Dad’s delicious crunchies

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I call them Dad’s crunchies…but that’s just because both my brother and I remember Dad baking them and the mouth-watering smell that used to fill the house!

I have not made these in years. My mum was in the US visiting my youngest brother, and wanted to cook him and his friends a Bobotie* so sent my eldest brother on a mission to go through her cookbooks at home to find the recipe. Whilst doing this he found the Crunchie recipe… and we could not help but make them. These are simply the most delicious treats, that I find extremely hard not to demolish in one go…its a challenge, believe me!

2 cups oats

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2lb butter

1 Tablespoon golden syrup

1 Teaspoon bi-carbonated powder

Mix flour, oats, syrup and coconut together in a bowl. Melt the butter and syrup separately an then add to the dry mixture. Mix and knead well. Press into a rectangular oven prove dish and bake at 180 C until mixture turns a golden brown. Divide into squares whilst warm. So simple…so quick…so delicious

*”This was declared the national dish of South Africa by the United Nations Women’s Organisation in 1954. It has a varied heritage: the Dutch brought ground meat to the local cuisine, the spices were introduced by the slaves from Indonesia and the presentation is reminiscent of English shepherd’s pie. Bobotie used to be made with leftovers from the Sunday roast ” – Waitrose

The cheat’s birthday cake

Minecraft Cake

I am not a baker…but I do love cake!

I wish I could be one of those creatives mum’s that have the skills (and the energy) to start baking into the evening to produce a beautiful show piece to present the next morning for the school cake sale or the children’s birthday party – however I have accepted that this is never going to happen. The last time I baked a cake…a long time ago…it somehow exploded in the oven…really baking just isn’t my thing.

So for our last two birthday parties I found the perfect solution! There is a company called JN Cakes http://www.jncakes.com which I found on eBay. They make the most amazing edible cake toppers, producing all of the relevant characters that your child might be in to. From superheroes to video game characters. I have tried the Batman Movie figures and more lately the Minecraft figures.

Batman Cake with Batgirl, Robin, and Joker

If you are like me and actually are incapable of actually producing a normal sponge cake there is also a company that makes delicious sponge cakes that they will deliver for free the very next day. You can find their cakes at http://www.newcakes.co.uk. You can go for just a plain iced sponge, like I did, and add your toppers and really produce a creation at a proportion of the cost of a bespoke cake. And my kids loved them!!

Good luck with your cake making 😉

X

Red Juice – addictive and so good for you

This is truly the most amazing juice, and can be adapted ever so slightly to appeal to different taste buds. Containing beetroot and ginger this juice benefits from high amounts of vitamin C, essential minerals, like potassium, and strong anti-inflammatory properties, amongst many other benefits.

To give it more of a zing add more ginger.

To give it more of an earthy taste, add more beetroot.

To lessen the sweetness try different apple varieties, and maybe use less pineapple.

I use a Heston Blumenthal Sage juicer, which I bought a couple of years ago, and seems to be still going strong with good use.

Add the following ingredients to your juicer:
1 uncooked beetroot

1 pineapple

6 apples

2 oranges

1 carrot

3-4 cm piece of ginger

1/2 lemon

Have a taste and decide whether you wish to add more ginger, beetroot or carrot. The great thing about juicing is that you can add each ingredient at any time, which gives you the opportunity to play around with your tastebuds a bit.

Try this and let me know what you think, and if you have any good juice recipes, I would love to hear them!!

x

 

 

Auntie Trish’s granola

Granola recipe
Auntie Trish’s Granola

I tried this super tasty recipe whilst on my travels in South Africa, and both myself and my 4 year old son are now addicted. Not only is this granola super tasty, it is also super healthy. These are just some of the benefits…and there are more…

Can improve skin and hair, can help lower cholesterol, high in Antioxidants (Lignans), supports digestive health, can help maintain hormonal balance…

You can always add a bit more honey, which does make it a bit stickier, but can be very yummy too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup Lineseed
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 cup Toasted Almonds (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup flavourless oil (sunflower/vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence (Optional)

METHOD

Preheat oven 160c (fan). Mix the oats and seeds, nuts (optional) and grains in a large bowl. Measure oil into the measuring cup and swirl it around before pouring it into the bowl. Then measure and pour the honey in the same used cup, the oil will stop the honey from sticking. Toss together, make sure ingredients are evening coated with the honey. Empty contents of bowl into a baking pan/tin. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven when the granola turns an even light gold colour.

Once cooked pour contents back into the mixing bowl and add the fruit, whilst hot. Keep stirring to prevent clumping.

All done! ENJOY.

I like to eat mine with Full Fat Greek Yoghurt, and like to add some fresh blackberries….how do you eat yours??

Xx

 

Langebaan – it’s so simple…just relax

 

Langebaan

Imagine long empty and very white sandy beaches, beautiful weather, amazing sunsets….welcome to Langebaan!!

As a child living in South Africa we used to spend our christmas’ here. Only 1 hour and 45 mins drive from Cape Town it is the perfect getaway, it’s amazing how different the landscape can be without really travelling very far at all.

If you are looking for a upbeat trendy resort to hang out in….then Langebaan is not your kind of place. The idea of a Nikki Beach type beach club, or any beach club for that matter, would destroy this idealic resort.

Pack your flip flops, cosie, shorts, t-shirts, and sun cream, keep it simple and you’re set (maybe bring a jumper for the windy evenings).

The beach is perfect for a morning run, or walk, depending on how many Dom Pedros you drink the night before, but none-the-less this beach will clear your head, particularly in the afternoons when the winds pick up…as you will see by the abundance of kite surfers who suddenly appear as the day unfolds.

Watching these kite surfers can be truly mesmerising, the splashes of colour across the ocean flying through the air just adds another depth to this wonderful place.

Kite surfers Langebaan Summer 2018

Did I mention the sunsets? Along with the rest of the Cape, Langebaan has the most amazing sunsets, just the perfect way to see the day off…

Langebaan sunsets

Along with all the above delights of Langebaan we found it to be a wonderful place to take the kids. The lagoon offers slightly warmer and calmer waters for swimming, although the waves do offer the perfect entertainment, let’s be honest how many of us actually swim in the sea, we all like to jump waves!! The rocks offer the perfect rock pools to explore and catch.

Sea anemones

We had two fantastic meals out. All the eateries are pretty relaxed, you won’t be frowned upon if you turn up in your flip flops, but might bring attention you yourself if you decide to wear your Laboutons!! We had dinner at ‘Pearlys’, a sea facing restaurant just off the beach. We dined out on oysters, sparkling, wine, fillet steak and Dom Pedros (it was Valentines Day!!) . It cost us about the equivalent of £50, and the food was delicious!! The atmosphere was great, it was really busy with a wonderful vibe. There really didn’t seem that many restaurants….so book…just in case.

Another wonderful place was Die Strandloper, but there is so much to say about this amazing place, so I will leave this for my next blog.

If you ever get the chance to experience the delights of Langebaan….do it.

Missing it already….until the next time x