A Minty Fruit Smoothie

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We are going to have pizza tonight, so an hour before I decided to line my stomach with a fresh minty and fruity smoothie.  This way I’ll feel a little less guilty knowing that I have fruit in my tummy before I consume huge amounts of pizza yumminess!

INGREDIENTS

1 small banana peeled
7 strawberries
1 pear sliced into chunks
A few sprigs of fresh mint
1 cup pineapple juice

METHOD

Blitz all the ingredients in a Nutri Bullet or blender until smooth

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Serve with some ice or add a little water if the smoothie is too thick

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Pineapple cake from the oven, I’m literally in Heaven!

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“OMG?!..This pineapple cake is sooo good!” The reaction of my three year old when he was given some to eat. Out of the mouth of babes! So I don’t need to say anything about the taste!

This is my first pineapple upside down cake and I didn’t over caramelise the topping as I wanted to control the amount of sugar, especially as the pineapple is sweet. I opted to bake the cake in a shallow large tart dish and found it worked well. The batter baked around the pineapple rings and cherries and just sumptuously sank the pineapple into the cake. This way the pineapple ring and depth of the cake was the same. Not too cakey or pineappley! Just right!

Fresh cherries add an essential sourness to this dish instead of glacier ones and I prefer fresh ones always. I hope you enjoy this cake as much as my family did! Also taking some over to Angie’s place…The Novice Gardener

Have a beautiful weekend…rest and relax plenty…see you soon! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

110g self raising flour
85g granulated sugar
90g softened butter/low fat butter spread
1 large egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk
Tin of pineapple rings drained
Fresh cherries stoned
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter

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METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, grease a large tart/pie dish

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together, until nice and fluffy

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Add the egg and combine until smooth

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Slowly mix in the flour and pour in the milk. Mix well till combined

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Put the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of butter into the pie dish. Place in the oven so that the butter melts. The sugar will melt a little only

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Gently place 7 pineapple rings into the dish and then take a stoned cherry and put into the middle of the pineapple

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Pour in the batter over the pineapple rings. Level out with a spatula and bake for 20 to 30 minutes

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Until the the top is golden brown. Leave the cake in the dish for 30 minutes

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Carefully invert the cake onto the plate. Serve alone or with some vanilla ice cream

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Quick Vegetarian Hawaiian Pizza Fix

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Spicy, salty, juicy and sweet. Those were the flavours that was dancing around on my palate yesterday evening for my dinner! I love pineapple on pizza! And I had a major craving yesterday evening! So i thought I’d make a pitta pizza ~ instantly there and then.

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You may look at the ingredients below and think ok?! I can see why she used these ingredients until you get to chopped coriander! I did add coriander and boy did it taste gooood! Give it a go you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Have a super weekend! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Pitta bread
2 pineapple rings drained
sliced green chilli
chopped coriander
Onion slices
Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese
Tomato sauce made at home

METHOD

• Tomato sauce ~ ours was made with tomato passata, olive oil and a couple of crushed garlic cloves and dried oregano. Cook through until you get a thick sauce

• Lightly pre grill the pitta bread, lay on a lined baking tray with foil

• Spread some tomato sauce

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• Top off with the onion and chilli. Gently place the pineapple rings on top

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• Scatter the coriander and sprinkle on some cheese

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• Place in a pre heated grill for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown

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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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Home made pizza top tips!

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I don’t think there is any pizza better than home made pizza! You can probably make a pizza quicker at home than ordering from outside, having it collected or delivered.    

I have written up my top tips for making home made pizza easier to make and the experience even more delicious! Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Top tips
☆ grease pizza tray (with holes) and place in oven whilst preheating. This gives an incredible crispy base

☆ pre cook the fresh dough base so that you know it’s cooked through and then add your favourite toppings

☆ add a little garlic to your tomato sauce to give more flavour to the rest of the pizza

☆ spread your tomato sauce on your cooked base. Then sprinkle grated cheddar cheese,add all your chosen toppings and finish off with a handful of grated mozarella cheese. Great combination of cheeses!

☆ make sure your oven is at maximum temperature.  Mine is kept at 220c and I have found it to give great colour to the pizza, and almost a wood fired taste to the base especially if you roll the base out thin