To the Spanish and Mexicans it’s Churros – to the Portuguese it’s Farturas. Many of us have heard of, seen or tasted these in some form or another. Churros were originally a twisted u-shape but through the years they have … Continue reading Churros or Farturas in abundance.
[ti_audio name=”newyear” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″ volume=”20″] The Classic Bellini cocktail was created by Giuseppe Cipriani. He founded Harry’s Bar in Venice in the 1930’s. While sitting at his bar one day pondering about what kind of drink he would like to be served, he mixed up a Bellini with the fruit that was in season. White peaches. The classic Bellini cocktail, a delicate sparkling drink, was made from the purée of fresh white peaches and prosecco Italian sparkling wine to produce the most captivating pink hue. Its pink colour reminded Giuseppe of the toga worn by someone in the famous … Continue reading Classic Bellini Cocktail- Thirsty Thursday 12
This festive season spread some cheer with this Cranberry Strawberry Cooler. Full of warm holiday reds and sweet tasting berries, cranberry and strawberry together – a winner. It sometimes gets so hot during this time of the year that honestly, all I want to do is sip on something refreshing all day. Forget the food and cooking…this cooler/punch goes down really well and doesn’t leave you feeling full. What I like about it, apart from it being really cold, is the floating strawberries on the ice – so you take a sip and a bite of strawberry at the same … Continue reading Cranberry Strawberry Cooler and Festive Cheer
[ti_audio name=”Magic” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″ randomize=”1″] Christmas time is magical…and so is this dessert. The Ultimate Christmas Pavlova. Pavlova is a crispy, crusty meringue-based dessert with a soft, light and slightly chewy inside. It was first created in honour of Anna Pavlova, the Russian ballet dancer when she toured New Zealand and Australia in the 1920’s. Today it’s a traditional festive dessert in Australia and New Zealand. One of the things we all have in common is that feeling of warmth and happiness when you spend Christmas with loved ones sharing and creating new traditions. Where there is good cheer, … Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Pavlova and the Magic of Christmas
[ti_audio name=”Christmas” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”30″ randomize=”1″] If I could capture that Christmas feeling and bottle it, that’s what I would give everyone for Christmas. While I try to figure out a way of doing that…here are some goodies that make great home made gifts for Christmas which might come close to it. The main ingredients are LOVE and your TIME. And the less abstract ingredients are all goodies you can easily find in your supermarket. I don’t buy in to the commercial side of Christmas. I am a Christian, so this is a religious holiday for me – a celebration … Continue reading Home made Gifts for Christmas and special times.
[hopos id=’1′] The children will love this Kiwi Lime Sorbet and Greengage Jelly with its green vibrant colours. It just screams ‘YUMMY’. No alcohol, just pure fruity flavours. I like the texture and flavour contrasts in this little cup. Anything with lemon and lime is a winner for me. I have used greengage flavoured jelly here but any colour or flavour will do. I guess a bright red jelly will look festive too. If you’ve never made sorbet before, don’t be intimidated. All it is is simply a semi-frozen blend of fruit juice or purée and a sugar syrup. Sometimes … Continue reading Kiwi Lime Sorbet – Not for Adults
[ti_audio name=”Traditional Christmas” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″ randomize=”0″] Here in South Africa we have such a mix and match of traditional Christmas dishes handed down by generations of European traditions and seasoned with an African touch. We have so many variations! As I am Portuguese, many of the dishes at our Christmas table are Portuguese traditional dishes with the appearance of new dishes that I like to try every year. Crispy Roast Potatoes is as much part a of the Christmas menu as cold is inevitable in winter. This addition to my menu came about by accident. I normally boil my … Continue reading Crispy Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Crushed Salt