• Pea Soup •

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon butter
  • 500gr frozen or fresh peas (definitely not canned)
  • ±5 slices parma ham or salami (even chorizo will be perfect)
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 chicken stock pot + three cups hot water
  • 100ml cream
  • salt + pepper

METHOD:

  1. Fry the ham of your choice until crispy.  Break into pieces and set aside.
  2. Gently sauté the onion with the butter until translucent.  Then add the peas, basil, stock and water, let simmer for about 5 min on low heat.  Take the pot off the heat and blend the soup together until smooth.
  3. Now add the cream, season with salt and pepper.  You can heat it up again, to get it all nice and hot after adding the cream. Top with the ham and enjoy!

TIPS:

You can add spinach instead of basil if you’re not such a big basil lover!

You can prepare the soup in advance of a dinner party.  Just add the cream and reheat just before serving.

MuchLuv

Sandy Nouwens

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Dutch Baby Pancake 🥞 

I’m sure you have a couple of favorite recipes you like to make often, I certainly do. I have just added another recipe to that collection. It’s the Dutch Baby Pancake. 



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large or jumbo eggs 
  • 4 tablespoons castor sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons caramel essence 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Seasonal fruit to serve 

METHOD:

  1. Using a blender, smoothly blend the flour, milk, eggs, castor sugar, essence, salt together. Set aside and allow to rest for no longer than 20-30 minutes. 
  2. Place an empty oven-proof skillet in the oven and turn on to 200-220 degC. Once the oven is up to temperature, your pancake batter would have rested long enough. 
  3. Remove the skillet/pan with oven mitts and melt about 2 tablespoons of butter in the hot pan. Slowly swirl the pan around to run the butter around up the sides.  
  4. Pour the pancake batter into the hot pan. Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes. Until it’s golden and brown and it’s all puffed up and risen like a golden puffy cloud of awesomeness. Bear in mind..This should be served straight away, as it sinks back down, especially in the center. But that’s how it’s supposed to roll honey!
  5. Dust with the icing and decorate with fruit. However, just the icing is perfect. Cut it into wedges and have it with anything you’d like actually! Jam, fruit, Nutella or cream. It’s up to you. 






TIPS:

  • Using a blender or a stick blender is a must. Merely whisking with a whisk or stand mixer won’t do. Unless you have magic muscles. 
  • Allowing the batter to rest is needed, as to allow the flour to soak up the wet ingredients. 
  • A HOT skillet or pan is key! This helps to make that golden edge rise like a boss. 
  • Any round oven proof dish will be fine too. 

Enjoy! 

MuchLuv 

Sandy Nouwens 

Fresh Grapefruit & Prawn Salad with Lemony Sweet Dressing 

This is a definite winner for a hot summers day. 

Here is how to throw it all together. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pack of prawn tails, when cooked, cleaned and shelled it should weigh about 500gr
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 large grapefruit, peeled & quartered 
  • 2-4 spring onions, sliced finely
  • Handful of mint leaves 
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 1 large avo, cut in pieces 
  • Handful lettuce leaves 
  • Handful of cashew nuts, roughly chopped 

DRESSING

  • 1 clove garlic
  • Two tablespoons brown sugar
  • Zest and juice of two large lemons
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce 
  • 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • Salt and pepper and half a teaspoon of chili flakes. 

METHOD

  1. Clean the prawn tails, cook and set aside. 
  2. On a serving platter, combine all the ingredients together, top with salt and pepper and chili flakes. 
  3. Pour a bit of dressing over on the salad. Don’t pour all at once, at it can over power the freshness of the salad. 

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandy Nouwens 

Milktart (version 2) with Berry Compote & Rooibos Syrup. 

FRANSCHHOEK INSPIRED MILKTART

INGREDIENTS:

  • 120ml white sugar
  • 60ml cake flour
  • 30ml corn flour 
  • 1,2l milk 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 60ml butter 
  • 4 eggs beaten 
  • Pinch salt 
  • Pinch ground cinnamon 
  • Roll puff pastry 

METHOD TART:

  1. Preheat oven to 200degC. Mix the sugar, cake flour, corn flour, salt & cinnamon with 100ml milk into a paste. Set aside. 
  2. Bring the remaining 1,1lt milk to a simmer with the cinnamon stick. Slowly pour the paste into the simmering milk, stirring smooth with a wooden spoon. Let it slightly cook until it thickens. Once thick, remove from the heat and stir in the butter. 
  3. Add the eggs and beat constantly into a smooth consistency. 
  4. Prepare a baking dish with non-stick spray. Press in the pastry. 
  5. Remove cinnamon stick before pouring the batter into the prepared dish. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the pastry is baked to a golden brown color. 

