My little strawberry shortcake!

January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Morning everyone!

 

My little strawberry shortcake! 

 

 

 

She has grown so much already – I can hardly believe it!  And she is smiling – too cute for words!  It’s just a bit tricky to catch this on camera yet – but I’m sure I will get it right soon! 

 

Otherwise it’s going well – little one has started grade 2 so it’s the start of homework and reading again.  They have their home sport day today at school – so I’m off to go watch her run a little bit later.  I just hope it’s not going to rain – sjoe we are having a lot of rain and I need a bit of sunshine in my life now!

 

Enjoy the rest of the day and have a great weekend!

 

Big hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

The long wait is finaly over … and introducing little baba!

December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hi!

 

Hope everyone is doing well. Can you guys believe that it’s December already?

 

I wanted to pop in earlier but as you all know – time is not my own anymore with a new little baba at home! Everything went well with the birth last week and there were no problems. We are the proud parents of a healthy beautiful little girl and we are so grateful. Little one is the proudest big sister ever – and she just loves being a sister to little Kayla!

 

Otherwise I’m quite tired (as expected!) and I’m still getting used to getting up at night for a very hungry baby’s feeds. But when I see her little face (even at 2 in the morning) I still think she is the cutest little thing!

 

So without further ado – meet little Kayla!

 

 

 

PS – We went for a newborn photo shoot yesterday – and boy was it fun and games posing without a nappy! Let’s just say my white T-shirt will never be white again!

 

Will try and pop in again later!

 

Big hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

 

The long wait is almost over …

November 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hallo all my blog friends!

 

Long time no see … I know I’ve been a bad, bad blogger! Sorry! I’m just not spending that much time in the kitchen at the moment – the quicker the food the better! But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know what’s going on here in Blogland – I must read everyone’s posts everyday – to get my daily fix you know!

 

Sjoe – where do I start? In about 3 weeks time the long wait is over and we get to meet baby girl (aka the boontjie)! I can’t wait – and little one is also very excited to meet her baby sister. She is marking the days off the calendar each day! I was also spoilt rotten this weekend when I had my baby shower – and boy was I showered with lots and lots of gifts. I’m so grateful! My mom and sister went out of their way to make this day so special for me.

 

I’m still working for another few days– and then I can relax a bit before the big day. Not that I’m going to do nothing at home and sit around – I must still wash and sort out all baby’s clothes – also need to tidy and pack away everything in her room (that’s not so tidy anymore after this weekend!) But I’m not complaining – I’m just so grateful for everything that I’ve got!

 

Then hopefully (in the not so distant future) I really hope to get back into the kitchen and start blogging again! I’m missing all of you guys!

 

When I think back now I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy went by – I’m almost sad thinking about it! But then again I’m so looking forward to meet baby girl – and it’s only a few more weeks now!

 

Oh yes – before I forget! Congrats to Sharon on her pregnancy as well – one of these days we will be blogging about baby foods here! Hope you don’t mind!

 

Will pop in again soon!

 

Big hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

 

Some news …

July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Morning everyone!

 

So I really wanted to make something delicious last night to blog about today but at the end we had pap and wors! Not really something to blog about I know – but it was still delicious (sorry Potjie!)

 

Everything is going well with me and “boontjie”. I’m just a bit tired when I get home in the afternoons – so I’ve got an excuse for making pap and wors and all things quick and easy see! We went for our big 20 week check up last week and everything is looking good. I also couldn’t wait to find out if it’s pink or blue so off course I had to ask the doctor …

 

 

 

… and we are having a GIRL!

 

 

 

My feeling was totally wrong this time because I really believed that we’re expecting a boy maar nou ja – we are all very excited! Little one is super excited – she can’t wait for her sister to be born! So I’m starting to buy pink all over again. Actually we must get everything again – because I was so clever to give away all my baby stuff to friends and family!

 

So this is my news for now! Hopefully I’ll be back next week with something delicious to share!

                                                                         

Enjoy the weekend!

                                                                                        

Hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

Ridiculously easy milk tart!

July 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

At long last – a food post!

 

Morning everyone! I just had to share this easy delicious recipe with you. I made this over the weekend. The nice thing is that you make this in the microwave oven so there is no need to be scared of burning the filling for the milk tart.

