Sausage rolls from scratch

Sausage rolls from scratch

Ok, so baking is not so difficult after all. I have been dreading the pastry and the bread and the baking thing, as it involves recipes and I like to follow my own way. I cook with my nose, and the use of spices and 

 
Puff pastry

Puff pastry

We love cooking shows like Masterchef. It intrigues me how the guys (and gals) get things done in an hour and make the most interesting dishes using different doughs and techniques. For this reason we invested in the epitome of technique manuals written by the 

 
Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

As winter arrived this weekend on the smallholding I went and look for the Hot-Chocolate-on-a-stick recipe.  I’m definitely more of a summer person and a cup of hot chocolate accompanied me as I said goodbye to summer for the next four months. I found this recipe 

 
Lemon curd drinking yogurt

Lemon curd drinking yogurt

Sometimes you find the most incredible things in the least likely places.  As I am currently working in deep rural South Africa, we stay with family, friends and mostly farmers. Their hospitality is just noteworthy. This reminds me of the way that we grew up. 

 
Secret milky croutons

Secret milky croutons

For me, croutons are not simply crunchy bits of bread. There are many variants for may purposes. For instance, herbed croutons for salads, garlic croutons for tapas and, in this case, milky croutons for a minestrone soup. This is the simplest of recipes, absolutely idiot-proof, 

 
Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

After some research the kids decided that this is the kettle corn recipe that they are going to settle with.  Alexander is our designated kettle corn maker, he made it so many times I can honestly say he mastered the skill.  He spared me form 

 
Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

With all three children now teenagers they are not keen on doing an Easter egg hunt any more.  In the past we made quite a do of our Easter egg hunt.  The kids had stiff competition from our pooches in finding the Easter eggs first and 

 
A Mocha Frappé in two minutes

A Mocha Frappé in two minutes

It always starts with “Dad, can I have a snack?” And it ends with me slaving for an hour to get a quick snack going. Not that the teen lounging at the telly wanted me to slave for an hour. They just wanted something tasty 

 
Granola Bars

Granola Bars

I’m always looking for something new but healthy to add to the children’s lunch boxes.  In enjoy the chewiness of this granola bars and the contrast of the apricots gives it a nice tang through the sweetness of the honey. Ingredients: 500 ml (2 c)