Saturday, 26 June 2010

•8 small slices of Italian loaf
•2 large eggs
•100 mls milk
•Ground cinnamon
•1 teaspoon vanilla paste/essence (if you have pods handy, scrape out the seeds of one pod)
•2 punnets strawberries and other berries if available
•250g fresh ricotta or substitute mascarpone cheese
•Orange juice
•Cointreau or another orange liqueur (optional)
•2 tablespoons caster sugar
•Butter for frying
•Maple syrup
•Mint leaves for garnish
1. Slice bread into 2 cm slices.

2. Chop up the strawberries from one punnet and set aside.

3. In a fry pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add strawberries. Sprinkle with castor sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the juice and liqueur and using the back of a fork, squash the strawberries and reduce over low heat until they reach a soft pulp consistency. If you want a smoother consistency, pulse in a food processor for 30 seconds.

4. In a clean bowl or baking dish, place eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and whisk to combine.

5. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture until well coated.

6. Heat up another fry pan and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Fry the pieces of bread in batches until golden and crunchy.

7. Stack the bread by placing one over the other in a cross-like fashion.

8. Spoon over the ricotta cheese and then drizzle the strawberry sauce on top.

9. Add additional berries on top and maple syrup or warm honey.

10. Dust lightly with some icing sugar and pistachio nuts or chopped mint.

Author:Veronica and Shadi Abraham

I dreaming (not of netbooks) that I would be able to concoct something like this for a weekend breakfast. Although, my customers are not complaining from bacon and eggs, I want to create something new. I've been a slack lately. I need to be inventive. I'm just burnt-out lately that I can't be bothered. I need to get away and re-energise.

You Are Curious and Questioning

You're the type of person who can sit all day and listen to someone's life story. You take a genuine interest in other people. You are a bit of a voyeur. The lives of others fascinate you. You give a first impression of being passive and simple. In truth, you are very active and analytical. You are an armchair psychologist. You find human interaction to be incredibly fascinating.

Lately, I've been exactly that. I'm developing the attitude of somewhat Texas Maritime lawyer, observing and curious. Gone are the days of reactiveness and agressiveness. I think, you get tired as you get older and a little bit tame as well.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Your Home is Comforting

You believe in putting your needs first, and you avoid depriving yourself. You are likely to have a home full of your favorite things - from soft pillows to delicious food. You believe in living in the moment. If you feel like having home baked pie, then you'll have home baked pie! You could never feel at home in a sterile or unpersonalized house. The best homes feel lived in.

I always believe that the place that you're living in is as comfy and peaceful, you'll feel the same within. All will fall into place and natural protein powder would just be a luxury.


Life in a home with gluten-free diet, preventing Diabetes 2 and trying to be lactose-free. And a little bit fussy child. It sounds difficult and complicated but not really. It's been roughly ten years on - we have a lot of practice.

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