Exploring styles – Minimalist

Minimalist… This week we are going to look at the bare minimum or Minimalist look. It is challenging to still keep it interesting, beautiful and engaging. Often this style of photography is difficult to get right. Photographers are all too eager to pile up the subjects and clutter an image. We are after lots of…

Getting back to basics – exploring styles

I have spent the last few months concentrating on food and cocktails and such on this blog, and while that has been fantastic, I think it’ time to mix things up a bit for this month. So I am going to get back to some basics and look at some different genres and styles within…

Apricot/ Strawberry Turnovers

Apricot & Strawberry Turnovers/Danish Grab some ready-made puff pastry (I used Gluten-free) and let it completely defrost, spread some apricot jam or strawberry jam on the pastry, slice strawberries or apricots and place on the pastry, fold the edges over and place on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle with a little sugar and bake in…

Sung Choi Bao

Sung Choi Bao Light and simple meal, great as a Summer meal or as an appetiser. Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or peanut oil) 300g lean beef mince 300g pork mince 1 clove crushed garlic 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional) 4 green spring onions (Shallots), finely sliced 1 x 230g water chestnuts, drained and…

Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honey

This is not exactly difficult, but it is yummy and mostly healthy. Sweet Summer Peaches, slice them in half, remove the stone and centre and then grill them on the stove or BBQ, get that love char-grill lines on the flesh (brings out the sweetness), then serve with yogurt, a little cinnamon sugar and drizzle…

Festive Friday – Saint Nick-aritas

How about this Christmas a twist on the old margarita? use cranberry juice! Ingredients 30ml tequila 15ml cranberry juice 30ml lime juice 30ml Cointreau 30ml soda water fresh lime wedges (for garnish) Instructions Combine the tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, Cointreau and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Top…

Festive Friday – Mini Plum Puddings

Good old fashion Christmas really does call for a Plum Pudding, doesn’t it? Well in my family it did, and I mean did…Moth and the kids don’t really like it, I cannot because of the ingredients. Quite sad really, I have memories of my Nan putting small coins in the pudding, surprised we didn’t get…

Festive Friday – Vodka, lemon, lime and passionfruit cocktails

Have you seen Smirnoff’s new Vodka with passionfruit and lime? So delish! Pop 30ml in a cocktail shaker with ice, some orange & passionfruit mineral water. Add just a dash of Angostura Bitters, a squeeze of fresh lime and some mint to serve…totally refreshing this Summer. Of course, best served with friends and maybe some…

Festive Fridays – Mango Daiquiris

Festive Fridays I thought for the month of December we can celebrate with some tasty cocktails (or mocktails if you prefer) and maybe even a few tasty nibbles…so let’s get this party started! Recipe 6 Ripe Mangoes, peeled and chopped 1 1/2 cups white rum (or vodka or tequila if you prefer) 6 lemons juiced…

Loaded Nachos

Loaded Nachos It’s kind of funny, there are Nachos and then there are Nachos. In my house when we are feeling lazy we have Nachos, a packet of cheese or plain corn chips, some pre-made store bought salsa and pizza cheese sprinkled over the top and popped in the microwave for a minute. Serviceable, but…

Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Here is the recipe if you would like to try making Pumpkin Soup from scratch, perfect Autumn or Winter warmer. Ingredients 1 kg Butternut Pumpkin peeled and cut into large chunks 2 Large peeled sweet potato 2 cloves of garlic 1 cup of vegetable stock 300ml cooking cream Cracked Black Pepper Olive Oil Method Place…

Flour-less chocolate cake

If you have someone in the house that cannot eat gluten, this is a great recipe for a rich chocolate cake, I also used dairy-free chocolate and egg substitute to deal with dairy and egg intolerances as well. Yummy served with a dusting of icing sugar, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Recipe Yield: 10 inch…