Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Update

My apologies for being so quiet lately, I've been busy killing people.
Seriously.
You have no idea how therapeutic it can be to co-write a murder mystery series. However, that's all I'm gonna reveal for now. 

Other than the usual writing, editing and translating, I've been very busy in the garden. It's springtime in South Africa, which means that if my hands are not holding my camera to take pictures of the flowers, they are digging into soil.
We had some nice rain, transforming the garden and adding all sorts of lovely colours to it.




Monday, September 25, 2017

Gin & Tonic Bundt Cake

This is actually a pretty easy recipe and absolutely perfect for summer.


Ingredients:

1 big lemon (juice and zest)


2 eggs

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup white sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup gin

3/4 cup tonic water (not flat)



To start off, preheat the oven to 180°C and spray bundt pan with cooking spray.
Grate zest and squeeze juice from the lemon and set aside.
In a bowl beat the egss, oil, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the mixture and continue to mix on a low setting.
Gradually add lemon juice (about 1/4 cup), gin and the zest. Remove bowl from the mixer and fold in the tonic water with a spatula.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


For the icing I simply mixed icing sugar with a bit of gin until I had the desired consistency. Sprinkle some lemon zest for decoration. Done.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

Yummy!!!

I found this recipe on Facebook, on Proper Tasty to be exact, and decided to give it a go. Sprinkled with coconut, served with rice, a dollop of chutney and some sliced banana...it's a delight for your tastebuds.

INGREDIENTS
Chicken Marinade:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lemon
125 grams yogurt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons paprika
Bamboo or wooden skewers

Sauce
3 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
8 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoons tomato puree
800 grams tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
300 milliliters water
250 milliliters cream
Chopped coriander, to garnish
Rice and naan bread, to serve

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 500°F/260°C.

Slice the chicken into bite-sized chunks, the combine the chicken with the rest of the chicken marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix until evenly coated, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Skewer the marinated chicken pieces on bamboo skewers, then place them over a baking tray lined with parchment paper, making sure there is space underneath the chicken to help distribute the heat more evenly.
Bake for about 15 minutes until slightly dark brown on the edges.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, then sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic until tender but not browned.
Fry the spices for about 30 seconds to release their aromatics and flavor, stirring constantly, then stir in the tomato puree.
Add the tomato sauce and water, then bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes.

Pour in the cream and mix in the chicken, cooking for another 1-2 minutes.

Serve with rice and naan bread!

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's good to be back!

I'm back home. 
What more can I say?

Prayers have been answered and I'm wrapped in my husband's arms...two months sooner than we had ever imagined. 

Thanks to the wonderfully quick work at the embassy in Berlin. Yay!!!

Happily at home in our garden, I hold my husband's hand while I take in all the changes.  
The flowers that had started to blossom while I was away. Chilli plants, only seedlings before I left, have turned into bushes full of buds.

My man went and planted new flowers for me. Bless him!
Their faces look so happy in the sun.




A glass of wine in hand, I relax on the garden bench and admire our cat. He is not even a year old yet, but boy has he grown. And gotten heavy while I was away. Amazing what a difference two months can make.
While the cat is still giving me the cold shoulder for leaving him soooo long, our doggy is bouncing like a yoyo around me, happy to see his human mama. Man, they are adorable. Life would be dull without them.



It's these little things that I missed.

Gardening...
Dancing in the kitchen...
That pinch that tickles the nose when my man is making his famous chilli sauce...
Watching our pets do all sorts of silly things...
Baking and filling our home with the sweet scent of vanilla...



One thing is for sure...no matter what life throws at us, 
we'll keep on taking pleasure in the little things. 
And we'll keep chasing the sunset.
Our sunset.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter



Remember the battle I mentioned a few posts back? 
It looks like winter won this morning.
I'm really not in the mood for frozen Easter Eggs...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring has sprung...or so I thought

My parents' garden offers a lot of photo opportunities. It's buzzing with bees that fight over every new blossom popping up. They are still rather rare, so I guess I get the competition thing here.






Thursday, March 2, 2017

From the warmth into the cold...


Thanks to time-consuming and stress-inducing visa laws and regulations, I find myself back in Germany. Seperated from the warmth of my husbands arms, dropped in the middle of the battlefield in the war between winter and spring.

Brrr...