Moist and Decadent Carrot Cake

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Moist carrot cake, jam packed with crunchy nuts and succulent pineapple. Adorned with a not so sweet and tangy creamy frosting. I made this a few times already. And believe you me, it gets swiped every single time… No kidding! Try it and let me know…

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Crunchy Apple and Pecan Salad

I could literally ‘Fall’ into this salad, it’s so good. It’s packed with crunchy apples, toasted pecans, dried cherries and not so fall strawberries. All this crunchy goodness is tossed with a yogurt and maple dressing. It’s super refreshing and oh so tasty! Don’t blame me if you can’t stop eating this addictive salad….

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Garlicky Spaghetti and Baby Shrimp

Garlicky Spaghetti and Baby Shrimp

My kids all time favorite for a quick lunch. El dente spaghetti enrobed in a seriously garlicky and black pepper butter.  Did I say enrobed?! YES!! They are buttery slick!  Yum! With empty plates and buttery smiles they get back to their keyboards and punch away…

Garlicky Spaghetti and Baby Shrimp

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe For Garlicky Noodles and Baby Shrimp

6 tablespoons salted butter, or more if you like

11 oz pre cooked baby shrimp, thawed and water squeezed out

1 teaspoon heaped fresh garlic, chopped to a pulp

8 oz spaghetti cooked until en dente

Freshly cracked black pepper

Chiffonade of parsley or a sprig of parsley would do.\

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a wide skillet.

 Stir fry the baby shrimp for  a couple of minutes on high heat and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt the butter on medium heat.

Toss in garlic and fry for a few minutes, being careful not to burn it.

Tumble in the cooked spaghetti and continue to fold over with a tong, making sure each strand is enrobed in butter.

Divide the spaghetti into two bowls, top with the shrimp and loads of cracked pepper.

Garnish with anything green really!

Pronto a mangiare!! 

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Crunchy Pizza

I made my first pizza when I was 11 years old or maybe sooner.  It was from the Ladybird children’s recipe book series.  It took me hours to make the dough alone.  I would cautiously warm the water, add the sugar and slowly pour in the yeast granules, watching the little globules scatter delicately into the water below.  I then stirred it and glowed at the transformation taking place before my eyes.  My favorite spot was leaving it in the sun near the swimming pool and watching it slowly bubble away. Mixing the dough was a feat I cherished. I spent more time than needed, kneading it. I loved the warm, squishy dough squeezing between my fingers. Continue reading

Dhaar with Vegetables – (Lentil and Vegetable Curry)

For The Love Of Ghee

My Mums Recipe

As a child and well into the years after I got married, I absorbed as much as I could from my maternal grandmother regarding her cooking and recipes.  I  would gaze at her for hours, mesmerized by the effortless way she made ingredients come together.  She would make barfee – a sweet Indian confection similar to fudge, with a balanced sweetness complimented by the creaminess of the ghee – that held it together.  It was never overly sweet.  Her rotis were the best I’ve had and, as a matter of fact, many folk lucky enough to be in her realm would vouch for that too.  A hot ghee smeared roti, perfectly toasted on top to reveal a crispy layer against the pillowy softness of the bottom layer, begged to be eaten with her homemade mango jam.

IMG_0409 Dhaar with String Beans and Potatoes

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