Recipe For Coconut Cream Sorbet

Every Friday I have a massage due to a chronic back injury that needs constant attention. Nadia, my beautician, and I spend the entire hour catching up on the week that has just been, and discuss our plans for the weekend. One Friday she mentioned that she had eaten the most amazing coconut cream sorbet and she was quite sure that I could make it for her. Now, this sounds easy, but as I had no taste reference I had to rely on what she told me. I made the sorbet using only coconut cream but when I tasted it I decided that there was something missing. Greg had given me a recipe using tahini and salt which I had not yet tried out. I decided that I would add these two ingredients to the base of my sorbet and see if it worked. It was amazing. I packed the sorbet into a container and sent Nadia a message letting her know she could come and fetch it on her way home. I kept aside one scoop for myself to eat with my sourdough waffle and it was just perfect. Nadia loved her sorbet, and that makes it a winner as far as I am concerned.

"Coconut Cream Sorbet"

Coconut Cream Sorbet

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Coconut Cream Sorbet
 
This recipe has been inspired by my friends Nadia and Greg and is full of coconut flavour
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Ingredients
  • 400mls coconut cream
  • 100g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 50g liquid glucose
  • 20g tahini
  • Pinch of salt
Method
  1. Place the coconut cream, sugar and glucose into a sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil over a medium temperature, stirring until the sugar dissolves
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly
  4. Stir in the tahini and salt
  5. Leave to cool completely
  6. Place into the fridge overnight
  7. Churn as per your ice cream machine manufacturers' instructions
  8. Freeze for at least 4 hours before using

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The Secrets Sisters Keep, Sinéad Moriarty

The Secrets Sisters Keep opening line: She switched off her electric toothbrush and listened.

"The Secrets Sisters Keep"

The Secrets Sisters Keep

The Devlin’s are a normal Irish family of four, 3 older sisters who have doted on their younger brother, who is now a 27 year old man living at home with his parents and seemingly with no life path. His sister Julie is married to Harry, and has 4 boys – 3 unruly triplets and Tom. Since Harry has inherited a lot of money, her life has been turned upside down and she feels she cannot tell her sisters how meaningless her life feels. Her sister Sophie is beautiful, an ex model and a successful business woman. But she too doesn’t want to tell her sisters how lonely she is. Louise is smart, driven and the mother of Clara, a 4 year old genius who has issues all of her own. Louise buries herself in work rather than turning to her sisters. But it is Gavin, the brother who seems to have no direction who changes the lives of everyone around them. The sisters open up to one another, learn to rely on each other and something magical is created from this.

Just like Mad About You by the same author, I loved reading this book. It was the perfect read for a lazy weekend afternoon sat in front of the TV with the cricket playing in the background.

First published by the Penguin Group in 2014

ISBN number 978-1-844-88357-0

Paperback – 381 pages

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Recipe For Italian Meringue

I’m always amazed how people conduct business. We are at the stage of our building project that involves some of the finishes. I need a blind in our cottage bedroom and blinds in our main bedroom. I had intended to go with curtains in the two guest bedrooms and so dug out the box with the curtains in them from under the eaves. When I took the first curtain out I saw it was stained. I put the curtain in the machine but sadly the stain is permanent. So, I decided we would put blinds into the other guest bedrooms as well. I was given the name of a lady who is local and she came to see me. I showed her which rooms were ready for window coverings and helped hold her tape measure while she measured up. She was not sure of what to do in our main bedroom with regard to the door but assured me her engineer husband would come up with a plan. I told her the blinds had to be blackout and once I agreed to go with vertical blinds she showed me colour samples. With only 4 to choose from I decided on the silver. She then asked me about the dining room, and got very pushy when I told her that I wasn’t thinking about window coverings for there. She told me that we have no privacy in our cottage lounge either and must put in blinds. After 10 years I’m still not bothered that there is nothing over the windows.