METHOD BERRY COMPOTE:

  • Put 250gr mixed frozen berries into a pot with 70ml sugar and allow to boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before blending it into a smooth consistency with a stick blender. Set aside to serve with the milktart. 

METHOD ROOIBOS SYRUP:

  • Boil 500ml water with 100ml white sugar, and add a rooibos teabag. Allow to bubble until it thickens to a syrup-like consistency. Remove teabag. Set aside to serve with tart. 



TIP

Double the raspberry ingredients to have extra in the fridge to serve with other desserts. It’s absolutely divine. 

Blend the mixture with a stick blender before pouring it into the pastry. This will make it fluffy and light. 

MuchLuv, BeBlessed 

Sandy Nouwens  

🍎 🍯 🍦 🍰 

I hope you managed to make out that the title says Apple Honey Yogurt Cake?

I found this recipe in a Food & Home magazine and it gets a 👍🏼 from me. 


INGREDIENTS CAKE;

  • 125gr butter/margarine 
  • 200gr castor sugar 
  • 3 extra large/jumbo eggs 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon  
  • 200gr sifted self-raising flour 
  • 200gr double cream yogurt
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced into thin wedges 

INGREDIENTS SYRUP;

  • 100gr butter
  • 100gr honey or syrup 
  • Juice of a lemon 

METHOD;

  1. Preheat your oven to 180degC. Grease and flour or use non-stick spray on a springform cake tin. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until it’s pale and fluffy. Then add your eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 
  3. Fold in the sifted flour, zest and juice and yogurt. Pour into the prepared tin and decorate the top with the apple slices. 
  4. Bake for about 45 min or test with a knife. (I had to bake mine for longer).
  5. While the cake is baking, mix all the ingredients for the syrup together in a small pot, bring to a boil and set aside. 
  6. Once the cake is baked, pour the syrup over the cake. Leave it in the tin. 
  7. Run a knife around the cake only once it’s cooled down and set on a cake plate. 
  8. Enjoy. 


TIPS

I doubled the recipe to bake two cakes, one for our household and one to give as a gift. It’s a great gift to give someone. 

I baked mine for about 55 min, but I checked it at the 45 minute mark. It just needed that bit extra. 

I’d like to only use syrup when I bake it again, as honey is a bit of an unethical ingredient to use so freely. (Watch Rotten on Netflix.)

I used two cake lifters to remove the cake from the bottom of the springform tin plate to prevent it from breaking in half. It’s quite a delicate cake. 

Enjoy. 

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandy 

• Granadilla Baked Cheesecake •



INGREDIENTS
:

  • 400gr biscuits 
  • 100gr salted butter 
  • 500gr granadilla yogurt 
  • 450gr cream cheese (2 tubs)
  • 100gr castor sugar 
  • 4 large or jumbo eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • Granadilla pulp for topping

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 160degC and line the bottom of a spring-form cake tin. Spray non-stick spray on the inside of the pan. 
  2. Crush the biscuits and melt the butter. Mix together and press into the base and up the sides of the prepared tin. 
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a mixer on low speed for a few minutes until smooth. 
  4. Fill the prepared tin and bake for 50 min. 
  5. After the 50 min baking time, switch off the oven and leave the door slightly ajar.  Allow to rest for about 2 hours. 
  6. Remove from the oven and pour the granadilla pulp over the set cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. 
  7. Run a knife around the inside of the crust to separate it from the tin. Carefully remove the cheesecake onto a serving dish. 
  8. Enjoy. 





Lots of blessings & love!

Sandy Nouwens. Xoxo 

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Butternut Dessert

Processed with MOLDIV


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 -2 cups digestive biscuits
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup maizina (corn starch)
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jumbo eggs
  • Caramel essence
  • 1 cup butternut cooked, puréed
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder


METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degC.
  2. If you have a blender, blend the biscuits finely into crumbs and mix in the melted butter.
  3. Press down into s spring form cake tin. Push crush slightly up to the sides.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  5. In a pot, boil together on medium heat the milk, maizina, sugar, salt, egg. Stir with a whisk to prevent lumps. Once it’s thick turn off the heat.
  6. Mix in the caramel essence and puréed butternut.
  7. Halve the mixture into two bowls. Mixing in the cocoa powder in one half and peanut butter in the other half.
  8. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepare cookie crust pan. Spread gently.
  9. Top with the peanut butter mixture. Softly spread it out but don’t overdo it. You want to taste the two different layers.
  10. Refrigerate minimum 2 hours before running a knife along to sides and removing the springform.


Enjoy every bite!

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandy Nouwens