Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

I was wondering what to make with the left over yoghurt (from my tandoori chicken – ended up buying 1 litre, as it was the smallest quantity available), some cream, and strawberries; all which were lying in my fridge.

After googling some recipes yesterday, I came across a strawbery cheesecake smoothie. I’ve adapted it abit. The original recipe required vanilla ice cream, but I opted to use yoghurt. The cottage cheese that I used was fat free, so in essence, its actually a delicious, healthy drink – if the cream is eliminated.

I was very happy with the results:

smoothieWhat went in:

  • 8 strawberries
  • 250ml plain greek yoghurt
  • plain cottage cheese (cream, low fat)
  • 25ml single cream (optional)
  • sugar to taste

Dump everything into magmix, and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.


Potato Salad

Potato salad is a dish best served cold.

This is a very easy potato salad and I promise, even if you hate going into the kitchen, you can pull this one off.

I used 2 potatoes, peeled and washed, and boiled it until it was firm but not hard or mushy. I mixed salad cream and some cream cheese I had in my fridge for the dressing. Mixed it nicely and added salt and pepper. Garnished with fresh chives. I served it with some premarinated Texan steak.

Nigella’s Pecan Coleslaw

I’m absolutely loving the BBC Lifestyle channel (180) on DSTV. All cooking shows on one channel, what more could any foodie ask for? Its so interesting watching some chefs when they go overseas and cook various cuisines – like Jamie Oliver in Italy or Rick Stein in the Meditteranean. One of my favourite shows is Nigella Express (same title as her book), as it is similar to my cooking style – simplistic. I’ve just recently found out that she is not a qualified chef and neither did she study food. Her show was created out of her love for food.

Anyway, I’ve tried her pecan coleslaw recipe – which I’m very happy with. Its my new favourite braai dish!

What you need:

  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 4 spring onions
  • 200g mayonaise (I used salad cream)
  • 4T buttermilk
  • 2T maple syrup
  • 2t cider vinegar (I used plain vinegar)
  • 100g pecans

Using a food processor, shred cabbage and celery sticks. If your processor can grate, carrots, all the better – gets done in seconds. Slice up the spring onions. Toss together.

In a seperate bowl, add the mayo (in my case, salad cream) and buttermilk and mix. Add maple syrup and vinegar and mix. Using your salad utencils, toss it all together.

Lastly, chop your pecans by hand and not in the processor – it has to be roughly chopped. Toss into the coleslaw.


Baked Butternut

Last night’s supper was baked butternut, stuffed with peppadews and feta.

After slicing the butternut and removing the seeds, I made slight diagonal cuts to the butternut and drizzled olive oil over. Baked it on 200ºC for 25 minutes, uncovered. For the ‘stuffing’, I cut up peppadews and added crumbled feta and mixed it. Sprinkled the butternut with salt and black pepper. Served with baby potatoes and salad.

The result: I loved it! The sweetness of the butternut after it is baked combined with feta and peppadews give it such a lovely taste – I cant explain.

Fruit Salad

I’m sure most of you have your own way of making a fruit salad. My mom used to make it with pawpaw / papaya. I was not too fond of it, the smell was enough to chase me away.

I’ve made my own version, since I’ve started eating healthier.

What I used:

  • oranges – slightly blended
  • strawberries
  • grapefruit
  • variety of melons
  • grapes
  • grated apples
  • orange juice

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.

More info on Sehri.

Banana & Berry Muffins

The following muffin recipe required blueberries, but I also chucked in some cranberries. It is not a sweet recipe, with honey being the only sweet ingredient and the dusting of cinnamon sugar at the end. You may (if you wish), add sugar to the recipe.

Switch oven on to 180ºC.

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ t cinnamon powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3T honey
  • 3T vegetable oil
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup berries
  • cinnamon sugar and strawberrys for garnishing

What to do:

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. To this add mashed banana’s and berries. Mix lightly with fork until fruit is coated into the flour.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, honey, oil.

Add liquid ingredients to the dry ones. Mix.

Spoon into cupcake tray.
Garnish with a halved strawberrys and dust some cinnamon sugar over it.

Bake for 20 mins on 180ºC.