 

 

 

You’ll need:

 

1 pack tennis biscuits
1 tin condense milk
3 cups warm water
15ml margarine
100ml maizena (corn flour)
75ml cold water

A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs

Cinnamon


Arrange the tennis biscuits in a dish, making a base for the mixture. Mix the condense milk, margarine and warm water and microwave for 3 minutes.

Mix maizena, cold water, vanilla essence, eggs and salt separately. Combine the two mixtures. Microwave for more or less 5 minutes on high until the mixture is nice and thick. Slowly pour mixture over the tennis biscuits.

Crush one or two tennis biscuits with a rolling pin and sprinkle the cinnamon and crumbs over the mixture. Let the mixture set in the fridge and enjoy!

 

Otherwise it’s going well with me and little “boontjie”! I feel so much better and I even have my appetite back! Yippee! When I think about it I can hardly remember feeling so sick a few weeks ago! I’m 18 weeks now – in 2 weeks time we will hopefully find out if it’s a little sister or brother for little one. Little one has been visiting with oupa and ouma in Ladysmith for the school holidays and she’s coming home this weekend. I’ve missed her so much! And then it’s back to school next week Tuesday – can you believe that this long school holiday and the Soccer World Cup is almost over and out? It’s crazy!

 

Enjoy the rest of the week!

 

Hugs

 

Minnie

 

xxx

Good morning!

June 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Good morning everyone!  I can hardly believe that we are in the middle of the year already – it’s crazy how fast these last couple of months went by.  Winter has also arrived in all it’s glory here in Gauteng.  IT IS FREEZING – especially in the mornings and evenings. 

 

Sorry – this is still not a food post – soon, very soon … 

 

I’m starting to feel my old self again – slowly but surely.  Some afternoons the little nausea monster sneaks up on me – but luckily it doesn’t last too long.  I ‘m so glad!  Otherwise everything is going well – thanks to everyone that wanted to know how I’m doing.  I do appreciate it!  I went for my 12 week check up last week – and I must say I’m starting to get excited now.  I could see the little body wiggle and it was so cute!  Best of all is that with nowadays technology I can watch it over again because the scan gets recorded on a DVD nogal!  I suppose I can start buying a little something now for “boontjie”!

 

Food wise – not so good!  In the first few weeks when I was feeling awfully ill I had way too much chicken to eat (it was the only protein I could face!)  Now I can’t even face the tiniest piece of chicken – I’ll faint!  I can eat canned tuna, fish, pasta, bacon, potatoes and sandwiches!  And fruit and veggies of course!  I’m only starting to eat chocolate again now – I couldn’t even face that!  Shocking I know!  Oh and I used to love garlic – but not now!  I am looking forward to lunch today – bacon and avo sarmie!

 

I will keep you all updated!  Thanks so much for caring and for all your love!

 

 Big hugs

Minnie

xxx

I’m still here …

May 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hallo everyone!  I’m so sorry about my loooong absence here in blogland – however I never stopped reading all of your wonderful blogs (and commented here and there!)  I can’t believe that it is more than a month since I last posted something. 

 

So the reason for me being missing in action is that I can’t really stomach food at the moment due to morning (noon and evening!) sickness!  Yes – I’m almost 10 weeks pregnant! 

 

It’s taking me a while to get used to the idea – I forgot everything about pregnancies and all the symptoms associated with it.  Especially the nausea!  Sjoe – it’s way different this time round – but I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel as the first trimester is almost over and out!  I also can’t wait to have a big juicy steak again (can’t face red meat at the moment!)  And of course to be blogging about food again – I hardly cook anything nowadays – so I’ll have to make up soon!

 

Little one is so excited – she is a real little mother and she can’t wait to help mommy with the new baby!  She is turning 7 next week (I can’t believe it!)

 

I want to wish all the mothers out there a very happy Mothers day for Sunday.  I hope all of you get spoiled rotten!

 

Hierdie is vir my ma!

 

A Precious Mother

 

Mom you’ve given me so much
love from your heart
and the warmth of your touch,
the gift of life and you’re a friend to me.    
We have a very Special Bond
which only comes from God…
I’m sure you agree.
As a child I would say Mommy I Love you
now you’re my Mother so dear
I love you even more
with each and every New Year.
If I could had chosen,
I would have picked no other
than for you…to be my lifelong friend
and Precious Mother.

