3 MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL RECIPES

Delicious~ Appetizing~ Scrumptious

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

Can you imagine what this world would be like if there were no women, mothers and grandmothers? I wouldn’t want to be part of such a society or world. Below are some reasons to remind you why we celebrate this lovely day:

  • Mothers are likely one of the first people we ever know when we enter the world, and they love and care for us as we grow up.
  • Did you know? A mother is a child’s first friend with whom he or she shares all of their joys, sorrows, emotions and happiness.
  • Besides, you wouldn’t even exist in this world or get the chance to read this post 😊.

Today is a day that is worth to be celebrated. So, treat your mom to these 3 special recipes and enjoy!

THE BEST MOTHERS DAY BREAKFAST IDEA

BUTTER SCONES

Here, we have these scrumptious Butter Scones glazed with condensed milk and filled with custard pudding. Talk about tasty. These scones will be finished before you know it. I would recommend having scones with warm milk if you are in living in cold weather or cold milk if you are in summer. Actually anything drinkable will do: juice, coffee (especially), lattes and cappuccinos.

This is the perfect breakfast for mothers day. These scones are the opening to your Mothers day gift. Surprise your mom further with the rest of the recipes!

Ingredients for scones:

  • 2 & ½ cup self-raising flour.
  • 2 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 250 grams room temperature unsalted butter
  • 50 grams xylitol sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Ingredients for glaze and custard filling:

  • 50 ml condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp custard powder
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 heaped tbsp of xylitol sugar for taste.
  • 50 ml milk for mixing powder.

Instructions for scones:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, butter, vanilla essence and sugar until well mixed.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into flour. Mix the ingredients until a dough is formed.
  5. Knead the dough
  6. Roll out the dough and cut out round shapes of the dough.
  7. Place the round shaped dough on a baking sheet
  8. Glaze the top of the dough with egg wash for a goldening effect.
  9. Bake the scones for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool the scones for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Instructions for custard pudding:

  1. Bring the milk to boil on medium heat
  2. In a cup, pour 50ml of milk, 3 tbsp custard powder and 1 tbsp of sugar. Mix the paste well until fully dissolved.
  3. Pour the paste into the boiling milk, bring the heat to low and continuously mix the custard with a whisk until smooth.
  4. Use a piping bag to fill the center of the scone.
  5. Pour condensed milk on top of the scone as a glaze. Enjoy!

VANILLA BUNDT CAKE

The next surprise would be this gorgeous Vanilla Bundt Cake. I chose this recipe because it brings so much of my childhood memories. I remember how my mom used to bake little cakes for us kids as a reward to an accomplishment. If your house was always full of the vanilla scent, then go ahead and makes these delicacies!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 200 grams xylitol sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 150 ml vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until mixed well.
  3. Pour the 3 eggs , vegetable oil and vanilla essence to the mixture and beat the ingredients until fully blended.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, poppy seeds and baking powder.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well.
  6. Add milk to the batter and ensure the batter is smooth.
  7. Grease your baking tray. I used a 6 holed Bundt tray.
  8. Pour the batter into the tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. If you are using a large Bundt tray then bake your cake for 40-45 minutes.
  10. To ensure that your cake is baked completely, insert a skewer in the cake, the skewer should come out clean. Enjoy!

VANILLA & GINGER BISCUITS

Last but not least, we have these lovely snacks: Vanilla Biscuits filled with custard pudding and avocado filling. These biscuits are the best snacks ever. They are very easy to make, takes less time to bake and will also be gone before you notice it. A biscuit plus warm milk would be your ticket to paradise. Perfect for night snack and you will sleep like a baby.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 grams xylitol sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups cake wheat flour
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until fluffy.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the flour and mix well
  5. Pour the milk and mix the ingredients until fully blended and a dough is formed.
  6. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  7. Knead the dough and roll it out using a rolling pin. Cut out whatever shape you want for your biscuits.
  8. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Let the biscuits cool for 10 minutes and (add custard pudding as filling-optional)

I hope you found these recipes helpful. Have a lovely Mothers Day:)

SUPER FOOD ICE-CREAM

Only made from 5 ingredients. Try this delicious ice cream recipe at your home.

I know that you are running out of snacks during this lock down. You probably don’t have much ice cream left for dessert. I have good news for you. Today, you can make your own super delicious healthy ice cream with only 5 ingredients. You do not need a churning machine. No, all you need are bowls, spatulas and a whisk.:)

I promise you will love and enjoy this recipe. Be creative this season and learn to make healthy snacks at home. Time is on your side and you get to use that time to have fun with your kids and spouse.

Give it a try!

