Zuko Yoghurt & Fruit Lollies

Zuko Yoghurt & Fruit Lollies

Photography by Darren Bester

I used the Zuko Quick Pop Maker to make these ice lollies and totally recommend this little gadget to any Mom out there! Healthy lollies in minutes and the flavour combinations are endless. I used what I had on hand and whipped these up …

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Granadilla & Vanilla Pod Yoghurt Ice Lollies 

Yield: 3 

Ingredients: 

Pulp of 2 Granadillas 

100ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

100 ml Full Cream Milk 

Half a Vanilla Pod 

Method: 

Pour the granadilla pulp into the base of each lolly mould and freeze for 10 minutes.  Remove from the freezer and pour in the cream and milk mixture between the 3 moulds, before returning to the freezer for another 10 minutes. To finish, top with the remaining granadilla pulp and freeze for a final 10 minutes. 

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Raspberry Yoghurt Ice Lollies 

Yield: 3 

Ingredients: 

Approximately 100g Raspberries, blended until smooth

200ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

Method: 

Combine the raspberry and yoghurt mixture.  Pour into moulds and freeze for at least 10 minutes.

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Apple & Vanilla Pod Yoghurt Lollies 

Yield: 3

Ingredients:

150ml Pure Apple Juice 

100ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

100ml Full Cream Milk 

Half a Vanilla Pod 

Method: 

Combine the yoghurt, milk and vanilla pod and pour a little into each mould, freeze for 10 minutes. Top with the apple juice and freeze for at least 10 minutes. 

Cooks Note: The measurements given for the lollies are an estimate, as I didn’t measure when making these.  The addition of milk aids in the pouring consistency of the mixture into the moulds.

 

Raspberry Swirl Semifreddo

Raspberry Swirl Semifreddo

Photography by Darren Bester

This recipe is so easy, you can whip it up within minutes, pop it in the freezer and forget all about it until you ready to serve.  It makes for a great dessert when entertaining.  Have some sugar cones available, little bowls with fresh raspberries, chocolate shavings, peppermint crisp wafers and whatever else you fancy – Gives your guests the freedom & excitement to garnish their own dessert, while making your job easier 😉  Now that’s smart hosting. 

My handsome hubby Andrew, enjoying his cone

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Yield: 8 

Ingredients: 

360g Fresh Raspberries 

3 Eggs

2 Egg yolks, 

1 Vanilla Seed Pod 

435ml Pouring Cream 

1 Cup Caster Sugar 

Method: 

Put the raspberries in a food processor and blend until smooth, set aside.   Over a pot of simmering water, place a heatproof bowl containing the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla bean and whisk for 4 or 5 minutes with an electric handheld beater, until pale and thick.   Remove from the heat and continue whisking with a whisk until cool.   In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form and gently fold into the egg mixture.  Reserve 500ml of the mixture and pour the balance into a deep dish.  Fold the reserved egg mixture through the pureed raspberries and carefully spoon stripes over the the mixture in the dish.  Place in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours or until set.  

Recipe inspiration by one of my favourite foodie hero’s – Donna Hay. 

 

 

French Fries with Garlic Aioli 

French Fries with Garlic Aioli 

Photography by Darren Bester

Yield: Approximately 250ml

Ingredients: 

Thinly sliced french fries baked / fried & placed in canapé cones

2 Egg Yolks 

1 Heaped tsp Dijon Mustard 

Squeeze of Lemon Juice 

1 Garlic Clove Mashed 

125ml Canola Oil 

125ml Olive Oil 

Pinch of Salt 

Method: 

In a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, garlic, salt & lemon juice and give a quick blend on a low speed to combine (bout 10 or so seconds).  Slowly start trickling the oil into the mixture until you can see that it starts to thicken, once it starts thickening you can increase the flow of oil into the blender until all the oil has been combined.  Taste and season accordingly.  If too thick, add another dash of lemon juice.  

Cooks Notes: Refrigerate if not serving immediately.   Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. 

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Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Photography by Darren Bester 

Yield: 30 

Ingredients: 

1 stale baguette 

Approximately 250g Beef Fillet, cooked rare

2 heaped tsp Horseradish Cream from a jar 

200ml Creme Fraiche 

Handful Rocket Micro herbs

30 Thin slices of red onion

200ml Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

Salt & Black Pepper 

Olive Oil for drizzling 

Method: 

In a small bowl, combine the horseradish & creme fraiche and set aside.  Cut the baguette into thin rounds.  Heat a griddle pan until hot, pour the 200ml oil into a bowl and dip the bread in until both sides are covered in oil, pop onto the griddle pan and turn once crispy and marked by the grill pan, repeat on the other side.  Remove from the heat and place on a cooling rack until cool.   Thinly slice the beef.  To assemble, dollop the horseradish cream onto each bread round, top with a piece of beef, micro herbs and slice of red onion.  Grind over some salt & black pepper, drizzle with olive oil & enjoy!

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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

This recipe is so quick, so easy and so tasty!  You’ll never be buying the store version again …

Ingredients: 

3tbs pine nuts

2 big handfuls of fresh basil 

60ml parmesan cheese, grated finely with a microplane or grater

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

130ml virgin olive oil 

Good pinch of salt 

Method: 

Place all ingredients, apart from the parmesan in a food processor and blend until relatively smooth.  Stir in the parmesan and adjust seasoning until happy.   That’s it.  Told you it was quick & easy. 

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Photography by Darren Bester

Another childhood favourite that has stayed with me is Banana Bread.  I can quite easily eat an entire loaf by myself (I don’t, it must be said … but I would , if I could get away with it on the scale and if it wouldn’t scare my husband quite as much as I think it would).  Besides being delicious, its also just so comforting and I wonder if its because it subconsciously conjures up carefree feelings from childhood.  This recipe is so quick and easy that its surprising that the loaf is as delicious as it is. 

Yield: 1 Loaf 

Ingredients:

375ml ripe bananas, mashed 

250ml white sugar 

375ml cake flour 

1tsp baking powder

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

60ml vegetable oil 

125ml crème fraîche 

2 eggs, whisked 

pinch of salt

Method: 

Preheat the oven to bake at 180ºc.  Grease a 23 x 13 cm banana loaf tin with butter or ‘spray & cook’ and set aside.  Mix the bananas, sugar, crème fraîche, eggs and oil until well combined.  Sift all the dry ingredients into a separate bowl.  Gradually stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture, until combined.  Pour mixture into prepared baking tin and bake at 180 for 40 minutes to an hour.  Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean, the loaf is ready. 

Cooks Note: Cooking time can vary depending on your oven and its settings.  Best to start keeping an eye on it from the 40 minute mark.  If you don’t have a baking skewer, an uncooked piece of dry spaghetti will do the job just fine.   You could add walnuts or poppy seeds for a nice variation.

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