Easy Lunch – Sticky Wings…a.k.a “Sedgwings”

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This is one of those recipes that just take less of your time in the kitchen so you can spend more time indulging and mingling with friends, family or just by yourself.

This Sedgwick’s sticky chicken-wing recipe a.k.a ‘’Sedgwings’’ is the perfect solution.

 

Sedgwick’s sticky chicken wings (‘’Sedgwings’’)

Serves 4, easy 15 minutes prep and 45 – 50 minutes to cook.

5 ml (1 tsp) crushed garlic

5 ml (1 tsp) ginger, I used freshly grated ginger

125 ml soya sauce

125 ml apricot jam

180 ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown

30 ml honey

5 ml (1 tsp) sesame oil

5 ml (1 tsp) Chinese five spice (optional)

8 to 10 chicken wings

Toasted peanuts, freshly chopped coriander and fresh  lemon to serve

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the chicken in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the chicken wings and marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Shake off the excess marinade and place the wings on the baking tray. Keep the marinade. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown and sticky, baste twice in between with the marinade. I turned the wings half way cooking time for even cooking. Serve with toasted peanuts, chopped coriander, a light salad or homemade French fries.

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3 minute Pesto using the award winning Willow Creek Extra Virgin olive oil

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As a busy Wife & Mom (not to say other pips are not busy), lets just say for those who are super busy, this recipe from Willow Creek is a life saviour. Not only is it easy to make for those without any time to cook, its damn DELISH! go on and try it. Add a dash more Willow Creek Olive oil if you need a more softer texture :).

Talking about Willow Creek, did you know that Willow Creek has been on the receiver end of no less than twenty awards this year alone. The latest in their trophy cabinet are four gold medals from Olivinus 2015, held in Mendoza, Argentina. The 24 judges, lead by one of the world’s foremost experts, Dr. Antonio Giuseppe Lauro, granted Gran Prestige Gold medals to both the Directors’ Reserve and the Estate Blend (both deserving of the required 86+ points from 100). A Prestige Gold for their Lemon Flavoured olive oil and a Gold for the Coriander flavoured oil. Anyway, lets get to it, try this Truffle & Walnut Pesto.

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Recipe from Willow Creek

Truffle and Walnut Pesto

150ml Willow Creek Extra Virgin olive oil

250g Walnuts

1 garlic clove

leaves of 2 sprigs fresh thyme

10g grated parmesan 2 tsp.

Willow Creek Truffle Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil

salt and ground black pepper to taste

my twist – add a dash of fresh basil leaves 🙂

Method

Blits all the ingredients together until a pesto consistency.

Now I will leave you to it while I go and try some warm crusty bread to dunk into the Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil…”here, Here!”

For more information, visit http://www.willowcreek.co.za or contact Willow Creek at 023 342 5793 or info@willowcreek.co.za .

Its Time for Modern Tropical Darling

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My dear reader, I find myself writing again. You might be wondering why its been such a long time and I know it has. I’ve just been busy, like all the other Mom’s who work full-time and still juggle a household. Yet writing a blog post to you is such a pleasure and pure passion for me… and also its past winter in SA and spring is just the thing for me. I just feel more rejuvenated around this time of the year, is it the case in your life too?

Talking about spring, lets face it, when the next season of the year comes; somehow one feels like having a change, even if it’s a small tweak in the house to make it feel a bit more like your own personal home again. You would find yourself wondering where the time is to go shopping to find the prefect items.

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Usually I would be going on and on about food, yet in this post I just had to share these Deco treasures that I found. Hopefully you will find them pleasant too.

Modern tropical is what Boardmans has to offer in SA. The following can just be found in one store. No fuss of running around from one store to the next trying to find something that matches a new theme.

Scatter Cushion (from throw and cushion bale pack), R549.95, Boardmans

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All the items featured in this post can be found at Boardmans.

For more information, please visit www.boardmans.co.za

Let them eat CAKE!

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For the love of Cake

Recipe & styling Thulisa Martins

Photographs Dylan Swart http://www.dylanswart.com

Its been a busy time in my life fellow reader.

