açaí super smoothie

acai super smoothie | The Secret Life of Bee

The açaí palm provides two of my favourite things on earth, açai berries and hearts of palm. The açaí berry is jam packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It’s also delicious. The first time the husband took me to Rio we went to a juice bar near the beach and he got me this massive dark purple açaí smoothie. It was incredibly beautiful and super scrumptious. The berry is quite tart but has chocolatey cocoa undertones which makes it a delicious addition to any smoothie or juice. It also has a magnificent colour.

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I received the most beautiful glass bottle of milk from Consol last week. Not only do I just adore the nostalgia of milk in a glass bottle but the milk inside was the most delicious and creamy milk i’ve ever tasted. Thanks to the sexy Swiss cows from Deneys Swiss Dairy i’m ruined for all other milk. And let’s face it, milk just tastes better in a glass bottle. This awesome colab is getting people to focus on bringing back the pure things in life. This gorgeous glass bottle is pure packaging. It keeps the milk fresher for longer and with no nasty chemicals that could alter the taste of its contents. So chuck out those plastic cartons and decant your milk into a beautiful glass bottle. It’s better for you, it looks darn pretty and it feels like a treat!

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Also- can we have a minute for these amazing strawberries I found at the market. They were almost too pretty to eat… almost. To give the different layers of the smoothie some slushie consistency I sliced and froze a bunch of strawberries and bananas. They also make fabulous sorbet in seconds if you blend them up with a splash of coconut milk. The chia seed layer is a yum and fun textural element but also super duper healthy. These babies are laden with B vitamins, thiamine, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. I mean. I’m feeling healthier just typing this!

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Açaí Super Smoothie

makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

Banana layer

  • 1 banana
  • 125ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Slice banana thinly and freeze slices until hard. Remove from the freezer and place all ingredients in a blender or nutribullet. Blend until smooth and reserve layer in the freezer.

Chia seed layer

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 125ml milk

Soak chia seeds in milk and vanilla until they become porridge like and reserve in the fridge.

Açaí layer

  • 7 strawberries
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 heaped Tbsp açaí powder
  • 125ml milk

Slice strawberries thinly and freeze until hard. Remove from the freezer and place all ingredients in a blender or nutribullet. Blend until smooth and reserve layer in the freezer.

To assemble smoothie:

Mash some fresh strawberries at the bottom of the jar. Top with banana layer, chia seed layer and then açaí layer. Finally decorate with fresh fruit, toasted nuts and seeds.

acai super smoothie | The Secret Life of Bee

acai super smoothie | The Secret Life of Bee

acai super smoothie | The Secret Life of Bee

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the awesome folks at Consol Glass

 

 

vovo’s oatmeal raisin cookies

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

The husband has been talking about these oatmeal raisin cookies since our early dating days when he only liked me for my washing machine. He explained how his German granny ‘Vovo’ made these for him growing up and no matter what biscuit/crunchie/cookie I baked for him nothing could ever compare to these. At the time I was ever so slightly peeved. How good could these cookies be? Well I recently found out… and they are that good.

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

On our recent trip to the states Vovo arrived at our airbnb one day with a bag full of groceries for me and this recipe. Now no pressure but I had to bake these cookies for the entire family. No problemo. So I get cracking in the kitchen with an oven that keeps tripping, no mixing bowls, no scale or baking utensils and only a 1/2 cup for measuring and one plastic teaspoon. We even had to make a dash to the shops to buy a baking tray. Anyhoo, all that aside and some suspect measuring later the most delicious smell on earth was emanating from the kitchen. This recipe makes about 40-50 cookies depending on their size. They lasted just under 24 hours. They were inhaled.

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

The type of oats you use for these oatmeal raisin cookies is rather important. Try find big, beautiful, large flake rolled oats. Definitely don’t use any instant or quick oats. They will alter the texture and you definitely don’t want that. These cookies are superbly crunchy and chewy at the same time. I found some gorgeous big rolled oats at Wellness Warehouse for those in SA. As for the chocolate- dark chocolate chips are the way forward or else a slab of dark chocolate chopped into chunks that will make glorious oozy gooey pockets of love. Oh and just a warning- the raw dough is ADDICTIVE. I tucked in while rolling the cookies out and actually reduced the amount of work I had to do as I was decreasing the dough rapidly. Whoops.

