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My aunts carrot cake
Sift 1/4 cup flour
1tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
2tbs baking soda
Grate 4 medium carrots, mix with rind of orange
2tbs orange juice

Beat 120 gram butter 3/4 cup of sugar until creamy, add 2 eggs
mix carrot, flour and nuts(toasted almond) if preferred

bake at 180 degrees for 35 mins.

Its been a while peeps, so I thought let me share a brownie recipe, that I got from a friend.

250 gram margarine(melt in mixing bowl)
2 cups of sugar
4 Eggs (one at a time)
3/4 cups of cocoa (188 ml)
2tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour

mix together by hand
bake at 180 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


I love food and I have a weakness for anything new that comes my way. I can just about eat anything and everything.

Christmas is around the corner and I have a few recipes to share with you, I wont give them all away today but one that I have been dying to share with you guys…. A good friend of mine used to make this for me, and even though I have failed to master it, it doesn’t mean you cant do it.

I found this recipe online but it is the same as Aunty Zerinas.

here is how to make your own.

1 can Caramel condensed milk
500 ml Whipping cream
1 Peppermint Crisp bar
1 packet Tennis biscuits (shortbread cookies)

Beat the cream until stiff,

Fold in the condensed milk,

Put a layer of caramel on each tennis biscuit and layer in a greased dish,

Pour in the filling and grate the Peppermint crisp over the filling,

Repeat layer ending with the filling as last layer,

Grate a little chocolate over the top.

Leave in fridge for 2 hours before serving.



Opt for wholegrain food 
Walk into a room and forget why you’re there? Forget already what this article’s about? Make sure you’re eating a diet rich in a mix of wholegrain foods such as cereals, wheatbran, wheatgerm and wholewheat pasta. One study found that women who increased their folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 intake showed an improvement in recalling information compared to women who were not taking a supplement.

Eating oily fish helps boost brainpowerEnjoy oily fish 
The essential omega-3 fatty acids – found in oily fish, as well as fish oil, walnut oil and flaxseeds (linseeds) – are high in DHA, fatty acid crucial to the health of our nervous system. Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is known to improve mental clarity.

Binge on blueberries Research from Tufts University in the United States and published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that blueberry extract can improve short term memory loss. Widely available, so there’s no excuse!

Eat more tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene - a powerful antioxidantThere is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

Add vitality with vitamins 
Folic acid and vitamin B12 help prevent homocysteine from building up in the body – levels of which have been found to be higher in people who have Alzheimer’s.
Fortified cereals are a great source of B12 and also contain complex carbohydrates which release energy over a long period and will keep you more mentally alert throughout the day.

Feast on blackberries and boost levels of vitamin CGet a blackcurrant boost 
Vitamin C has long been thought to have the power to increase mental agility. One of the best sources of this vital vitamin is blackcurrants.

Pick up pumpkin seeds 
Just a handful a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

Bet on broccoli 
A great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.

Sage helps improve memory Sprinkle on sage 
Sage has long had a reputation for improving memory and although most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet, too.

Go nuts 
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.

Lean red meat is high in anti-oxidantsBrainpower supplements 
Two supplements are causing excitement within the medical world. The first Eye Q, a blend of high grade marine fish oil and evening primrose oil, is thought to boost brainpower in children. A study by Durham County Council and Mansfield College, Oxford, concluded that 40 per cent of the children sampled improved both their reading skills and attention spans when taking the supplements.

The second is called Ethos Endymion, which contains L-Carnosine, a strong antioxidant which appears to have dramatic results for a number of conditions: cataracts, improving skin tone, speeding up wound healing, and protecting the brain from plaque formation that may lead to senility and Alzheimer’s. L-Carnosine is found in chicken and lean red meat so this powder supplement could be especially useful for veggies.


Mastering a foccacia is easy . Foccacia is a light snack normally served as a starter in most restaurants. 

here is how you can make your own.

you need

  • pizza base
  • garlic
  • butter or ghee
  • fresh basil
  •  mozzarella cheese (optional)

spread garlic and butter on a pizza base, and sprinkle with cheese 

bake for about 5 to 7 minutes depending on how crispy you like it

sprinkle fresh basil or parsley and serve it hot with a cup of soup or creamy pasta.

  • penne/spaghetti
  • basil pesto
  • garlic n ginger mix
  • diced bacon
  • chicken strips
  •  fresh cream
  • little bit of oil/ ghee/ olive oil
  • permessan cheese(optional)

cook pasta according to instruction.

on a seperate pot

place oil and garlic/ginger mix

add bacon, chicken strips and cook until soft

add basil pesto and cream. leave for 5 minutes to blend 

add cooked  pasta and leave for another 5 minutes and enjoy.