I love nothing better than a soft squishy brownie, that literally releases a volcano of flavour as you bite into it. I whipped some up yesterday afternoon & cooked them in two different ways – in muffin tins as individual brownies, & then in a cake tin to cut triangular ones. The different tins allowed for different baking times, so the ones we baked for a shorter time so they were yummy & gooey in the centre, & the others were more cripsy & firm.
The Best Chocolate Brownies Ever
Mix in one bowl:
1 1/2 cups sifted Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 cups Sugar
chopped Pecan Nuts OR Lindt balls (optional)
In another bowl mix & beat:
1 cup Oil
1/2 cup Water
7.5ml Vanilla Essence
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, & put it in a greased shallow bowl or as cupcakes.
Set the oven to 170°C, & bake for approximately 17 minutes. The secret is to watch them baking & take them out as soon as the outside is done, leaving the the centre soft & moist. You may have to try this several times to get it exactly right, as all ovens differ.
You can also make some icing, or add cream/ice-cream, or sprinkle icing sugar on top to make them even more decadent.
We (i.e. husband & myself) finished half of the brownies before we left for our New Year’s Eve celebrations – they are even better when they are warm & gooey, but there is no harm in trying to save some for the next day.
I was given this recipe from a family member following a Christmas dinner, & whenever I have made it since it has been a huge hit! Yesterday we had our Christmas lunch with our friends, & it reminded me again of how popular & yummy it is – so I knew I had to share it with you. Perhaps you could even make it for your next family celebration?
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Cake Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
Pinch of Salt
1 cup Cream
100g melted Butter
2 cups cooked, mashed Butternut/Pumpkin
5 tsp Butter
1/4 cup Cold Water
1 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
2 Tbl Maizena Corn Flour
Set oven to 160°C.
Sift dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl; mix the eggs, cream & butter. Add the butternut & mix.
Add the dry ingredients & mix.
Place the mixture into a greased oven dish & bake for 2 hours.
While the pie is baking, mix all the sauce ingredients together & cook in microwave a little bit at a time until thick.
Once the pie is cooked, pour the sauce over the top.
Place back in the over for roughly 10 minutes until the sauce has soaked in & the pie is baked through.
This can be served as a main with your meat & veggies, but also enjoyed as a dessert with cream on top.
I am sure that you will love it! Please tag me in your pics when you try it yourself.
Since getting out of hospital & actually being able to swallow my food (one of the fabulous symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is constantly choking on food, & there would often be days where I would go without being able to eat properly) means that I have picked up quite a bit of extra weight. In fact when I went into hospital to have my port & perm cath out, every nurse who saw me & knows me from previously commented on my weight. It was rather embarrassing & has made me very self-conscious about what I look like. I love my food & it has been 15 years since I was properly able to actually enjoy a meal so I have been making up for lost time in a big (excuse the pun!) way.
But, it has been a couple of months of going cray-cray & now I need to settle down & start living a healthier life. So the very first thing I am going to do is start following a healthier eating plan. I am not going to diet as such, as I dread those words & find it is so much easier to break a diet than it is to maintain a healthy way of life.
Whilst on my explorations of what recipes speak to me, & what I should go get to stock up my grocery cupboard (whilst trying very hard to avoid all the Easter eggs & others sugary treats). And then, I found Le Famished Cat – & I was lost for a good couple of hours. My tastebuds were tingling & I knew that I wanted to try some of these for myself. Plus, you guys, she is in South Africa so doesn’t tell you about all these crazy ingredients that are nearly impossible to get hold of!
How did you get into this: A pure love for all things food
What is the main focus of your blog: As the name suggests, I am always hungry and thinking about food. I started the blog to have a space on the internet where I could write and share my recipes and love for all things delicious.
If you have any digestive issues, or are looking to lead a healthier life, then my blog is for you, because almost all of my recipes are either Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan or IBS Friendly.
While I am not a vegan (cannot ever give up eggs), I focus on a healthier plant-forward approach to eating, as well as nourishing gut friendly recipes. Occasionally, you will find some naughty treats – because seriously guys, what is life without chocolate?
Healthy living should not feel like a chore, it should be fun and delicious and I hope to inspire you every day.
I also focus on travel here and there and love to provide my readers with as many practical tips as I can.
Have you always been interested in food: Yes, since I was a little girl – I think my interest was piqued after watching countless Ready Steady Cook episodes on BCC. I would then go into the kitchen and see what I could rustle up with the ingredients on hand. It was only in Grade 11 when I started taking cooking classes at school that I realised I was in love with being in the kitchen. Thinking back, my first real food memory was watching my Sito (granny in Lebanese) make all sorts of Lebanese foods on the weekends – I would often help, but mostly I just wanted to eat what she was making because it always smelled so good.
Where do you get majority of your recipes from: Because of the fact that I only eat certain foods – I create all my own recipes and if they are someone else’s I will credit accordingly
What are a few ingredients that every household should have: Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, A Mature Cheddar, Peanut Butter, Blueberries, Banana, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Fresh Herbs and Avocado. Oooh also coconut milk & almond milk.
