Flat bread

This is the easiest recipe and so quick. I enjoy it with my curries or as a starter, just add mushrooms mozzarella pop in oven until melted and you have a lovely starter.

But first let me share scripture.

Luke 1:45 “And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.”

This scripture is a scripture that I’m really meditating on and I would like you to take a moment and meditate on it as well. Ask yourself, what has God spoken over me?

Now for the recipe

Flat bread

Ingredients

1 cup natural yogurt

2 cups of  flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

Method

Mix ingredients into a ball then divide into smaller balls, roll out and fry in a hot, dry pan for about 2 – 5 min, and enjoy.

Yummy Mummy Waffle Sandwiches

My kids begged met to make these waffle sandwiches with them, and their response was YUMMY MUMMY!!!!

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I must admit I also enjoyed them they are not the healthiest but once in a while won’t hurt.

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

I just love this scripture; that God is singing over us.

To me that is an amazing thought, that our King, our Lord would sing over us, and rejoice over us. Let’s celebrate that!

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Ingredients

For the Waffle

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp castor sugar

100g melted butter

1 cup milk (250ml)

salt and pepper to taste

120g bacon fried until crispy (minced bacon works well)

60g grated cheese

2 tsp freshly cut spring onions

For the filling

2 chicken breasts

1 block of chicken stock or 500ml chicken stock

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp sweet chili sauce

Method

Boil the chicken in a medium pot with, chicken stock until it’s cooked about 20 min. Remove chicken from the stock unto a cutting board, cut into cubes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix well with mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce, add salt and pepper to taste cover and set aside

For the waffles

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Get your kids to help you make these waffles they would enjoy making them as well as eating them.

Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the baking powder, sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Mix well, then make a well in the centre of the bowl. Add the egg, milk and melted butter and whisk to form a thick batter. Fold in the fried bacon, spring onions and cheddar cheese.

Lightly grease your waffle maker with cooking spray or brush with a little melted butter. Pour a ladleful of the batter into each well then close and cook until crisp and golden.

Dish spoons full of chicken filling onto your waffle, and stack another waffle on top of that to form a sandwich.

We made penguin waffles.

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Beetroot Dip

a While ago my friend Ainsley send me this verse and said she is praying this for me, and it meant a lot to me. I therefor share it with you and hope that it would mean as much to you as it meant to me, or maybe you can pray this over someone.

Eph 3:16 – 19 ” That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

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Ingredients

3 cooked beetroot skinned, cut into chunks

250g cream cheese

dash of balsamic vinegar

half a lemon squeezed out

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Blend all the ingredient together in a blender, and enjoy a wonderful dip or spread for your Brochetta / Crostini or Crackers

Butternut and bacon soup

I made this soup because Nasstashia begged me to make butternut and bacon soup, I’ve only made butternut soup with oranges in the past, I’ve never tried it with bacon. I must say this was so yummy that I would rather eat butternut and bacon soup than just butternut soup.

Thanks Nasstashia!

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

This scripture has meant so much to me in the past 5 years that if I begin to speak about it, I might not stop. So I will try to keep it short.

Did you know that as your thoughts are forming in the brain, they form on your neurons and they look like trees. Now good thoughts look like healthy trees but bad thoughts look black and toxic.

We are growing new brain cells all the time, so we have a malleable brain. And if we are constantly growing brain cells the more you actually direct your mind, the more your brain is going to grow. This raises the question – are we building our brains with toxic or healthy trees?

For example if someone said you were not clever as a child and throughout the years you remembered that and often thought about it, so you created it in your mind. There’s a good chance you wouldn’t be very clever. It’s not that it’s the truth, but you created it to be the truth over your life.

There were also studies done showing that if you constantly have negative thoughts, it would actually make you sick. (do yourself a favor and look at the studies that Caroline Leaf did, they’re fascinating).

To get back to what I wanted to say – your thoughts determine who you are.

That’s why God wants us to renew our mind, it’s for our own benefit. That means that if the enemy says something like “you are not good enough”, we must block that thought completely and replace it with the truth of what God is saying over our lives,

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

So we need to renew our mind of God’s truth daily, then we will be able to walk in his pleasing perfect will.

Butternut and Bacon soup

Butternut soup (serves 8 – 10 people)

Ingredients

2 big butternut or 3 medium size, peeled and cut in cubes
4l water
2 chicken stock cubes (or if you have homemade chicken stock even better, this would replace the water)
2 onions
1 orange (juiced)
250ml cream
220ml bacon
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Method

Fry the onions with olive oil until they’re cooked, add the water, chicken stock and butternut, boil until soft. Remove from heat.

Blend the butternut until smooth if it’s too thick you can add more water. Add garlic pepper, salt, pepper, orange juice and cream, return to the heat.

In a frying pan fry the bacon with olive oil until crispy. Add to the butternut soup simmer for a further 5min.

