Green Cucumber Gin and Tonic: Hello weekend.

The past few weeks have really thrown some challenges at me and Hubby:  a broken car (brand new gear box required),  a flooded bedroom from the first season’s rain ( wet mattress and bedding included) and during the past few days,  ten dead  pet koi-fish (think very nasty bacterial and fungal  fish infection), not to…

Apple Cake with Earl Grey Apples

I don’t know exactly how it happened but somehow I ended up with three bags of apples in my refrigerator.  Luckily I have children that love apples and eat them as a staple.  Now who am I to complain if they want to keep the doctor away? Although I also like nibbling on these crunchy lovelies,…

Wild Mushroom Risotto and a Reward for the Notsoskinnycook

I am happy to report to all my dear readers that I am still on holiday getting well rested and also eating very well.  I am also very happy and proud to announce that I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award by Jennifer who writes a beautiful blog called the Foodery.  Thank you very much Jennifer….

Easy Cuppa Pudding for Vacations

Well, as most of my dear readers will know by now we are currently on those few rare, but very precious, days of the year namely vacation.   I really find that these times just bind our family spontaneously together.  As I am typing away I’m listening to my beautiful kids laugh and giggle at…

Rustic One Pan Chicken Roast

As I am sitting here I am happy to announce that we have been blessed with a holiday at one of the most beautiful parts of South-Africa, Kwazulu, Natal.  It has been quite cool in the rest of our otherwise sunny country, but fortunately we have not felt too much of the cold snap here…

Beef Shawarma with Peanut-Butter-Hummus

After the whole Monday buzz I am usually not in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to produce a tasty dinner.  This Monday was no exception.  After having to do an extra trip to the dentist today for my seven-year old daughter I was só not in the mood for…

Mexican Chili with Tomato Salsa

I have been getting that feeling for a while now…. it is time to still my need for chili and Mexican food.   Fresh Mexican food, not just tacos that come in a shop-bought-kit with  spices and one or another suspicious sauce… but  homemade with lots of zesty limes,  sweet tomatoes, freshly roasted spices, golden cheddar cheese and of…

Chocolate and Marshmallow Camp Bananas over the coals

This is one of those recipes that I am not even sure can be called a recipe.  I am not sure where or when I first saw or ate this but it has been part of our barbecue (braai in  my home language, Afrikaans)-repertoire for a very long time now.  I thought that most South-Africans were relatively…

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

It has all of a sudden, after a lovely autumn weekend with blue skies and sunshine, turned into cold winter weather.  So out comes our gas heater, wood for the fire-place and hot chocolate as we bid salads goodbye and say hello to soups. Little things are as comforting during the cold months as a bowl of…