Her quote arrived the next morning, and thinking it was too cheap (don’t laugh), I decided to get a second quote. The gentleman who came to see me was friendly, and even offered to install the cottage blind first so that I could be sure that I liked it. His colour choices were larger and he had a solution for our bedroom door. He also did not ask about the other 3 doors and 9 windows! I chose a sunning metallic charcoal and have gone with his quote, even though it is slightly more expensive.

Before I made up my mind I asked the lady if I could drop off her sample and see the blinds she has in her bedroom. Sadly I was told that this would not be possible. When I told her I was going with someone else she said I could drop the sample off, and if she wasn’t at home to leave it in her post box. I made sure she was home, but as she didn’t respond to the bell, I did as she asked, and left her a message. She has not even said thank you or asked why! Now I’ve already told one person not to bother using her for a quote! She is pushy and not gracious in ‘defeat’.

I thought that Italian meringue would defeat me, using fructose instead of sugar. But I must say, I was so impressed with the way it held up when I used it to make my Paris-Brest pastries. I think this meringue would be much better to use when making floating islands and if I ever make them again, this is what I will do. The meringue will not last so make sure you make it when you need it.

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Paris-Brest Pastries

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Recipe For Italian Meringue
 
Italian meringue is used as an addition to other ingredients to make mousses, sorbets and petit fours
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Ingredients
  • 300g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 100mls water
  • 4 egg whites
Method
  1. Place the sugar and water into a saucepan
  2. Heat on a medium temperature until soft ball stage (116° Celsius)
  3. Place the egg whites into a stand mixer and whisk until stiff
  4. Add the syrup slowly, whisking continuously
  5. Continue whisking until the meringue is cold

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Temperature Table

I have recently purchased a digital thermometer and it came with a table for the correct temperature for cooking meat. Based on that I decided that a handy table for candy making, deep frying and roasting would be a good thing to have to hand when ever you need it. I am sure that there are many other items that could be on this temperature table, so if you can think of any, please let me know.

Candy Making °Celsius °Fahrenheit
Firm Ball 121 250
Fudge 116 240
Hard Ball 127 260
Hard Crack 149 300
Jelly 104 220
Soft Ball 116 240
Soft Crack 138 280
Syrup 110 230
Deep Frying  °Celsius  °Fahrenheit
Chicken 177 350
Chops 191 375
Eggplant 185 365
French Fries 199 390
Fritters 185 365
Onions 199 390
Oysters 185 365
Scallops 185 365
Roasting  °Celsius  °Fahrenheit
Beef Brisket 90 – 95 194 – 203
Beef Fillet – Rare 38 100
Beef Fillet – Medium Rare 55 131
Beef Roast 85 – 90 185 – 194
Boar Roast 75 – 78 167 – 172
Chicken 80 – 85 176 – 185
Duck 80 – 90 176 – 194
Mutton Leg – Medium Rare 65 – 70 149 – 158
Mutton Leg – Well Done 80 – 85 176 – 185
Pork Roast 70 – 75 158 – 167
Pork Saddle 55 – 60 131 – 140
Turkey 80 – 90 176 – 194
Veal Fillet 50 – 55 122 – 131
Veal Roast 68 – 74 154 – 165
Veal Saddle – Medium Rare 50 -55 122 – 131
Venison Roast 75 – 80 167 – 176
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Digital Thermometer

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Recipe For Sourdough Waffles

I love using my starter to create the most amazing sourdough breads but I do not always have time. Thankfully Cordelia (my starter) does not mind the lack of attention and she will happily sit in the fridge, feeding for a couple of weeks at a time. At the start of my December leave I decided that I would work on a new sourdough bread recipe, and to get Cordelia in the mood I fed her up quite a bit. Dave was still at work for the first two days I was on holiday, and using up some of my starter, I made myself sourdough waffles for breakfast. This was quite a treat, especially as I topped the waffles with ice cream. Needless to say I was getting a good balance of a few major food groups in one go. The starter I have is quite sour so I compensated by using more sweetness in the batter. I was going to slather the waffle in maple syrup, as you do, but when I went to get the bottle out of the fridge I discovered it had been used up. It would have improved my eating experience a lot, so I recommend that if you make these waffles that you make sure beforehand that you have a good syrup to go with them.