Author Unknown

Enjoy the rest of the day – it’s almost weekend! 

 

Hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

Hanging on to the last few days of summer …

March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

I love autumn but a part of me feels sad to say goodbye to summer.  I’m definitely more of a summer than a winter type of girl!  But then again I’m also looking forward to making winter soups and of course some nice stews – after seeing Rose & Thorn’s yummy Tin Tin soup yesterday.  I suppose I’m in two minds over this! 

 

But we’re not quite there yet – so we took full advantage of the lovely day we had on Sunday with a nice braai.  For starters we made spicy marinated prawn skewers.  And this yummy looking chicken on the Cadac kettle braai – inspired by Chef Caro off course!  I’ve made this in the oven before and this was the first time we’ve made this in a kettle braai.  It came out sooo good!  The skin was crispy and the meat succulent and juicy!  I served the chicken with a creamy potato bake and a fresh garden salad. 

 

After skewering the cleaned prawns (I didn’t shell them) with some lemon wedges on kebab sticks I left it to marinade for about 20 minutes. 

 

For the marinade you’ll need:

Half a cup of LM Piri Piri sauce (This stuff is quite potent!)

Cajun seasoning

3 tbls honey

Zest and juice of a lemon

 

Braai on hot coals for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side.  Serve immediately. 

 

 

Now for the chicken – you’ll need:

 

Half a cup of softened butter

1 tbls Ina Paarman’s Rosemary and Olive seasoning

1 tsp smoky barbeque seasoning (or chicken spice)

1 can of beer (empty or drink ‘till about ¾ full)

 

Mix everything together and rub the butter mixture all over the chicken.  Also rub some of the butter underneath the skin.  Place the chicken upright over the can of beer and braai in the kettle braai for about an hour until cooked. 

 

 

Enjoy the rest of this short week – I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the upcoming long weekend!

 

Hugs

 

Minnie

xxx

 

 

Cheesy mince nachos!

March 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Morning everyone! 

 

I took some mince out yesterday morning with the good intentions of making some yummy meatballs with pasta but I forgot that I had to go get a few things from the shop after work.  So I got home way too late – and tired to make meatballs! 

 

I also got some cheesy Doritos (corn chips) and this is what I’ve made:

 

Cheesy mince nachos!

 

 

For the savoury mince:

 

I fried some chopped green pepper and finely chopped onion until soft and seasoned it with tannie Ina’s green onion seasoning.  I then added the mince and browned it with the green pepper and onion.  Then I added a splash of Worcester sauce, soya sauce, sweet chilli sauce and a table spoon of brown onion soup powder.  I then simmered it for a few minutes.

 

For the assembly:

 

Dish some mince in a suitable little dish/bowl.  Place the Doritos or corn chips all around your dish/bowl.  Add a few tablespoons of chunky cottage cheese and top with grated cheddar.  Bake until the cheese is melted.  Now add some guacamole and salsa.  Enjoy! 

 

Have a good Wednesday everyone! 

 

Minnie

xxx

Cheesy mince nachos!

March 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Morning everyone! 

 

I took some mince out yesterday morning with the good intentions of making some yummy meatballs with pasta but I forgot that I had to go get a few things from the shop after work.  So I got home way too late – and tired to make meatballs! 

 

I also got some cheesy Doritos (corn chips) and this is what I’ve made:

 

Cheesy mince nachos!

 

 

For the savoury mince:

 

I fried some chopped green pepper and finely chopped onion until soft and seasoned it with tannie Ina’s green onion seasoning.  I then added the mince and browned it with the green pepper and onion.  Then I added a splash of Worcester sauce, soya sauce, sweet chilli sauce and a table spoon of brown onion soup powder.  I then simmered it for a few minutes.

 

For the assembly:

 

Dish some mince in a suitable little dish/bowl.  Place the Doritos or corn chips all around your dish/bowl.  Add a few tablespoons of chunky cottage cheese and top with grated cheddar.  Bake until the cheese is melted.  Now add some guacamole and salsa.  Enjoy! 

 

Have a good Wednesday everyone! 

 

Minnie

xxx