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I Love This and That: January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mango and banana yogurt gelato

I'm a huge Donna Hay fan and saw this recipe on her show on TV.

Now that it's somer in South-Africa, I decided to make some yummy gelato...
It takes 10 minutes to prepare {but you need at least 2 to 3 hours of freezing time}

What I did was to chop up my mango's and banana's as they got ripe and stuck them in the freezer in an airtight container.  It is important that your fruit is ripe {almost too ripe} as the flavour is then just much better!

What you need:
2 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
3 mangos, peeled, chopped and frozen
280 g natural or vanilla yogurt (I used a 250 ml tub)

Place the frozen fruit and the yogurt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately or place in sealed container and freeze.  After freezing, allow to soften for about 5 minutes before serving.



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

butterfly candle jar

I made a post last year "candle in a bottle" 

For those of you that are more into your butterflies than the hearts... I thought i'd share this with you!  I did a wedding and the theme was butterflies and the colour scheme purple.

I made these jars to put outside on the cocktail tables. I folded with paper double and cut out the butterfly, and took the inside that i cut out and stuck it on the out side of the bottles as if the butterfly came to sit on the bottle with purple ribbons around the top.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Pear and gorgonzola squares

Pear just goes nicely with blue cheese and we kick-off the year with pear and gorgonzola squares.  Can be served as a starter, or make them bite size and serve it as canapé's. This recipe makes enough squares to serve about 6 people for starters.

What you need:
500g puff pastry {thawed}
2 tablespoons butter
2 pears pealed and thinly sliced
150g blue cheese {gorgonzola or something similar} crumbed
a hand full of walnuts chopped roughly
1 egg {beaten}

To start off cut the pastry into squares, a little bigger than you are planning on making your squares {about 12 cm squares}

Place the squares on a baking sheet, and fold the sides in {about 1cm}.  Then brush the sides with the beaten egg.

Spread the crumbed blue cheese on the inside of the squares, enough to cover the whole square.

Heat the butter in a frying pan at medium heat and fry the pear in the butter until they start getting soft, then place it on top of the blue cheese.

Sprinkle the walnuts over the pears.

Now bake for 10 to 15 min or until the pastry has puffed and browned

Serve as is, or with salad leaves drizzled with vinaigrette.

Bon appetit!

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