Do you eat special breakfasts when you are on holiday?

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Sourdough Waffles

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Sourdough Waffle Batter
 
These make a great treat for breakfast, served with sticky maple syrup
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Ingredients
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 65g sugar - I used fructose
  • 250mls milk
  • 2.5mls plus a pinch of salt
  • 190g flour, sifted
  • 80g fed sourdough starter
  • 60g butter, melted
Method
  1. Place the egg yolks and the sugar into a bowl
  2. Whisk until at the ribbon stage
  3. Whisk in the milk and 2.5mls salt
  4. Mix in the flour and the starter until smooth
  5. Mix in the butter until incorporated
  6. Place the egg whites into a stand mixer bowl with a pinch of salt
  7. Whisk until firm
  8. Fold into the batter
  9. Rest for at least an hour
  10. Make your waffles as per your waffle iron manufacturers' instructions

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A Better Tomorrow Book Run

I grew up in a world full of books! I was privileged, and I know that. I could read from when I was very young and I still devour books. But, can you imagine what it is like for children who don’t have the books they need for basic education? My stepson James and his friend Zynique are trying to create #ABetterTomorrow and if you can help then please do! James’ girlfriend Carli teaches at a local school where they have a dire need for books.

"Please Donate!"

Please Donate!

Goal

To collect books to fill up the library of Kathleen Murray Primary school. Any additional education material is also welcome.

Timeline

Preparation to start 1 February.

Official book collection to start on 1 March and run to 30 April.

What they need

Space for a drop off point – in other words a place where someone can donate a book. We will provide the boxes and come pick up the books weekly or bi-weekly as needed.

What you get

We will put the logo’s of all participating businesses on the boxes for all to see. Additionally, we will advertise our drop off points on Facebook and on all other media’s we can get hold of – which will lead to more exposure and foot traffic for you.

"A Better Tomorrow Book Run"

A Better Tomorrow Book Run

More information:

For more information, please see their Facebook page or catch them on Twitter. You can email them on bettertomorrowbookrun@gmail.com or phone either one of these amazing young adults! James: 072 386 8876 / Zynique: 082 504 9498

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Recipe For French Butter Cream

I am sitting at work. We are in the middle of a heat wave, and I would rather be stuck in a cold store refrigerator than in my office. I had no plans of being anywhere else today as I was expecting 2 pallets of goods to be delivered to me. But just like in December, my supplier has let me down. He has so not come to the party. In December he promised me my goods had left on the Wednesday. So with a Friday delivery expected I planned the last 3 days of our working year. Sadly for me, the goods arrived on the Monday afternoon leaving me half a day to do 2 and a half day’s work. And of course they were closed so I could not not even tell him how upset I was. Thinking they were opening earlier than they did, I planned my start to the year. However, they were still closed when I placed a large order with them to kick start January. The least I expected was that my order would be given some priority and leave on time. It didn’t and now I am sitting at my desk, whiling away the time until lunch so that I can eat, and leave. One thing that can go to any party is this amazing French butter cream. You may recall I mixed it with praline and used it to fill my Paris Brest choux buns. I have some left in the freezer and the next time I have a cake to take somewhere I will use the rest of the butter cream up to sandwich the two halves together.

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Paris-Brest

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Recipe For French Butter Cream
 
This butter cream is perfect for filling layers of cakes and for piping into choux pastry buns
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  • 20mls milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 400g butter, cut into small cubes, and placed into a glass bowl
  • 75g praline - optional
Method
  1. Place the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil
  2. Place the eggs and the sugar into a bowl and whisk until ribbon stage
  3. Pour the milk over the egg mixture, whisking continuously
  4. Return to the heat on a medium temperature
  5. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until you get a thick custard
  6. Pour over the butter, and whisk by hand until the butter has been incorporated
  7. Leave to cool before adding the praline if you have decided to use it

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Wagon Trail At Anura, Stellenbosch

Before making our way to the wine tasting, we stopped at the Wagon Trail at Anura to make a booking for lunch. We chose Anura as the chef is a friend of James and we wanted to show her support. The lady at reception was not very helpful in assisting us with a table for 2 in a half an hours time and when she called a gentleman to help her, he was not so sure either. They did however write our name down which was a start. After the wine tasting we walked past the brewer who told us they were very busy for lunch and he was not sure if we could be helped. We told him we had a booking and made our way to the front desk where there was no one in sight. We waited and waited and waited and eventually we found someone to help us – our name had been crossed off but we were shown to a table – one of many empty ones outside.

