Guacamole

Delicious and healthy guacamole with chaat masala

I don’t know about you but I love dunking crispy bacon into a bowl of homemade guacamole. Homemade is the best and this comes from buying store bought guacamole and never feeling quite satisfied.

My version includes all the basics like avocado’s, chilli flakes, green chilli or jalepeno, baby tomatoes, dhania and chaat masala. Yes, chaat masala. This is my secret ingredient to a really lovely bowl of guacamole. Chaat masala is used in cooking or as a garnish on fruit and salads. It has a beautiful tangy flavour that just brings a boring old bowl of guac to life.

Here is how I make delicious guacamole.

Ingredients:

3 ripened avocados

4 baby tomatoes with the pulp removed

3-4 jalapeño or green chilli, deeded or de-deeded according to how spicy you like it

Half a lemon

1/8th teaspoon of chaat masala

1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Mash your avocados in a bowl, I like using a fork for this. Finely chop your baby tomatoes and green chilli. Or pop them into a food processor and pulse. I like them a bit chunky rather than in liquid form. Add the tomato and chilli mix to the mashed avocado, add your red chilli flakes, chaat masala, salt and pepper and mix until just combined. Check seasoning by grabbing some corn chips or bacon (I don’t judge) and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add the juice of half a lemon or to taste and enjoy.

Chicken Meatballs in Marinara sauce and Parmigiano

I think it’s about time I share this dish with you all. It takes a bit of an effort but it is just so worth it.

Spicy Indian inspired meatballs with fresh ginger, garlic, chilli and fresh dhania air fried to perfection – you could also fry these in a pan or pop them into the oven.

Topped with homemade marinara sauce, once you make your own you’ll never go back to buying the bottled stuff EVER! And of course a ton of Parmigiano.

You guys!!! This dish as the kids say hits hard! I’m actually having some right now for breakfast and I’m just infatuated.

Try it, you’ll love it!

Ingredients

Meatballs:

500g chicken mince
2 green chilli, increase if you can handle it
1 cup of fresh dhania
4 cloves fresh garlic
Teaspoon of fresh ginger
Salt and pepper

For Marinara sauce:

Olive oil
400g can of whole tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
A bit of salt, if needed

Method:

1. Blitz the ginger, garlic, dhania and chilli till smooth. Mix into your mince and form into meatballs. Airfry for 10 minutes on 180°C or oven bake with a little olive oil.

2. Heat up your saucepan and add in your marinara sauce ingredients and allow to simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes. Taste for salt and add accordingly.

3. Place the meatballs into an oven safe casserole and top with the marinara sauce and Parmigiano. Bake until the cheese has melted and serve.

Hope you enjoy this dish, it is so divine.

Roasted Pepper Pasta

Ingredients

2 cups of mixed peppers

Olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

4 tablespoons of butter

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon jeera powder

1/2 teaspoon dhania powder

Salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes

Handful of baby tomatoes, chopped

1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated

2 tablespoons cake flour

2 cups of milk

350g penne, cooked al dentè

Method

1. Drizzle your peppers in olive oil and pop them into your oven or air fryer at 180°C till nice and charred.

2. Remove the skins of the charred peppers and chop them up and set aside.

3. This is good time to get your pasta going. Remember to add uncooked pasta to boiling salted water.

4. In a saucepan melt your butter and sautè the garlic. Add in your roasted peppers, baby tomatoes and spices. Add salt to taste.

5. Remove the pepper mixture into a bowl and set aside. Add the remainder of your butter and melt. To this add the cake flour and stir through preventing any lumps. Cook the flour for about 2-3 minutes.

6. Add two cups of milk and mix through. Turn the heat up a notch. This will help the sauce to thicken.

7. Once thickened add in your roasted pepper mixture and stir through. Taste for salt and season accordingly.

8. Add your strained pasta to the pan and mix. Make sure you get the sauce to coat all the pasta.

I like to chop up some coriander and stir that through as well for a lovely fresh flavour. Serve with a sprinkle of red chilli flakes

Enjoy.

Magic bars with Bakers® Good Morning Rusks

These magic bars are decadent and divine with an extra crunchy base.

When I said Bakers® Good Morning Rusks are more than just for dunking, I meant it!

These bars require no mixing, and are made by just layering the ingredients in a baking tin – I know these sounds too good to be true. No creaming of butter and no whisking and mixing either!

What I love the most about these bars are that they’re made from ingredients found in my pantry (and yours too!), which are then sprinkled and layered one on top of the next. Then baked in the oven until toasty brown and that’s it. The only downside is having to wait for them to cool down before slicing and devouring each slice.

Here is how you can make these delicious 6 ingredient dessert.

Ingredients

145g unsalted butter, melted

2 cups crushed Bakers® Good Morning Rusks

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup Desiccated coconut

1 cup chopped almonds and pecans

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line your baking tray with baking paper.

2. Add melted butter to the pan, ensuring all corners of your baking tray is coated with butter.

3. Add the crumbled Bakers® Good Morning Rusks and toss to evenly coat with melted butter. Firmly press mixture into an even layer in the tray.

4. Drizzle half of your condensed milk over.

5. Add the chocolate chips, nuts and desiccated coconut in layers and drizzle over the remaining condensed milk.

6. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely on a cooling rack then cut them into bars and enjoy!

Masala Chai

I have tried many store bought “masala chai” teas and I thought they were great, until my lovely aunt shared her recipe with me for from scratch masala chai, my goodness it is like a warm hug. You know the kind your Gran gives you. So good!

Masala Chai recipe
Ingredients
5 green cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 star anise
5 peppercorns
1 cup of water
2–3 slices ginger
½ cinnamon stick
1–2 black tea bags
1 cup milk of your choice
Sugar

Method
1. Crush cardamom, cloves, star anise and peppercorns until powder form and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Add your fresh ginger, cinnamon stick and tea bags.

