Day 170 19 June – hawain burger

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Nothing beat digging into this tasty burger the Monday after a cray-cray weekend.

There is a dairy and bakery at the corner of the street from my parents’ shop. The owners are so friendly and lovely, always asking how we are doing and how the kids are. We are clearly regular visitors 🙂 And they make the best fries with sour cream and bacon!

Magies vol, ogies toe.

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Day 164 13 June – bananas

I get SUPER bored very quickly with breakfast. It is liberating to have the freedom to choose from a variety of interesting combinations and flavours to transform an ordinary bowl of cereal into a taste sensation.

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We have a small single egg frying pan which comes in handy when I make a single serving of French toast, or as we call it, eggy bread. Today I dressed my eggy bread with a layer banana, cinnamon sugar and maple syrup.

A fruity breakfast pizza to get the day started.

Day 153 2 June – upside down

Last year November we had friends of ours (from South Africa) visit us out of the blue. I can’t explain what a surprise and treat it was! We haven’t seen any of our friends since we left in 2008.

At the time they were here for a “look see”. Our friend had a few interviews lined up over their 10 day stay and they also had a short tour of the north island as they made their way through to each interview. We were blessed to have them visit us one of the evenings they were in Auckland. I made a traditional bobotie and we visited into the late hours of the night.

Fast forward 7 months and our friend secured a job and has come over to settle until his wife and children joins him in 2 months time. We invited him over for dinner tonight because being a man on his own living in a Motel for the first few weeks, who knows what he is eating?!

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Good company calls for good cake and this upside down pineapple cake played right into our delightful stomach.

Day 148 28 May – dessert date

Tonight we had a girls night out with my daughter’s best friend and her mother. The girls had been very excited to go into the city and visit Milse dessert bar. We took the train into Britomart (I know, again) and took about 15 minutes to find the dessert which was less than a 5 minute walk away. I blame Google maps!

Milse is a very small and quint contemporary eatery, with less than 4 tables indoors yet they have an incredible selection of desserts. We gawked at the display cases with the colorful array of what I can only call pretty, elegant, sophisticated. Each dessert is hand crafted, with unique flavors. From assembled chocolates, gateaux, verrines, tarts and macaroons to their world famous gelato sticks.

Obviously we wanted to sample everything, so we cleverly decided to each get at least 1 dessert, place it in the middle of the table then we can all have a taste. My daughter and I took 2 dessert each (honestly, you have no idea the sweet tooth we have!) which means we had 6 plates to share.

I might have given a soft squeal when the desserts arrived. Each armed with a spoon, we ate to our hearts content. The portions are big enough to comfortably finish a small plate and by the end of my second helping I can say I certainly had enough sweetness for the day.

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We left the dessert bar not hungry but in need of food, but more in particular, burgers. Around the corner from Milse is yet another small eatery called Better Burger. Their menu is limited, but this does not take away from the quality of food you receive. All the produce is fresh, and the burgers are juice and tasty. Myself and my friend had the vegetarian burger, which is a giant Portobello mushroom lightly coated in a crumb, fried and served on lettuce, tomato and sauce. The girls each had a beef burger and as to my daughter’s reputation, included a meal (served with chips and a drink). she not only finished her meal, but was offered the last few bites of her friend’s, which she finished too.

Literally rolling out of the eatery, we took a leisurely stroll around Britomart. The city with its lights is by far one of my favorite places to be at. The lanes are all adored with fairy lights which made for great photo opportunities. It was relaxed night out, one we desperately in need of.

T.L.C

Day 144 24 May – cave man food

When you yearn for ribs and cider!

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Our family loves ribs, especially long ribs; you know the sort which when you plate up it looks like a carcass has been placed on your plate, when you have a sticky, smiley grin on your face from nibbling the last bit of meat stuck to the bone, when you have to use your lips, tongue, mouth to lick off all the juicy bits from your fingers.

Me want meat.

Day 141 21 May – pound cake

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Our local supermarket Countdown had mangoes on special this weekend, so naturally I bought a bagful. Apart from making a mango salad for the kids’ lunchboxes, I made a Mango Coconut Pound Cake. The original recipe can be found here.

I have a soft spot for a traditional pound cake. It is a versatile cake and really easy to put together. Traditionally a pound cake is made by using a pound of each of the 4 ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. Today however, a pound cake has been adapted to often include flavouring agents, dried /fresh fruits and raising agents and most have changed the amount of ingredients needed to make the lighter and more moist. I prefer the traditional pound cake which is sliced like a loaf of bread, but there is a sense of freedom knowing you can experiment with tradition without loosing the heart of the recipe.

Happiness is finding comfort in mangoes and cake.

Day 138 18 May – poppy seeds

It is surely that time of the year: colder, misty mornings when you wake up and your toes curl up as they touch the cold kitchen tiles and you hurryingly slip your feet into comfy slippers, when a chilly wind can be heard outside and you wrap yourself a little tighter with your old yet functional gown. I really want to get excited for winter’s arrival as I dream of the Highveld winter with it’s sunny, clear blue skies yet freezing temperatures, but I can’t express enough how much I dislike the cold.

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As a cheer-me-upper I decided to bake these citrus inspired muffins. I find that poppy seed and lemon baked goods can often be a bit dry, so I added a generous dollop of cream cheese in the center before baking them. They made wonderful lunchbox treats for the kids and they also filled the breakfast hunger spot for myself.