Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Back to school 2013 cake

Well holidays have come and gone...

And we started school again this week....we ended off last year with a celebratory cake, so it was only fitting to start off again with a bright and colourful cake..
My knight and his cute sister helped to make the cake...
and all the decorating was done by them...
You can find the recipe here...

Easy peasy cheesecake

I am a sucker for cheesecake...
any cheesecake...
baked...fridge...fruit...chocolate...you name it...
I love cheesecake...
now this is the easiest 'fake' cheesecake you can make...

You will need:
1 packet Marie biscuits
approx 100g butter - melted
1 tin condensed milk

The Bliss yogurt comes in a variety of flavours, in the picture above, I used the strawberry 'n cream flavour and added fresh strawberries...
The choc mint in also a winner...with crumbled chocolate over the top...or
The lemon cheesecake...just as is...or with fresh fruit...

Make the crust by melting the butter and crushing the biscuits, mix the two together to form the crust. Press into a pie dish and refrigerate.
Place the yogurt and condensed milk into a  bowl and microwave for 3 minutes...the mixture becomes jelly-like...give it a quick stir and pour into the crust.
Refrigerate until set. Decorate as desired...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Kita loaf

 This is a lovely light bread...and easy to make...
 Give it a try...

 You will need:
1kg Stone ground Flour
2 Tablespoons salt
10 g dry Yeast
120g butter - melted
550ml lukewarm water
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons honey
2 tsp sugar
Poppy seeds (optional)
Sesame seed (optional)

Place the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. 
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water, add the 2 tsp of sugar. 
Whisk the eggs with a fork, add the honey, pour into the yeast mixture. 
Melt the butter. Pour both the butter and yeast mixture into the flour and mix to form a dough. 
It is quite sticky. Knead for a few minutes - not to long. 
Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a towel and allow to rise (proving) in a warm spot for 1 hour.
Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 2 equal parts. 
Then divide each part into 3 parts. 
Roll the 3 parts of dough in your hands - roughly - to make 3 strands to plait with. 
Plait the dough and tuck the ends in. 
Brush with a little water and sprinkle with seeds if using or just dust with some flour.
Allow to rise for another hour.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake the breads for approximately 20 minutes - always keep a check because ovens differ.

Makes 2 large loaves.

We enjoyed ours with a delicious Potjiekos prepared by Grandpa

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cinnamon Biscuits

Well trying to start the new year on a healthy note...
but the cookie jars are empty...and...well...we do love biscuits...

So I have made some very simple cinnamon biscuits...and they are yummy...of course ;-)

You will need:
2 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon powder
cinnamon and brown sugar mix to sprinkle on top

Beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together - till nicely blended. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix together. It is a sticky dough...take teaspoon size balls and drop onto greased baking sheet, press flat slightly and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mix. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes - always just keep a check as ovens differ.


PS don't you just love that little bird...

Raw chocolate...

I won the most amazing prize a little while ago...
encouraged by my awesomely beautiful raw friend to enter the competition...
once you watch these you certainly want to make some changes...
Well as always I start with the yummy... delicious... treat... type recipes...
 Raw chocolate...

and the best thing..it IS actually good for me...

You will need:
200g Cacao Paste
100g Cacao Butter
1/4 cup agave nectar
seeds of 1 vanilla pod  (I left this out, did not have any!)

Melt the cacao paste and cacao butter in a double boiler - I just placed them both in a bowl and then placed that boil in a bowl of hot water - not boiling!
This is a slow process as you must not 'cook' the cacao...but it is relaxing and lovely to watch...
Once liquid, place in a blender and blend a short while with the agave and vanilla...the book says you can also do this by hand if you do not have a blender.

Pour the chocolate into moulds and allow to set in the fridge.
Now there is a whole science that goes along with Raw...I am new to this, so am following the experts advice...we added some goji berries and mixed, chopped nuts to our chocolate for added nutrition.

 I am so enjoying having a container of healthy chocolate in the fridge...

If you want to know more take a look at their website or if you are in Cape Town visit their shop.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Simple wrapping paper - handprints again...

 I posted a week or so ago about hand made wrapping paper for Grandpa's birthday...well now it was Grannies turn for a birthday...yip a busy time of the year...

So orange and of course pink were chosen for this handmade wrapping paper...
We used newsprint and acrylic paint...
yellow + red = orange
red + white = pink

cute sister

my knight
 The end product...with my knights bright artwork on the hand made card for Granny...a bunch of home grown herbs and flowers were added at the end but I never snapped a pic of that...

May 2013 be a blessed year for you Mom and Granny - we love you lots!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - 2013

An Irish Blessing...
May love and laughter light your days
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons  bring
the best to you and yours!