Ingredients:
  • 250 ml condensed milk
  • 250-gram whipped cream
  • 50-gram baobab powder
  • 15 grams spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix the condensed milk and whipped cream until fully blended.
  2. Add baobab powder, spirulina and vanilla essence to the cream.
  3. Fold the cream with a spatula until fully blended.
  4. Refrigerate in a lunchbox for 4 Hours.
  5. Enjoy with chia seed pudding!

Chia seed Pudding Ingredients:

  • 100 grams chia seeds
  • 200 ml milk

Chia seed pudding directions:

  1. Mix the chia seeds and milk in bowl.
  2. Seal the bowl with a cling wrap
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours
  4. Enjoy with ice cream

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery SA during this lock down and stay safe.

SORGHUM CUPCAKES AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

There is a whole lot of things that one can use sorghum flour for. In the previous post, I made some pancakes. Today this cupcake recipe will blow your mind away. Sorghum has never been this good.

If you are intolerant to gluten, then start celebrating.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1 Cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 100 ml canola oil
  • ½ cup xylitol sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 grams pumpkin seeds
METHOD:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Line the wells of a muffin pan with papers and crease the insides of the papers
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla essence and canola oil
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin seeds
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well until smooth.
  6. Scoop the batter into the muffin papers. Sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds
  7. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.

CARAMEL ICING

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp caramel essence
  • 50 grams diced pecan nuts
Method:
  1. Beat the softened butter over medium speed with an electric mixture until soft and creamy.
  2. Gradually add the icing sugar to the butter until fully blended.
  3. Once the butter and sugar have mixed well, add the caramel essence and mix it into the mixture.
  4. Decorate your cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle pecan nuts over the icing. Enjoy!

Get these lovely ingredients online from The Refillery SA.

SORGHUM PANCAKES WITH CHICKPEA SOUP

Let’s go organic!

Have you ever tried using sorghum flour? There are many perks associated with using this wonderful ingredient. First, it is an affordable ingredient 🙂

If you are intolerant to gluten, then make sorghum your best friend forever. If you’re looking for a nutritious grain to add to your next meal, give sorghum a try. Sorghum is rich in a variety of nutrients such as B vitamins, which play an essential role in metabolism, neural development, and skin and hair health.

SORGHUM PANCAKES INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp xylitol sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
METHOD:
  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and milk until fully blended.
  2. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well until smooth.
  4. Put the butter in a pan under medium-low heat and let the butter melt.
  5. Use a scoop to pour the sorghum batter into the pan.
  6. After every 20 seconds, flip the pancake until it is fully done.
CHICKPEA RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
  • 150 grams chickpeas
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tbsp minestrone powder
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 100 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 heaped tbsp butter
METHOD:
  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in a bowl.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas and pour them into a pot.
  3. Add 750 ml of water to the chickpeas and bring them to boil for 90 minutes under medium heat.
  4. Add salt to the chickpeas after 30 minutes of boiling.
  5. When the chickpeas are done cooking, add the butter and chopped garlic to the pot then sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes to the chickpeas and sprinkle turmeric powder then simmer for 5 minutes until the tomatoes are fully dissolved.
  7. Mix the minestrone with vegetable stock and pour it to the chickpeas.
  8. Let the chickpeas simmer and add more water for more soup. Enjoy!

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery Shop South Africa!

FUSILLI WITH CHILI RED BEANS

This is a protein-packed chili pasta ! It’s easy, quick and made with simple ingredients. A perfect hearty budget-friendly dinner!

Have you decided what to eat for Valentine’s dinner? How about a delicious home-made meal. Nothing beats food made with love from home. What I love about this dish is its simplicity and depth of flavour.

Let’s talk about the health benefits of the main ingredients of this meal.

  1. RED BEANS- According to livestrong , red beans nutrition can boost the quality of one’s diet, improve your overall health, aid in weight loss and maintenance, keeps blood sugar steady and lowers your risk of certain cancers.
  2. RED PEPPER- They are known to improve eye health and prevent anaemia according to the healthline.

Ingredients: Sponsored by The Refillery SA

  • 350 grams fusilli
  • 250 grams red beans
  • 100 ml cream
  • 100 grams mozzarella cheese
  • Chicken masala spice
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili spice
  • 50 grams fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp powdered minestrone soup

Instructions for fusilli:

  1. Boil 1 litre of water in a pot.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  3. Pour 350 grams of fusilli in the boiling water and stir for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once fusilli are cooked, drain excess water off and let the fusilli cool.