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

Vovo’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

makes A LOT (40-50 depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 180g brown sugar
  • 115g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 190g flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 330g rolled oats
  • 170g raisins
  • 100g dark chocolate chips/chunks

Method:

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Cream butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground cinnamon and sea salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and mix well.

Finally fold in the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.

Place the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes.

Roll out scant tablespoons of dough into little balls.

Refrigerate the balls for another 30 minutes and then bake them off in batches for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Dunk in some cold milk and enjoy! 

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

oatmeal raisin cookies | The Secret Life of Bee

the perfect homemade pizza

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God bless dough. Dough is king. Cheese and meat on crispy dough is a magical thing. There are few things on this earth I enjoy more than a homemade pizza straight out of the oven. It’s such a social thing. I put the husband to work on rolling out the bases. The mamma bear is generally on wine pouring duty and I get the sauce and toppings going. I have a little Earthfire pizza oven that works like a bomb but we sadly can’t use it at our apartment complex. So we just blast the oven as high as it will go and pop a pizza stone in to get piping hot.

homemade pizza | The Secret Life of Bee

I made this pizza a couple of weeks ago before I went to the US on a foodie extravaganza with the husband. Two of the very many highlights were going to the famous institution that is Joe’s Pizza for the best slice in NYC and getting a serious dose of Italian food porn at Eataly. Walking into Joe’s Pizza is hysterical because no one is talking. They’re all way too busy chewing and munching on one of the best slices of pizza i’ve ever had. The back wall is lined with photos of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray and every other famous person you can think of getting their NYC slice on at Joe’s.  The husband went for the pepperoni and I went for the mozzarella. Both were delicious and perfectly balanced. Thin chewy base with just the right amount of toppings.

Joe's Pizza NYC | The Secret Life of Bee

Joe's Pizza NYC | The Secret Life of Bee

Joe's Pizza NYC | The Secret Life of Bee

We then hit Eataly where the finest ingredients on the planet are all on steroids. The creamiest mozzarella, ripest Italian tomatoes and a cheeky Italian dude making the pizzas and chatting away over the counter added to the vibe. The pizza was delicious and at $25 we made sure there wasn’t a crumb leftover.

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Alrighty. So enough blabbing. Pizza time.

If you don’t have a pizza stone an all natural unglazed tile will do the trick. Or just use a baking tray. The crust won’t be as crisp but it’ll still be fun and yum!

The perfect homemade pizza

makes 2

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 300g doppio zero “00” flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 200ml warm water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast

Combine warm water, olive oil and yeast in a jug and leave for 5 minutes. Combine salt and flour in a large mixing bowl and mix well to distribute the salt. Pour the water mixture into the flour and mix well with your hands. Knead the dough until bouncy and elastic. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Split rested dough into two and knead each ball for a few minutes. Cover both with a damp cloth and leave to rest for 2-4 hours at room temperature.

Sauce:

  • 1 tin whole peeled Italian tomatoes, blended
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • sea salt to taste
  • bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped (optional)

Gently fry the garlic in a saucepan with the olive oil until soft and fragrant. Add the tomato paste, oregano and salt and cook for a few minutes. Finally add the blended tomatoes and sugar and allow to simmer gently for 1 hour until reduced. Stir through the chopped basil once the sauce is thick and check seasoning.

To make the pizzas:

Preheat your oven as high as it will go! Place the rack into the top third of the oven and if you have a pizza stone pop that in there too.

Roll and stretch the dough out on a floured surface. If you have a pizza shovel assemble pizzas on there. If not an upside down baking tray works just fine!

Spoon about 3 Tbsp of the tomato sauce on the pizza. Spread it out with the back of the spoon. Brush the edges of the pizza with olive oil for a great crust.

Add toppings of your choice.

Here I used buffalo mozzarella, asparagus, parma ham and fresh rocket. And I decided to #putaneggonit

If you want to keep your yolk nice and runny pop the pizza into the oven for a few minutes first, then crack the egg on and finish the cooking.

Be careful when transferring the pizza onto the super hot pizza stone. Preferably drink wine moderately until this is done.

Cook each pizza for about 5 minutes until golden, bubbling and crispy!

Buon appetito!

