23 Mar 2015

Apple and Pineapple Crumble

APPLE and PINEAPPLE CRUMBLE
This is such a lovely easy desserts, or for tea.  Kids love to help with crumbling the butter into the flour - such fun!  The oats, apples and pineapple make it pretty healthy too - Yummy!

Ingredients:
1 can (400g) unsweetened pie apples
2 fresh apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
2 Tbls (30ml) Apple Juice
1/2 cup (125ml) flour
1/2 cup (250ml) brown sugar
1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon
A sprinkle of nutmeg
75g Butter
1/2 Cup (125g) Rolled oats
Ready for the topping to go on
Method:
- Mix the Apples and pineapple together and put in a medium sized oven proof dish.
- Add the apple Juice.
- Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a separate bowl.
- Add the butter, and rub into the flour mixture, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the oats to the flour / butter mix.
- Sprinkle the crumbly topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake at 190 degrees C for about 35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
- Serve warm with cream, custard or ice-cream

Preparation:  20 minutes
Cooking:  35 minutes
Serves:  8 
(All Approximates)


Tips and Suggestions:
* You can substitute the pineapple for pears or peaches
* for extra decadence sprinkle in a handful of raisins before adding the crumble.
* Add a handful of crushed almonds into the crumble mix for a more nutty flavour
* For more fabulous ideas and conversions have a look at my Yummy Food index page
* Please comment and share your ideas.


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17 Mar 2015

Oat & Seed Crunchies

HEALTHY OAT and SEED CRUNCHIES
I love this recipe - it is super duper easy and the whole family just loves them,  Just my sort of thing.  I have been asked so many times for the recipe over the years.  So this is one you are going to have to print out.  Have any of you heard of Yummly?  I keep my favourite recipes on there - it is an awesome site.   The oats are nice and healthy,as is the handful of nuts, seeds or both.  This is a really kid friendly, in both the making process.... and the eating process!
Fresh out the oven

10 Mar 2015

Mielie Pap

MEILIE 'PAP' or 'PUTU'
This is the staple diet of the majority of South African's, made from maize meal, which is ground up dried corn.  It is also the most popular side dish at a braai (barbeque) in Africa.  SA Kids and adults love it!  It is usually served with a tomato and onion relish or gravy.  Or served with a stew, to soak up all that delicious gravy.  It is even eaten for breakfast with milk and sugar as a porridge.
  
Mielie pap topped with Tomato relish and melted cheese

3 Mar 2015

Vegetable Curry

VEGETABLE CURRY
I was looking for inspiration for a fantastic thick chunky vegetarian curry recipe,   but none particularly appealed to me,  So, once again, I fell back on my own inspiration and wanting of good healthy food.   I ended up with this wonderful recipe, which I use regularly and adapt according to what's in season.  Perfect for a cold rainy evening.  It is Vegan, and Gluten Free,  and only uses one pot (bonus!).  I hope you love it as much as my family does.

Vegetarian Curry

27 Feb 2015

The Best Chocolate Brownies

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30 Jan 2015

Building our Pool

Our summer heat and humidity, is only just bearable. We did a toss up between building a small cottage for family guests or building a pool.  After wading our way through another stifling hot sticky February - the pool Won - guests lost!  "Ag shame" you might say in true South African-ism... but we have a guest house on the farm we holiday let out anyhow... they can stay there in all its luxury! - see Chumbi Bush House.
Finished Pool - at sunset

14 Apr 2014

Hand Raising a wild antelope

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A Red Duiker named Jinx
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21 Mar 2014

Chumbi Bush House

Are you planning a trip to Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you are probably aware that we live on a game reserve. Below is the Holiday Home on the farm which we let for a serious relax in the African bush.
Main entrance

12 Mar 2014

Peppermint Crisp pudding

This is a very typical South African dessert.  Quick, simple, very yummy and looks fabulous and best of all - no baking involved!  
Peppermint Crisp Pud

25 Feb 2014

Sticky Sweet Chilli and Tamarillo Jam

My Little Veggie patch is full of little bell peppers and Chillis. And my Tamarillo tree is drooping with Tamarillos.  So what better way than to utilize them all in a sweet chilli jam?!  You can substitute the Tamarillos for tomatoes if you like.  It is absolutely delicious.
Tamarillos and Chillis

11 Feb 2014

Delicious Shrimp Mousse

This recipe is super easy and absolutely fabulous.  You are guaranteed "Wow" comments.  I have been making it for years, and it never fails to impress!
Shrimp mousse ready for spreading onto biscuits - Yum!

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