Chicken parmesan ziti bake is a delicious, easy pasta bake that will feed a large family. It takes little time to assemble, making this the perfect dinner choice for evenings where you are in a hurry.
This asparagus pea and lemon pasta is full of zesty, lemony goodness and is filled with simple and earthy ingredients. Top it with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs and serve with a green side salad for a complete meal.
This asparagus pea and lemon pasta will take you less than half an hour to prepare. I let it completely cool down in the refrigerator before serving. That way it is a really refreshing meal on a balmy summer’s evening
These easy iced coffee popsicles are really a big reward for very little input. They are perfect for serving on a hot summer’s day when you are craving a cup of coffee but can’t stomach the thought of drinking something hot.
If you want to taste the best carrot cake ever, you should seriously make this recipe. This carrot cake is moist and dense with a little crunchiness from the almond flakes. And, to crown it all, it has sweet and creamy cream cheese icing on top.
The recipe that I have used comes from a good friend of mine, Tronel. Tronel used to bake this awesome carrot cake for the tea garden that she owned and operated. I am delighted that she graciously agreed that I may share her recipe with you. I honestly have never eaten a better carrot cake than this one. In addition, the recipe is not too labor-intensive either. It is therefore really a keeper, so bookmark this one for later.
The tinned pineapple in this cake makes it unbelievably moist. This cake comes together beautifully as a delectable treat filled with carrots, spices, coconut, and nuts. Oh yes, remember to toast your almonds if you are going to decorate with them, as that adds another depth of flavor to the cake. Since I really like coconut, I chose to use it to decorate the inner circle of the cake, and then surrounded it with the almonds.
Can I freeze the carrot cake?
Yes, you can, I would, however, suggest that you only apply the cream cheese frosting after it has been defrosted again.
Can I make this carrot cake ahead of time?
Yes, but make sure that you store it n an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cake will last for several days if you want to make it in advance for a party
Can I use desiccated coconut
Yes, you can most definitely.
Can I bake this carrot cake in a bunt cake tin?
This cake can be baked in tins fit to make a layered cake or a bunt cake tin like I did. As a finishing decorative touch, I filled the hole in the center with some fresh flowers.
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Best carrot cake ever
- 4 Eggs
- 300 ml Vegetable oil
- 375 ml sugar
- 5 ml almond essence
- 10 ml vanilla essence
- 500 ml cake flour
- 5 ml salt
- 7 ml cinnamon powder
- 7 ml bicarbonate of soda
- 500 g grated carrots
- 1 00 g flaked almonds
- 227 g pineapple crush
- 250 ml desiccated coconut
Cream cheese Frosting
- 1 tub cream cheese
- 113 g butter
- 450 g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180° C and spray a bunt tin cake with non-stick spray.
Beat the eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, almond essence, and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
Sieve the following items together 3 times: flour, salt, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda.
Mix the carrots, pineapple, flaked almonds, and desiccated coconut together in a separate bowl.
Add the flour mixture and the carrot mixture to the egg mixture and mix very well with an electric beater.
Add the mixture to the cake tin and bake for 1 hour.
Cream cheese frosting
Mix all the ingredients for the frosting in a mixing bowl.
Spread evenly over the cake and decorate with almonds that have been toasted over dry heat in a pan and desiccated coconut.
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This fabulous Mielietert (Sweet corn bake) is creamy and sweet, and it will fill your plate with some true South-African sunshine and hospitality. This is the ideal side dish for your braai (cookout) this weekend.
So yesterday was Heritage day here in South-Africa. It is a public holiday where we celebrate the heritage of the different cultures that make up the wonderful diversity of South-Africa. On this day, South-Africans all over get together to have a braai (cookout) with friends and family. As this recipe is a favorite in many South-African households, it sure to feature on many of the planned menus. This golden delight is sweet enough that you could have it for dessert. Mielietert (sweet corn bake), sweet as it is, compliments grilled meat very well. Mielietert is extremely easy to prepare, with just a few ingredients mixed together and then baked in the oven. Not much of a fuss for such delicious treat. I have never come across anyone who does not like this. So you better watch out, this will be eaten in a flash! Therefore you should consider making an extra one for later.
For this mielietert you will need:
- 2 cans of sweetcorn
- 4 extra-large eggs
- 60 ml real butter (melted)
- 60 ml white sugar
- 60 ml flour
- 15 ml baking powder
- Large pinch of salt
To make this:
Preheat the oven to 180°C and butter a large pie dish.
Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir well. Add the batter to the pie dish and place into the oven and bake for approximately one hour. Once ready, it will have a golden color. Mielietert tastes best when served slightly warm.