"Wagon Trail At Anura"

Wagon Trail At Anura

We ordered drinks and Dave had a Bavarian Weiss 330ml (R23) and I had the Wagon Trail Pale Ale 330ml (R25). Our beers arrived with potato skins which made a nice snack to start off our meal. The menu is small, with snacks, main courses and one dessert. The average price for a main course is R80 but as we were having a light lunch, we chose a charcuterie and cheese platter (R75) with meat from 12 Pigs deli, which is on site, and cheese from Forest Hill cheeses, available at the deli. The platter arrived, with not enough bread for 2 hungry people but with great olives, very good cheese and excellent charcuterie. In fact, so good that we bought a selection from the deli to take home with us.

"12 Pigs deli"

12 Pigs deli

Service table side was good, the setting is lovely and they are open breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday and for supper on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Contact them on  +27 21 875 5360

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Recipe For Peanut Butter Cookies

My friend Sam told me that her son Handsome loves it when she bakes my peanut butter and chocolate rusks. This was such a compliment for me, as kids are honest to a fault about what they like and dislike. After reviewing The Family Cook Book I decided to adapt her recipe for the oat cookies and make a batch of Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies. I sent a message to Sam asking her if the kids would eat these peanut butter and choc chip cookies and I got a voice message back with handsome saying an emphatic no and Pretty Girl (her daughter) saying yes. With only a 50% positive response to my idea, I left a voice message for my nieces who live in Sydney. Sasha replied telling me that my cookie idea is very good, and gave me ‘permission’ to try it. Nadia who is 3 does not like peanut butter. But she wants sprinkles and stuff and icing! So, these cookies only got a thumbs up from 2 of the 4 children asked, but they got a huge thumbs up from Dave who does not like peanut butter! I suppose next on my list will be cookies made with stuff for the cutest little one who really knows what she wants.

Do you have children who know what cookie flavours they like best?

"Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies"

Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies
 
These healthy cookies can be added to a lunch box for a treat, or saved for afternoon tea.
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  • 100g butter
  • 30g peanut butter - I used chunky
  • 100g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 1 egg
  • 125g flour
  • 2.5mls baking powder
  • 175g rolled oats
  • 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius
  2. Place the butter, peanut butter and sugar into a mixing bowl
  3. Cream until combined
  4. Add the egg and mix in completely
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder, oats and chocolate
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to measure out the mixture onto a lined baking tray
  7. Flatten slightly with a fork
  8. Bake for 15 minutes
  9. Leave to cool on the tray for 2 minutes
  10. Leave to cool on a wire rack

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The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect opening line: Orange juice was not scheduled for Fridays.

"The Rosie Effect"

The Rosie Effect

After reading this book I definitely want a  job as a proof reader! Ordinarily I would not add a book to my recommended list when it is riddled with errors. In The Rosie Effect, a passenger gets into a car via the driver’s door, coffee turns to wine, and the Italian word si is thought to be the word for yes in French (oui would have been the correct word).

But, then is something so endearing about Don Tillman that I loved every minute of this book. Graeme Simsion has written a novel that I can relate to. It had me laughing out loud and hoping that Don can save his marriage after his wife, Rosie, announces that she is pregnant. This event, like the orange juice, was not scheduled and results in life being turned upside down for Don, a man who thrives on routine.

First published in Australia by The Text Publishing Company in 2014

ISBN number 978-0-718-17948-9

Paperback – 418 pages

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