My First Zebra Cake!

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Busy and hectic weekend!  But I think I’ve cooked and baked more.  Also because my 3 year old has the chicken pox and he wanted cake, cake and more cake!
I wanted to bake something special for him and I came across this recipe on YouTube.  I’ve been wanting to make a zebra cake for a while and this was the perfect opportunity! My little one was ecstatic and to see the smile on his face…Priceless!

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Here is the link to the simple recipe plus it’s in video form so can be easily followed..

Zebra Cake Video by Aashpazi

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For All Nando’s & Peri Peri Lovers Out There!

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Just in time for the World Cup!! Time for burgers, chunky chips, chilli sauce and cold, cold beers!!! Yay!

Nando’s here has become a household name and everyone is crazy for its food. Such spices and tang and succulent meals keep us going back for more. My 3 year old boy is no exception! To the point where he chose to have Nando’s style peri peri chips and burgers for his family birthday party! Though known for it’s grilled chicken, we opted for the veggie bean burgers, soya burgers and most importantly his favourite Spicy Peri-Peri Chips

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I made my own version of the famous garlic Nando’s hot sauce, that had my younger brother frazzled as how I captured this taste! Which I shall reveal to you all shortly.

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I wrote down all orders and how all my family members wanted their burger/pitta combination meal including cheese and pineapple which I always add to mine! Tastes soooo good! Even a peri peri mayonnaise was whipped up on request of my brother!

So first the Garlic peri peri sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp red chilli powder
½ tbsp smoked paprika
½ tsp garlic granules/powder
1-2 tbsp tomato ketchup
¼ tsp dried oregano leaves
⅓ tsp salt
2 cup hot vegetable stock

• In a medium saucepan heat the oil a little and then add the flour, cook and stir on a low heat for 2 minutes

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• Throw in all the other spices and seasoning and combine well

• Slowly pour in a little hot stock a little at a time, whilst whisking continuously

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• Once all the stock has been added simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, half way through stir in the tomato ketchup

• The sauce will become a thick consisting whilst it cools down so you may need to thin it out with a little water before serving

Peri-Peri Mayonnaise

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp light mayonnaise
½ tsp garlic granules
½ tsp smoked paprika
squeeze of lemon juice

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• Mix all the ingredients together and chill until ready to serve along your burgers and chips

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Sweet, sour and spicy quorn

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I love using Quorn in my recipes as it’s low in fat, high in protein and fibre and tastes delicious. It is so versatile and I’m sure I will be using it in more recipes to come, especially as my little ones love it too!

INGREDIENTS

300g Quorn chicken style pieces (frozen)
1 medium onion in crescent slices
1 green bell pepper sliced
1 chilli finely sliced
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp ground coriander & cumin
squeeze of lemon juice

METHOD

1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non stick pan and fry the quorn pieces on a medium heat until they take on a golden colour

2. Remove quorn from the pan and put aside on a plate

3. Using the same pan, heat the remaining tbsp of oil and add the onion, chilli and pepper. Stir fry until onion and pepper soften a little

4. Put in the soy sauce, tomato ketchup, ground coriander/cumin and lemon juice. Mix well and put on a low heat and cook for 10 minutes so that the flavours infuse

5. Once ready serve with this wonderful sesame rice with vegetables

Recipe for rice http://www.thefunofcooking.com/rice-with-vegetables-and-sesame-the-perfect-side-dish-you-never-get-bored-of-it/