Frozen Desserts versus ice cream

Hmmm…well my jury’s still out on this one and may be for some time yet. Personally I’m not a huge ice cream fan anyway; it’s not my first dessert choice, though I do enjoy a scoop every now and then, usually in summertime and definitely when it’s home-made. As with everything, if you don’t eat…

Essential Oils in cooking

Put simply, it is best to use essential oils as a flavor substitute. They can come in very handy if you don’t have certain ingredients on hand. … or if the herbs themselves are just too downright expensive. You can also use them to enhance store-bought sauces to give them a little more “Oomf!” Oregano, thyme and basil oils…

Coconut Oil

Like many other foods – eggs and butter to name but two, – coconut oil has had a rather chequered past. Once castigated for its high saturated fat content, coconut oil has in recent years, been given a second life as a healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great…

Cooking From Scratch

Cooking from scratch is one of the best changes you can make for your health. First of all you know exactly what’s going into your food – no preservatives, no added chemical colorings and artificial flavors, no unnecessary added sugar or salt. Now I’m not saying that you will be cooking without adding your own…

Cooking from scratch

You can see that I am fairly passionate about what kind of food we eat. Not solely because I like to have control over what we are actually eating and to try and ensure that it is as healthy as possible, but also to avoid all the nasty add-ons that pre-prepared foods have in them…

GingerBread

One of my favourite things about Christmas time is ginger bread, or anything with nutmeg in it! I have not made any for years though, so when I signed up to bake something as a thank you to the teaching staff at our son’s new school I figured I would give it a try. I…

I know it’s a little early, but I just love Christmas…

Christmas is a time for giving so I am giving to you one of my favorite seasonal recipes – Florentines! I quote from the recipe’s author, Delia Smith, a fabulous English baker, chef and cookbook author: “If there was such a thing as a prize for the very best biscuit in the world, one bite…

Banana Bread day!

I make banana bread pretty much every week, mainly because my son loves to have a big chunk wrapped up with his lunch every day. Accordingly, I have tried and tested a whole gamut of recipes, but keep returning to this one. Click here for the recipe. It is on Simplyrecipes.com, which, if you haven’t…