Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scary Food

Halloween isn't a South African tradition, but I just adore all the spooky treats, black & orange décor, outrageous costumes and themed parties celebrated on the 31st.

Martha Stewart has some fabulous Halloween themed recipes and ideas, 
here are some of my favourites:

Spiderweb Eggs (recipe via here)


Shrunken Heads in Cider (recipe via here)


Bat Wings (recipe via here)


Monster Fingers and Pimento Cheese Paws (recipe via here)


Pickled Brains (recipe via here)


The history of why Halloween is celebrated is actually quite interesting...
read more about it here

Happy Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wear ORANGE on the 25th to show your support



Take a stand and unite to end violence against women.

An initiative by the United Nations, the 25th of every month is ORANGE DAY.
Wear something ORANGE this THURSDAY the 25th and show your support 
for the fight against the abuse of women and children.

LekkerBek is a female run and operated business, and we think this is a wonderful project … just imagine if all the women in the world (and their supportive male counterparts for that matter!) wore orange on the same day?

What a statement!

For more info, visit:


How amazing is this orange dress made entirely from fruit and vegetables? 
By Korean artist Sung Yeonju (via here and here)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

World Egg Day (Best Leftovers Breakfast Recipe)


Eggs are amazingly versatile - featuring in dishes from breakfast to dinner, from sweet to savoury. They can be eaten (or drunk) cooked, raw, hot or cold. Not to mention their high protein content and health benefits (providing you consume more of the white than the yolk).

This breakfast served in a pan is perfect for large groups of people and never fails to impress! The best thing about it is that you can literally add anything you have in the fridge – the best way to use up all your leftovers.


Best Leftovers Breakfast
Serves 6


Ingredients
400g Potatoes, skinned and cubed
400g Tomatoes, skinned and roughly chopped
250g Bacon, chunks
200g Beef Cocktail Sausages
1 Yellow Pepper, sliced
1 Onion, diced
1 Garlic Clove, minced
2 Tbls Tomato Paste
125ml Vegetable Stock
1 tsp Basil, dried
1 tsp Chilli Flakes or Paprika
1 Tbls Sugar
Salt & Pepper
200g Mini Tomatoes
40g Grated Cheddar
6 XL Eggs
Chives for garnish

How to make it
Boil or fry Potato cubes until almost soft, set aside.
Fry Bacon and Sausages until just browned but not cooked, set aside.
Fry Onion, Garlic and Yellow Pepper until soft.
Add chopped Tomatoes, Tomato paste and Stock.
Season with Dried Basil, Chilli, Sugar, Salt & Pepper.
Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
Add potatoes, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Add Bacon & Sausages.
Spoon mixture into a shallow large greased pan. (It has to be oven proof.)
Top with grated cheese.
Place Mini Tomatoes on top.
Make 6 little holes, and break an egg into each.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes (or until the eggs are to your liking).
Garnish with chopped chives.

Serve with toast or a crispy French loaf to mop up all the juices!


Tips
  • Use the tomato & potato mix as a base for the dish, and add whatever else you have or feel like.
  • Drizzle the eggs with some olive oil so that they don’t dry out in the oven.
  • Add veggies like Mange Tout and Green Beans for some crunch.
  • Break eggs into a cup before adding it to the dish – you’ll avoid biting into an egg shell or spoiling everything with one rotten egg.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Consol’s new ‘Grip & Go’ bottles


It’s true, everything does taste better in glass. These nifty new 500ml bottles from Consol feature an easy grip silicone sleeve and a curvy shape that makes sipping your favourite drink a breeze.

We love the fact that glass has the ability to naturally preserve true flavour, and that it keeps its contents colder and fresher for longer. Glass packaging is also inert and free of contaminants so it’s safe and healthy for the user and the environment. Plus, they come in a range of funky colours J.

Get them from Consol from R21.50. (email sales@consol.co.za for supplier details)


Thursday, October 4, 2012