Life is a series of choices, and the ones we make decide our future. Some are good and some are bad and the same applies to our food choices. “We are what we eat” is true, and it is a scientifically proven fact the our food choices affect our health, our bodies and our mind. Sometimes we have to resist that urge to stuff our mouths with decadent chocolate brownies and sumptuous sugar laden desserts that we all love so much.
Every spring, Mother Nature gives herself a new life. Flowers and trees burst into colour and with each new leaf and flower comes the hope of new beginnings and the chance to start afresh. Have you ever given some time to contemplate how amazing Mother Nature is? We wake up one morning to the sounds of birdsong and look out the window and notice everything seems brighter and greener, but then turn back and with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives forget that moment, and the beauty that surrounds us. Nature begins anew in the Spring. How about you? Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to do the same and start afresh?
Looking for something different for a special breakfast? This Muesli Tart is a wonderful combination of a sweet pastry, breakfast muesli, and dried fruit soaked in rooibos tea and blended to form a delicious filling. It is great to serve with a homemade Rooibos Cream or Creme Fraiche at a Sunday brunch or as a sweet breakfast choice.
We all have our favourite “Falafel Man” who vends this delicious snack all over the world. In any city in the world, if you see a queue in a food quarter, it will always be for falafels. This deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, is traditionally a Middle Eastern food. It is usually served in a pita or wrapped in a flatbread and served with a combination of pickled vegetables, tomato and cucumber salsa, hummus and tahini based sauces.
I love it when I can make something delicious without having to bake it. These no bake Cranberry Granola Bars will give you energy for hours and are the perfect breakfast for those on the run, or afternoon pick-me-up snack when your energy is low. What better snack to take with you when you are camping or on safari. You can make them soft and chewy or hard and crunchy, either way they taste so good you will be wanting more.
If you are looking for something different to make this weekend this Pumpkin and Chickpea Korma is just the thing for you. It is a perfect dish for a gathering as it is best made the day before and gives you time to spend with your guests instead of being in the kitchen. Pumpkin and chickpeas work so well together and with the addition of coconut milk and ginger, it makes for a sweet, spicy meal that even meat-eaters will love.
This Dutch Apple Loaf is my kind of cake, soft and moist, and filled with juicy chunks of apple and pecan nuts. For a lovely hint of sweetness I have drizzled a delicious buttery icing glaze over the top. This is such a versatile recipe as it can be served with cream or crème fraîche as a dessert, or with your morning tea or coffee .