With winter approaching us here in Southern Africa, it’s time to close the windows and doors early in the evening, and people all across the land will start wearing ALL their jackets, jerseys, coats and socks in an effort to stay warm. Continue reading “Roasted Butternut, Potato and Cream Cheese Soup”
My girls love baking, and with all the Pinterest Perfect pictures out there, it can be a little daunting trying to live up to those carefully staged perfect looking cake designs.
I decided to try make it a little more interesting than basic vanilla cupcakes so I told the girls we were making Unicorn Cupcakes. It really is so very easy and they them. I think giving anything the title of ‘unicorn’ helps make it more interesting. Continue reading “Unicorn Cupcakes”
Continuing on with my Healthy Lifestyle eating plan, I thought I would share the recipe for my husband’s favorite salad: Broccoli Salad.
I know what you’re thinking, broccoli, yuk! But honestly, it is a hit with everyone who tries it for the first time. It’s great as a meal on it’s own, or as a side dish. You can prepare well ahead of time, and it keeps for a couple of days in the fridge if covered. It’s also great for your husband’s pack lunch the next day!
Optional: 1 teaspoon of sugar
Please Note: All fruit and vegetables should be fresh and raw.
- Cut bacon into small pieces and fry until just crispy. Remove from pan, and put on a paper towel (kitchen roll), so that it absorbs the excess fat. Allow to cool.
- Cut broccoli into small pieces, removing long stems.
- Chop all fruit, onions, celery etc. into small pieces. Grapes should be cut in half too.
- Put everything into one bowl, including the bacon, and mix.
- Mix together all the dressing ingredients and stir well.
- Pour over the vegetables, mix well, and refrigerate until needed.
Options and Alternatives:
- Sugar – this is not necessary as the fruit adds enough sweetness in my opinion, but you can do.
- Apples can be substituted for pears. Any apple will do.
- Grapes – either green or red, whichever you prefer, but they should be sliced in half and it’s best if they are seedless.
- Onion – you can substitute the spring onions for ¼ red onion chopped very small. Alternatively, you can add dry onion seasoning to the dressing mixture.
- If you are worried about the sugar from both raisins and grapes, remove the grapes and add extra apple instead.
- You can also add sunflower kernels or chopped walnuts if you wanted to.
It is such a great easy salad to make full of contrasting textures and tastes that just all work so well together.
You can make so many substitutions as well, and if you don’t have something, don’t stress, it works quite well if you leave something out.
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After last nights’ melt down from me after they refused to eat the healthy dinner I had cooked and opting instead for rice and instant gravy, I decided that tonight I would cook exactly (and only) what I wanted to eat. I would not be preparing any alternative and if they didn’t want it, they could really and truly starve!
With that said, any meal that can be cooked entirely in ONE dish is a winner for me. Continue reading “One-Pot Roast Chicken, Corn and Veg”
The ‘Lazy Queen’ would be me. A nickname given to me by my in-laws. I don’t think it was given out of love, just a hunch. It has, however, come to be a standing joke between my husband and I. I tend to use it to refer to myself when I actually am being lazy. Today would be one of those days. Continue reading “The Lazy Queen Bakes Banana Bread”