French toast

Bread being one of the simplest things to prepare for breakfast, I am always in search of new ways of serving it.

Don’t let the name fool you french toast has to be one of the easiest and fastest things to make for breakfast. No elaborate culinary skills needed. Nothing like the egg in a basket.

Ingredients:

Bread (I used a baguette)

2 eggs

1/3 cup of  milk

Salt to taste

Dried parsley leaves

Oil for frying

my bread

Slice the baguette at an angle so as to create a large surface area.

In a bowl mix the eggs, milk, salt and dried parsley leaves.

beat the mixture lightly till everything is combined

At this point, heat some oil in your skillet.

Soak the sliced bread into the egg mixture

Then place the soaked bread slices onto the pan and cook till the egg mixture is set. Flip to cook the other side.

Breakfast is served 🙂

enjoy

Verdict:

Yummy 🙂 Hubby loved it.

I’ve never really liked to style of eating bread with eggs but I have to say I liked this. Definitely on the top 5 breakfast meals.

If I could do it over again:

Well I don’t think I’d change anything.

Pineapple upside down flop :-(

This was the second time I was making this cake and since the first time was a huge success I didn’t think this time would be any different. Boy was I wrong.

Honestly, I had debated on whether I should post this seeing that it didn’t come out as expected. All in all I decided to (que sera sera), I’m no professional chef so once in a while I’m allowed to burn the food, over salt it, add the wrong spice catch the drift I’m human.

Anyway back to the cake, just as the name suggests you put pineapple slices on the baking tin then the cake batter, then when the cake is done you turn it upside down and the pineapple slices are on top… sounds simple?

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp sugar for sprinkling

1 cup margarine/butter

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract/essence

Zest of one lemon

3 ripe bananas preferably mashed

A handful of cake mix (sultanas & raisins)

A handful of chocolate chips

1/2 pineapple sliced horizontally

Pre heat the oven at 350 degrees.

Grease your baking tin with some margarine/butter then sprinkle the sugar. Line it with the sliced pineapples.

pineapple slices

In a mixing bowl cream your sugar and margarine till light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla essence mixture. Mix after every egg addition.

Eggs and vanilla essence

Add the bananas, I forgot to mash mine before hand so I did extra mixing to ensure they were incorporated. *working the biceps 🙂 * #iLie

oops , caught red handed I used an electric mixer O-o

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.

flour,baking powder,salt,lemon zest,sultanas and chocolate chips

Fold in the flour mixture into the mixing bowl.

Be careful not to over mix, you just want them to be incorporated, then add the batter to the tin lined with the pineapple slices.

just before popping it into the oven

Bake it for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

The big flop:

I baked it longer and the pineapples sorta burned well not sorta they really burned 😦

So I just removed all the burnt pineapples threw them away and left the top of the cake to be the top of the cake no flipping over was done. And that is how you right a wrong 🙂

Verdict:

I served the cake to some guests who had come over and dare I say it was a huge hit *does the moonwalk*

If I could it all over again:

Well,we all know what I’d do differently.

Apologies, I forgot to take the photos of the end result sans the burnt pineapples. I guess I was a bit disappointed.

I’ll make one soon and post.

How it should have looked

The first attempt

Sunday Breakfast

Just a peak on what we had for breakfast, some Sundays ago.

This meal can be classified as brunch since it’s pretty heavy, filled with all the food groups.

For the protein fix:

1 fried egg

1 rasher of bacon fried

1 sausage

For the carbs:

Roasted herb potatoes – you can find the recipe here

roasted potatoes,bacon,sausage,fried egg

Fibre:

Weetabix – the best way to enjoy cereal is to add some fruit 🙂

Fruit:

Banana

Strawberry


I enjoyed mine with a glass of cold milk while hubby took his favourite ginger tea.

PS: I had prepared the potatoes the previous day, so I just warmed them up 🙂

Verdict:

Scrumptious and filling.

Cauliflower

Some evening two weeks ago as we alighted the bus on our way home it hit me that I had nothing to prepare. I was in the search of some broccoli but our local grocer only had cauliflower. I have never prepared cauliflower but I guessed it just the same as cooking broccoli, after all they are the same shape just different colours 🙂

Since I had some carrots in the house, I thought of a vegetable stir fry.

Ingredients:

2 medium sized heads of cauliflower

4 medium sized carrots chunked

1 onion sliced

Salt and black pepper to taste

Dried herbs – oregano

Oil for frying

Start by cutting the cauliflower florets

the veggies

In a sufuria, fry the onions season with salt and black pepper.

sizzle

Once the onions are tender add the veggies.

add the dried herbs

Cook until al dente

Serve over rice or pasta.

Dinner 🙂

Verdict:

Definitely tastes different from broccoli.

Hubby liked it.

If i could do it all over again:

Add some broccoli, more colour and flavour

Brawn and Sausage Cheese Sandwich

Another simple sandwich that is fit for breakfast or a light lunch.

The ingredients are pretty simple.

Slices of bread

Honey

2 beef/pork brawn slices

2 sausages fried

Margarine/butter

Cheese slices – I used mozzarella

Start by toasting the bread, still no toaster so I did it the skillet way. On a hot skillet add your butter/margarine then add the bread and toast.

toasted bread

Fry the sausage and set aside.

Drizzle honey over your bread, toasted side down.

Then add the brawn and cheese slices

Put the bread in the microwave for about 1 minute or until the cheese melts.

Half the sausages then cut then lengthwise and add them.Put the other slice of bread.

Serve.

Enjoy

Verdict:

Delicious, sweet cause of the honey and savoury.

Fried liver

Quick and flavourful dish to serve over some rice or with ugali.

Fry some chopped onions, garlic and ginger

season with turmeric,salt and black pepper

Once golden and sizzling add in the liver.

sprinkle some dried herbs, unfortunately I can’t recall what I used O-o

Once the liver is almost cooked, add the tomatoes.

i love colour

Let the tomatoes cook down, then serve 🙂

We had ours with some turmeric rice.

Guest Post: Chicken salad

A guest post from my pal Noni on what to do with leftover chicken.

Ingredients:

iceberg lettuce
1/2 a cucumber sliced
1 red onion sliced
1 carrot grated

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/4 teaspoon of chicken masala

Dressing

Honey & mustard dressing

In a bowl, shred your lettuce. I used  my hands

shredded lettuce

Add the carrots,onions and cucumber

already looks yummy

Get your leftover chicken then shred it.

leftover

 In a small pan, re fry the chicken strips season with chicken masala and black pepper.

adding the black pepper to the chicken strips

I cooked the strips for about 5 minutes.

Once they are done, we are ready to finish the salad.

Add the chicken to the salad and toss.

almost done

Top off with your desired dressing and enjoy.

Delicious