• How to Create a Seafood Feast on a Budget

    How do you feel about seafood? I hated it for the first 20 years of my life. Now I wish I could turn back time because I missed out on so much of good food! It’s only now, that I am trying out different fish and playing around with flavours. The health benefits of eating seafood is well known but here’s a little refresher for you. Fish is high in many important nutrients including high-quality protein as well as various vitamins and minerals. Generally, fatty fish is better for you because it is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D Eating at least one serving of fish a week…

  • Recipe : Microwave Fudge

    One of the most memorable smells from my early childhood, is the smell of microwave fudge. My mum would make this over school holidays when I was in primary school, together with peanut brittle. The whole house would smell like a bakery and it felt like forever waiting for the fudge to cool down. Something about the greyish weather triggered that memory for me today so of course I HAD to make some! Here is a really easy recipe and I can vouch for the end result. Ingredients 100g of margarine (aren’t you glad I didn’t say butter!) 1 tin of condensed milk 2 cups of castor sugar 1tsp of…

  • R500 dinners

    5 Dinners for R500? Piece of cake!

    I love my Monday mornings. I bet you don’t hear that very often! It’s true though. My Monday mornings are for making To-Do lists for my week ahead as well as for meal planning the weeks dinners quietly while drinking a latte and nibbling on an almond square. It is a little oasis of peace amidst the organized chaos of normal momlife and besides enjoying the down time, it also ends up saving us money. How does having a coffee and a square of buttery goodness save me money? I’m glad you asked! Meal planning Taking the time to work on a meal plan is what ends up saving us…

  • baked Meatballs

    Recipe – Quick and Tasty Baked Meatballs

    I asked my kids what they wanted for Valentine’s Day supper…Guess who was making 1kg of meatballs on Valentine’s morning 🙋🏽‍♀️ They came out really great though so here’s my recipe for you to try. You can halve the ingredients for a single meal. Ingredients ▫️ 1kg of beef mince ▫️ 1 small onion ▫️ 5 medium garlic cloves ▫️ A handful of coriander ▫️ 1 egg ▫️ 2 carrots ▫️ Robertson’s Rustic garlic and herb spice Method ▪️ peel the onion and garlic and chuck it into a food processor with the coriander. Stop when the onion is chopped up into tiny bits. Don’t let it turn into a…

  • The easiest fish recipe you will see today!

    I am not a huge fish fan but I do love the buttery taste of kingklip. This recipe is deceptively easy considering how good it tastes at the end. Ingredients Kinglip (fillet or on the bone) A tin of coconut milk or coconut cream for a thicker sauce Fresh thyme Onion Red pepper (I used green but red would be better) Method – preheat the oven to 180 degrees – slice the onion and red pepper into strips and lay it down at the bottom of a casserole dish. Season with veggie spice. – place the kingklip on top and season with salt and pepper. – pour the entire tin…

  • Thai Red Curry and a Stirfry for the kiddos

    Ingredients: Method: – Cook the rice in the microwave as per packet instructions. I cook the jasmine rice for two minutes less than on the bag because I don’t like it too squishy. – While the rice is cooking, slice up your chicken and veg. – Fry all the veg in one pan and all the chicken in another. Season as you like, I just added salt and mixed herb dried spice with a bit of soy. – DO NOT cook the veg until soft. It needs to still have a bit of crunch. – In another pot, fry out the curry paste with some olive oil then throw in…

  • CoffeeBanana Bread

    Ingredients: 1/2 cup of sugar 1 and 1/2 cups of self raising flour 1/3 cup of choc chips A pinch of salt 1 egg 3 large or 4 smaller bananas (very ripe) 1/2 cup of oil 1/4 cup of instant coffee Method – Sift the flour, salt and sugar together then stir in the choc chips. – Beat the egg in a bowl then break up the bananas and squish it all together with the oil. – Use the tiniest bit of boiling water to dissolve the coffee then add that to the banana mixture and leave it to sit for half an hour. I don’t know why but after…

  • One Grand Family Challenge

    It’s a wrap!

    The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge is over! The month really flew by and I can’t believe I’m typing up the final post. What an eye opening experience this has been. Before I get into it though, here’s the previous posts in case you missed it: The low-down on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge Week One Meal Plan Week One Recap Week Two Meal Plan Week Two Recap Week Three Meal Plan Week Three Recap Week Four Meal Plan Week Four Recap as well as a quick recap of this weeks meals: Day 29 – Monday – Beans on toast This was such a busy day. I went grocery shopping that morning and took over the Food…

  • Roast Chicken and Veg

    Week Four Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This challenge has really opened my eyes to how much of food we both eat, and spend on. It felt restrictive to me to shop with a R1,000 budget even though I managed to still cook balanced and healthy meals and we were short of nothing. That being said, there are 14 million people going hungry every day in South Africa. I can’t even comprehend such a staggering number of people going to bed hungry and thinking of the number of kids that make up the 14 million just makes me want to cry. Food Lovers Market has been running a World Hunger Month campaign concurrently with the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge. They…

  • Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today and this is what it looked like You really can get a TON of fresh produce and ingredients for R1,000. All it takes is about half an hour of planning a week. Here’s is a list of what I bought: In case you missed it,…