coconut cake

125 g butter 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup dessicated coconut 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 300 g sour cream 80 mls milk Preheat oven to 180 C Grease square cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper Beat butter, essence and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in…

mars bar brownie

This is incredibly delicious! 400 g butter, chopped 400 g good quality dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 cups caster sugar 6 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 2 x 60 g Mars Bars, chilled & chopped Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease a 4cm deep, 22 cm x 28…

italian-style chicken pasta salad

This is so good! Great for a dinner party. 350g chicken breast fillets ¼ cup lemon juice 1 clove garlic, crushed 100g thinly sliced prosciutto 1 Lebanese cucumber 2 tablespoons seasoned pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 ½ cups penne pasta, cooked ½ cup thinly sliced sun dried tomatoes ½ cup pitted black olives, halved…

tartiflette

Just a little more fancy than your average scalloped potatoes. 1 kg potatoes 50 g butter 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp freshly chopped herbs (thyme, oregano) 200 g piece speck or pancetta, cut into 1 cm cubes (or use bacon) 1/2 cup dry white wine 200 ml thickened cream 250…

herb chicken balls with spicy dipping sauce

(Makes about 40) I made these recently. My teenage sons saw the recipe and asked if I was really going to cook chickens balls… ½ cup rice 2 teaspoons oil 5 spring onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 750g chicken mince 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped…

low carb lasagne

By using thinly sliced eggplant and zuchinni you can have lasagne with virtually zero carbs. 300 g Minced lean beef 1 x 400g can diced tomatoes 2 Garlic cloves, crushed 1/4 Cup Beef stock (low salt) 1 Large Eggplant 2 Large Zucchini 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Tbsp Fresh oregano, finely chopped 2 Tbsp Fresh…

red onion marmalade

3 ½        Red onions 1/3         Cup dry red wine 1/3         Cup red wine vinegar ¼            Cup light brown sugar ¼            Cup honey 1              Tbsp orange juice 1              Tbsp lemon juice Cook onions, wine, vinegar, brown sugar and honey over medium heat…

lemon bars

HIGHLY addictive! But oh, so good! Crust 1 cup butter 1 3/4 cup flour 2/3 cup icing sugar (plus more for dusting) Topping 1 1/2 cup plain sugar 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 4 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup lemon juice Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease and flour a 9 X 13…

american pancakes

One of our favourite weekend family breakfasts is pancakes. Not the thin crepe-style pancakes, but the thick, light-as-air ones, stacked and oozing with syrup. Delicious. 225 grams plain flour 1 tablespoon baking powder pinch of salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 30 grams melted butter 350 mls buttermilk Put all ingredients into a…

green pea pesto

This was one of many wonderful dishes served up at a pre christmas get-together we went to last year. It wasn’t until later that we were told all the foods served were very low calorie slimming foods. This dip was my favourite so I made sure I got the recipe, and now I can share…