Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Muffins


Hello dear friends, it has been awhile since I was last here …… for many reasons.  Life has been so hard for everyone for so long now, and I did not feel it fitting, plus to be honest I haven’t had the energy or mindset, to be adding recipes, when the world was in such turmoil, and global poverty is at an all time high.  I have however had so many requests for recipes that you haven’t been able to access recently, so I have decided to resurrect this tiny little spot in the universe that I call Shades of Cinnamon.

This recipe is submitted by my multi talented and beautiful daughter in law Helen.

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Simple Steak Marinade

Hi my friends, this is a quick little recipe that I need to share with you all.   This insanely delicious Steak Marinade is the perfect solution to a simple piece of meat for your weekend barbecue or braai.  It only takes a few minutes to throw together, but its worth that extra attention to your meat to make it the best it can be.

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Basic Banana Bread

This good old fashioned Banana Bread is basic…… and by that I mean it is easy to make, without any frills, but delicious nonetheless.  It is a great moist loaf and almost definitely “flop-proof”. It’s the kind your Grandma made, and then your Mother, who taught you, and was passed down through the family, generation to generation.  These are my favourite recipes, the ones which are handwritten, with scribbled notes explaining the method, with maybe a doodle or two, and the pages covered with splashes and stains from frequent use. These are the true tell tale signs that the recipe has been tried and tested many times in the past.

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Quick and Easy White Bean Soup

When you are in need of a quick hearty meal, this white bean soup made with pantry staples can be made in 15 minutes,  just grab a few cans from  the shelf and you are good to go.   If you love beans,  there is nothing healthier and more nourishing than a big bowl of soup to get you through these hard times.

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Spicy Pickled Carrots with a Kick

Because I love all things spicy and hot, these carrots are a regular feature in my fridge.  They are one of the easiest pickles to make, and can be eaten within 10 days, so there is no long pickling, or fermentation process needed for them.  Get into the kitchen and make them,  as there is nothing better than a fridge full of pickles.

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Slow Roasted Garlic Paste and The revival of bygone practices

With the majority of the world being confined to their homes, to their own towns, and to their countries, it has brought on the revival of  bygone practices in the kitchen for many of us. Fermenting,  pickling, making jam,  and particularly bread baking being just a few. This is exactly what I have been doing during our 9 week confinement in South Africa.  I appreciate it is not something that everyone will be able to do at the moment, but hopefully when life returns to normal,  these old traditions will start resurfacing, and become the norm.  So let’s support our local suppliers and home industries,  we can all make that change for a better future. Continue Reading

Mini collection of Cakes and cupcakes from ShadesofCinnamon

Free Mini eBook of Cakes and Cupcakes


I’m popping in to share a little love and giving you a free mini eBook of just a few of my favourite Cakes and Cupcakes.  Download  and save to your computer or print out for easy reference.  I hope you enjoy these recipes and please comment if you like this little snippet of my blog .

Have a wonderful week my friends.

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Brussel sprout salad with creamy mustard dressing

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing

If Brussel Sprouts are on your list of  “I Do Not Eat ” foods,  then think again because these tender gourmet baby cabbages are great cooked, and taste even better eaten raw.  With the Raw Food Revolution getting bigger and bolder each year,  we all need to sit up and take note of the generation of  20 and 30 somethings, who are living healthier, eating better, and quite honestly setting the tone for how we all should be viewing our eating habits.  Brussel Sprouts are high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to your diet.

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Bedtime Rituals and Soothing Vegan Rooibos Chai Tea

Sleepwear by Fay and Phable

Fay and

Relaxing bedtime rituals are proven to calm your mind and body and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Whether it be a warm bath, meditation, or soft background music, we all have something that we love to do before our much needed rest.  For me, it’s something warm to drink, and making sure that what I wear is as comfortable as possible.  This delicious Rooibos Chai is easy to make, vegan, and soothes my soul after a warm bath and getting comfortable in my all time favourite loungewear by Fay and Phable  .

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