Chocolate Malt, Almond and Ghee Banana Cake

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Everyone claims to have that perfect banana cake or banana bread recipe and of course, I had to get on that band wagon too…. BUT WAIT! Before you hit the back button. Read a my slightly creative approach on writing this recipe, it’s a fun recipe you will love reading… as well as making… come on it has GHEE in it!!  I’ve been working on writing this recipe for a bit and I absolutely loved it! so here goes…

Once a Week Banana Cake

I burst through the garage door into the warmth of the laundry room, simultaneously shrugging off my jacket, tugging off my shoes and dumping my bag in its spot. I stop for a brief moment to toss my coat onto the rack and correct the alignment of my shoes, perpendicular to the door – ok… that’s good.
I step into the kitchen and slow down just enough to let the warm sudsy water rid the unseen dirt off my hands, before engulfing them into the plush yellow towel – hey, they deserve luxury too.
 I yank open the fridge and pull out a stick of butter* from its boxed container and rip off the paper its so carefully encased in. A quick zap, maybe 9 seconds? Yes, perfect – it’s at room temperature. I unduly toss the stick into the beloved stand mixer and turn it on low.

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Sugar and Ghee

 

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I craved something sugary but not cane sugar sweet.  I had an idea, maybe something with a little more depth – a sweet treat with coconut sugar.  Already my mind was swirling and I began tampering about in my kitchen experimenting.  I thought to myself, “Well, if I was to use coconut sugar I might as well make it gluten free AND add ghee as its base.”  A few days later I came up with this recipe.  This revelation happened months ago and I have since, made it umpteen times and it’s practically begged to be showed off. Continue reading

Chocolate Ginger Cake

Adapted from Baking, From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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With a hot cup of chaa in my hand, I stared out my window into the winter wonderland before me.  The snowflakes gently floated from above in a steady haze of cool white.  Slowly, ever so slowly they whisped side to side eventually settling atop a mound of snow.  We had our first real snowfall a couple of weeks ago and it has been gradually accumulating ever since.  I could have sat there forever, watching this delight but alas I knew the kids would be home soon and I really should’ve been baking something for their afternoon snack. Continue reading

Naan Kathai – Indian Tea Cookie


I can honestly say Naan Kathais are the shortbread of indian cookies.  They’re light, crumbly and melt in your mouth, making it hard to resist eating one.  I absolutely devoured these cookies when growing up.  Although I have to admit, this is not my grandmothers recipe.  I have to dig it up or better yet, ask my mum when I talk to her next.  This recipe was given to us by a family friend not too long ago.  It really is so fast and easy that it would be a shame not to share it.

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For the Love of Ghee!

Ghee is the true essence of the food I grew up eating as a child.


Being of Indian heritage and growing up in Zimbabwe, I am proud to say I have stayed well connected to our indian culture, tradition and most importantly the food.

  • a bowl of fluffy rice dowsed in ghee and a spoonful of sugar.  Pure heaven!
  • a square of perfectly made barfi, an indian sweet confectionary made with milk.
  • a delicate biryani doused in ghee.  Taking days to make with the utmost attention to detail and made with the finest ingredients.
  • hadur waro keer – a warm milky concoction, an antidote to a cold and cough, made with ghee and turmeric, sweetened with jaggery.  Perfect on a cold wintery day before bed time.


However, I’d absolutely devour a good steak and kidney pie in a heart beat.  That’s the great thing about growing up in Zimbabwe, I ate as much homebound indian food, as well as, tonnes of food influenced along the way by british cookery.

  •   Hot, yummy and crispy fish and chips made to perfection.
  •   A moist sausage roll made with the flakiest pastry
  •  and let’s not forget Shepherds pie, just to name a few.


As an Indian who grew up in Africa, I have a unique twist on classic Indian recipes.  As well a bounty of European and now American recipes to share.  Please join me in my epic adventure in jotting down these glorious finds.

Enjoy, comment, and let’s make ghee!!

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