If there is too much soup, you can always freeze it for another time.

Low carb meal

Today I’m dedicating this meal to Pam.

Pam here’s your low carb meal.

For a low carb meal I thoroughly enjoyed it, but hubby wasn’t as enthusiastic as I was.

Psalm 51: 5-6

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness

Even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.”

God desires faithfulness he doesn’t even demand it or force it on us, He just desires it.

Then we read further and It says that God taught us wisdom even in our mother’s womb! Iwas thinking about that, and wondered, what does that mean? Then God reminded me that even when we are far from God we still know deep down what is right and wrong, the problem is when we get used to the lies that the enemy tells us, we start to believe them and then we live them.

That’s when we get lost and don’t remember the wisdom that God has taught us.

We need to remember that God taught us wisdom while we were still in our mother’s womb, now that’s just amazing.

I pray that I would access the wisdom that God taught me in that secret place.

Now for the low carb meal, I only made one portion but you can always multiply it to have more portions.

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Ingredients

 

100g haddock (You can use any fish like hake, I like the smokey flavor of the haddock) 
1 cup cauliflower

½ tsp garlic crushed

10 basil leave

3 cherry tomatoes cut in half

30g mozzarella cheese

1 tsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup boiling water
½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

 

Add cauliflower to a pot of boiling water and boil until soft. Mash the cauliflower, add salt and pepper and then return to the heat with ½ tsp of butter,  (the butter is optional) until all excess water has evaporated, take off heat.

In the mean time add the olive oil and ½ tsp of butter to a small frying pan, fry your haddock in it turning after 2 min to cook on the other side, squeeze half of the lemon over the fish while frying.

Cook until the fish is flaky – this takes about 5 – 7 min, test with a fork to see if it is cooked all the way through.

Add 1 tsp olive oil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil to a small frying pan ( I used the same one that I cooked the fish in, less dishes).

Fry for less than 1 min, the tomatoes must just heat up not cook as you still want to maintain the sweet taste of the cherry tomatoes, add salt and pepper. Take off the heat.

First dish up the cauliflower,  then the haddock, add the tomatoes and top off with mozerella cheese.

Pam I hope you enjoy this.

Chicken Pie

I made this particular chicken pie with a different dough because I was running out of time and puff pastry would’ve taken too long.

So I called my mom to get her dough recipe, which is a lot quicker to prepare. it’s actually my Mom that taught me how to cook and gave me my love for cooking. Thanks mom!

Matthew 19:24 -26 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked: Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Now for years this passage bothered me and I was always cautious, not wanting to be rich because then I was going to miss out on the kingdom of God. Let’s face it a camel can’t get through the eye of a needle… so then rich people are not going to enter into the kingdom of God.

But I did not look at the revelation of this scripture and this is verse 26 that says “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.

That sets us free, with God all things are possible and even though we fail in so many aspects of our life God gives us grace and with Him all things are possible.

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Chicken Pie

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6 people)

1.5kg Cooked Chicken deboned and skinless  (I use a whole chicken which I boil with chicken cubes and salt and then I debone it – you get a lot more flavour when using a whole chicken rather than chicken breasts)

salt and pepper to taste

1 onion

3/4  cup of chicken stock (Use the chicken stock that you boiled the chicken with)

½ packet white onion soup

½ tsp chicken spice

1tbs olive oil

For the dough

1 cup flour

1 cup butter

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

pinch of salt

Method

Fry the onion in olive oil until almost done and then add the chicken.

Mix the chicken stock with the white onion soup, add to the chicken and stir until the sauce thickens

Put the chicken in a pie dish.

Mix all the dough ingredients together. This is not normal dough that you roll out, it’s a soft dough which needs to be spooned onto the chicken and leveled out with a spatula or a spoon until the chicken is completely covered and all the dough is used up.

Put in the oven for 45minutes, until golden brown on top.

Serve straight out of the oven

Banana Bread

My Grandmother used to make this banana bread and we all loved it, she would cut it in half and then slice it so there would be a small piece for each of us but I would always take about 3 pieces because it was just so delicious. Thanks Grandma for fond memories of your baking and sharing it with others.

Philippians 2: 4 – 7

“not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Wow what better example can we get? Jesus came to be a human… and he took on the nature of a servant! I think we are living in a world where the self is so important and we have so many rights to self, that we miss the point. Jesus came to be an example and that example was the nature of a servant, how humble is that?

I pray that God helps me to have the same humility Jesus had, to humble myself, to value others above myself, and not to look to my own interests, but the interests of others.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients (makes 2 banana breads)

¾ cup butter

1 ½ cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 eggs

¾ cup of milk

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

4 bananas (purée the bananas by either putting in a blender or you can use a fork to mash them)

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 °C.

Spray two bread pans with spray and cook, line with wax paper.

Beat the butter and sugar until light in colour, add the eggs one by one beating thoroughly after each one.