2. Add the milk and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, bring to a boil once more before serving. Add sugar according to taste and enjoy!

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Deliciously tart and fresh!

This reminds me of the time when I was pregnant with my daughter and I convinced my husband to make me a box mix of poppyseed muffins, he straight up refused but luckily it didn’t take much convincing to change his mind.

The cupcakes we’re delicious and for some reason this week I craved them once again. Before you start rolling your eyes, I am not preggers! It’s just a craving you guys.

But the woman I am now, who is currently juggling 100 different things at once opted for the easy way out, instead of making muffins I made lemon poppyseed pancakes, and can I just confess how perfect they turned out. They’re fluffy, buttery and the added lemon zest gives it such a pop of flavour. Each bite is absolute perfection, you have to give them a try.




Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

2 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 cup of sugar

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup poppy seeds

2 tablespoons lemon zest

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Lemon glaze:

1/3 cup of icing sugat

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Fresh berries to serve

Method:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the poppy seeds, lemon zest, buttermilk, eggs, and vegetable oil.

2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients for the batter (flour, baking powder, bicarb, sugar, and salt).

3. Add to the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of vegetablr oil in and allow to get hot before frhing up your pancakes. I like using my 1/4-cup measuring cup for this. Cook until the pancakes are cooked through and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter.

For the lemon glaze:

5. Whisk together the the sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

Assembles pancakes on a plate, drizzle the flaze over and serve with slices of fresh lemon and berries. Enjoy!

Crustless quiche/frittata

There is no real story behind this recipe, well except that it is my current go-to when I’m in the middle of home-schooling, deadlines and trying to keep myself from starving 😅.

I use frozen veggies which usually consists of broccoli and sweet peppers with the addition of eggs, cream and cheese. Is it even a quiche if there isn’t cheese? I mean really…



Here’s how you can make it!

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1/4 cup cream

2 cups of veggies, I used a mixture of onion, sweet peppers and broccoli

2 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Method

1. Heat the oven 180°C. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.

2. Whisk the eggs, cream, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Saute your veggies with the fresh thyme until they’ve softened. This will give the dish a lovely flavour. Add your garlic and mix through. Add salt and pepper.

4. Put your cooked veggies into a oven safe dish and pour your whisked egg and cream mixture over. Cover with cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Garnish with spring onion and coriander and serve warm or cold. It’s delicious either way.

Enjoy!

Brinjal and Tomato Pasta

I have to admit I struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies, it’s a constant battle of me pulling my hair out and muttering WTF under my breathe 😑.

So I decided to reduce my blood pressure and find new and “exciting” ways for them to eat their broccoli, or in this case brinjal!

This delicious roasted brinjal and tomato pasta was absolutely amazing! My kids didn’t even realise they were eating vegetables, and when they came in asking for seconds… well that’s all I needed to confirm how delicious this meat-free pasta was.

So I’m sharing my recipe with you, the parents who just need a break from saying “eat your food!!!” 50 times a day.

Brinjal and Tomato Pasta


300g Rigatoni or whatever you have on hand

EVOO

2 Medium sized brinjal

Salt and black pepper

4 cloves of garlic, finely diced

400g can of whole tomatoes

Fresh parsely and parmesan

Method:

1. Wash and cut your brinjals down the middle, drizzle with olive oil and roast in a pre-heated oven (180°C) for 30 minutes.

2.Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and save a cup of the pasta water for later.

3. Cut your roasted brinjals into cubes and sautee in olive oil -medium heat, add salt and pepper. Add the finely diced cloves of garlic and stir. Next add your tomatoes and mash them up in the pan. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add in your cooked pasta and mix through ensuring the sauce coats your pasta nicely add pasta water accordingly. Add in finely chopped parsely for freshness and garnish, divide between plates and grate over parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Curry

A delicious sweet and spicy curry.

Pumpkin Curry

Ingredients:
1 kg pumpkin, cubed
Oil for cooking
1 cinnamon stick
1 large onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, grated finely
1 sprig curry leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 whole green chillies, sliced
5 dried red chillies
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
¼ cup chopped dhunia
Methi powder

Method:
1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat, add sliced onion, curry leaves, cinnamon stick, mustard and cumin seeds and sautè until the onion has browned.

2. Add garlic and fry for a minute. Add cubed pumpkin, chillies, salt and a little water to assist with cooking. Add a little sugar to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin. Allow to simmer until the pumpkin softens.

3. Once cooked stir through a 1/4 cup of chopped fresh coriander and 1/4 teaspoon methi powder and serve with roti, rice or my favourite puri.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

Beautiful and so easy to make

Hey friends, I’m so excited because on the 7th of July is World Chocolate Day!

Everyday I’ll be sharing all my favourite chocolate desserts with you, both old and new for you to try and enjoy.

I’m kicking things of with a gorgeous plate of ombre pancakes, they look complicated, but all it takes is a few teaspoons of cocoa powder.

Let me know what you’ll be baking up to celebrate 🍾 😉.

Chocolate Ombre Pancakes
Ingredients

1 ½ cups cake flour

3 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 ¼ cups milk

1 Large egg

3 tablespoons butter or oil, melted

5 teaspoons sifted cocoa powder

Method:

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

2. Divide the batter equally into 3 bowls. Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa to one bowl and 3 to the other.

3. Heat a non-stick pan and melt a dab of butter, add a 1/4 cup of the lightest batter and flip when bubble start to form on the uncooked side. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes. Continue with the remaining batter.

4. Stack the pancakes starting from the darkest to lightest. Serve with double cream yogurt, honey and fresh berries. A little chocolate drizzle also never hurt.