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Mielietert (Sweet corn Bake)
- 2 cans 420 g sweet corn
- 4 extra large eggs
- 60 ml melted butter
- 60 ml flour
- 15 ml baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180° C
Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into a buttered pie dish and place in the oven.
Bake for approximately 1 hour until golden in color.
This earthy Moroccan quinoa gem squash is full of spicy flavors and is a delicious light lunch or side dish that goes well with roast meat.
So it is Monday again. It is thát day again. We start work again after the weekend, feel a little blue and have a Meat-free day. So I compiled a little recipe for you that will brighten up your Monday-blues: Fragrant Moroccan quinoa gem squash. These little rounds of yellow, sunshine are filled with healthy, fluffy, quinoa, crunchy nuts and creamy feta cheese. The lemon and orange adds just the right amount of sweetness and zest. They work perfectly as a light lunch or dinner when served with a fresh green salad and flatbread. They are also the perfect side dish to roast chicken or pork chops. Quinoa is not just gluten-free but also packed with proteïn.
I usually cook quinoa in my pressure cooker for 13 minutes to speed things up a bit. Hence this recipe is a quick and easy one. Thanks to the addition of quinoa, this is also a super healthy dish. Quinoa contains lots of protein as well as all 9 of the amino acids. Furthermore, it is a awesome source of calcium, manganese, and magnesium. Quinoa is, therefore, a great vegetarian option. When you roast the gem squash, turn them face-down on the baking sheet to ensure that they roast evenly. This also ensures that they caramelize on the edges giving them a sweet, nutty taste.
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Moroccan quinoa gem squash1
Pressure cooker for preparing the quinoa
- 3 gem squashes halved
- 30 ml garlic-flavored olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 large pinches salt
- 1 orange's zest and juice
- 1 lemon's zest and juice
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 30 g wall-nuts
- 1 wheel feta cheese
Preheat the oven to 200° C
Season the gem squash with salt, drizzle the garlic-flavored olive oil over it and place face down on a baking sheet. When the oven is ready, insert into the oven and roast for 20 minutes
Add the quinoa, water, and salt to the pressure cooker and cook on high for 20 min. When done release the pressure and open the lid. Let the quinoa cool down slightly.
Add the remainder of the ingredients excluding the feta cheese to the quinoa and mix well.
Add the feta and mint and mix gently
Heat a frying pan and toast the nuts till they become slightly darker and release a nutty fragrance. Coarsely chop the toasted nuts and mix into the quinoa filling.
Spoon the quinoa into the gem squash and fill it to the top. Garnish with extra feta cheese and mint.
Pretty lemon and thyme cookies are so soft, they melt in your mouth. Since they are topped with a zesty, sweet, fragrant lemon-drizzle icing, these are some of the best cookies I have ever tasted.
Lemon is one of the top five ingredients I like to use in my cooking. Without lemon I feel a little bit like a chef without an apron. These pretty lemon and thyme cookies do not dissapoint when it comes to taste. I have baked and eaten a lot of cookies in my life and these are some of the best tasing cookies I’ve had. I kid you not!
Just like all good cookie recipes. These beautiful lemon cookies begins with the creaming of butter, sugar and egg. Beat for about five minutes until the mixture turns a very pale shade of yellow and the mixture has to look very fluffy. Add the dry ingredients, mix well, but remember to not overwork your cookie dough. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for an hour or more. This will ensure the cookie dough will hold its shape better and not be so sticky.
Don’t be shy when dusting your counter and rolling pin when rolling out the cookies. You need a fair amount of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the work surface. I divided my dough into thirds and worked with one third at a time, while refrigerating the other two thirds. This helped a lot with keeping the dough cool, as it was 32° celsius in Pretoria when I made these.
Can I freeze these cookies?
Yes, you can. However, freeze them without the lemon drizzle icing. Ice the cookies once defrosted and you are ready to serve them.
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Lemon thyme cookies
- 250 ml butter
- 250 ml sugar
- 1 extra large free-range egg
- 5 ml vanilla
- 20 ml fresh thyme leaves Just leaves, no stalks
- 1 lemon's zest
- 560 ml cake flour
- 1 large pinch of salt
Lemon drizzle icing
- 625 ml icing sugar
- 45 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 lemon's zest
- 30 ml fresh thyme leaves
Add the butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl and cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, salt, lemon zest, and thyme leaves and mix until well combined. Don't overmix.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap and rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, after the dough has rested.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and remove half of it from the bowl. Place the other half of dough back in the refrigerator.