The full days of work with still no helper at home and two boys who needs my full attention and a husband to take care of off course. Did I mention before that I got a dream job at one of the most vibrant food companies in SA – QK meats SA which is part of the Queally group? Well, Its been such fun to start off in this new adventure and boy oh boy I have grown so much these past three months. Not only have I had the chance to meet some of the most remarkable movers and shakers in the Food industry, I have had a chance to draw from their energy too and have been highly inspired.

Ok back to business, I thought of making a gentleman’s cake. whether you make this cake for yourself – for pure indulgence or for a dinner party, its worth making! and its great on a cold winters day/ night. My Inspiration to this cake is from a Scottish Leader event that I went to earlier in the year and since then this whiskey has had a soft spot in our home. I know most love to cook with wine and I just think cooking with whiskey is wonderful too.

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Ingredients

250g Cake flour, Sifted

300g Castor Sugar, sifted

5 ml Bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

100g salted butter

150ml water

100ml vegetable oil

100g cocoa powder

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk

100ml Scottish Leader whiskey

Scottish Leader Original LR

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Grease a 20cm cake tin or you can make about six individual cakes.

Whisk all the other ingredients besides the whiskey in a free standing blender until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes on medium to high speed. Pour the batter into the prepared cake moulds/ cake tin and bake for 45 minutes if its a big cake and 30 minutes if its individual cakes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Prick the cake randomly a few time with a skewer and poor the whiskey over it to soak in. Now this is my kinda cake – no fuss, no mess and it just hits the spot.

To serve with this glorious cake, melt 200g good quality dark chocolate with 250g fresh cream in a double boiler while stirring, cool slightly. Poor over the cake and serve with strawberries – I just pour a bit of whiskey in a sauce pan and add hulled strawberries for a few minutes on high heat, flambé them and its done.

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Happy Baking!

5 REASONS WHY I BLOG

Recipe & Styling by Thulisa Martins, Photographs by Dylan Swart

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1. I blog to connect – my dear reader, I just love connecting with you. Some of you I know, some I don’t know, some we chat online yet no facial connection – its just Amaze balls!!! how I love to connect with HUMAN NATURE.

2. I cannot keep my Passion for food to myself – somehow, I think passion is something to be shared. If we just learn to share, I think the world would be a better place – I don’t agree about hiding what we love to do – as long as its appropriate off course :)… Share your knowledge and experiences.

3. I think I was born to have something to do with food. When I was a young girl, I used to surprise my folks and siblings with a set table and lunch/dinner that I cooked myself. They were the most amazing bunch as they just adored me serving them.

4. I get to experience new things!!! yes I do, companies send me outstanding new trends and stuff and that just keeps me going. Keeps the flame in me burning and I get so inspired and grow from it.

Talking about companies dropping interesting foods and equipment for me to play with. The other day, the South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) dropped a whole lot of avocados at my door step and boy oh boy was that paradise for a foodie like me… ‘should I make bacon and avo salad’? nha![ its to cold for that, I decided to make and avocado focaccia – Yup good old  focaccia, with my twist indeed :).

To top it all, One of Nederburg’s Heritage heroes wines which Wow’d UK taste makers was dropped for me to taste and it was just a perfect pair. This is the Anchorman 2012 Chenin blanc – this is the wine to keep in your radar!

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Avocado & tomato focaccia

Serves 6 – 8, depending on the size of the tummies, easy, 30 min, plus 1 hour to rise

You’ll need

550g white bread flour, sifted plus more to dust

10g instant yeast

10ml (2 tsp) salt

45ml olive oil

500ml luke-warm water

for the topping

50g tomato paste, and more if needed

1 handful ripe good quality avocado, peeled and sliced

small handful fresh basil leaves

small hand full rosa tomatoes

To serve – Nederburg’s Anchorman 2012 Chenin blanc

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Method

Mix together the flour, yeast and salt, place in a free standing blender with the dough hook and add the olive oil and water. blend until mixed through, for five minutes.