What is your favourite shop to visit to get yummy snacks: Checkers have a new range called Simple Truth which is affordable, innovative and healthy. They make fruit gummies and reduced sugar cookies that I love. And their Salted Caramel Coconut Chips are like crack 😊
Fresh Earth also have some yummy healthy baked goods
Quote you live by: Treat others how you would want to be treated & Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Don’t these look absolutely divine? And the recipes are really easy to follow as well – even for nerds like myself who can literally only cook the absolute basics. Hopefully one day I can even show you pics of my amazing meals that I have learnt from Cat.
I really appreciate her taking the time to answer my questions & constantly bringing us delicious, healthy recipes. I am a huge fan!
I know that many people are not fans of baked fruit desserts, but believe me when I say that this will change your life! This is a dessert that has been around in our family since I can remember, & it is my go to recipe that I use whenever I am making something for an event.
My family also loves this, & a memory that we all still chuckle about is my grandpa asking my mum to make her “um, delicious pudding. What’s it called again? Praise the Lord Pudding?”. He knew the name had something to do with heaven/God & this is what his mind came up with!
So, here it goes! Make sure you save this as it will be a huge hit – guaranteed. Plus it is so super easy that you don’t need to stress about having to make something that people will enjoy.
Ingredients – Pie
1C Sugar 5ml Baking Powder
50ml Butter 2ml Salt
3 Eggs 125ml Milk
250ml Flour 1 Large tin Pie-apples
Ingredients – Caramel
250ml Cream 250ml Brown Sugar
Cream Butter and sugar.
Add eggs slowly, beating mixture well.
Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and milk to creamed mixture.
Pour batter into buttered dish.
Spoon apples onto batter.
Bake at 180°C for *30min.
Meanwhile heat caramel ingredients for about 20min.
Pour over cake after required time (test with a skewer) and bake for a further *10 min.
Delicious served hot with vanilla ice-cream or even just on it’s own.
*Baking times will vary depending on your oven. Please make sure your pie is baked through before pouring the caramel over the top of it.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Let me know your thoughts 🙂
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With Christmas already over, I thought I would share with you something that we ALWAYS have at our family Christmas – chicken liver pate. Mum has always made the most delicious pate & eating it brings back the best, happy memories. I have tried different recipes, but none can quite compare to my staple!
Mum’s Chicken Liver Paté
500g Chicken Livers 125g Butter
1 medium onion – chopped 250g bacon- chopped
1-2 tsp chopped garlic salt & pepper to taste
Pinch of mixed herbs 45ml Brandy/Sherry
10ml Worcestershire sauce
Place all ingredients in a saucepan, except brandy, and cook slightly. The centre of the livers should still be slightly pink. Add brandy right at the end.
When slightly cooled, put in Magimix and process until smooth.
Pour into suitable dishes and refrigerate.
Let me know once you have tried this & what you think!
I love this with some crackers, or even some crudites. But all I know is that this is good & I always enjoy it.
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“Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.” – Ursula Kohaupt
I don’t know about you guys, but chocolate is my absolute favourite! It is my pick-me-up; a little treat; & a special kind of “treatment”. I have cut down on the amount of chocolate that I am eating now compared to my younger years (thanks metabolism!), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still savour every mouthful when I have one now.
Recently Cadbury brought out a new range of Limited Edition chocolate slabs, & I knew that I had to try them out! Husband isn’t a fan of sweet things, but when he saw these he volunteered immediately to assist me with taste-testing & giving his opinion.
Looking at the slabs, I had no idea which one I would like the most but I was VERY excited to try them out & took them to the office as well (I work in an office of women so this went down well) to try get a range of opinions. If I had to rate them from least favourite to number 1 on my list it would look like this…
4. Caramilk inspired by P.S.
We all found this very sweet & you could definitely only have a little bit at a time (maybe a good thing?). You could taste the P.S. part of it with the bits of crispy rice flakes & caramel-flavoured cream covered with Caramilk chocolate. I don’t think we would get this one again, but I’m not a fan of the normal P.S. bar.
3. Dairy Milk inspired by Crunchie
A Crunchie is usually my go-to chocolate when we choose a bar as a treat, so I was sure that this would be my favourite. I love the crunch of the honeycomb, & it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet either. This was husband’s number 1! Crunchie always claims that they “take chocolate to a new level & combines taste & sound to deliver joy in each bite” – I can’t disagree with that at all.
2. Dairy Milk inspired by Astros
Astros always evoke such happy memories of my childhood & the little biscuit bites are absolutely DIVINE. Don’t judge me – these were always added to my popcorn at the movie house so they could melt a little & you would eat them together to get a taste sensation of salty/sweet/crunchy. Did anyone else do this? This slab is so yummy & will definitely be back on my shopping list again – but it was pipped to the post by the last one…
And… NUMBER 1: Dairy Milk inspired by 5Star
This is the one that I was looking forward to the least when I got all 4 slabs! I find the bar very sweet & the caramel centre often ends up sticking my teeth together. However, in the slab form it was simply incomparable to the others. The caramel toffee & crunchy biscuit pieces blended so beautifully with the Dairy Milk & it literally made my mouth water. I (& everyone else who tried it with me) would recommend this to absolutely anyone who likes chocolate, & anyone who needs a little “happy-treat”.
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – From the film ‘Forrest Gump’
Whilst looking into these yummy chocolates a little more, I discovered that Cadbury has recipes on their website as well which all look amazing, & can give you all another reason to buy more (as if you need it…)
These are available at all major supermarkets, so make sure you get out & try them for yourself before they disappear. And if you have tried them, which was your favourite?