Monthly Archives: May 2015

Kale Smoothie

This healthy smoothie is packed with nutrients and taste!

Makes about 3-4 servings

  • 100 g fresh kale leaves
  • 100 g fresh or frozen mangoes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Blend everything in a blender and that’s it !

Chocolate Pudding

So rich and creamy……I licked my whisk and spatula so clean that they didn’t really need washing┬á ­čÖé

Makes 4-6 servings

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Mix cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a non-stick pot or pan
  2. Mix in 1/2 cup of milk, place on low to medium heat
  3. Slowly whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly
  4. Cook until thickened, do not boil
  5. Add in chocolate chips,  stir until melted
  6. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract
  7. Pour in ramekins or containers of your choice
  8. Serve warm or cold (chilled in fridge )

Mini Cheese Cake

This is a great dessert.  You can add your favourite toppings or make it into a marble cheesecake. They are so yummy that my daughter ate 3 of them in a day !! 

Makes about 12

For the crust

  • 3/4 cup honey graham crumbs
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter,┬á melted
  1. Line muffin tray with muffin liners
  2. Preheat oven to 350┬░F
  3. Mix graham crumbs and brown sugar together
  4. Add butter and mix well
  5. Put one heaping tablespoon of mixture into each muffin cups and press firmly
  6. Bake for about 8 minutes, set aside to cool

For the filling

  • 1 package (8 oz) of plain cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  1. Reduce oven heat to 325┬░F
  2. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment,  beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until light and smooth
  3. Add vanilla,  flour and egg, mix until blended
  4. Put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture in each muffin cup and bake for about 18-20 minutes until set
  5. Cool in muffin tray,  then on rack
  6. Refrigerate for about 4 hours
  7. Top with your favourite syrups or fruit jams

For the marble cheese cake

  1. Melt about 1 oz of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler or microwave
  2. After putting cream cheese mixture in muffin cups, put 1 to 2 drops of melted chocolate in centre (before baking)
  3. Swirl chocolate around with a small knife

Little Palmiers

This is one of my favourite pastry treat.

Makes about 30

  • 1 box store-bought puff pastry
    (Two 10 inch x 10 inch sheets ), thawed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375┬░F
  2. Sprinkle some sugar evenly on a work surface
  3. Place 1 sheet of pastry on top of sugar, press gently
  4. Sprinkle with more sugar on top
  5. Fold 2 opposite sides to meet in the middle, press gently, fold each side towards centre again, then fold 2 sides together, it will form a log.  Repeat with other sheet of pastry
  6. With a sharp knife, cut dough crosswise into 1/2 ” thick pieces
  7. Dip the cut side of each piece in sugar
  8. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart (no sugar side down)
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until slightly golden
  10. Cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes then transfer to racks until completely cooled

If dough is too soft to cut after roll up, wrap and put in freezer for about 30 minutes before cutting

 

Strawberry Yoghurt Parfait

This can be breakfast, snack, dessert….whenever you want. ┬áIt’s easy, healthy and tasty !

Makes 2 to 3 servings

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1 cup vanilla flavour Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Coat strawberries with honey
  2. Layer ingredients in glass, enjoy!

You can use any fruits you like, blueberries, banana, peaches, etc.