I love peanut butter and I love Thai food! I also love things that can be whipped up in 3, 2, 1 BOOM! This next recipe that I’ll be sharing with you is made from eight ingredients, eight simple yet complimentary ingredients that make up one of my favourite dishes, Beef In Satay Sauce mmmmmmmmmm….. so if you’re a fan of peanut butter and Thai food then guess what? You’re going to friggin love this recipe!
So today I’m really amped to be starting a new series on my site together with an amazing local service that I use called Munching Mongoose who deliver fresh local, organic and SEASONAL produce straight to your front door. I love being in the kitchen, but sometimes I don’t want to be in there for hours making stuff, so during this series, I’m going to be sharing quick and easy recipes with you for delicious homemade sweet and savoury dishes that won’t take up stacks of your time or use half your pantry!
Ever since finding out about Munching Mongoose and hanging out with my friend Nicole in the kitchen I have definitely become more aware of just how important it is to try to buy organic and as often as possible locally produced goods that are currently in season and not ones that have been picked too early, refrigerated and most likely artificially ripened preventing them from developing their full nutrient profile! I’m going, to be honest here and say that I don’t buy organic or locally all the time, but I am trying to change that and being part of this service has helped a lot. Plus there is just something so awesome about having fresh foods, homemade bread and milk in a glass bottle delivered to your house every week! Wouldn’t you agree?
Sometimes it’s so much fun to just think of something you would like to smash in your face and then just make it! When Nicole and I were messing around in my kitchen the other day we were chatting about coming up with a delicious coffee syrup to mix with some sweet sweet coconut/almond milk and crushed ice. We both love ice-coffee flavoured drinks so we thought, what the hell lets make our own! I mean how hard can it be, we’ll just think of what we would like the syrup to be made up of flavour wise and then start mixing. We whipped this very delicious (even if I do say so myself) little syrup up in no time and now there is always a bottle of it in my fridge because I’m that hooked!
There are so many lovely little places to stay in Cape Town, sometimes I wish my job was just to visit them all so I could just soak up what they each have to offer slash never have to cook or make my bed ever again! Ha!
Over December Shane and I were in Cape Town for a friend’s wedding and we needed a place to stay near the city centre, somewhere nice but also convenient. I’m a really picky when it comes to accommodation that isn’t my house. I’m not one to rough it, I like pretty things and places that have had a bit of thought put into them and this hotel had both.
It’s round three of my Peaceful Sleep Adventure Series which involves my family and me together with Peaceful Sleep going on a set of adventures whilst under the protective force field created by their extensive Family Care Range (you can check the whole lot out on their brand new site). We’re setting out to show you some cool kid-friendly places and things to do with your little ones during the next few months of Summer.
This specific post is really special to me because it’s an episode of Tastes Like Nice which is mine and Nina’s baking show and it takes place at Shane’s mom’s family holiday cottage in Riet River where Shane as well as his mom, has spent pretty much every December of their lives. We’re also using a recipe that comes from Nina’s Great Granny’s cookbook which was put together in 1979! We’re making her famous Riet River Rusks which were apparently (according to the recipe) very popular among army and seamen. Haha I love that!
I must be honest and say that I have actually never ever made toffees before I made these delicious little squares with my friend Nicole. I’ve always thought that the process would be quite difficult because you would need a candy thermometer or the mixture would be really tempramental and easy to burn, but I was wrong which meant that just over an hour later I was chomping down on some soft salty ginger toffees that hit you right in the sweet spot in the best possible way.
There is a fair amount of standing in front on the stove stirring, about 25 minutes worth but it’s totally worth it, plus if you have a baking partner in crime you can tag each other out halfway through while the other one makes a couple of Insta–Stories hehe.