Place the dough in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and let it rise for at least an hour, depending on weather, until double the size. Spread the dough roughly on a surface, very thinly, make two if its difficult to handle, lightly dusted with flour.

Spread the dough with tomato paste. Bake for 10 – 15 minute until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes and top with fresh avocado and rosa tomatoes. This is great served as part of a light meal with cheese spreads, cold meats and Nederburg’s anchorman 2012 chenin blanc.

One last reason I blog is – I AM FREE to BLOG ABOUT WHATEVER I WANT – NO RED TAPE 🙂

Happy eating my lovely reader!

Check out whats coming next. DUDE FOOD, MEN FOOD that ladies can make for the guys in their lives.

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What is DailyDish?

Food Styling by Thulisa Martins, Photography by Dylan Swart http://www.dylanswart.com

Recipe by DailyDish – check  www.dailydish.co.za

Note – Tag @thulisa_martins or email martinsthulisa@gmail.com with your interesting comment about daily dish – Win a Daily dish give away worth R1000! only valid to South African reader’s – entry closes 25 April 2015. Scroll down to read more about Daily Dish.

This one is for busy Mom’s & Single Dad’s and those who are just busy period!.

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My dear reader, I have two boys and a husband without domestic help. Oh did I mention the fact that I have a full-time job and as you know, I am a blogger. I love to cook and for me a meal freshly cooked at home is what its all about. So how does someone still get it right – the reality of the matter is that ITS DIFFICULT but you can!

In an ideal world, you would have the Wife, perfectly dressed waiting for Hubby to get home, greet Him with a smile while giving Him something to drink and refresh himself…. have the kids calmly come and greet Dad while Mom heads off to place the cooked food on the already set table etc etc.- Well if its like that in your life – BIG up to you!

Well, for the majority of today’s families with kids, it does not quite translate like that – its more a matter of which parent gets home first and run around like a headless chicken while the kids are screaming – I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I want food! – especially if they are around 6 years old, maybe a little younger or older too. The other parent arrives and you think, ‘cool, I can use some help’. The two of you, somehow manage to get food served, everyone settled and eating – you gobble your – sandwich or sometimes ‘take away’ and start preparing for the next day.

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Oh!!! my dear reader, you must probably be wondering what the heck DAILY DISH is! and what does it have to do with busy bodies. To answer you – its a service in SA, designed to make lives easier – YUP, there’s no catch, it just does make life easier. How does it do so, scroll down to see our experience. But first I must mention that there is a promo code….shhhhh! you get a R250 discount if you order before the end of April. The promo code is at the end of this post.

We got a delivery of daily dish on a Monday, We waited in anticipation and the delivery arrived in a box. We quickly unwrapped the Goodie and not only was there dinner to cook for four nights – it came with recipes and everything weighed already – WOW! we don’t have to think about what to eat for dinner nor be guilty for feeding our kids fast food of (who knows what ingredients are in it). In the box were fresh vegetables, salad ingredients and fresh meat… not a sight of canned, processed food – now that is rad! The recipes took about 30 minutes to prepare.

Diane de Villiers, co-founder of Daily Dish, says that Fairview’s focus on ethical production fits in perfectly with the Daily Dish philosophy. “Our aim is to provide our customers with ingredients that are fresh, seasonal, local, and sustainably produced. We buy our food directly from the farms to ensure that we deliver only the freshest produce, and to get to know the story behind the food we source. Fairview is known for its holistic approach to food production, and will add superb value to our Daily Dish product line.

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My favorite of all was the Balsamic Glazed Pork Fillet. The recipes do change and you know in advance when you order, so you might not get the Balsamic Glazed Pork Fillet in your menu, yet I’m sure the selection will be yummylicious. You can choose from three different menus – Classic, Low Carb and Vegetarian – to do so or for more information go to http://www.dailydish.co.za.

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For the R250 discount – the promo code is ‘EASYSUPPER’ so try it out.

