one minute #banoffee pies

April 7, 2014 in Baked Goods, Dessert

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{my front teeth for anything caramel}
Everyone who knows me well, knows that I would swap my front teeth for any dish that has caramel in. Whether it is the old favourite; the peppermint fridge tart or those fudge blocks that you get in those long red and white boxes… you know the one, those fudge blocks with the corrugated top edges. Or what about those Wilson’s caramel flavoured toffees that I find in my bag every time I stop at the garage shop for a litre of milk?

Then there is my all time favourite, the tin of caramel condensed milk. This is just too much for me to resist. I have to confess, I can demolish one of those tins all on my own without a twinge of the slightest guilt.

{one minute banoffee pies}
My friend Peter came to visit the other day and he wanted something sweet. I decided to take my secret tin of caramel – yes, i always hide a tin of caramel behind a wall of tinned food in my pantry – and make some quick banoffee pies.

{rick and the tinned cream}
I had a packet of digestives, caramel and bananas in my kitchen. The only ingredient that I was short was cream so I sent Rick to go and buy some cream. He came home with a tinned cream. Well, it made it even easier. This took a minute to assemble and between the three of us we polished off the lot in double time. What an absolute treat!

For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

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cinnamon #pancakes

March 31, 2014 in Baked Goods, Dessert

{my childhood food festival}
Every year in the small town of Wepener in the Free State where I grew up there was always a big farm show. For all the “tannies en omies” in the district and surrounding towns, it was always a large and important affair.

The fair was a place to show off your best livestock or your best cookies, melktert or baked goods with everyone competing for that treasured blue rosette. For me, the show was something to look forward to – it was my food festival … like the Taste of Cape Town and the Good Food and Wine show today.

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Pancake
{cinnamon pancake}
In the food hall, all the tannies were there standing next to their gas stoves in their frilly and colourful aprons, cooking everything from babotie, curry offal to jaffles and pancakes. Well, what is a food festival without the traditional pancake and cinnamon sugar?

Yes, the cinnamon sugar was sprinkled by the tablespoon full onto the “just-out-of-the-pan” fluffy slightly-burnt-pancakes. These featherlite, rolled up pancakes were just treat.

I remember those happy childhood memories, returning from the show late in the evening, climbing into bed with a full stomach and a happy and contented smile. I was filled to the brim with those delicious pancakes, but … the pancakes and the food fair also filled and fed my soul. The same way food feeds my soul today.

{vintage large quantity pancake recipe}
Today I want to share tannie Dollie van Heerden’s age old large quantity recipe Wepener pancakes. I found her recipe in an original copy of “Beproefde Resepte” (Proven Recipes), a local selection of recipes typed up by my mom for the school, so many years ago.

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#healthy lunch box salad

March 25, 2014 in Salads, Vegetables

my whole life I wanted to be thinner

Anel Potgieter - Work Salad

In matric I was a size 10, but I wanted to be an 8. In my student years I was a 12 but wanted to be a 10. As time went by, I found myself shopping for clothes in the “fuller figure” department. Such lovely words … “fuller figure”. It kind of makes you feel thinner. But perhaps more importantly, it makes you feel less alone. You actually feel part of the “fuller figure” society.

Over the years, I must have tried every diet under the sun. From the soup diet, low calorie diet, Weigh-Less, Weight Watchers to the diet shakes and the rest. I am also sure some of you can remember those over the counter diet tabs that made your heart beat at a thousand miles an hour?

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Well, it is now 2014 and I can with confidence announce that I have won my battle with weight. I may not thinner per se but I have won my psychological battle with weight . How did I do it, you may ask? It required a huge mind shift in order to correct the unhealthy relationship that existed between me and food. It took a journey of deep self-introspection to establish the link between my being and the food choices I had been making.

It was a very difficult and challenging journey of discovery to say the least, yet it was one of the most enriching detours of my life. I discovered that food needn’t be the crutch it always was. Food did not have to be my best friend. But most importantly, I discovered myself! A self-confidant, strong and successful woman. A woman that looked beautiful when she looked at herself in the mirror in spite of the extra kilo’s she carries.

Today, I eat three balanced meals a day. I had to learn to be organised! Pre-planning here is the absolute key. One needs to know what you are going to eat, and when you are going to eat it. These days, I pack myself a healthy salad to work and the sprinkle it with the best red wine dressing and Maldon salt which I keep in my drawer at work.

Naturally, I do occasionally give-in to the second slice of milk tart or that irresistible portion of home-baked chicken pie. Hell, just yesterday I ate a whole block of chocolate in front of the TV. But, it is okay…. Because my mental outlook is okay when it comes to me, my being and food.

For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

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cupcakes + reach for a dream

March 18, 2014 in Baked Goods

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

by lifeisazoobiscuit

[meet waseemah]
This story is not a story about a cupcake nor a cupcake recipe but it is about a beautiful young woman called Waseemah Sait. She is a living wonder, an extraordinary 16 year old who received a liver transplant at the tender age of one. She has a passion for baking cupcakes and loves to watch baking programmes on TV. A week or two back Waseemah did a school project. Her project was a poster detailing her wish list for the next five years. The poster shows that she one day becomes a famous pastry chef and then running her very own bakery in the UK! How lovely is that?

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

[reach for a dream]
So you may ask what does this have to do with me? Well Reach for a Dream contacted me last week to see if I could in some way assist in bringing some sunshine to Waseemah’s life who has already experienced so many challenges …

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

image . clara correia from c-magic photos

[expresso | thrusday | 20 march | 0650]
I then contacted the lovely Katelyn from Expresso and asked if it is ok if Waseemah could come and bake with me on the show. The answer was an overwhelming yes. So Thursday at 0650 I am going to be baking with this courageous young woman. But there is more, Katelyn, being the wonderful person she is did not stop there … she has organised a little surprise for the young Waseemah on Thursday after the show … but at this stage I am not letting the cat out of the bag.