Instructions for chili red beans:

  1. Soak the red beans for 1 hour.
  2. Vigorously boil the red beans on high heat for 40-45 minutes.
  3. Bring the heat to medium temperature.
  4. Add salt, chili, chicken masala and black pepper to the beans after 40 minutes of boiling.
  5. Add the butter to the boiled beans and mix well for 30 seconds.
  6. Cut the cherry tomato and garlic and pour them into the boiled beans.
  7. Simmer the beans for 5 minutes until tomatoes have dissolved.
  8. In a small cup, mix the minestrone soup and cream then pour the mixture into the beans.
  9. Let the beans simmer for 5 more minutes.
  10. Add water for more soup and simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Put the fusilli in a bowl and mix with the red beans.
  12. Add grated cheese, fresh red pepper and fresh coriander leaves to the fusilli.
  13. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 1 HR                                                     COOKING TIME: 1 HR

A SIMPLY DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY TART

SUMMER STRAWBERRY JELLY TART

DIFFICULTY: EASY       PREP TIME: 3 HOURS              SERVES: 6

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams coconut biscuits
  • 50 grams melted butter
  • 10 grams gelatin
  • 60 ml water
  • 200 ml whipped cream
  • 200 grams pureed strawberries
  • 100ml vanilla yoghurt.

METHOD:

Use a food processor to blend the coconut biscuits into crumbs. Add the melted butter to the crumbs and mix together until there is a good consistency.

Press the biscuit mixture into a tart case and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Melt the gelatin in warm water until its fully dissolved.

Mix the pureed strawberries, whipped cream, gelatin and vanilla yoghurt in a bowl.

Pour the strawberry mix into the tart base and refrigerate for 2 hours. Enjoy with blueberries and strawberries

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN BASED PIZZA AT HOME

I have never imagined that one day I would be able to make my own pizza!

The very thought of making a pizza dreaded me. Perhaps the food programs on TV that I watched as a child: where the chef took the dough and spun it in the air made me dread doing it because I was afraid the dough would fall on the floor or stick to the ceiling of the roof.

But thanks to a wonderful lady, she advised me to make my own pizza from scratch using my favourite ingredients such as broccoli, pumpkin, avocado and spinach.

Below is a comprehensive guide of how you can make your own pizza from scratch. Now you no longer have to order fast food. Why not try to make your own pizza and enjoy every bit of the process.

Moreover, you can make your pizza healthy and put your favourite ingredients. Home Cooking is always the best.

Pizza base recipe ( Makes 2 pizza bases 30 cm) (Prep time 15 minutes) (Cooking time 15 minutes) ( Difficulty – medium)
FOOD LOVERS MARKET
Ingredients
  • 500 grams self-raising flour
  • 400 grams raw pumpkin
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
Instructions
  1. Boil the pumpkin for 15 minutes until it is well cooked and smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. This will aid in baking the dough base faster.
  3. Blend the pumpkin until smooth.
  4. In a bowl pour the flour and oil into a bowl. Using a wooden stick, mix the flour and pumpkin. Add some warm water and make a dough. Add more flour to make the dough less sticky.
  5. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. Half the dough into two portions. Use a rolling pin to shape the dough however you like.
  6. Bake the dough for 10 – 15 minutes each.

You can store your dough in the refrigerator and add your toppings when you want to make your pizza.

VEGETARIAN PIZZA TOPPING

Difficulty- easy .    prep time 7 minutes .  cooking time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 100 grams tomato paste
  • 100 grams tomato sauce
  • 50 grams mozzarella cheese
  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 50 grams fresh parsley
  • 1 tspn salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix the tomato paste and tomato sauce. Spread the sauce first on the pumpkin pizza base
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the pizza base
  4. Top with avocado, tomatoes, parsley and mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 10- 15 minutes until crispy.
  6. Enjoy.
VEGETARIAN PIZZA

CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE PIZZA TOPPING

(prep time- 10 minutes) (difficulty-easy) (cooking time -10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 300 grams shredded chicken breasts
  • 10 ml soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chillie flakes
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 100 grams tomato paste
  • 100 grams tomato sauce
  • 200 grams mayonnaise
  • 100 grams pineapple
  • 50 grams mushrooms
  • 50 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 100 grams mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Parsley leaves fresh
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees Celsius
  2. In a sauce pan, stir fry the chicken breast, add salt, soy sauce, thyme and chillie flakes for flavour.
  3. In a bowl, mix the tomato paste, tomato sauce and mayonnaise.
  4. Take your pumpkin pizza base and top it with the mixed sauce
  5. Grate your cheese and sprinkle it on top of the sauce.
  6. Nicely top with chicken, pineapple, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and parsley.
  7. Lastly sprinkle more mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake for 10- 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  9. Enjoy!
PINEAPPLE & CHICKEN PIZZA

WHAT FOODS TO EAT IN WINTER TO KEEP WARM?

