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Organic peanut butter, gluten free

Organic Peanut butter

Do you also get angry when you walk down the isles of the supermarkets and all you can find is processed foods with colours, flavourings and additives? Most of the time you don’t even know what they are using or where it comes from. Is it bad for your health, how does it influence your children?

Since my husband has been diagnosed as a celiac, our choices of products to purchase has shrunk by more than 90%, so we have had to learn to read EVERY single label, find out what exactly goes into all these funny words they add to our foods. Living in South Africa is even HARDER because they do not have to indicate ingredients in products and even if they do, no one are checking up on the companies…

So we have had to go back to the beginning, the basics… Everything we buy is fresh. Fruits, vegetables, plain meats (nothing processed or with spices) and stocks we make ourselves. I know it is VERY inconvenient, but so much healthier for us. At least we know exactly what goes into our food, every single day…

So when I found this 100% natural organic peanut butter with coconut oil, we tried it and it is lovely. Tastes totally different from the peanut butter you purchase on the shelves of supermarkets.

We sell them as well, so if you are interested, please visit our site Natural Choices. The best part is that it is organic, gluten free and produced in South Africa ๐Ÿ™‚




my kiddies

Cold, colder, coldest….

You won’t believe it if I tell you that 2 weekends ago we went to watch out little boy play a football match at 11:30 and we had sunburn, at the end of the autumn I have to add ๐Ÿ™‚ And then this weekend just gone, we were so cold we could not warm up…

Friday it started raining, continuing right through Saturday and part of Sunday. We do not usually experience such soft rain throughout the day during the start of the winter here in Gauteng. We have a summer rainfall and the days get very cold if the sun doesn’t shine.

Our winters are lovely… It is VERY cold at night, at the moment it is about 1 degree Celcius (but winter is not here yet). At around 9 the sun is shining in it’s full power and the earth starts warming up. If you sit in the house in the sunshine, you can almost get away with wearing a summer’s shirt I tell you ๐Ÿ™‚

It warms up to about 19 degrees Celcius in the daytime and then when the sun goes down around 5:30, you feel it. It becomes instantly cold and you have to go indoors. But this weekend with the rain, the sun did not come out (which does NOT happen often, I have to add). It was around 5 minimum and 8 degrees Celcius maximum. Not used to it. No double glazing or any kind of heating in homes, believe me, you feel it. We took out our blankets to keep warm.

Kiddies have the most beautiful warm water bags for their hands. They are lovely and warm and they take it to school in the mornings. They love it!!!!

Let us know your winter experiences, and don’t forget to bake PANCAKES!!!!!!!!! Click on the link to see the recipe…

my kiddies

What is a cup?

Sometimes when you read a recipe and they talk about cups, what do they mean? I grew up with cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. Everything from liquids to flour are measured in this way and that is why I wrote all my recipes in my recipe book like that.

Since I can remember my mother has had a cup in her cupboard. Pink on the outside and white on the inside with a little ear to pick the cup up with. I believe it used to be part of a tea set a loooooooong time ago ๐Ÿ™‚ If you see the cup you will understand what I mean… It has a chip on the top and reminds me of little Chip in Beauty and the Beast… This cup must have experienced so much in it’s lifetime.

This is what everyone should have. A cup used for baking and cooking. Something you can grab that you know for certain is going to result in the correct measurement every single time. All you need to do is measure 250ml of water and add it to the cup. If the cup is full to the top, then this is the cup you should use for measuring. Even if you then have to measure 1 cup of flour, it will still be that specific cup (that holds 250ml of liquid) you need to use.

Go on, get yours today and keep it safe in your baking cupboard…

Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse

How many of you sometimes wake up craving chocolate? I am sure most of you can say yes to that statement. I certainly can…. Then a wonderful recipe to try will be a chocolate mousse….

Here is a very easy to follow recipe and it is very rich, so add a few scoops of ice cream with it.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup of cream
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/2 cup of icing sugar
50g of dark chocolate

Method:
1. Beat the eggs together for about 5 minutes. Add the cocoa and icing sugar and mix.
2. Beat the cream and keep in a separate bowl.
3. Melt the chocolate and add to the egg mixture.
4. Add the cream last and fold everything well together.
5. Place spoons full of mixture in wine glasses (to look pretty) and put in the fridge to set.
8. Add a scoop of ice cream on top when serving.

Eat and enjoy.

Sosaties

Aaaaahhh….. sosaties is a wonderful invention. What can be easier than taking meat, cubing it and putting it on a stick… Only work that goes into it is the marinade (and that is very fast) and off you go.

We decided to have sosaties last week but it was a bit wet outside, so instead of having a braai (BBQ) as usual, I decided to make the sosaties and grill them in the oven.

I know it is not the same as cooking on the braai, but it had to do and it sure did. I put together a quick marinade. Have a look at this:

Ingredients:
Chicken cubes (we used 5 chicken breasts)
Red pepper (I prefer the red to the green, tastes a bit sweeter)
Onions
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Squeeze the juice of 1 large lemon into the oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (we use a gluten free sauce)
Salt (to taste)
Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Mix everything together and add the chicken, peppers and onions. Let it marinade for at least 2 hours, longer if you have time.

