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A New Home and Choc Chip Cookies

May 4, 2012 in Cookies, Food Photography, Home-made, Pastries and Sweets, Sweets

This is more of a catch-up post on what I have been up to. But I will add some foodie stuff in…I can’t resist it.
Last year my husband and I decided that we had had enough of the rat race and merely existing instead of living was not an option for us. We made a decision that Cape Town was going to be our new home. Things just started falling into place and everything that was meant to happen, happened. It just felt so right – even though the two or three months leading up to the “Big Move” were stressful, it was worth the wait. I guess we are extremely lucky and very blessed.

We drove down over five days with the kids and doggies in two cars, stopping along little towns and places we never knew existed.  What a great trip!
The booking of places to sleep overnight was very last minute so we often found ourselves booking into what was available in the nearest town. There are some strange places out there!!! We were very fortunate in our choice of accommodation though. When we eventually got to Cape Town it was already rather late and I just could not find an affordable pet friendly place to stay. Luckily my husband had packed the tent in the car ‘in case’. Thank goodness for that – we camped out for the night at the Noordhoek Caravan Park very unprepared. Pouring rain, hole in the tent…. ( advise to parents: check tents after teens have taken it out for the weekend). Anyway, it was all very exciting and certainly not the worst experience we’ve had. The next day the removal van was on time, waiting for us to arrive. The move went rather smoothly which I am grateful for. So, here we are ready to take on the ‘Mother City’.

That was two months ago and it has been hectic settling into the day to day routine. Don’t know about you but I detest having to fill out forms. And after filling out many of them we finally have internet access, phone lines and all those ‘techie’ things that we rely on.   We just need to change our pace slightly. There is just so much to see and do in Cape Town and we are enjoying every minute – with cameras around our ‘Vaalie’ necks. I am still trying to find where to buy my favourite ‘foodie goodies’ but discovering new things is part of the plan.

So now, it’s me and my blog. I have so much to catch up on and share with you.

With a big move comes insecurity. Especially for kids. Lots of hugs and comforting food makes it all feel like home.
Here is my family’s favourite comfort food at the moment. Good Old Choc Chip Cookies.

These have certainly earned the title of “comfort food’. After all, if there’s chocolate in them, there is comfort.
I baked a big batch of these before the trip, hoping it would last….NOT!  So now, I bake two batches at a time and store them in the cookie jars. Still doesn’t last.
What makes your Choc Chip Cookies different? A special ingredient or a specific method you use? I am always keen to try new Choc Chip Cookie recipes.




Notice, my cookie jar is still full! That’s because the kids were still asleep when these were baked.

 

Brownie Topped Toffee Sundae

January 5, 2012 in Food Photography, Recipes, Summer, Sweets

While I find myself with some time on my hands, I think it’s time to finish all the drafts I have accumulated and start posting them before the season changes.

I have been quite lazy when it comes to cooking lately. We have had heatwave after heatwave in Pretoria and I just can’t bear to be behind a hot stove or oven. So, I find myself with many summer inspired posts.

We’ve had mainly salads and light ‘tapas’ in our home. And loads of ice-cream, sundaes and shakes.

I often use my husband and kids as taste ‘guinea pigs’ for my recipes. I think they enjoy it. If not, they dare not say it.

The kids couldn’t wait for the photos to get done on this sundae so that they could tuck in.

The great thing about sundaes is that there are so many flavours and ingredients to be tried… as long as there is ice cream, the rest is an adventure. So raid your pantry for ‘sweety’ bits and go for it!

We used vanilla ice cream, store-bought toffee syrup and Woolworths’ brownies to put together this rich chocolaty sundae. Normally, I would use home-made brownies but as I said….too hot for baking. It’s a really easy recipe and requires no mixing and blending of any sort.

You might like to check out this recipe for a decadent Chocolate Brownie and Mixed Berry Trifle from Woolworths as well. It is awesome.

 


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Recipe: Brownie Topped Toffee Sundae

Ingredients

  • 2 glasses Vanilla ice-cream
  • 4 Home made or store-bought brownies
  • Toffee syrup

Instructions

  1. Pour toffee syrup into a sundae glass as you tilt and rotate it so as to get syrup on the sides of the glass.
  2. Half fill the glass with small scoops of ice-cream, and add tiny bits of brownie into it. Add some more ice-cream. Enough to fill the glass.
  3. Decorate with the rest of the brownies which have been cut into tiny bite sized squares.
  4. Drizzle some toffee syrup over the top.

Variations and Tips

If you have berries, these pair really well with the chocolate.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Crunchies

July 3, 2011 in Food Photography, Home-made, Photography, Recipes, Sweets

This is the easiest recipe ever! The kids love to make these.
Usually, crunchies are made in a shallow dish and cut up into squares but I decided to make them ‘all the same size’ in a muffin tray. After visiting Gameal’s I tried some variations of my own. Anything goes here…




Crunchies

Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Almond Crunchies

Ingredients

  • 175g butter
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 slab of dark chocolate, for dipping
  • 1/2 tsp butter

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and syrup together.
  2. Add bicarbonate and stir until it froths.
  3. Mix dry ingredients into the melted butter and add the almond extract.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Gently press the mixture into a muffin tray.
  6. Bake in the oven at 180ºC for 20-30 minutes.
  7. When the crunchies turn light brown, remove from the oven.
  8. Switch off the oven and leave crunchies in for another 10 minutes to dry out.
  9. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.
  10. Melt the chocolate with 1/2 teaspoon of butter.
  11. Dip the bottom of the crunchies into the chocolate and allow to cool for the chocolate to harden.

Variations and Tips

Endless possibilities.
Use nuts or dried fruits.
Choc chips.
White chocolate.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 20

 

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