I was quite excited when I found out that this challenge, Creamy Capers, could be a dessert recipe! Although I must admit I am much more comfortable cooking savoury dishes but this is a cooking “challenge” after all. As we were allowed to use pears in our recipe and it had to include a custard-based element, I decided on Pear and Custard Tarts.
Delicious easy to prepare recipes to inspire the chef in you! "Cooking is love made visible"
Fish Cakes are one of my favourite starters when dining out, especially in summer! Yes, I know it is winter but after the stunning weather in Cape Town this weekend, I was inspired! Pilchards may not be everybody’s first choice for making fish cakes but they are packed with vital nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamin D, Calcium and B12![Read more…]
I created this Ostrich Sausage Waterblommetjie Casserole recipe for the SA’s Best Challenge, Week 3 of the Freshly Blogged Competition. In my mind, there is nothing more traditionally South African than “Pap and Wors” or “Waterblommetjie Bredie”, which were some of the ideas, which first came to mind, when I received this week’s basket of ingredients. [Read more…]
I have put together a list of my go-to, simple to make weekday recipes. These recipes are easy but so delicious and definite family favourites.[Read more…]
Hi everyone I thought I would give you a bit of a heads up on a website that I am in the process of developing! At the beginning of 2013 I realised that I had come to a bit of a cross roads, in my life and blogging career. Although fulfilling to a point, I found that some of the blogging I was doing was not meeting my need to be creative and express myself. This called for a bit of introspection and re-assessing my long-term goals going forward.
After some very hard thinking and soul-searching I realised that I needed to go in a more creative direction. Those who know me well, know that I have a passionate love of food and this is generally how I express myself, creatively, on a day-to-day basis. Another passion, vague obsession actually, that I have developed is photography – so what better way to express myself than through food-photography.
At the beginning of last year I had a vision of starting an on-line style magazine. At this early point of development, I was uncertain what direction this website would follow but I started it anyway. Well a year later I have found out exactly what it was destined to be, I think the concept was there all along, I simply needed time to realise it!
Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to “a beautiful life”! Yes, you guessed it, at the heart of this website is my love of Food and Photography with a bit of travel thrown in for good measure. If you already follow my recipes this will be their new home, I will not remove anything from Super Mom Lifestyle(SML) but I will be publishing all of my new recipes, food-related reviews etc on “a beautiful life”.
I will in no way be closing down SML, “a beautiful life” will simply be a new addition to the family!
I would love you to pop over and have a look at a “beautiful life”, check it out and see what you think. I would love your feedback, it is still very much a work in progress and I am learning new things each day, which is the most wonderful part of this journey.
You will not find any poncey over the top recipes on the site, I am aiming to share my love of food with you – fresh ingredients, simple easy to follow recipes, delicious food – cooked from the heart – MY JOURNEY WITH FOOD!
I would also like to develop a readers area on the website, where readers can share any recipes that they love but I will let you know when that is launched. To keep up to date with new recipes, news and foodie events please pop over and follow “a beautiful life” on Facebook and Twitter 🙂
Knowing how to make Homemade Tomato Sauce, is a great basic recipe to have in your cooking repertoire! You can use it as a base for so many delicious recipes. It is also something you can make in advance and either store in the fridge or freezer until you need it. You can blend the Tomato Sauce after cooking and use it as an alternative to store-bought tomato sauce.
Homemade Tomato Sauce
This recipe for my Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce will make quite a large quantity, which is perfect to store for later use. You can use it on homemade pizza or when preparing a quick easy weekday pasta dish. I have used chilli’s in this recipe but if you would like to make it suitable for small children, simply leave them out.
Ingredients for the Fresh Tomato Sauce
- 1 tin large plumb tomatoes in their juice (or 2 smaller tins)
- 15ml tomato paste
- 2 -3 garlic cloves(crushed or finely chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried oregano (If fresh then chop finely)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried basil (If fresh then chop finely)
- 2 tsp. chilli paste or 2 small chilli’s (chopped finely)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A splash of balsamic vinegar
In a large saucepan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and then add your garlic, chilli and herbs; sauté over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Then add the tin of whole tomatoes to the pan and cook on a gentle heat for 10 minutes. You can begin to break up the tomatoes now, then add the sugar, tomato paste, salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Continue simmering for a further 20-30 minutes to soften the tomatoes and reduce the liquid. Once you are happy with the consistency remove from the heat and set aside.
Once the tomato sauce has cooled you can pour it into either glasses bottles or jars for storing in the fridge or into freezer proof containers and place in the freezer. This sauce will store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 2-3 months in the freezer.