Sehri Smoothie

Best made fresh.

What goes in:

  • 250ml – 300ml milk
  • 2 chopped dates (kajoor)
  • 1 sliced banana
  • honey to taste

Blend ingredients together until smooth and pour into a glass.
Drink immediately.

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Chocolate Cake Loaf

I made this chocolate cake before but this time around I baked it in a loaf.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1¼ cup cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup cocoa

Beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes with electric beater. Add oil and beat for a further 20 secs only.
Add sifted flour and baking powder. Mix the hot water and cocoa separately and allow to cool before adding to above mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees till done. (if using two sandwich pans, the cooking time is shorter , about 18-20 minutes).

Decorate as desired.

I opted to make a chocolate sauce by melting a cadbury slab and adding Nestle dessert cream – I added as much cream until I liked the consistency – so I cant say how much exactly went in. Sprinkled with flake.

Cinnamon French Toast

I tried this recipe from my Marie Claire “spicy” collection. I love cinnamon so I thought this might make a nice breakfast.

What you need:

  • 5 thick slices of white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 egg
  • 1T sugar
  • 1t ground cinnamon
  • 125ml milk
  • butter for frying

Options to serve:

  • plain yoghurt
  • fresh seasonal fruit
  • maple syrup
  • 2T finely chopped pecans

Cut each slice of bread in half to make rectangles. Beat the egg, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and then add the milk. Melt the butter in the frying pan over medium heat. Dip the bread into the sweet milk mixture, covering both sides. Sprinkle one side of each piece of bread and gently fry, sugar side down, for 3 minutes or until golden.
Sprinkle tops with a little sugar and flip over. Cook until golden.

Serve with yoghurt, fruit, maple syrup and a sprinkle of pecans.

I used golden syrup instead of maple; as I find maple way too sweet. The strawberries cut the sweetness and the grape gave it a nice flavour. This is something I will definitely make again.


Over the weekend I made some crêpes for breakfast. I used the recipe from my Marie Claire “spicy” recipe book – which included a bunch of basics right at the end.

I love Milky Lane’s salsa pancakes and have been ordering it every time I go there since they revamped the menu. This left me craving for one of their sweet menu items, so I thought I might as well attempt my own because I could never be able to duplicate their salsa pancake. I finally got to try them this weekend.

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1t baking powder
  • 50g melted butter
  • 300ml milk


  1. Whisk together flour, eggs, baking powder butter and a pinch of salt.
  2. Slowly add the milk and whisk until smooth.
  3. Allow the batter to sit for a few hours, or overnight.

I was on my last bit of flour (less than a cup) so used self-raising flour instead and eliminated the baking powder.

I left the mixture to stand for an hour before I start frying them. I used spray and cook and sprayed the pan only once in the beginning.

I used banana and cinnamon to fill the crêpes, topping it with chocolate sauce and chopped pecans.

I have to say that they were divine! I was so thrilled with the results – I couldn’t believe I made them. This is definitely gonna be a regular weekend brunch.

Strawberry Frappe

I couldnt resist buying some strawberries from Woolworths. They were on special for the week, and the portion was increased, at no extra cost. I thought ok, am definitely getting some! I decided to make a frappe.

What you need

  • about 6 fresh strawberries
  • 120ml milk
  • 60ml cream
  • 2T sugar
  • crushed ice – optional


  1. Wash and hull strawberries. Chop up roughly.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass and garnish with a strawberry.

I really enjoyed this drink. Its definitely not healthy as you can taste the cream in this one. The strawberries were chopped into small bits and it was chewy. Perfect for summer.