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red wine poached pear clafoutis

red wine poached pear clafoutis | The Secret Life of Bee

This scrumptious red wine poached pear clafoutis was such a happy accident. I was watching old episodes of The Roux Legacy and Albert and Michel are just so darn captivating. They were making a traditional cherry clafoutis. The clafoutis looked incredibly delicious plus their French accents already had me in a tizz and I needed to make that thing now!

red wine poached pear clafoutis | The Secret Life of Bee

Problem number one- cherries aren’t in season here at the moment and number two I didn’t fancy leaving the house for ingredients. I wanted a fruit that would give me a tender mouthfeel that would work well with the custard like filling but also  a fruit that would keep it’s shape. Hello little pears peeking out of my fruit basket. Their fate was sealed when I spotted the open bottle of red wine from the night before and voilà I got the poaching liquid on the go.

red wine poached pear clafoutis | The Secret Life of Bee

I cannot take any credit for the clafoutis base recipe. It’s the original recipe from the Roux brothers and I put my own spin on it by adding some orange zest and Grand Marnier. I also poached my pears with a fair whack of cinnamon. It’s so fragrant and delicious and the final product has a hints of milk tart flavours!

Red wine poached pear clafoutis

serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, halved & cored
  • 500ml red wine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or half a handful of the bark
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 160 g plain flour
  • 160 g butter, melted and cooled
  • 300 ml milk
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or powder
  • 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier or Brandy
  • zest of 1 orange
  • granulated sugar for dusting
  • butter for greasing

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 22cm tart dish with butter.

Combine the red wine, cinnamon and sugar with a splash of water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to the boil. Add the pear halves and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, turning the pears every couple of minutes, until the pears are soft and evenly coloured. Remove and cool.

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl and then sift in the flour and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the cooled melted butter, followed by the milk and sugar. Finally add the vanilla, Grand Marnier and orange zest.

Place the pears evenly over the base of the tart dish. Pour over the clafoutis mix without spilling on the tops of the pears.

Place in the oven and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes until lightly golden and set.

Sprinkle with granulated sugar while hot, leave to set slightly and serve warm.

red wine poached pear clafoutis | The Secret Life of Bee

red wine poached pear clafoutis | The Secret Life of Bee

 

egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese sandwich with Tabasco butter

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This is not your average breakfast sandwich. This egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese is the ultimate crunchy, buttery, eggy, spicy, cheesy indulgence. Oh and there’s bacon so yeah… Bring it on.

bacon & egg grilled cheese | The Secret Life of Bee

The husband is always on Reddit and therefore constantly providing me with titbits of the latest news, a lot of useless information, funny cat pictures and cool food snaps. One of the food pics inspired him to demand a grilled cheese with an egg in the bread. You never have to ask me twice to put an egg on something but now an egg IN something seems way more exciting!

bacon & egg grilled cheese | The Secret Life of Bee

I’m fairly egg mad and so why not just double egg it and have yolks for days. Also seeing as we’re taking some bread out of the equation technically we can say this is low carb right? That’s how it works… i’m sure of it. (These jeans also definitely shrunk in the wash.)

bacon & egg grilled cheese | The Secret Life of Bee

The Tabasco spiked butter is a revelation. The yolks are very rich and the vinegar and chilli peppers cut through that richness adding a depth of flavour and some great heat. Go as wild as you like with the Tabasco. I even chucked some on top and sadly some in my eye. Preferably don’t do that. But do make this sandwich. It’s just all kinds of delicious.

egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese sandwich with Tabasco butter

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 50g butter, softened
  • Original Red Tabasco
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 rashers of bacon, cooked to your level of crispiness
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • sea salt & black pepper

Method:

Preheat oven on the maximum grill setting.

Mix a few good shakes of Tabasco into the softened butter. Cut holes out of each slice of bread using a cookie cutter or a small glass.  Spread each slice with a generous amount of Tabasco butter on both sides.

Using a large non-stick frying pan fry the bread until golden brown. Crack one egg into each hole and cook for about a minute until the egg white is slightly set underneath and you can gently turn the slices over with a fish slice or similar wide flat egg lifter. Cook for another minute or so (you really want to keep the yolks runny for maximum yumness) season the eggs and then top one slice with the grated cheese.

Place the cheesy slice under the hot grill to melt the cheese. Remove and top with bacon and the other slice of eggy bread.

