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Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Is it me or have there been a lot of strawberries on sale lately? It's not even strawberry season yet - nowhere near it! As a matter of fact, it was pretty scarce here for awhile in stores then all of a sudden - bang! They're everywhere! And I just keep buying them up! Now I have all these strawberries piled up in containers in my fridge. What is one to do with them all? I can only eat so many and I already have frozen ones for smoothies. Oh, I know! I'll make some strawberry jam!

I've made homemade jam before, but only the freezer kind - and that was centuries ago.
I searched quickly online for a strawberry jam recipe and found this one by BBC Good Food.

The recipe had some good tips and it called for a bit of butter - something I've never heard of being used in jam before, so I decided to give it a try. The butter helps to get rid of any 'scum' left after the boiling and skimming process.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Layered CHOCOLATE Mousse Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Good Lord! What can I say about this chocolate-layered mousse cake? It's simply a chocolate lover's dream. It's layers of rich and moist, chocolatey goodness topped off with a chocolate ganache.

This one requires a bit of time and patience but if I can make it - anyone can because I neither have the time nor patience for these kinds of recipes but somehow I always manage to pull them off! In fact, I've pulled it off about 11 times already, no word of a lie folks! ELEVEN TIMES! Once for work, once for a birthday party, once for a neighbour... and the rest of the times for me, for the family.

I even made some chocolate molds using some more chocolate chips that were tempered earlier.

I've made 2 at a time...

... and even once drizzled one with a bit of white chocolate on top which didn't look like much but it sure tasted great! Every last bit!

What a mess of chocolaty goodness! 

For this chocolate mousse cake, I used recipes from 3 different sites (with some slight alterations of course) because I not only looked for the 'best' of each recipe but they also had to contain ingredients I had on hand (or could substitute easily):

Sunday, 24 September 2017

It's All About the OLIVE OIL...

Olive oil is praised for its health benefits but did you know Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC? Or that Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, followed by Italy and Greece? However, per capita consumption is highest in Greece, followed by Spain, Italy, and Morocco. Consumption in North America and northern Europe is far less, but rising steadily.

Check out a few more interesting facts (and tips) about olive oil:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

'Kinda-healthy' Rum 'n Raisin BREAD PUDDIN'

About a few weeks ago I bought some whole wheat/grains bread - the 'Seed Lover's' version with no sugar added, no artificial colours, no flavours... NO NOTHING, which meant it was blah as hell. Sure it was healthy but it had no taste. Even after toasting it and plastering some butter on it, it was still blah. Usually toasting and plastering was enough to turn any blah bread into something worth eating - but not this one.

You could see the flax seeds, sesame seeds, barley flakes etc., so I know it was good for me and healthy as can be but...

after eating two or 3 slices I thought to myself, "I can't eat this? I ain't no bird." So I left it alone and went on to something else.

Another week went by when I noticed no one else was touching the bread. I had to do something with it. I didn't want it to go to waste. Then the usual lightbulb went off in my head.
"I know, I'll make some 'healthy' bread pudding out of it!" 

So I searched around for a simple bread pudding recipe that I was going to turn into a healthy one because let's face it, no matter what recipe I found, it'll be healthy after using this bread!

Monday, 26 June 2017

What Your Favourite FRUIT Says About You - according to the Experts

Well, my favourite fruits (because I have more than one), happens to be mangoes and pineapples followed by berries! I also love grapes and bananas - but these are not included in the informative image below.