When I'm down I tend to go for comfort foods, things like a pot of pasta, chips, you know what I'm talking about right? Today I wanted that. I wanted to order in pizza and coke, I wanted to just sit and eat and be alone. But I always hate myself after it and I'm tired of myself hating myself. The kitchen is pretty bare, I had planned on going shopping today but I got 3 hours max sleep last night which doesn't help the emotional exhaustion so...

It's mid month January and I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one raiding the sofa for a few coins. I raided the kitchen to see what I had to work with and found a lone butternut, an onion and pie crust so...

I forgot to get bread yesterday and Fysh has this thing about his toast ever since we got a toaster for xmas so he was a little miff when he realised we're out. But I am not putting on pants just to go to the shop and buy a loaf of bread so I poked around in the cupboard and found some flour. I also found a beer that The Person left when he went home so I thought screw it I'm making beer bread! It also happens...

Fysh is ALWAYS HUNGRY! I swear he has worms (he doesn't, we do the deworm thing often as we have pets) and most of the time I'm hearing "do we have anything sweet in the house?" which of course we don't most of the time because we tend to eat it soon as we get it - we really are horrid at keeping things for later haha. We save quite a bit by doing our shopping on a Wednesday when food lovers does their Wacky Wednesday Specials which means...

A while back I grabbed a packet of those thin fries Fysh loves, you know the kind they serve at McDonald's?  Well we both adore those cheesy fries from steers and wanted some but I don't want to venture out and also cash, then I remembered the fries in the freezer and decided why not make our own!  I posted a shot on instagram and everyone keeps on asking for the recipe so thought I'd share my twist on them :)  The fries are easy, you pop them in a deep...

You know how sometimes you're craving a cupcake but you really don't want to make an entire batch because if you do you know you'll have to eat them all because shame man you can't neglect them...

A while back Fysh and I were contacted and asked if we'd be willing to take part in a fun little challenge set up by GWK, one where we take a traditional South African recipe and give it our own unique twist. If you follow me on Instagram <cupcakemummy> you'll be seeing in our stories some of the awesome products Nature's Farm has sent us as well as what we've done with some of them. From using the cookies to make cookie and cream frozen yogurt to making one...

As you can see my mama has this huge granadilla creeper all along the side of the garage and every year it produces so many fruits she gives a lot away.  Yesterday she and Fysh decided to make use of some of them and made an old South African koek resep saved from my great grams days. It's originally written in Afrikaans so I'll translate it for you. Because a slice was saved for me and it is seriously worth sharing. Nom  You'll need for the cake itself   4 extra large...

We had the most epic press drop full of farm goodness. There was cake flour and brown flour and really epic cookies and of course PASTA! I know that we shouldn't eat pasta. Or at least in moderation but we are a pasta household as it's cost effective and filling and you can make SO many different dishes out of it. The Nature's Farm pasta (and other goods) are available at pnp and with their gorgeous packaging you really can't miss them, they do stand out (in a good way)....

Fysh can only have dairy in small amounts and also not after lunch but he's been asking for pancakes and seeing as my car died (battery) and we couldn't get to the shop to get stuff for dinner I dug around and found we have everything but milk for the pancakes. So I altered the recipe a bit and VOILA! Tasty, fluffy pancakes. (If you're american, I'm talking about crepes...

I have been feeling like cookies for a while now so though screw it let's make some! Dug out a recipe I got from my great grandma :) You'll need: 250g butter 150g sugar 5ml Vanilla Essence 1 can condensed milk 4 x 250 ml  Cake Flour 10ml Baking Powder Cream butter and sugar until soft and creamy, beat in vanilla essence and condensed milk. Gradually add sifted flour and baking powder until mixture is a firm but workable dough. If mixture is very stiff do not add all the flour. Bake at...

I suck at fudge making, I just can't. I usually end up with some form of weird toffee concoction that tastes good but definitely can't class as fudge. And it's a mission and a mess and you may as well throw your good pan away cause you don't want to deal with that shit. Not sure what made me decide to try again, but I did. It's not the smooth texture I love (there's a guy at Route44 market that sells THE BEST fudge you'll ever have - spacing on...

Fysh made me buy a packet of bananas a week or two ago under the guise that he now actually likes them (hahahaha) well he ate maybe two and then I found a packet of over ripe nanas in the fridge so thought well I'm sure as hell not letting them go to waste. I have flour and eggs I may as well turn them into something he'll eat - BANANA BREAD! We had enough nanas to double the mix so I made one plain and then got...

The Fysh is pretty creative in the kitchen an tonight I let him be in charge and so he presents to you "butternut pizza".  (His version isn't vegan and because this is his recipe I wasn't allowed to share mine but you can easily adjust it to be by swapping the mince out for cauliflower mash "meat balls" instead) First you cut a hole in the butternut patties. Save the insides because you're going to grate them and then add them to your meatballs (that was my sneaky / clever...

Occasionally I have left over cake pieces (SAY WHAT?!) yes, it happens, sometimes there's left over when you trim a cake, when kids don't eat it all or even when cats eat half and you have to retake it so you have half a cake that's fine. Anyway, occasionally I have said cake, what do you do with it? We can't throw it away, sacrilege. So we make grown up cake! Yeah, it's okay for kids as well if you're okay with them having a bit of rum,...

So am not sure if you noticed all the spam you got today or not but that's because I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to give the blog an over-haul yest again. (No I have NO idea why themes spam posts out when I upload them. So effing annoying!) Yes I know I did it recently but it just wasn't sitting right. As is I'm not 100% sold yet, I'm loving the layout but I did want it a little more earthy. But hey, let's be...

Yesterday the Today team dropped off a box with 3 everyday ingredients for me to use to create a puff pastry masterpiece. The challenge was to create beautiful food, on a budget. I was free to add or remove anything that will give my creation the edge it needs to trump the other bloggers who they've also tasked with this challenge. I decided to use exactly what they gave me, mainly cause I still don't have my car and the thought of heading to the shop on crutches isn't...

I know you do it. I do it to. Mix up some cookies. You try to be good. But ultimately, you’re there for the dough. You know it’s a little bit dangerous (apparently raw eggs are bad for you - tell that to my hockey coach who made me have that weird raw egg and milk protein shake back when I was on the provincial team) but one bite isn’t gonna kill you, right? And do you really know anyone who has ever gotten sick from eating cookie dough? So…...

We made chocolate chip cookies and turned it into a math lesson (I am LOVING how we can turn just about anything into a learning experience, I never really noticed that before we started home schooling) so we used that whole american thing of so many cups or quarter cups instead of the usual ml like we always do. They came out PERFECT and no there are none left hahaha. Here's the recipe we used. **preheat oven to 180 deg c 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar 1 1/2 cups softened...