Eat every last bite and pair with a cold beer or bubbles because you deserve it and it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

bacon & egg grilled cheese | The Secret Life of Bee

bacon & egg grilled cheese | The Secret Life of Bee

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orange tea cake with Greek yoghurt frosting

orange tea cake with greek yoghurt frosting | The Secret Life of Bee

Pass me a cup of Earl Grey and a slice of this orange tea cake and i’m as happy as Larry. I adore all citrus fruit and have been munching on an excessive amount of Clementines and Navel oranges recently. Granny dearest is also a big fan of the old citrus family but an even bigger fan of the cake family. She requested something to accompany her cup of tea and voilà this orange tea cake happened!

orange tea cake with greek yoghurt frosting | The Secret Life of Bee

I returned from the shops with some bits and bobs for cake making and suddenly realised i’d been so focussed on the cake itself i’d completely forgotten about any form of icing. The cake is rich, sweet and incredibly moist so it needed something that wouldn’t overpower the delicious sponge and it’s zesty flavour. I also wanted a white icing for aesthetic purposes and found myself digging in the fridge for cream. No cream was discovered but the Greek yoghurt looked at me and said, “Hey- I’m creamy and smooth and delicious. Give me a shot at this.”

orange tea cake with greek yoghurt frosting | The Secret Life of Bee

To top off the Greek yoghurt frosting I candied some orange slices in a thyme infused syrup. The smell in your kitchen is reason enough to make this cake with haste. Thyme goes so well with sweet baked goods as well as cocktails. I love adding herbs to desserts and drinks for a kick of flavour, a boost in scent and some colour.

orange tea cake with greek yoghurt frosting | The Secret Life of Bee

I made two cakes pictured here as I wanted to layer them but this recipe makes a single layer cake which is all you really need for a cake like this. You can always go back for a second slice. Obvs. And keep an eye on the orange slices when simmering away in syrup. You want them very tender but not disintegrated! Now get baking and tea making. I can smell the Bergamot orange and happiness in the air.

orange tea cake with greek yoghurt frosting | The Secret Life of Bee

Orange tea cake with Greek yoghurt frosting

makes 1 single layer cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, zested & juiced
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 65ml milk
  • 200g flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Candied orange slices:

  • 2 oranges, cut into slices
  • 200g sugar
  • 250ml water
  • bunch of fresh thyme

Frosting:

  • 125ml Greek yoghurt
  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1 orange, zested

Method:

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line and grease a 20cm cake tin.

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix. Pour in the milk, orange juice and orange zest. Mix well.

Finally sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in well without overworking the batter.

Pour into prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cake thoroughly on a cooling rack before icing.

To make the candied orange slices bring the sugar and water to the boil in a small pot. Add the thyme and orange slices and turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes. Using tongs flip the orange slices and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Drain and place on some baking paper and in the fridge to firm up.

To make the icing beat all the ingredients together until smooth.

Drizzle the icing over the cake and place in the fridge for the icing to set.

Invite some friends over for an orange infused tea party! You can even keep the theme going and all dress up as Donald Trump!

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chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes

chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes | The Secret Life of Bee

I’ve been Casper the invisible blogger lately but alas sometimes real work has to happen to pay the very real bills! I’ve also been a rather useless wife serving the husband some fairly boring dinners lately so it was time to make up for it. Enter chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes. Yes please.

chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes | The Secret Life of Bee

These pockets of joy are truly one of the yummiest and most satisfying meals i’ve ever had. The rich and spicy chili con carne pairs so well with the sweet, smooth flesh of these orange sweet potatoes. You can of course use the white ones as well- I just find them a tad more starchy so tend to use them for creamy bakes or cottage pie like toppings. Either way they are a delicious little nest for the meaty goodness that is a patiently made pot of chili.

chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes | The Secret Life of Bee

When making the chili and any dish using mince all I can say is never ever crowd the pan. Use a really large pot and brown your mince in batches. If you put too much in at the same time the meat sweats and boils and goes grey. No bueno. As for the rest of the dish you can really make it your own. Go as heavy or light on the spices and of course the chilli powder as your heart desires. I used rather large heaped teaspoons of all the spices! This recipe makes a really fragrant, spicy dish that gets even better the next day. I had some left overs with a fried egg on top for breakfast and it was sublime!

Chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes

serves 8

Ingredients

  • 8 sweet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 2 red onions, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed into a paste
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large sticks of celery, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried origanum
  • 1 kg best quality mince
  • 2 x 400g tin Italian chopped/crushed tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil

To serve: sour cream, tomato & onion salsa, fresh coriander

Method:

Heat oven to 180˚C. Rub sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil. Prick with a fork or small knife, season with a little salt and roast until soft for 40 minutes depending on their size.

In a very large pot brown the mince in batches and remove from the pot. Add a fresh glug of olive oil and sauté the onions, carrots, celery, red pepper and garlic. Add the spices and cook until the veg had softened slightly, got some colour and the spices are fragrant.

Add the two tins of chopped tomatoes. Rinse the residual tomato out of each tin with a splash of water and pour into the pot. Bring to the boil and allow the tomatoes to reduce until thick.

Add the mince and kidney beans, season well and simmer for about 1 hour.

To serve- slice the sweet potatoes down the centre and stuff with a generous spoonful of the chili mix. I topped ours with sour cream, tomato & onion salsa, fresh coriander and even a dollop of guacamole.

Enjoy!

chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes | The Secret Life of Bee

To be perfectly honest I didn’t even wait for the husband to come home from work before I started tucking in.

chili con carne stuffed sweet potatoes | The Secret Life of Bee

brandy snap biscuits

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

The humble brandy snap biscuit. To your rescue when you have dinner guests arriving in 5 minutes and you haven’t prepped dessert. Brandy snaps are quick to make, delicious to eat and super entertaining for your guests to watch you burn your finger tips on. 

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

I used to think I was so fancy when I was little. I would make brandy snap baskets and serve sorbet in them for family dinners. They’re so versatile. Sorbet and ice cream is a treat served in their crunchy clutches. Filling them with whipped cream and berries is my other favourite as done here because sometimes the simplest desserts are the best. 

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

Shape wise you can really play around. Moulding them into cylinders works great for fillings. Moulding them around a small glass will create a little basket shape to put things in. Of course you can also always leave them to harden as is in disk form and top a dessert with them for some great textural crunch. 

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

I’m not going to lie. You’ve got to put your big girl/boy pants on and just deal with the heat. There’s a sweet spot temperature wise when they are perfect for moulding. You have to let them cool ever so slightly once out of the oven or they will be too soft and you cannot let them cool too much or they become brittle and break. So aim for somewhere in between the two. I use a very skinny rolling pin to make the cylinders but you can use whatever random utensil or handle you have in the kitchen. Give it a light spritz with some spray & cook and you’re all set. 

Brandy snap biscuits

makes about 10

Ingredients:

  • 50g butter
  • 50g golden syrup
  • 50g brown sugar 
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp brandy
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

whipped cream & berries to serve

Method:

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with a silicon mat or baking paper.

Mix butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Melt slowly over low-medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Whisk the ground ginger, salt and flour together to mix well. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the liquid butter/sugar/syrup mix. Stir together to form a stiff batter. Finally add the brandy and lemon juice. Mix well.

Spoon two tablespoons of mixture onto the silicon mat fairly far apart. I do two at a time as they spread a lot and this gives you enough time to mould them before hardening.

Cook the two brandy snaps for about 8 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Mould them around a handle making sure to press the two end together so they stick together and close the cylinder. Let cool until hard.

Pipe them full of whipped cream spiked with plenty of brandy and sweetened with a touch of icing sugar. Serve with fresh berries and enjoy!

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

brandy snap biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

peri-peri fish tacos with pineapple salsa

peri-peri fish tacos | The Secret Life of Bee

Fish tacos are darn delicious. Layers of flavour and texture all neatly packed into a little edible parcel. Fried or grilled these babies are a crowd pleaser and so versatile you can go wild with flavour combos, sauces and spices. I decided to pan fry the fish for these tacos keeping things on the healthier side and also my kitchen on the cleaner side! Once cooked I finished the fish off with a generous whack of peri-peri sauce and fresh lime juice. Yum.

peri-peri fish tacos | The Secret Life of Bee

The peri-peri sauce in question was made by the girls from ShortChefSkinnyChef. Claire Allen and Siphokazi Mdlankomo make up this duo and clearly both of them like a touch of spice in their lives. This flavour packed sauce is pure homemade deliciousness free of preservatives so if you make this recipe use the very best peri-peri sauce you can get your hands on or make your own!