Remember to soak the sticks you are going to use in water beforehand, it stops the sticks from burning too much.

Place the chicken, peppers and onions on the sticks and grill in the oven. It doesn’t take too long. I heated the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.




Make your own and show us your photos ๐Ÿ™‚

my kiddies

Rainy day…

What a wonderful rainy day outside. This morning we woke up at 5:45 in the morning to get ready for the day ahead. It took us by surprise when it was still dark outside, considering it is still summer… but we soon realised that it was very cloudy. Although, cloudy is not really the word…

If you look up at the sky, you can only see a grey cover. There is NO blue sky to be seen, not even a little piece as small as a toothpick :). It does not happen that often. In the beginning of summer it was so dry we had water restrictions and the Vaal Dam was under 25% full (which meant water would run out in 7 days), but it did start raining a little bit at a time and this morning we were very blessed.

This is called pancake weather. Soft drizzling on the roof, no thunder, no lightning, just cloud cover, rain and darkness… All of you South Africans out there, no matter where you are, will know that this means PANCAKES!!!. Nothing nicer than baking pancakes and sprinkling cinnamon sugar on top. You need at least about 5 pancakes each (for me it is more like 10!!!)

We would eat the pancakes faster than my mother would be able to bake them when we were little. She would bake and bake and if there were 2 left for her she was surprised. She ate as she baked and at least had some of them ๐Ÿ™‚

Why not bake and send us photos or tell us about your day ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out our pancake recipe in English.

If you would like to view the recipe in Afrikaans, have a read at this link..

my kiddies

Flour vs self raising flour

When you read a recipe and see self raising flour, you can think to yourselfโ€ฆ. But I donโ€™t have any in my cupboard, what do I do now? It is actually an easy question to answer.

Self raising flour is nothing more than regular flour with a baking agent added already. If you live in America, the self raising flour also contains salt. So if you follow a recipe when baking in America, remember to leave the salt specified in the recipe out if you are substituting flour for self raising flour.

Self raising flour has a specific ration of flour to baking powder. There is about 1 ยฝ teaspoon of baking powder for every cup (150gm) of plain flour. Many recipes require a different proportion of baking powder to flour in order to achieve the desired leavening. You may need 3 teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of flour in order for the recipe to rise as much as requiredโ€ฆ.

For me personally it is better to use plain flour and then just add however much baking powder the recipe requires. The other reason why I prefer the plain flour and baking powder separately is because the baking powder added to the self raising flour does expire and the shelf life is short. For me it makes more sense to keep the flour and baking powder separate and use as you need.




This is just my opinion. Maybe you prefer baking with self raising flour and there is nothing wrong with it ๏Š Just remember if a recipe calls for self raising flour and you do not have any in the kitchen, just add 1 ยฝ teaspoons of baking powder per 1 cup of flour and off you go โ€ฆ
Let us know your thoughts.

Gluten free orange drizzle cake with sauce

Gluten Free Orange drizzle cake

Hi everyone. This Christmas I made an orange drizzle cake. Can’t tell you how much I like this recipe. This is the first time I made a Gluten Free version and it tasted wonderful.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour (3/4 cup of brown rice flour, 3/4 cup with half potato starch and half tapioca flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons or margarine
3/4 cup of milk

Method:
1. Beat together the eggs and sugar.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the egg and sugar mixture.
3. Melt the margarine and add together with the milk and the rest of the mixture.
4. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for 25 – 30 minutes.

Gluten free orange drizzle cake with orange sauce

Ingredients for sauce:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of margarine
1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed is the best ๐Ÿ™‚
1 tablespoon of grated orange skin.

Method for the sauce:
1. Mix together the water, sugar and margarine and boil together for 5 minutes.
2. Let it cool down and then add the orange juice and skin.
3. Once the cake is removed from the oven, add the sauce over the hot cake so the sauce is absorbed in the cake.




gluten free cheese scones

Gluten free cheese scones

Yet another wonderful gluten free recipe by my wonderful husband ๐Ÿ™‚ Scones has always been a favourite of ours… We used to love eating scones on Sunday evenings and there is nothing more tasty than CHEESE scones. Our children loved it just as much as we did.

You will also find a scone recipe in my Recipe book so get yours today. Have a look at the full recipe and how it is made by vising Martin’s site… He has other gluten free recipes available to try today …

Make your own and let us know how it came out. Take a photo, make suggestions, let us know what you did differently and why. Trying your own take on all kinds of recipes are fun and you can involve the whole family with baking in the kitchen.

If you are tired of having the same breakfast every morning, try this recipe with some butter and jam, and if you feel brave, add a spoon full of fresh whipped cream… My favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

South African chicken pie

Christmas is near…

Hi everyone. Do you also not know what to buy someone for Christmas? Well, why not get them our wonderful selection of South African recipes. Get it for a loved one, someone you miss, someone living overseas and missing South African food or someone that is just a food enthusiast…

There are so many wonderful South African recipes in this book, it just goes on and on. All your favourites from when you were still young like pancakes, plaatkoekies, frikkadelle, chicken pie, apple pie, milk tart and so many more…

You can purchase the hardback copy directly from Amazon or purchase the Downloadable version now.