Sieve the flour and baking powder together and add the bicarbonate of soda to the milk, then take turns adding the milk and flour until mixed thoroughly.

Add the vanilla and banana mousse – mix well.

Pour the mixture into the two baking pans and bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes

Enjoy with butter.

Lisa’s Lamb Curry

I have to give all credit to my friend Lisa who taught me how to make this curry.

My brother and his Fiancé visited us last night and they insisted that I put this recipe on my blog.

1 Corinthians 2:6-7 “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”

What can I say? Once again this verse just blows my mind and once again I realise just how much we need the Holy spirit. It is through the Holy spirit that we will speak wisdom from God, which is a mystery that has been hidden by God. I love mysteries and it is so exciting for me that God reveals things through the Holy Spirit.

This wisdom is not wisdom from people or even wisdom that governments or leaders have. No, this wisdom is from God who is powerful and knows all things, things that were, things that are, and things to come!

I don’t know about you but I want some of this wisdom that’s destined for our glory, how amazing is that?

I’m so excited about this!

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Lisa’s Lamb Curry

Ingredients (Serves 8 people) You can half it for 4 people

2kg lamb stew (I actually deboned a leg of lamb cubed it and used that)

5 onions sliced

4 tomatoes peeled and cubed

1,25 l coke

2 cloves garlic

2 chilies

4 tbsp your choice of curry mixture (I prefer Indian curry that I get from a market or Indian shop that’s premixed)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander crushed

salt and pepper to taste

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

2-3 tbsp olive oil

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Tomato and onion sambal

2 tomatoes peeled and cut in small cubes

¼ onion cut finely

½ garlic clove cut finely

2 tsp sugar

splash of vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 chillie cut finely (For hot sambal add more chillies)

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Fry the onions in a large casserole add  lamb, add salt and pepper and fry until the lamb turns brown.

Add the garlic, chili, curry mix, cumin, coriander and stir continually for about 5 min.

Add tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes. Finally add the coke, put a lid on and simmer for about 1 ½ hours or you can use a pressure cooker if you are in a hurry (Pressure cook for about 30minutes)

Stir every 10 minutes to make sure that it doesn’t burn ( you can always add more coke, as you want it to cook in the sauce).

Cook until the meat is soft.

Add the coriander leaves just before serving.

For the tomato and onion sambal,  mix all the ingredients together.

Enjoy this curry with fresh banana and tomato and onion sambal.

Lemon Cake

I love lemons and my dear friend Danielle gave me a whole bag full, so I’ve decided to make a lemon cake.

I don’t usually like white cakes but this was such a lovely flavoured cake  that I had to share it.

Philippians 2:14-15 “Do all things without murmurings and disputing: That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;”

So often I’m guilty of this; doing things with murmurings and disputing, or have this self pity that things are so tough and hard and times are so difficult, but what does God say? We should be blameless, and not do things with murmurings and disputing. We often have the mentality that we are living in such a difficult time, but it’s no different to any other time or any other generation in fact I think we have it way better than our ancestors. We are living in a crooked, perverse world just like those before us and we should be different, we should shine our light!

People should look at us and see hope, we should be the hope and the light in this crooked and perverse world.

Lemon Cake

 

Lemon Cake

Ingredients (Makes 1 Cake)

4 eggs

250g baking margarine or butter

2 cups sugar

3 cups (750ml) cake flour

2 x level tsp baking powder

1 x tsp bicarbonate of soda

12 ml vinegar

½ tsp salt

1 vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla essence

250ml buttermilk

4 lemons (Juice 3 ½, use 1 lemon zest for the cake mixture)

 

Icing

120 ml corn flour

250ml milk

1 cup castor sugar (If you don’t have you can use normal sugar)

250g cream cheese

1 vanilla pod / 5ml vanilla essence

½ lemon juice, and 1 lemon zest

 

Method

Preheat the oven on 180 °C. Spray cake pans with spray and cook and line the bottom with wax paper.

Beat the sugar and margarine with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time – beating in, before adding the next. Scrape the vanilla out of the vanilla pod and add to the mixture (or add the vanilla essence)

Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, mix well with a wooden spoon. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda with the vinegar and then add it to the mixture. Add salt and buttermilk, lemon juice of 3 ½  lemons and 1 lemon zest, mix until light and creamy.

Divide the mixture into two pans and bake for 40 – 45min. Test the cake with a bamboo skewer by sticking it into the middle of the cake until it comes out clear.

Cool cake on racks

While the cake is baking add corn flour, milk, ½ lemon juice, castor sugar, 1 lemon zest and vanilla pod to a saucepan

(Remove the vanilla pod just before mixture boils) bring to boil and stir continually until mixture is thick and smooth. Cool in the fridge.

When cooled down beat the cream cheese with the corn flour mixture until smooth. Finally, ice the cake with the cream cheese icing and enjoy!