Liberally dust a clean surface and rolling pin with flour.
roll out the dough 8ml thick and use a glass or cookie cutter to cut out circles in the dough. Roll scraps together and roll out again, repeating the process until all the dough has been rolled out and cut into circles. Remove the other half of the dough from the refrigerator and continue to roll out and cut out circles as explained above.
Place the dough circles on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and place into the preheated oven.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 min until they are slightly golden in color. Remove from the oven and let it rest for five minutes before transferring to a wired rack to further cool down.
Give the cookies sufficient time to cool down completely before decorating with lemon drizzle icing.
Lemon Drizzle Icing
Sieve the icing sugar into a small mixing bowl. Add 1/2 of the lemon juice and whisk until combined. Check the consistency of the drizzle, it should not be too runny. If a more runny icing is required add one more tablespoon of lemon juice. Finally, add the lemon zest and thyme leaves and stir into the icing.
Decorate with fresh thyme leaves before serving.
I believe a Dagwood burger is the ultimate burger. So I made these Ultimate Dagwood burgers to celebrate the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament. In South Africa, World cup Rugby means braai’s (cookouts) and lots of socializing while cheering on the Springboks. South Africans love to get together and watch a Rugby game. South Africans also really love their meat. If you need to feed crowd why not consider making this home-made Dagwood burgers. They are very satisfying and you will not need much extra side dishes. Just add some beers and drinks, biltong and you are well on your way to a party.
I usually make my own patties. That way I know what went into them and I can make sure we dodge preservatives and other nasty ingredients. There are so many options that you can flavor your patties with. My favorite ingredients are fresh parsley and onion. I never make my patties without those two. Then I also add an egg to bind the mixture and to keep it juicy. Even though I add some salt and pepper to my mixture, I sprinkle some more on when flipping the patties. You can cook the patties on a grid or in a pan with a little olive oil.
How you cook your eggs is up to you. I prefer mine still slightly runny, making the burgers even more saucy. I also like a matured cheddar cheese but some people prefer the processed slices that melts very easily on the hot patty. As there is no hard and fast recipe on how to build a Dagwood burger you can really add your favorite ingredients. Why not add pineapple, caramelized onions, pickled cucumbers or even jalapeno chilies.
Sage-butter pork chops seems to be the new favorite on our dinner table. Are you really busy but still want to impress your family or maybe some dinner guests? Are you out of ideas of what to cook for your family? Everyone sighing when you take out your old trusty meatloaf from the oven? Then why not try these absolutely delicious sage butter pork chops. They really are so quick and easy to make. With only 4 ingredients excluding salt and pepper this really is a win recipe for a week-night dinner. The butter turns brown and lends a beautiful nutty flavor to the dish. The aroma of the sage with the roasted garlic, and butter is to die for. I serve these sage-butter pork chops with lemony, smashed potatoes a fresh green salad and my favorite ice-cold, crisp Chardonnay.
Be careful when cooking the pork chops. Pork chops can easily be overcooked as they are a lean form of meat. If they are over cooked they will dry out and become chewy and much less tasty. Due to the heat the pork chops retain , they will continue to cook after being removed from the oven. If your chops are on the thinner side it is advisable to cook them no more than 4-5 minutes. Thicker pork chops will cook slightly longer. A good way to make sure that you do not overcook them, is to use a meat thermometer. The pork will we done when the thickest part reads 63° Celsius, when the thermometer is stuck in from the side edge.
This lovely sage-butter pork chops also go well with these potato wedges.
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I regularly make these muesli muffins as a breakfast treat and lunchbox filler for my family. They are light and fluffy with chewy bits on the inside. They freeze quite well and, if your family is anything like mine, you might want to double the recipe, which can also be easily done. They are perfect to make the night before, as they are quite quick and easy to assemble. I fill them with pecans or walnuts and this time around I added some cranberries as well. They are especially delicious if you serve them warm straight from the oven with some cheese, butter, and preserves.
Remember not to overmix the batter, it is better to just mix until combined to ensure that the muffins don’t have too fine a texture. Great muffins ought to have a slightly lumpy texture.
Takes: 15 min to prepare and 25 minutes to bake. Serves: 12 muffins. Easy
You will need:
- 625 ml flour
- 20 ml baking powder
- 5 ml ground cinnamon
- large pinch of salt
- 125 ml castor sugar
- 3/4 cup grated carrots
- 250 ml muesli
- 50g walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 large free-range eggs
- 125 ml canola oil
- 250 ml organic full cream milk
- 5ml vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
- Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and castor sugar to a mixing bowl and whisk well.
- Stir in the carrots, muesli, nuts, and dried cranberries.
- In another bowl whisk the eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla together and stir into the flour mixture.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve with your favorite preserves and cheese.
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This recipe was adapted from Recipes from Vrouekeur.