I was one of the lucky 10 Durban lady bloggers to be invited to the first exclusive Spice Goddess Event, run by Sue Levy from the award winning inspirational Just Pursue it blog and Verushka Ramasami from the Spice Goddess blog. This event not only made me feel like a spoilt brat, but it also helped me look back on the years I have spent on creating this blog, and celebrate the accomplishments made, big and small.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
There are always nights when you really don’t want to fuss over food or simply would like something quick to whip up. Even though I love cooking, especially from scratch, I do have days when I’d prefer to not spend too much time in the kitchen. I admit; sometimes I “cheat” and use a sachet from Knorr which takes away a lot of the effort needed to make something. I love Knorr products; they don’t have that plastic, fake taste some sachets produce.
Friday, 28 November 2014
I have grown up with working parents and planning meals was always a must. Every Saturday we would gather to plan our weekly menu. It was a family effort, and each of us had to come up with meals we would all want to eat and that gave each person a chance to cook that week. Reading Dinner Time! by Many Collins really brought back those routines and memories. I’m so glad this book of meal plans and recipes has been created; because it not only makes cooking practical, it shows how it is just as easy to whip something up in the kitchen as it is to phone for a take out.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Whenever I see chicken or pork roulades in magazines, they always look so neatly made and as if a lot of time and effort went into making them. I’m not very good with fiddly food; so I knew my patience was going to wear thin had this pork roulade experiment become complicated.
Monday, 27 October 2014
The Umhlanga Food and Music Festival is happening on the 1 November…in other words this Saturday! The last one sounded like a huge success, that come hell or high water, I will be going this time around!
Friday, 24 October 2014
If I could tell you what I envision heaven to be like, it would be kind of what I experienced last night; entering the ‘gates’ to amazing food (an abundance might I add), and really good company. I am actually experiencing post dinner blues, as I don’t think I will ever experience such a generous spread of food and such great ambience at a restaurant. With the Good Food & Wine show kicking off today, I encourage all you foodies to get going and take advantage of this amazing food event.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
I have to say that I love people that are straight forward, ‘real’ and not scared to tell you the truth. My parents have always been ‘real’ with me, and it’s a quality I have always appreciated. They have always been the first to tell me when I have done something really well, and also the first to tell me when I am not capable of doing something…like dancing.
Friday, 10 October 2014
This rainy weather calls for a scrumptious curry…but not just any kind of curry; this weather calls for prawn curry!
Last weekend I did some catching up with family friends, Brett and Jess. It was a lovely sunny skies kind of day and rather warm in Toti, but when I drove up to Drummond the sun was still out but the air was rather chilly! It was perfect though for the lunch we had planned to have.
I brought some dessert, which happened to be some doughnuts, and Brett made a delicious prawn curry. Brett made it look rather effortless when he prepped the ingredients and started cooking it. Might I just add here, it’s those simple effortless meals that pack the best punch!
Brett’s prawn curry didn’t disappoint… I had two bowls, while Jess, Brett and my Dad had one…I think I had special treatment because they know how I can get if I want more food. It could have also been that they missed me… Either way, I was over the moon to have the ‘last’ bowls worth of curry. If there was more, I could have gone in for thirds, fourths and fifths… or until my belly exploded.
Here’s a definite crowd pleaser!
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 centimeter cubed ginger, grated
1 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 - 2 tsp curry powder(Rajah hot curry powder)
few curry leaves
- Thaw prawns
- Dice onions and fry on a low heat for abt 10 minutes or until caramalised (fry in a bit of margarine/butter or oil)
- Add salt
- Add curry powder and tumeric
- Add garlic ginger curry leaves and dhania - stir well
- Don't cook for long
- Add prawns and toss until properly coated
- Salt to taste
- Add cream
- Stir and bring to simmer until prawns start to curl
- Serve with rice