Waseemah and I will be baking and creating our very own cupcake zoo on Thursday morning. Waseemah, these cupcake pics are specially for you – I hope they make you smile. :-) See you Thursday.

[cupcake recipe]
Ok, now for the part about the cupcakes. I am not ashamed to say that the cupcake mixture is from Woolies (it is just as good as any home baked cupcake!). The little collection of animals are from Banks in the Cape Quarter.

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a chat with nina timm + win a copy of nina’s recipe book

March 14, 2014 in Zoo Talk

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It is often challenging to write about someone you know very well and who has so many talents and skills – it makes it difficult deciding where to start. :-) They say the beginning is always a good place to start … so … it was the very same Nina Timm who was there at the very start and birth of lifeisazoobisuit. You see, I had no clue how to even begin to take food photographs, how to write recipes or even babble about food let alone blog. It was then that a friend of mine said I should contact Nina.

Out of the blue one day I plucked up the courage and emailed the food warrior and pioneering spirit behind myeasycooking. I asked her if it would be ok for me to come and visit her to just chat about food. Goodness, it was one of those days in my life that I will never forget. Nina welcomed me with open arms, with such kindness, patience, Nina took my hand and guided me, she nurtured me through the first unsettling and intrepid steps of what was to become the most amazing blogging journey. Nina taught me about photographs, she introduced me to the food world and introduced me to many of the crazy and lovely people who paint the colours across our local food canvas.

nina’s recipe book
Last week Nina launched her own recipe book, easy cooking from nina’s kitchen.

To read more and win a copy of Nina’s recipe book click here.

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my sister-in-law’s #asian salad

March 11, 2014 in Salads, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Asian Salad

My sister-in-law, Siobhan is just such an amazing woman. Since I married Rick she has welcomed me with open arms. She is just so caring, considerate, beautiful, sexy and has this great knack for making lovely, delicious and healthy food. This past Christmas she made this delectably spicy Eastern Salad.

For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

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peanut butter + rice krispies blocks in just 6 minutes = #microwave magic

March 4, 2014 in Baked Goods, Dessert

Peanut butter blocks

Inspired by my friend Herman Lensing’s article in die Sarie recently I decided to make something in my microwave. Life is just so fast these days that I think we need to relook this genius kitchen accessory and have a solid appreciation for its talents and uses.

The microwave has played a critical role in the evolution of our culinary history – and something I never quite thought about. I decided to ask my mom if she had any microwave recipe books … well, she gave me 3 books plus a thick A4 book that she had put together herself over many years. It was made with one of my fathers’ old railway note books – mom cut and pasted recipes from different magazines and created an entire microwave recipe collection *lovely and so special to me*.

I found this really lekker peanut butter block recipe in her book. The marvelous thing was it only took me 6 minutes to make!

We often tend to forget what an impact this wonderful machine had on our lives growing up … and even today. So dig out a few yummy microwave recipes … and rediscover the magic of the microwave!

For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

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Peanut butter blocks

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#garlic bread – go big or go home

February 20, 2014 in Braai, Vegetarian

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Oh how we just LOVE garlic bread – but… in my household the average French loaf garlic bread that you buy in the shops is just always too little. We want more – we want more of that buttery garlic inside and the crusty outside … dammit, I just want more of the flavoursome bread!

So, I decided to take your normal sliced, average bread loaf and make this into a BIG garlic bread for my friends the other day. This is an adaptation or should I rather say step-up of the normal garlic loaf. My friends were all crazy about it but the only thing – it was still not enough!! But … everyone at least had a few delicious slices to savour.

It’s your choice how much garlic you want to add to the butter – but in my case, this would be loads … let’s face it, it’s not called garlic bread for nothing!

I say go big or go home! For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

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rick’s flourless chocolate pots and the beer … make it or fake it…

January 29, 2014 in Dessert

Ricks choc pots

A weekend away with my wonderful foodie friends is always full of culinary adventures. A recent getaway was no exception. My dear hubby was commissioned to make a dessert for supper one evening. He decided to take Nigella’s choc pots as a base and give it his twist i.e. he added vanilla, berries, crème fraiche … but …

When Rick does get into the kitchen on these “country weekends” it is always with a beer or two… or three … On this specific evening spurred on by the beer he forgot to add the flour to the mixture! Anyway Rick soldiered on without the flour … well, lo and behold it came out perfectly! I could hardly believe it but these delicious chocolate pots had still retained their fluffiness and that thick, silky, rich, gooey, chocolateness inside … and yes, without the flour! :-)

For recipe go to lifeisazoobiscuit.com

Ricks choc pots

Win one of FOUR of Alida Ryder’s recipe books!

January 24, 2014 in Zoo Win

This week 4 lucky readers stand a chance of winning one of Alida Ryder’s recipe books.Alida Ryder

I am giving away one copy of each of the following titles: Heart , Heerlik & Maklik Hartskos, Kook uit die Hart and Simple & Delicious Recipes from the Heart.

To enter and win:

1) Answer the question below and email your answer to anelpot@telkomsa.net.
2) Add the name ALIDA in the subject line.
3) Indicate whether you would like to receive an English or Afrikaans recipe book.
4) Closing date: 27 January 2014.

Question: Name just one of the favourite ingredients that Alida likes to cook with.

Should you not know the answer, please click here.

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