Category: Food


My Birthday

Saturday morning I awoke to the delectable smell of a fresh cup of coffee and sweet kisses from my darling husband Peter. After slurping up the coffee and getting my lazy body out of bed, I had to get ready to go out for breakfast. The best part about this breakfast was that I had won it from Daddy’s deals, and thus it was free! We took a slow drive from Sandton to Johannesburg city and then from there a short but interesting journey to Bedfordview’s Caffe Zucchero.

The rest of my afternoon was spent sleeping and shopping and then being lazy. At 18:00 my family arrived and we all headed off to the Full Stop Café in Parktown to meet up with some more friends. Our table was outside in a lovely courtyard flooded by candle light, with fairy lights dazzling up the trees and a warm cosy fire burning in a fire pit. The atmosphere was amazing, the service good and food delicious.  3 hours of conversation, laughing, talking, and 600 grams of lamb shank later I was ready to head off to Billy the B.U.M.S to dance and be merry with my friends till wee hours of the morning.

That is exactly what we did!

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Sweet Treats

These scrumptious little treats are fantastic for a chill out Sunday tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puff Pastry Sweet Treats

  • Preparation 5 – 10 minutes
  • Baking 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius

Ingredients:

1 x rolls Puff pastry

1 cup Sugar/ Castor Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Egg

 

How to:

Roll the defrosted puff pastry out onto the counter and cut 20 or so strips.

Now we need to weave the strips together. This is very simple.

Place half the strips horizontally and fold every second strip back from the middle as shown below.

Place one strip vertically and fold the rest back, now repeat the process. Your complete weaved sheet of pastry should look something like this.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the pastry into circles or just cut into squares with a knife. This is all up to how you like it. I like the round ones better because they look good!

Beat the egg and spread egg onto pastry.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle a good amount of the sugar onto the pastry. Don’t be shy, these are sweet treats and they need a good amount of sugar to make sweet.

Now for the remainder of pastry (or you can just use another roll of pastry). Pour the rest of the sugar onto the leftover sheet of pastry and roll the pastry from both sides till they meet in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

Then cut it into 1 cm pieces. Lay flat on the baking and sprinkle with some more sugar.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or till slightly brown. Let it cool down completely before serving.

The sweet treats are super tasty with hot beverages like tea or coffee.

 

 

 

Triangular Cheese Cake

I was looking for an easy treat to make without having to use my oven. I remembered my friend Riana used to make a triangular sherry cake that only needed some fridge time. So yesterday I asked her and she could not remember the recipe but sent me something similar, a Triangular cheese cake.

This little cake is easy to do and looks very impressive when done. The golden recipe is as follows.

Ingredients:

130g Butter

120ml castor sugar

1 egg yellow

250ml cream cheese

10ml vanilla essence

24 tennis biscuits

12 cherries

125 dark chocolate

How to:

Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla.

Add the egg yellow and mix well.

Add the cream cheese and mix well… again.

Place 12 biscuits on foil in rows of 3 (thus you will have a 3 x 4 layer of biscuits).

Pour half the cream cheese mixture onto the biscuits and spread evenly.

Place another layer of biscuits.

Pour the rest of the mixture onto the biscuits and spread evenly.

Place the cherries evenly in the middle row. (This is where I deviated a little. I don’t like cherries, so I used little pieces of chocolate instead. You are welcome to go wild and do what pleases your taste buds.)

Here is the tricky part: Fold the two outside rows in to make a triangle; use the foil to help you here and fold it in tight to help it keep the shape.

Now place it in the freezer and leave for 24 hours to set.

When removing from the freezer to serve, you can melt chocolate and pour over the entire cake, or slice the cake and pour over each individual piece (nom nom). Also to spice it up a little, you can sprinkle some nuts on, or whatever you fancy. It all depends on how you would like to serve your little piece of heaven.

 I have not tried adding sherry yet, but I am sure if you add one or two teaspoons to the mixture it should work. (Will report back when I know the result.)

 Thanx again to Riana for sharing!