Sinaso’s Quick Yummy Caramel pancakes

Photographs by Dylan Swart, Recipe by Sinaso Martins and Thulisa Martins

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Remember, I’ve been getting my nine year old in the kitchen right? I woke up this morning getting ready for a food show. While I was baking my bread super early, Sinaso comes through the kitchen and gives me a heart warming hug. ‘good morning Mom’, I cherished this moment and hoped it could last for a life time :), yet time is so short that I could not hold that thought for long. ‘Sweet heart, did you sleep well’ I said, giving Him a quick kiss on the forehead, while heading away towards the oven to take a sneak peak on the bread that has filled the house with a glorious aroma. Then another thought comes to mind, and thats for Sinaso to make His precious pancakes – He is the best when it comes to making pancakes, so why keep His recipe with us when we can share it with everyone – so enjoy!

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Sinaso’s pancakes

3 large eggs, lightly whisked

200g self raising flour, sifted

125ml (1/2 cup) full cream milk

pinch of salt

5ml (1 tsp) grape vinegar

15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil

small pot homemade caramel sauce

small handful stroop (syrup) waffles, to serve

Method

Whisk all the ingredients together until a runny smooth batter. Place in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over high heat and fry for about 1/2 minute on each side until golden brown. Serve drenched in homemade caramel sauce.

Mom’s homemade caramel sauce

250g castor sugar

100ml water

5g salted butter

100ml fresh cream

1. Heat the sugar and water to a caramel stage (about 172°C on a sugar thermometer) over medium heat, while the syrup is simmering, brush down the sides with a little water to prevent the sugar from crystalizing. When the sugar is ready, remove from heat and carefully whisk in the butter and then gradually the cream (take care the caramel is very hot).

Set aside to cool and serve with the pancakes.

3 easy steps to make a quick Easter Dessert

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Recipe and Styling by Thulisa Martins, Photographs by Dylan Swart http:www.dylanswart.com

Wow your guests with these quick and easy sweet treats. Does Speckled egg vanilla ice cream tickle your fancy? or are you more of a chocolate puff milkshake kinder person?

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Thanks to Woolworths Easter Range, I got to use the lovelies in these desserts. Go to http://www.woolworths.co.za to see more of their range. Then what will really make this experience even better is investing a little in an ice cream maker. I find that the BELLA portable Ice cream maker is super easy to use and it’s so quick to make the Ice cream – this is a no brainer! http://www.bellahousewares.co.za

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Easter is a time for fun, family and friends. You need to spend time with family and friends rather than slaving away in the kitchen. Try these easy recipes that, if done in a clever way, will have you out of the kitchen in less than an hour. And I will take you through all the steps to do so in less than 20 minutes. Scroll down to see how.

Step 1 – Get your ingredients Ready – This is easy, just print out or write the ingredients that you will need and make sure they are all at home before you start. Now that was easy, wasn’t it.

Step 2 – Spend less than 30 minutes preparing – carefully follow the recipe, these recipes are created for those who really don’t have time to spend in the kitchen yet want to still impress.

Step 3 – Relax and Enjoy – once all your “hard work” is done, enjoy!

Speckled Egg Vanilla Ice cream

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Makes about 500ml Ice cream – double the recipe to make 1 litre

150g Castor sugar

200ml full cream milk

200ml fresh cream

3 large egg yolks

30ml (2 tbsp) caster sugar

2.5ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla essence

small handful or Large handful (which is more my liking), speckled eggs, I used the Woolworths ones, roughly chopped 50g melted milk chocolate, to serve

Method

Place the 150g sugar, milk and cream in a double boiler and heat while stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Blend the egg yolks with 30ml (2 tbsp) sugar until light and fluffy. Blend the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture for 2 minutes. Place the mixture back into the double boiler and stir using a wooden spoon until a runny custard consistency, about 15 minutes.

Churn the ice cream for 30 minutes in the BELLA ice cream maker until thick. Freeze until completely frozen, about 2 hours. If you are using a different Ice cream maker, then follow the manufacturers instructions to churn the ice cream. If you don’t have an Ice cream maker then send me an email for a free instruction on how to make the ice cream without the ice cream maker – this offer is valid until September 2015. Once the ice cream is frozen, stir in the speckled eggs. you might need to let it soften a few minutes before doing so.

