Christmas 2014

My earliest memories are of going to Grandparents farm as a child on Christmas Eve going past the zebra’s in the field. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with joy, love and all the good things that I hope the New Year brings.download (1) download (2) download images (1) images

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You Sir are a brassica!

A brassica is not a new kind of French lingerie but a name for the broccoli and cauliflower family.

It was when you were a child that the worse a vegetable tastes was inverse to how good it was for you. I have learned to like most vegetables though I cannot make peace with green beans or brussel sprouts. Despite being a grown up I still feel that I should get a medal for voluntarily cooking and eating any vegetable that isn’t a potato chip.

Here is my vegetable bake which is a meal on it’s own:

You need to cook a half a cup of dried lentils in stock in the microwave for 20 minutes. Afterwards steam florets of one broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave. Then microwave a butternut in a Pick ‘n Pay packet in the microwave for 30 min. If you are lazy leave the skin on and scoop out later when cooked! Much easier.

Make a white sauce with real butter and white flour.

First layer the scooped butternut then half-cooked florets then pour over drained lentils all in one dish. Pour over white sauce and cover top with cheddar cheese. Bake in an 180 degree oven for 45 min turning the dish around halfway.

There you have a filling dish or a side dish to Sunday roast chicken.

Espresso

Lavazza coffee advert 2009

Well I have admitted that  I love coffee. I think it is the only way to really enjoy the weekend, and Italians really love their coffee. It took me a while to get the taste of black coffee without sugar but it’s the best way to taste the flavour.

Mocha Java plunger coffee is my current drink of choice. It is the plan to get a metal stove top coffee pot as a present to myself. It makes the whole flat smell divine. One of the best places to have coffee is the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. You look over the mountain and lush gardens next to a fountain. The cappuccino with real cream is dreamy.

Too much of anything is not good so moderation is key or you will find yourself watching adverts on how best to optimize your vacuum cleaner bags at 2am.

I have to share this picture, it would be Joey Tribbiani from Friends dream dish!