The winter season is one of the most stressful times for me in terms of food preparation . Unlike winter, summer food is easy to make. You have light meals during the day to keep yourself cool. For instance, in summer I would retire to bed with only having a smoothie and nuts for dinner. Well that’s just me. I usually eat heavy in the morning!

For winter, you tend to want to eat a bit more warm things to keep the blood pumping and that steamy aroma from the food going down your nostrils. You need something hearty, frothy and rich in flavour.

Below are a few ideas of what foods you could have in winter. Food that is easy to prepare and doesn’t require overwhelming techniques :

SOUPS:

You can have soup anytime of the day. I usually like my soup in the morning with a bit of toasted bread. When you have soup first thing in the morning, you:

  • Boost your metabolism as the soup has to be digested.
  • Soup contains a high quantity of water that nourishes your body cells and keeps your skin fresh.
  • Soup is healthy and nutritious especially vegetable soups
  • Soups satiates you and as a result help you eat less and lose some pounds. I know that in winter people tend to bulk up but how about loading up on some healthy soups to shed the weight or maintain that weight that you worked so hard to get during summer!

My favourite soup is the BROCCADO SOUP ( BROCCOLI & AVOCADO).

broccado soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 300 grams broccoli
  • 10 ml canola oil
  • 1 tsp moringa powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup full cream milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 block vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Boil the broccoli and vegetable stock for 10 minutes on medium heat until fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper to taste. Also add some oil to the pot.
  2. In a blender , put 1/2 avocado, milk, broccoli and vegetable stock, moringa powder and blend until smooth
  3. Enjoy with some fresh carrots and beetroot
BAKED WRAPS:
Tortilla wraps

Another easy food prep for anytime of the day are these baked tortilla wraps. I stuffed them with avocado, mayonnaise and eggs. Goodness they taste divine.

Wraps take no time to bake, they will be ready in as short as 5 minutes! You can even store these wraps in a lunch box or sealed bag so that when you get hungry you can just warm them up and enjoy.

Make your winter stress free with these easy meal prep ideas.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Avocado
  • 3 large eggs
  • Mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp moringa powder.
  • Tortilla wraps
  • 20 grams Butter
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Preheat the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes
  • Boil the eggs for 10 minutes
  • Spread some butter on to the tortilla wraps.
  • In a bowl, beat the avocado until smooth, add the boiled eggs, mayonnaise and moringa powder
  • Add the avocado mix to the tortilla wraps, roll the wraps and bake for 5 minutes or until your desired crispiness.

What do you have to keep yourself warm in winter? Comment below!

tortilla wraps and broccado soup

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THE BEST & HEALTHIEST POTATO CURRY SALAD

LET’S GET SPICY

Put a smile on the face of your family with this gorgeous, nutritious and delicious potato curry salad.

Do you have neighbors whom when they cook you smell something wonderful? It makes you hungry and you wish they invited you for dinner. Now, imagine opening your oven and being greeted by an aroma of well grilled thyme and potatoes infused with all sorts of spices that rev up your appetite! If you have children who lose their appetite during dinner time, this salad will make them want to eat more. Problem solved.

The best thing about this salad is that even though it smells appetizing when you eat it ,you get full really quickly.

The main Star spice of this dish is the cut chilly spice. Below are a few benefits.

  1. Weight Loss- According researchers at Harvard University, cut chillies contain capsaicin which is known to promote weight loss by reducing appetite and increase fat burning.
  2. Fights Inflammation- The substance called capsaicin has been studied to be an effective treatment arthritis and diabetes.
  3. Improves Heart Health- Chillies can impact your health by helping to boost circulation and also act as a thinner to help protect against strokes. Therefore, consuming food with chillies every day is all you need to do to enjoy the multiple and important health benefits they have to offer.

INGREDIENTS: Serves 4.

  • 640 grams of potatoes
  • 2 tsp cut chillies
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 100 grams mushrooms
  • Thyme
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Spring Onions
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes
  2. In a pan, sauté the mushrooms until golden
  3. Cut the potatoes into cubes or halves ( do not remove the skin)
  4. Cut the garlic and cherry tomatoes
  5. Mix the spices in a bowl
  6. Pour some olive oil into the spices and rub them onto the cut potatoes
  7. Grease your baking tray and put your potatoes, garlic and cherry tomatoes
  8. Grill the potatoes for 30 minutes
  9. Remove tray from oven and let it cool for 5 min

10. Mix the grilled potatoes, mushrooms and pepper

11. Squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle your potatoes with vinegar

ENJOY!

Prep and cooking time: 50 minutes.

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the best spices ever!

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