Easiest rolls EVER!!

So this morning we ran out if bread and we don’t have any tuck shops close by. 

Did we faint?
Never!!  Lol
I baked instead. 

Now I love baking bread but I was not feeling like, what usually becomes therapeutic, kneading and pounding some dough.
So I headed over to my good companion, Google πŸ˜€ and found this super easy recipe .

We are not disappointed.

Hope you try it too.

Later my peoples

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First Time Pesto!

I know it’s been a while but I won’t bore you with the details and reasons and excuses πŸ˜‰

BUT!  I am so excited by my very first successful attempt at basil pesto I had to share.

All I did was blend chopped garlic,  cashew nuts and a bit of jalapeno.  Then I added basil leaves and salt and blended some more.  I poured in a few tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and blended some more to get my desired consistency and voila!  Deliciousness you have to taste to believe πŸ™‚

Normally basil pesto includes parmesan and pine nuts but both of those were just too expensive to buy XD

It’s great to smear some on toasted bread but I had to use it on my fresh homemade pasta.
Yummilicious!!!

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A meal that reminded me to be thankful for the fresh things in life.

It has also inspired me to start growing my own basil!

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My basil seedlings

Til next time
Keep it real
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Eggless Chocolatey Cupcakes

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A lack of eggs and a craving for moist chocolate cake led me to this recipe on mariasmenu.com

I am not disappointed!Β  It’s moist. It’s rich tasting. And oh so easy to make.

I opted for making cupcakes and for the very first time I decorated them with a proper piping nozzle.
I had one mishap…

Due to my penchant for slight excessiveness (is that a word?) and for some reason that pic won’t load.

Once I got going though…it was ALL Good!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!

What a Wednesday!

Today, with the help of God, I kept it together really well in the face of what could have been a terrible loss.

It was so hot, still is actually.
But in the midst of crises, a potty training setback and looking after all our animals I found some solidity in trying my hand at ravioli!

Needless to say practise makes perfect and I need some practise!

Below… a pic of my very tasty attempt at ravioli (my own homemade pasta of course) filled with fresh made ricotta and blue cheese, fried quickly in garlic, butter and thyme. I added some ricotta on top.
Delicious and creamy. Definitely worth doing again.

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Embrace life. All too soon yours may be over.

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Today’s Thoughts

Today I went to church twice. Both times to pray. It was a sweltering heat that accompanied me to and fro. Still it always feels good to spend time with the brethren.

I feel a bit sad tonight though. Some people I know are going through some rough patches in their lives.
Rough things are a part of life in general.Β  I have no problem with that. What makes this sad to me is that their rough patch is because of the way someone handled them.

We develop thicker ‘skins’ every time we get beaten. Every lashing, every stabbing, every bruising session creates callouses on our hearts and souls. And then we are most likely the ones who need to work with great diligence to smooth away these tell tale signs of abuse. Painstakingly soothing away discolouration. Patching up the wounds. The wounds other people have inflicted for reasons unbeknownst to us.

Makes me cry.Β  I hate injustice.Β 
That’s why its vital to me to stay linked to the God who rights all wrongs. I simply wouldn’t be able to bear living in this world otherwise.

Just wanted to share mu supper wuth you. Making pasta has proven to be very therapeutic.Β  Especially when you end up with futtucine and a bolognese sauce like in the pic. I topped it with some blue stilton cheese.

Delish!

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Wish my bestie had been here to share it with me. Mayb one day hey!

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Thankful Thursday: Rainy days

I really get inspired by rainy days…

Most often, to cook. So today my mission to use up my leftover ricotta has come to an end.

Ladies and gentlemen…I give to you… chocolate ricotta pancakes drenched in a ginger syrup and the fluffiest scrambled eggs I have ever tasted.

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Its been so dry where we live and God has graced with refreshing showers since last night. I’m also thankful for days like these that really get my creative cooking juices flowing.

The pancakes are adapted slightly from Nigella’s recipe forΒ  Ricotta Hotcakes
I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Its been wholesome πŸ˜€

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What to do Wednesday…

I make ricotta cheese. From scratch.  Its very gratifying to know I can actually do that.

So earlier this week I discovered some milk going bad and decided to make a batch. Its my creamiest batch ever!

But it was also my biggest and for some reason I can’t seem to use it up. Normally I would make cheesecake.  But I need lemon juice. And I’m not about to drive to the shop just for lemon juice. So now I have this ricotta that needs using and today I endeavour to use it. Well most of it anyway. Before it goes bad.

My first offering to ricotta day is a sandwich. I buttered two slices of bread on both sides. Then I mixed some ricotta and green mango pickle (a gift from my new Durban souls) including some of the pickling juices. After slathering this delicious mixture onto the bread I toasted the sarmie in a griddle pan. Delicious and yummy goodness!

Writing this, I realise I should have taken a picture for the blog. Oops!

It went down really well.

Later I may attempt ricotta eggs or even pancakes…. hopefully I remember to take a pic then…

Later days πŸ˜€

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