My Recipes, RECIPES

Spanish Hot Chocolate

July 4, 2018

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Ok, so it’s been pretty freezing the last couple of days out here in Africa! I actually can’t believe the snow that has been falling in the Cape. I wish the same thing would happen here because it looks so beautiful plus we never ever get to play in the snow.

So seeing as it’s been so cold I thought I would mess around a bit in the kitchen with some hot chocolate recipes. I’m a huge fan of hot chocolates, BUT I hardly ever go out and have one and think, man that was amazing I can’t wait to come back here for another round. They’re always either too watery or not chocolatey enough, or they just taste like cheap powder mixed with way too much milk. I like decadent hot chocolates, ones that make you hold onto your cup like it’s the last ornate item on earth! One where every sip takes you on a Unicron ride around the sun.

So I’m pretty pleased to be sharing this next recipe with you because it’ll have you unicorn-ing it up and down your street at all hours of the night. Guaranteed. I have no idea what I’m going on about but just go with me here.

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Roasted Butternut and Apple Soup

June 21, 2018

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Every now and then I get sent some really cool gadgets to try out, which is pretty fun to do especially when they involve cooking. Have any of you ever heard of a Greenis Blender before? They’re a brand of high-powered smart blenders that you can do all sorts of cool things with and when I say cool things I mean that you can connect to them via Bluetooth and then operate them from your smartphone, creating all sorts of culinary dishes.

When my Greenis first arrived I was slightly intimidated, but it took me the whole of 12minutes to totally get into it and want to learn more. I think the best way to try to describe it would be that it’s kind of like a little robot (that I have named Charles) that makes you delicious things like Roasted Butternut and Apple Soup. I love the idea that not only can it actually juice things, but you can also make hot things in it too. So it heats up things by itself, like hot chocolates, sauces, soups etc. This guy can make you fresh almond milk in 2 minutes and it can even make a cappuccino! What? I know right. Haha.

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Peanut butter and chocolate pancakes

June 17, 2018

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Sometimes I wake up in the mornings on a weekend and just feel like pancakes. I’m not really a breakfasty type person, but every now and then sitting down in front of a stack of warm pancakes covered in syrup is exactly what I feel like. This morning was one of those days and seeing as it was also Father’s Day it gave me the perfect excuse to get my pancake making pants on! I.e. stay in my pyjamas.

Now pancakes are awesome because you can literally cover them in anything and they’ll taste good, but today I thought that I would make a batch of Peanut Butter And Chocolate Pancakes because what could be better than peanut butter and chocolate slapped together then shaped into soft fluffy circles of amazingness? Nothing, that’s what.

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COOL STUFF

Vote4Charity

June 12, 2018

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Over the last few months, I have shared a few great projects on my blog that MySchool is involved in that are not only really awesome but have also really made a difference to the organisations that they stand behind. They have an array of worthy causes that they support and love and that they help their customers get behind them just by simply swiping their MySchool cards instore.

On my blog, I have spoken about the Shine Literacy Project that they endorse which is an amazing organisation that has been around for 17 years and assists with South Africa’s high stats around poor reading and comprehension. I have also spoken about the great volunteer project where MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has partnered up with a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation called (NPO) Better SA and their very innovative and super awesome hop-on hop-off mini-bus volunteer service, which literally arranges everything for you, making donating some of your time to those in need the easiest task around.

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Made By Jewellery

June 6, 2018

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You know when you’re sitting at home on the couch thinking, I wish I could do something that I’ve never done before just so I can try it out and see if it’s something that I like? It’s so cool doing things that are out of your comfort zone, things that challenge your creativity in a way that is so different to what you do in your everyday life.

I love making things with my hands, I always have ever since I was a little kid. In fact, I still have a few pieces of pottery I lovingly carved and moulded for my parents when I was in Primary School, granted I can’t tell what one or two of the items are supposed to be, so I’ll just say that I have an awesome collection of ashtrays and…paperweights. That’s the best part about pottery I guess when in doubt about a piece, it can always just be a paperweight.

A little while ago a couple of my friends, Henriette Botha and Nikki Sherman, who have started their own very pretty jewellery line called Made By started hosting an array of Ring Carving Workshops at various venues in and around Joburg and I thought it would be cool to try my hand at ring making. I thought I wear rings, I like rings and who knows maybe I’ll land up making something that becomes a family heirloom one day.

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Cinnamon and sugar doughnuts

June 4, 2018

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Doughnuts, doughnuts, everybody loves doughnuts. Last week Friday was International Doughnut Day, yes a whole day has been dedicated to these awesome circular nuggets of happiness, personally I think they should get a whole month and all shops everywhere should have to give out doughnuts with every purchase made, but that’s just me.

In the past, I have baked quite a few batches of doughnuts, but I have never attempted to deep fry them. I’ve always been a bit nervous too, but over the weekend I decided to conquer my doughnut-frying fear and gave the recipe below a bash! It may also be because the recipe I was trying didn’t require me to make the dough and then let it sit for 34 hours whilst singing Mariah Carey to it to make it rise! One of my pet peeves is when a recipe requires a whole days prep time, it’s like dangling a carrot in front of a donkey, or should I say a carrot cake.

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