My Adaptation Of Sunny’s Beer-Batter Eggplant Fries. Yum!

Food and me are like peas in a pod, we go together very well and so when I saw the memorial day episode of The Kitchen on Food Network I knew I had to try it and a week after I did.


Sunny Anderson is one of my favourite Food Network chefs (I kinda love them all). I love Freitag, Artie, Guy, Alex Guarnaschelli… The list goes on, but I digress. 🙂
The recipe is quite straight forward and I realised you can make this batter to deep fry other things, like fish. Continue reading

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New Pancake Recipe! Delicious Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pancakes

chocolate-pancakes-with-peanut-butterHello people, this is another pancake recipe with a twist.

If you haven’t been here before then you probably don’t know this, but I LOVE pancakes and I am constantly looking for new recipes like my Apple and Banana pancakes and like the one I am introducing today.

One day, my Pinterest stroll took me to this awesome pancake recipe by Darcy on her blog Darcy and Brian, Wait For It… It’s a Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pancake recipe. Whoop-Whoop!!!!

I tried it the first time without PB because I didn’t have any in the house, but the second time around it was quite delicious and get this, you don’t need any oil.

MY INGREDIENTS

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Pancakes With A Twist! Meet My Pancakes With Caramelised Apples

pancakes and caramelised applesFor starters, to caramelize – in cooking – means to “cook with sugar so that it becomes coated with caramel.” This was my goal when I decided to try out this particular recipe.

I love pancakes – I think they are dope! – so I am constantly thinking up ways of making it better for my exquisite taste buds because no one likes boring right? Right!

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3 Things To Remember When Trying A New Recipe

Are you an amateur cook or baker? Do you see pictures of food and immediately visualize how you can duplicate it in your own kitchen?ingredients food

Well, I’m quite certain that in your quest to become a master chef you might have encountered some pitfalls; messy kitchens and less than perfect results. Don’t be shy, I have too. This is a little way of helping you avoid such accidents. Continue reading

Smoothie Recipe: Banana Orange

In my usual way of doing things, I downloaded an app strictly for smoothie recipes. For those seeking to eat healthier, watch their diets or just ingest fruits in a more interesting combo, smoothies are the way to go. Sadly, your average smoothie is a combination of at least 3-4 ingredients that may not be available all at the same time. Should that deter you from trying out recipes? I don’t think so 😀 . This is my version of the ‘Banana Orange’ smoothie.

2 small frozen bananas
1 orange
1 tbs of honey
Two ice cubes

The end product tasted good, but the orange didn’t pop so I probably needed more and it wasn’t as cold as I would have wanted. This means that I need to ensure the bananas are actually frozen next time. In my case I just put the bananas, peel and all into the freezer, but next time I will take off the peel before freezing it.
The original recipe has 1 cup of raspberry yoghurt and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, but I didn’t have either in the house. I’m sure it would have tasted much better with them.

I’d love to try more so share yours. Toodles

New Recipe! My First Time Making Pancakes and They Were Great

Ever since I got home from service and discovered Food Network, I haven’t been able to stop watching and scribbling. I take down recipes all the time for meals I’d like to try out someday.
A few days ago I started craving pancakes. This is something I think is very simple, but unfortunately I haven’t tried whipping up a batch. I made up my mind to try it and I did. Before that, lemme say a little something about myself. When I’m in the mood to do anything, I like to be WELL prepared… I gathered together as many pancake recipes as I could lay my hands on. I got three from my ‘Must-Have Recipes‘ app, thanks to Google play store, and I made my sister search for a simple recipe and text to me. To cut a long story short, I made my first batch of pancakes and they were not bad at all… They were awesome! (if I dare say so myself)

This is my own recipe

1 small cup of flour
1  full tbs of sugar
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tbs of margarine to be melted
1 lightly beaten egg
1 cup of milk in water (Assuming you are using powdered like me)

Method:
Mix in your dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat your egg with a fork till it’s even and add in your milk-in-water mixture and mix nicely. When it is nice and smooth add the melted margarine and in turn add that to your dry mix. The consistency of the batter should be like a thick soup.
Heat your pan and put in one serving spoon-full of the mixture, after dropping some oil (coconut, olive or regular groundnut/vegetable oil) in the pan, and allow to cook for like two minutes then use a spatula and turn it over. The level of heat depends on how long you will let it cook, but in the end you will have warm pancakes to enjoy with store-bought syrup or a  homemade fruit syrup.

Toodles!

Take Banana…

I don’t consider myself a great cook, I barely even like to cook most of the time, but I absolutely love trying out new recipes. I found this site, Perfectsmoothie.com which has a lot of recipes for different occasions. Even a hangover remedy (I can’t wait to try that out). Anyway, in my bid for something inexpensive and available I kept searching online till I found a very simple Banana smoothie recipe. The ingredients listed were 1-2 small bananas, ice cubes, milk and sugar. The mode of preparation is as easy as just putting ’em all in a high power blender and blending them all together. When I wanted to try it out I wasn’t sure of the kind of milk to use so I just went with what was in the house, powdered peak milk. I dissolved that in a little water, put in some ice cold water (didn’t have ice at the time) two cubes of sugar and I one banana. The end result got me excited, but it wasn’t perfect. The milk was too creamy, two cubes ended up being too much. I had to add one more banana (they were kinda small) to even put the sugar and milk, and It wasn’t as cold as it should have been. Below is my corrected recipe.
* 2 bananas (small) or 1 big one
* Milk (bottled liquid milk or just Dano)
* 1 cube (one tablespoon)
* Ice cubes (this is VERY important)

The ice makes it easier to drink otherwise it seems like something very disgusting. Milk makes it smooth so the choice of milk shouldn’t be an overly sweet one. Banana is already sweet so sugar isn’t necessary, it only gives it that wow factor. I enjoyed my smoothie, I hope you enjyoy yours.