During a recent holiday, my four-year-old son decided to become a vegetarian. We were driving along the beautiful Pacific coast and saw some cows grazing. Somehow it was mentioned that beef comes from cows, which he apparently had no idea of. Then and there he decided not to eat animals anymore. (more…)
Instead of heading out for breakfast/brunch this weekend, why don’t you enjoy a gourmet-style breakfast or brunch in the comfort of your home with this delicious French Toast with Blueberries recipe!
This yummy breakfast will hit your sweet spot perfectly! The eggy-cinnamon infused crunch of the bread combines brilliantly with the sweet, warmed blueberry and maple syrup mixture and the Greek yoghurt for a tantalising and indulgent start to your day!
The great thing is that it is incredibly simple and quick to make, though its decadent taste would have you suspect otherwise. This recipe serves 4 people (though can easily be increased or decreased) and takes about 25 minutes to make!
French Toast with Blueberries
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
COOK TIME: 15 Minutes
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 25 g butter
- 8 slices of thick cut white bread
- 250 g berries
- 2 tblsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup plain Greek-style yoghurt
- Preheat oven to 150C (or 130C fan-forced) and line a large tray with baking paper.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the blueberries and maple syrup and heat for 30 – 60 seconds (or until slightly melted). Stir well and set aside.
- Whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon together in a shallow dish.
- Melt one-quarter of the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Dip 2 slices of bread in egg mixture until soaked.
- Drain excess egg mixture and then cook bread for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
- Transfer to prepared tray and place in oven to keep warm.
- Repeat with remaining slices of bread, egg mixture and butter.
- Serve immediately.
Make this yummy recipe for breakfast or brunch and tell us what you thought of it in the comment section below!
Affogato is an Italian word meaning “drowned,” which makes perfect sense since this recipe basically involves a scoop of ice cream that is immersed in a coffee-based beverage. With a hint of espresso and Italian liqueur, this dessert is 100% for adults! Affogato is the perfect winter dessert because it has all the sweetness and flavour that we crave but still offers the elements that keep us warm and comfy when it’s cold outside.
Italian classics, particularly pasta dishes, are common but sacred ground when serving dinner for one’s family or friends. This is why care must be practised to be sure that all ingredients are fresh and properly measured. For this recipe, we’re doing a baby spinach and goat’s cheese filling, fresh homemade ravioli, and tomato sauce with savoury sage leaves. Try this dish out for size the next time you’re having company over – be sure to plan and prepare ahead!
More often than not, people tend to think that healthy dishes have to lose all aesthetic appeal and flavour. We will prove this notion wrong with our simple jacket potato recipe, which boasts of healthy goodness and sumptuous flavours at the same time. This is perfect at any time of the day – you can have it with fruit juice in the morning or with wine for dinner.
Tuna and Corn Jacket Potato
Try out our delicious jacket potato recipe, all done and ready to be served in just an hour!
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
COOK TIME: 50 Minutes
- 1 medium potato (150 g)
- 100 g canned tuna (in water)
- 3 tbsps sweetcorn
- 2 spring onions
- 2 tbsps plain low-fat yogurt
- Bake the potato at 200C until soft (50-60 minutes). Remove from the oven, set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the tuna with yogurt, sweetcorn and finely chopped spring onions.
- Split the potato in half. Stuff with the tuna and corn mixture.
- Serve while hot and enjoy!
The original recipe uses either mayonnaise or cheese, which you can substitute for this version’s yogurt
If fresh sweetcorn is unavailable, defrost canned or frozen sweetcorn as an alternative
This dish is served perfect with a side salad of greens and freshly squeezed juice
Great comfort food never fails. With classic recipes such as pumpkin bread, one can always feel at home anytime, anywhere. Served on its own, with butter or jam, or with soups, pumpkin bread effortlessly stands out on the dinner table. In just an hour or so, you can have real homemade goodness right within the confines of your kitchen. Follow and share this recipe with loved ones to spread the warm, homey aroma of pumpkin bread.
Pumpkin bread is great on its own or with spreads and jams. You can tweak the recipe to include your own choice of nuts, herbs and dried fruit – the possibilities are endless! For starters, check out this simple and no-nonsense recipe:
SERVINGS: 2 Loaves
PREP TIME: 20 Minutes
COOK TIME: 60 Minutes
- 450 g sugar
- 250 ml vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 450 g unsweetened pumpkin (canned)
- 450 g flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 150 ml water
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
- Grease the bottoms of two 22x12cm loaf pans with butter and flour.
- Mix the sugar and oil together, then stir in the eggs and pumpkin.
- Take all dry ingredients and combine in another bowl. Slowly add water. Finally, blend in with the egg-and-pumpkin mixture.
- Pour the batter evenly on two loaf pans.
- Bake for around 60 minutes. To be sure, use a cake tester.
- Let the loaf stand for ten minutes.
- Take the bread out of the pans, then cool and serve.
- By greasing only the bottoms of the pans, you get a gently rounded top of the bread.
- You can add raisins and nuts – even garlic cloves – to the mix if desired.
- Bundt cake pans also work in place of loaf pans.
- Adding as little as 2 teaspoons of vanilla can create all the difference in terms of the sweetness and savouriness of the bread.
- For a healthier approach, replace the vegetable oil with applesauce, the white flour with whole wheat flour, and use brown instead of white sugar.
This asparagus leek risotto is a gluten-free and vegan version of the rice dish classic. Asparagus has been getting a lot of attention from foodies and health advocates lately, and it isn’t surprising why. These greens are not just full of nutrients – they are also quite tasty and ideal for many recipes.