
 
What you need to do:
 
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2.  Mix everything together (except 1/2 a cup of cheese) and pour into a prepared bowl.
  3. Top with some more cheese and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until just set.
  4. Serve with bacon jam and a salad.
 
 
 


10/03/2016

Peri-Peri Chicken on Ciabatta Rolls


 
I am a huge fan of the local company called Daily Dish that really has changed my dinner time routines to one without stress! As mentioned previously they deliver all the perfectly portioned ingredients together with an easy to follow recipe every Monday and you are sorted for 4 days of every week!
 

 
 
As always I deviated slightly by adding cream cheese in this instance, I just couldn't resist! But the recipes are so quick to make and easy! Here is an example of what we made:
 
What you need:
  •  3 chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1 garlic glove chopped or grated
  • 3g fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp peri-peri spice
  • 200g  Rosa tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 30ml white wine
  • 1-2 TBSP cream cheese
  • 2 ciabatta rolls

What to do:

  1. Slice the chiken breast in the side to almost all the way through so you can open each breast like a book.
  2. Brush each breast with some oil.
  3. Preheat a frying pan and brown the chicken on each side. Carefull not to cook it all the way through!
  4. Remove from the pan and slice them.
  5. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the garlic and rosemary and fry a bit.
  6. Turn up the heat and add the tomatoes and peri-peri spice and cook until the tomatoes are soft.
  7. Add the white wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  8. Add the cream cheese and stir until it is melted.
  9. Meantwhile slice and toast the ciabatta rolls.
  10. Return the chicken and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  11. When everything is hot and coated, serve it on hot buttery rolls with a side salad of leaves, cucumber and balsamic vinegar!
  12. Enjoy!



09/03/2016

A Wedding in Riebeek Wes

 
 
Every year in March we have a busy schedule with a bunch of birthdays (young and old) and a couple of weddings. Lots and lots of weddings.




This year we only have 2 but I am being exposed to some new and exciting places I would never have seen otherwise.




One such place is a small town called Riebeek Wes just other side of Wellington. The Wedding was at Allesverloren Wine Estate with a beautiful treetop canopy, specially created for weddings.




While the ceremony was beautifully located and the bride and groom both beautiful and handsome (respectively) it is the food I especially want to praise. This was just some of the snacks!
 



People were actually complaining that there were just too much food but that it was so good they couldn't stop eating! So I have to give a shout out to a very talented chef because he (or she) were able to ensure that a plate of food can be both comforting and elegant.
 



The Menu for the evening was up for all to see. Which is always a good idea, even if you serve buffet style. However the couple decided against doing a buffet (which I loved as I hate having to stand in line for food - makes me feel like I'm a kid again but not in a good way)and decided instead to give each guest a little of everything. We ended up having these huge plates of food. Luckily the food was so great, no one wasted a bite!

We stayed at a bed-and-breakfast called Church Hills run by a lovely husband and wife team. We stayed in the Windsor room and really loved it. So quiet and beautiful.



 
How inviting is this? Just look at the sunshine - an accidental inclusion but so pretty.
 



The little patios for the other rooms. The all open to the swimming pool and braai area on the one side and the other side of the rooms open to the breakfast room.



 
Our room was completely separate.Our room was almost secluded and tucked away behind the trees. No neighbours! Perfect as a honeymoon suite.




I slept like a rock which is weird as I hate sleeping in someone else's bed! But really who won't in such a bed? It was a bit short for Hubby but even he didn't complain.




The room was white and clean (always a surprise as it is more the exception to the rule) with lost of fluffy towels, air con and a mini bar filled with beer, coke and water! Coffee and tea goodies as well.




Breakfast was just as good. While having a selection of continental goodies (cereal, yoghurt etc) you also get a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs. The breakfast room is bright an cheery (and you get to see both husband and wife cooking away).




I have fallen in love with this little town and will be visiting again to see what else there is to do except eat to your hearts content...





07/03/2016

Chocolate baked oats.



