Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mediterranean Crunch Salad

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After a super long week, I chose to clear my diary this evening and decided to do what I love most (nom nom nom) and enjoy a relaxed evening at home with one of my besties 🙂 Fear not though, I have not forgotten about my post and promise earlier this week and hope that you have all been keeping an eye out for more exciting Summer Salad Recipes 😉

I found this particular recipe on the WholeFoods website and it really is so easy to make. You literally chop up all the ingredients, throw them into a bowl, dress it, leave in the fridge to cool for an hour and viola!

To accompany this delish salad I seared and roasted a couple of duck breasts with a mixture of spices.. A light, hassle free and impressive alfresco dinner 😉

Watermelon & Feta Summer Salad

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Although Summer has not yet completely braced itself in London, I always consider the first day of Wimbledon definitely amidst the Summer months… Over the next few weeks, YUM2THREE will be testing loads of different summer salads to share with you so don’t forget to pop by and enjoy them with me. 😉

Keeping with the theme of my childhood nostalgia, I decided to make a watermelon and feta salad this evening for dinner. Watermelon always reminds me of long Summer days in the pool where my dearest Mama would bring a tray full of chopped watermelon out for us kids to munch on. 🙂 It is these sorts of memories that make certain foods so tantalizingly Delish! This is a Nigella recipe which you can find here so I won’t bother reposing the ingredients and method. I initially wanted to serve the salad with a succulent tuna steak but the store was all out so I seared and roast lamb neck with some rosemary and garlic which was a surprisingly great combination! Enjoy!

Childhood Chocolate Brownies

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You know those recipe books from school where everyone in your class submits a recipe and they are bound and sold to raise money for charity? Well, coming from such a big family we had quite a few of these recipe books at home and this particular recipe comes from one of my sister’s class books… It is so easy to make and my brothers are proof that these Chocolate Brownies simply taste delish – they were always asking me to make them 🙂 I have actually had them on my mind for the past few days as my mum had asked me for the recipe to make for my newphew and thought this weekend was perfect timing. This recipe doesn’t actually include nuts but I have added walnuts to this batch (another recent childhood craving).

Ingredients:

– 90mls cocoa.                               
– 1 cup sugar.                               
– 140gms butter.                               
– 2 eggs.                               
– 3/4 cup flour.                               
– 1 tspn vanilla essence.
– handful of chopped walnuts or pecan nuts 

Method:

1. Mix first three ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Add eggs one at a time.
3. Add flour and vanilla essence.                               
4. Mix well.


5. Fold in the chopped nuts

6. Put mixture into baking tray and place in oven at 180degs for 20-25 mins.                               
7. When they are finished baking, leave to cool and cut into squares.                               
8. Sprinkle lightly with icing sugar. 

Enjoy! The really are Delish!

A Little Taste of Italy

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My little sister has been visiting me over the last two weeks and we have had the opportunity to taste many delish dishes both in London and Berlin which I will be sharing with you over the next few days..

For now though, I will start with a restaurant dear to my heart… I have always shared special moments and scrumptious Italian food at this little gem, Orsini. On a busy street in London, one would think Orsini is a tourist trap.. but that could not be more wrong. The food is made with so much passion and the flavours are incredible! I really LOVE a good pasta but often feel overly full after having one… these portions are just right..   🙂

A couple of snaps below, I had the mixed seafood pasta (Linguine Allo Scoglio) and my sister the clam pasta (Spaghetti Alle Vongole)… the owner and staff are really friendly and we ended up having a slice of birthday cake too (Italian lemon cake – you HAVE to try this when you go)!!

Proud to be nominated…

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I am so proud and happy that I have been nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award.. Thank you C.J. (Food Stories) for the nomination – I am so touched 🙂

Here’s how it works (copy/pasted from the website):

1. The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).

Something random about me… I could tie a bow at the age of three..
I’d like to nominate the below blogs for the awards as they all exude so much passion and make me smile whenever I read their posts;

Buttermilk Rusks

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A few days ago I managed to misread the quantity of buttermilk needed for a cake I baked and instead of buying one carton, I bought three…. Buttermilk is not something that I have in my fridge on a regular basis and I don’t associate it with many recipes off hand… There is one thing that always pops into my mind when thinking of it and that is Buttermilk Rusks… These are a South African crunchie biscuit (almost like a biscottti) and are GREAT with a cup of tea or coffee. The original recipe comes from this blog but below are the ingredients I used tailoring it a bit by adding some whole wheat self-raising flour.

Ingredients:

 – 1.5kg self raising flour (1kg White & 500g Whole Wheat)
– 3ml salt
– 2 tsp / 10ml cream of tartar
– 500gm butter
– 350gm (430ml) white sugar
– 500ml buttermilk

Method:

1. Pre heat the oven to 180C / 350 F
2. In a very large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together
3. In a separate pot, melt the butter and the sugar
4. Add the butter sugar mix and the buttermilk to the dry ingredients and combine
5. Shape into balls and pack into a lined or greased baking tray – pack them quite closely as they don’t expand much.
6. Bake for an hour
7. Remove and turn the oven down to 50C (100F)
8. Break the rusks up into chunks and place directly on the oven rack or a wire rack and leave overnight to dry out.

Enjoy with a great cup of tea!!!

NOTE: This recipe makes quite a few rusks but they do keep for a while so it is worth it. A great breakfast treat or teatime snack!

A Diamond Jubilee Bake-off

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One of my colleagues suggested we have a bake-off/cake sale at work last week to raise some money for charity.. Our task; to bake something with a Diamond Jubilee theme.. I wanted to post some photo’s of the great creations before the end of the week.. you may notice a trend of Victoria sponges below; me being the foreigner, though, had to make something a little different 🙂 There was a competition too, although I did not win, the two joint winning cakes were delish and well deserved! Enjoy!