Popcorn always takes me back to a time when, as a child, my parents would take me to the beach on a Sunday, and they would let me choose a treat from the vendors who walked up and down the promenade selling their wares. I would more often than not end up with a packet of caramel popcorn. It was always such a delight to sit in the back of the car, nibbling away at each kernel trying to make it last as long as possible. Today however I stay away from too much sugar, so here is my alternative to that sugar loaded popcorn.
Picture an Italian antipasto board overflowing with prosciutto, salami, salty olives, fresh mozzarella, and rustic artisanal breads with olive oil. For me it just does not get much better than that, unless you add a delicious Italian Sweet Pepper Pickle to the mix. Just the sight of a beautifully prepared antipasto platter is enough to change the mood of an entire evening, enticing you to the table for a shared meal of pure indulgence and fun with family and friends. So pull out your favourite board, invite a few friends around and get creative.
Easter for me is a home filled with the smell of warm spicy hot cross buns, chocolate eggs, and thoughts of fluffy white bunnies and soft yellow chicks. But there always has to be cake, so this year its this beautiful moist Coconut Bundt Cake, topped with blush pink drizzle icing and flaked coconut.
This simple coffee cake made in a square pan is sweetened with dates and maple syrup and topped with a crunchy walnut crumble and a drizzle of sweet glaze. The cake has a hint of orange, with a cinnamon laced crumble on top . I have adapted this recipe from my all time favourite magazine Bake From Scratch.
has been a bit crazy for the last two weeks, so I haven’t had much time to bake. But today with some beautiful much needed rain falling and I bit of a respite from the heat, this uncomplicated quick Blueberry muffin loaf was the perfect thing to make. It is moist and tangy, and it literally falls apart with softness. Make it as a loaf or in muffin cases, but either way you are going to be hooked, its great for breakfast, tea or an afternoon snack. Pack it full of plump blueberries to give your day a powerful antioxidant boost.
This Dreamy white cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting is a basic 1-2-3-4 cake. Getting it’s name from the proportions of its basic ingredients, it is so easy you will always remember it without even having to reference a recipe. I have added my favourite cinnamon buttercream frosting to give it a subtle spicy flavour.
A little savoury to tantalise your tastebuds today. This is my take on a traditional Indian Dhal, with Cape Malay and Thai influences. The Coconut cream gives a subtle hint of sweetness to this dish, while the chilli and spices gives it a kick. Serve this delicious lentil curry with steaming fragrant Jasmine rice, and add Paneer for an added protein boost to a vegetarian diet.