peri-peri fish tacos | The Secret Life of Bee

Select your fish wisely. Make sure you buy fish or any seafood off the green SASSI list. They have an app and even a nifty sms number you can text the name of the fish to and you’ll get a reply letting you know if the fish is green for go, orange for not ideal or red for hell no. Stick with green choices and maybe our grandkids will have some fish on their table someday. I went with Cape Yellowtail. It has beautiful large flakes when cooked which makes it ideal for tacos and absorbing lots of sauce. With all the heat from the peri-peri sauce I balanced it with some sweetness from the pineapple salsa which includes some kiwi fruit for added zing! The crunch from all the fresh fruit and veggies, the creamy avocado and drizzle of sour cream make these tacos a real textural delight.

Peri-Peri fish tacos with pineapple salsa

serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 500g yellowtail or similar fish, filleted & cleaned
  • olive oil
  • peri-peri sauce
  • fresh limes
  • 1/4 red cabbage
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 pineapple, diced
  • 1 kiwi fruit, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • fresh coriander
  • sour cream
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 6-8 soft tortillas

Method:

Slice the fish into small fillets and pan fry in olive oil. Season well. Once the fish is cooked, turn the heat off and add the peri-peri sauce to taste and the juice of half a lime. When cool enough flake the fish, toss well and leave in the sauce.

Finely slice the red cabbage and the avocado.

Combine the diced red onion, pineapple, kiwi fruit and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper and the juice of 1 lime. Add coriander leaves and toss.

Heat a dry pan and colour tortillas on both sides until warm and golden brown. (I love this easy recipe but store bought is just fine too)

Assemble the tacos. Start with some slices of avocado and red cabbage. Top with peri-peri fish, the pineapple salsa, fresh coriander and a drizzle of sour cream. Enjoy!

peri-peri fish tacos | The Secret Life of Bee

peri-peri fish tacos | The Secret Life of Bee

Catch Claire Allen, The Foodie in Love, at The Good Food & Wine Show this coming weekend (27-29 May) for a live chefs theatre performance as well as the skinny half of the ShortChefSkinnyChef duo performing in their own live theatre cooking up a storm.

~Disclaimer ~ I was invited to be a media partner for Claire Allen & the ShortChefSkinnyChef duo.

 

 

 

 

Anzac biscuits- like my mamma made

Anzac biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

As winter approaches I find myself wanting a hot cup of tea and something to dunk into it. These Anzac biscuits are one of my all time favourite biscuits for dunking and general munching. I have been making this recipe with my mom since I was too short to reach a counter top. Apart from their obvious baked, crunchy yumminess I think I loved this recipe as a child because the raw mixture it utterly delicious and I would eat half of it before it made its way to the baking tray. That and the foamy bubbling awesomeness when you add the bicarb to the butter and syrup makes this such a fun recipe to teach eager little budding cooks.

Anzac biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

Our dear and ancient cookbook that the original recipe hails from is half glued shut with bits of batter and syrup. It also might be missing a few several pages out of it. The original recipe is from “The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits” by The Australian Women’s Weekly. I have no clue where our sticky copy of this beloved old book is now but the recipe is so easy you’ll know it off by heart after the first try. To be honest most Anzac biscuit recipes are very similar and just differ by the amount of coconut or sugar some people add. So don’t fret about this recipe ever not turning out if you add a bit too much or a tad too little of something. I add a good dose of vanilla and some sea salt to mine which the original recipe doesn’t call for but I think are lovely additions. Now put the kettle on and get baking!

Anzac biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

Anzac biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 215g brown sugar
  • 100g rolled oats
  • 60g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 125g butter
  • 45g golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method:

Preheat oven to 150˚C.

Combine the flour, sugar, oats, coconut and salt in a large bowl.

Place butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan and stir over heat until the butter is completely melted. Mix the bicarb of soda into the boiling water and add to the saucepan. Stir well until completely combined and foamy.

Pour butter mixture into the dry ingredients, add the vanilla, and mix well.

Roll tablespoon size balls of the mixture and place evenly spaced out onto a greased or lined baking sheet.

Bake at 150˚C for 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and firm up slightly on the baking tray before transferring the biscuits onto a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Anzac biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee

Anzac biscuits | The Secret Life of Bee