Yes, yes I know: not another baked oats recipe! There are so many already like this Peanut Butter Baked Oats recipe. But as I have stated on many, many occassions - you can't go wrong on a weekend if you have this bad boy in the fridge! I do however now make them a lot smaller!  And I try new combinations every weekend. Sometimes they are a hit with the Little One, sometimes Hubby eats the lot. None is ever wasted.
 



Serves 4

What you need:

• 1 cup oats (not the quick cooking kind)
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 1/2 cup full cream milk
• 1/4 cup chocolate spread

What to do:
 
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Pour the oats, salt and baking powder in the bowl. Heat the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds until luke war. Add the chocolate and whisk lightly.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix well and pour into a preapred dish. Cover with foil otherwise the top browns too quickly.
4. Bake for 1 hour. The oats might still be slightly runny, but will get firmer as it cools down. If it is too runny cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
 
 

 
 
To serve it just cut a slice, add to a bowl, top with milk and microwave until hot! See here with the peanut butter version:


04/03/2016

IYO Burgers



We found the most amazing burger joint in Cape Town. It is small and you can't reserve a table but it is hidden away, making it a real gem. Its IYO Burgers meaning 'Inside & You're Out'. They have 2 locations with one at the Oranjezich Farmers Market every Saturday. The other is in Bree Street, Cape Town.

 
 
Their 4 principles that underline the burgers are (1) delicious food, (2) local community support, (3) environmental impact reduction and (4) ethical accessibility. Quite heavy for a restaurant don't you think? This however translates into fresh, beautiful burgers with the tastiest ingredients ever, all locally sources.
 




Their menu also caters for everyone, I mean look at the burgers! The top one is a vegetarian burger while the bottom one is a perfect meaty lovers dream! You also get to choose between sweet potato fries, normal fries or a salad. They stock a variety of craft beers just to top it off.
 


 
 
Just look at that perfect, juicy medium burger? The one below is a Kimcheezy burger, meaning a Boerenkaas cheddar patty, topped with slow roasted, pressed and caramelised pork belly, house made kimchi, caramelised pickle apple puree and siracha Asian mayo. Wow!
 

 
 
But what about those doing LCHF? Well you can order any of the burgers as 'bunless'. They serve it as a salad bowl burger being a 'burger bowl'. And oh my, it was the best burger I have ever had! I didn't even miss the bun. Instead I think it was even better than the bun and I will order it again and again even if I am not following LCHF!
 
 



I had the Whiskey Braai-BBQ burger being smoked cheddar beef patty, topped with organic bacon  (crispy fried bits), avocado (if in season, which it wasn't) wild rocket and the famous Whiskey Braai-BBQ sauce. The salad itself had red onion, red cabbage, cucumber, apple, sprouts, carrot, corn kernels and goodness knows what else. All I can say is it was freaking amazing! If someone has the recipe please share!

Go now, for lunch even, or go on Saturday to the market but please just go!



01/03/2016

Oranjezicht City Farm Market


Everyone is talking about buying organic from local producers to support the local farmers and inadvertently also the local economy. Well, I found the best place to do this at if you live in or around Cape Town: The Oranjezicht City Farm Market. They are located at the back of the V&A Waterfront and are open every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00.




They have what is in season and are much cheaper than most upmarket stores - take a whole box of black figs for R60 or a fig tree for R70!


 
 
Fruit and vegetables are bounty full and taste like sunshine - so vibrant! The best part is you can pay with your credit card! Take a big basket because you will be buying something.
 

 
 
 
They also have producers selling goods such as nut butters or Almond milk as above. Any organic product you can imagine!
 
 


My favourite was the gelato from MORO. That in itself is worth a visit. It tasted just like the pistachio gelato we had a the Trevi Fountain. Go, do yourself a favour and try it!



The Little One ate half my ice cream and then also enjoyed a giant gingerbread man and all sort of goodies at the food stalls. They have Greek, German, Italian and any other cuisine you can think of on offer.




Then get yourself a seat overlooking the ocean while the sun heats your skin but the cool breeze keeps you fresh. Enjoy. How difficult can this be?