Banana and Maple Pecan Ice Cream

This banana and maple pecan ice cream is so simple to make and really delicious. There are only 3 ingredients to this recipe and the option to add a whole lot more if you desire.

The trick to a sweeter ice cream is to use riper bananas, so ones that are spotty will work really well.

Banana and maple pecan ice cream

With summer just here and the weather getting warmer it’s hard to resist the temptation of ice cream but this simple recipe is totally guilt free. In fact it’s good for you :)

Banana and maple pecan ice cream

  • 3 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 80g pecans
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Mix the pecans with 2 tbsp of syrup and scatter on a baking tray. Roast for 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Reserve a few whole pecans to serve and add the remaining nuts to a food processor. Pulse a few times until roughly chopped.

Add the bananas to the pecans in the food processor and blend until smooth.

Transfer to bowls and serve with a scattering of whole maple pecans and chopped banana.

This banana and maple pecan ice cream is best enjoyed immediately. Will serve 2 people.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

If you love fajitas and love pizza then this recipe is for you. It has all the bold flavours of a chicken fajita married perfectly under melted cheese on a crisp pizza base.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

This chicken fajita pizza was an accidental dinner recently. I was making fajitas when I realised half way through cooking that I didn’t have any wraps. What I did find where 2 pizza bases in the fridge and so my Mexican spiced chicken fajita pizza was created :)

I think I prefer fajita pizzas over wraps, but then I do love a good pizza.

Chicken Fajita Pizza

  • 2 Pizza bases (Pizza Dough Recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili flakes
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 red chili, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 6 tbsp tomato salsa
  • 150g buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander

Preheat the oven to 190ºC.

In a large bowl, add the spices and mix together well. Add the chicken and onions and mix until coated evenly in the spices.

Heat a large pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil. Add the chicken, onion, red chili and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the peppers to the pan and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes.

Spread the salsa on both pizza bases.

Arrange the cooked chicken, onions and peppers evenly on the bases and top with slices of mozzarella.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the base is crisp and the cheese is melting.

Garnish with a scattering of fresh coriander leaves and spoonfuls of mashed avocado or sour cream.

This recipe for chicken fajita pizza with serve 2 to 3 people.

Sunday Brunch – Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Savoury French Toast

We have been baby led weaning with our little boy for almost 2 months now. It has been an exciting journey introducing him to new foods and watching him getting better and better at feeding himself. Only a few days into baby led weaning we were out at a café for lunch and I had a toasted cheese sandwich, to my amazement Eli devoured some of it. A few days later I made him French toast for breakfast and this has since been one of his favourite foods. As a Sunday brunch treat I decided to combine them both and make us spinach and cheese stuffed savoury French toast.

Stuffed Savoury French Toast

I choose a combination of Swiss and mozzarella cheese because they are lower in sodium than other cheeses. I’ve also filled it with spinach for added iron and fresh basil leaves for a great taste. Using wholegrain bread will also make this a low GI brunch and pack it full of fibre.

It definitely passed the baby test, Eli once again devours his food for me :)

Stuffed Savoury French Toast

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of wholegrain granary bread
  • 100g buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Crack the eggs into a shallow bowl or small tray, add the milk, season with salt and pepper and whisk well.

On two slices of bread, add the mozzarella, then the spinach and basil and then the slices of Swiss cheese. Sandwich together with another two slices of bread.

Place the sandwiches into the egg, turning so all the bread is coated and all the egg has been soaked up.

Head the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the sandwiches and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. Turn and repeat on the other side.

Remove from the pan and cut in half to reveal the melting cheese filling.

I like to serve this with relish, grilled tomatoes or a few slices of grilled bacon,

This recipe for stuffed savoury French toast will serve 2 people.

 

Note: When making this for Eli I leave out the salt and pepper from the egg mix.

A French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

I recently hosted a french patisserie themed baby shower for my lovely sister in-law. We both have little boys so to hear that Catherine was having a baby girl caused much excitement in our house. So much excitement we just had to have a party full of Pink.

Before hosting a baby shower the first thing to decide on is a theme. Make sure the theme honours the mommy to be and is inspired by her likes and interests. Catherine’s French patisserie themed baby shower was a no brainer for me, she loves all things French, Paris is one of her favourite cities and if she could I’m sure she would live on cheese :)

Bib Banner - French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

Bebe Banner - French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

Paper Pom Poms - French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

A bib banner not only looks great but is very practical too as mom to be has a lovely present to take home when the party is over. It is so simple to make, just attach the bibs to some pretty ribbon using small wooden pegs.

While browsing the internet for some inspiration I found a tutorial for these gorgeous pom poms from non other than Martha Stewart. I layered different shades of pink tissue to create the effect shown above and I flattened out one side so I could stick them to the wall. In total I made 20 pom poms and hung then randomly around the room. 5 of them were used to create the ‘BEBE’ banner. To make the ‘BEBE’ banner I painted the letters on some silver card with glue and then covered it with glitter. The glitter letters looked great when the light hits them.

Favour - French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

Handmade favours are a lovely touch at any party. These cute little French soaps from L’Occitane were dressed up with pink paper, floral fabric and a playful note saying ‘from Catherine’s shower to yours’.

French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower Nappy Cake - French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

Its important not to overwhelm mom to be with too many party games. One or two games is more than enough especially with a large group of people.

I focused on all the gifts Catherine was being showered with. They were arranged together beside a comfy seat and I made sure to take lots of snaps while she opened each one.

French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower French Patisserie Themed Baby Shower

When creating a menu for a baby shower you need to make sure you choose foods that Mom to be can eat. Although during pregnancy you are advised against eating soft cheese such as brie or camembert, both were being baked so the cooking killed any harmful bacteria. The menu for Catherine’s French patisserie baby shower was as follows.

  • Baked Camembert
  • Caramelised onion and brie tart
  • French bread
  • Olive oil and balsamic dip
  • Jams and marmalade
  • Grapes
  • Pan au chocolate
  • Almond croissant
  • Raspberry madeleines
  • Macarons
  • Coconut Macaroons

This menu might seem like a lot but with a little delegation and some shop bought items I only had to make the onion tart on the day. The pastries and bread where picked up from my local bakery the morning of the shower. The Camembert was simply popped in the oven for 20mins until oozy in the middle and my lovely aunt and mam made the madeleines, macarons and macaroons.

Caramelised onion tart Caramelised onion tart

Caramelised onion and brie tart
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 6 large white onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 375g packet of puff pastry
  • 4 tbsp. basil pesto
  • 200g packed of brie, sliced

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, until they begin to soften.

Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the onions and stir well. Continue to sauté for 10 to 15 minutes until the onions are soft, sweet and sticky.

Preheat the oven to 190°C.

Open out the sheet of puff pastry and divide in half lengthways. Cover the two pieces of pastry with basil pesto and divide the onions and then the sliced brie equally on both.

Bake in the oven for 25 to 28 minutes or until the pastry has completely cooked and the cheese is golden.

Cut into triangular bite size pieces and serve on a large platter.

This recipe for caramelised onion and brie tart will serve 8 to 10 people as party food.