Serve with drizzles of melted chocolate.

YUM!

Chuckle Chuck milk shakes

Makes 4 medium sized shakes, easy, 15 minutes

1 basic vanilla ice cream – use the recipe above

handful Malted chocolate puffs, I recommend the Woolworths ones, roughly chopped

150ml full cream milk 100g melted milk chocolate

Method

Blend together the ice cream, milk and half of the malted puffs for 3 minutes on high speed. Stir in the rest of the puffs and serve immediately in medium sized jars drizzled with melted chocolate.

Enjoy

5 Smart tips to get the kids cooking, including a free easy pasta recipe from 9 year old Sinaso

Recipe by Sinaso Martins, Food Styling & tips by Thulisa Martins, Photographs by Dylan Swart http:www.dylanswart.com

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Ever since I started seeing kids cook remarkable food on popular TV shows, I’ve had an urge to get mine started too. Cooking with Kids is so much fun, if planned properly, it could save you lots of time when getting dinner ready, let lone breakfast. Not only does this help you bond with your kids, they learn valuable skills too. If you don’t know your way in the kitchen either then try Sinaso’s pasta recipe to get you going! this will get you going like a pro too and your family and friend will love you for this.

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Tip 1 – Choose the prefect date to start

If the idea of having the kids in the kitchen has been at the back of your mind for a while and nothing has happened yet, maybe its because, no specific date has been put to place. Setting an achievable date to start will give you a deadline to work towards and you are more than likely to get started. A great example was when I set a date with my nine year old Sinaso to cook with Him on a particular friday after school. This brought the next tip into place too – Excitement!, we were going to cook dinner together :). When setting a time and date, bear in mind to choose a time when you ‘hopefuly’ will be calm, not rushing to another place and you have a little extra time to spare.

Tip 2 – Get the them excited and involved

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Kids can be very creative, ask them what they would like to cook. This will get them very interested and will make sure that they are cooking on the day and not have you doing all the work while they slowly loose interest and disappearing to their usual routine. When kids are involved in the planning, this could eliminate confusion on the day and most likely ensure 100% participation on the day. See how Sinaso was excited when peeping through the ingredients I got for the dish in His shopping bag.

Tip 3 – KISS

“Keep it simple sweet heart” applies hear too. Try to plan easy manageable dishes with your munchkin. I once made the mistake of starting Sinaso on making fudge, even though I had nailed the excitement bit as He loves fudge – I ended up doing most of the work as this involved a bit of technique – having said that we’ve got fudge banked now! so practice does create perfection. Keeping it simple will also assist you in being patient and calm when questions arise like how to crack an egg open arise, some things come as second nature to us, yet we forget that we were also thought at some stage 🙂

Tip 4 – Safety & hygiene

Teach the kido’s straight from the start to wash hands, taste with a teaspoon and rinse it etc, this will go a long way for you and your child. Make sure that they are safe – using a step if they are not yet tall enough to work on surfaces. Wearing long sleeves if they will be stirring pots and an apron goes a long way. Think of other ways to make sure they are protected. Like the fudge for instant, I do the step of stirring and whisking hot fudge sauce to get it to the correct consistency. Before we get to the last step – don’t forget to scroll down to Sinaso’s recipe below.

Tip 5 – Have fun and Relax

Having fun and a positive attitude about the experience will get you doing this more often while your little one masters the techniques in the kitchen and perhaps you too ‘wink’. Chill out, it will be messy in the kitchen, just have fun and teach hygiene as said above, washing hands before cooking and in-between handling raw and cooked food. Get a sibling or friends involved too.

If you have enjoyed this, please do not hesitate to comment on what you would like to see more off. Or follow me on twitter – @thulisa_martins to check out more crazy cooking adventures. If you are more Facebook savvy, then its Thulisa Martins (The African Chic).

Sinaso’s saucy beef meat balls with pasta and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

Enough for a family of four, very easy to make and it takes 1 hour 30 minutes, it could be 30 minutes less if the sauce is made the day before.

For the garlic and basil sauce

1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

45ml olive oil 2 tins chopped italian tomatoes

Large kiddies handful or small adult handful mixed fresh tomatoes of your choice

Large kiddies handful or small adult handful fresh basil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the meat balls

500g beef minced meat

2 large eggs, beaten

5 sprigs of thyme, only leaves to be used

45g bread crumbs

salt and pepper to season

To serve

500g cooked paste of your choice – follow the packaging instructions to cook it

Parmesan cheese, optional

A little fresh basil

Method

To make the sauce, in a large deep saucepan, fry the onion and garlic for 2 minutes in the olive oil over medium heat. add the tined tomatoes and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 1 hour, adding a little bit of water if the sauce gets too thick. Stir at least three times in-between. Add the fresh tomatoes and basil. Season and cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat. The sauce can be made a day in advance and stored covered in the fridge.

To make the meat balls, mix all the ingredients together until mushed. Roll in the palm of your hands into small balls. Put them flat on a roasting tray and place, covered with cling film in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight. Pre-heat the oven to 180C, remove the plastic and roast meat balls for 20 minutes until cooked. Grill them for 3 minutes to get them a little bit golden brown. Mixed the cooked meat balls with the sauce and serve on pasta with parmesan and basil. ENJOY!

Shhh!… Valentines for the busy bodies

Recipes and styling by Thulisa Martins

Photography by Farayi Kambarami

This one is for the “love birds”, not the ones that have the entire time in their hands and have all their plans sorted out for valentines day.

So lets focus on the majority of us that do not have a clue of what to do for this day yet, or maybe those that know what to do and might run out of time to do so due to their hectic schedules.

Men, please pay attention as She will not be impressed if nothing has happened! and She will know if you have booked the only available restaurant in town as the rest are fully booked or bought take away and made it look like you’ve made it… lest She asks you how you’ve made those hidden centre fondants (that you’ve bought from frozen and reheated – hopefully correctly).

Anyway, let’s focus on the plan, there is only 5 days left – hopefully its still five days for you 🙂 and you better get your groove on and get moving to make this day special for your loved one.

Start the date with a glass of this super easy homemade cocktail – you can even say to the partner that its stirred, not shaken :). Prepare a glass jar with slices of lime/ lemon, with lots of pomegranate rubies and fresh mint leaves. Mix 150ml water with 100g sugar and heat this for at least five minutes until a syrup consistency, over medium heat. Let the syrup cool down and stir in a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the syrup into the jar and top up with champagne just before serving, stir and pour into flute glasses. This can also be made with a non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice.

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A charcuterie platter to share always looks amazing on a vintage wooden board – this will literarily take you less that five minutes to prepare. A selection of cold meats, olives and rosa tomatoes, use edible flowers to decorate. Make some dips by blending about 150g of your favorite soft cheese (cream cheese, smooth cottage cheese etc.) with a little olive oil, a clove of garlic and chopped flat leaf parsley. Make sure that for a vegetarian partner you make a vegetable crudite platter.

Then hit it off with a main course of either a pan seared salmon with balsamic reduction or lamb cutlets with exotic mushrooms – these will be max 20 minutes of your time in the kitchen. Scroll down for both recipes – Jan 2014 publishing.

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Then to end things on a very impressive note, make the chocolate mallow and raspberry champagne jelly hearts – these can be made a day in advance – so you really don’t have to sweat on the day, rather spend more time with your loved one. Recipe also published on the blog in Jan 2014 – so Go on print out the recipes and impress!

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Tips

– Make a “to do list” of what needs to be done

– Don’t forget the table setting – there are plenty of ideas on line – a personal touch always goes a long way

– Be prepared – all your shopping should be done the day before, table set and decorated and the gift bought and wrapped.

– Be relaxed and enjoy the date, not everything goes the way you have planned sometimes, we are all human, give it your best shot and enjoy!