Mother’s Day highlights and a Smokin’ Feesh Quiche

Hello!

Remember a few days ago I described my perfect Mother’s Day ?
Well, as it turns out, I actually had my perfect day. I had my boys, hubby and super scrummy food – and champagne!

I was left to sleep in and when I woke up, I was marched right back to bed… So there I lay, just chilling for a while… Yep, me, a mom, was just lying in bed – and it was not in the middle of the night, nor was it nap time for the kids. Felt a bit strange… But also good… I could just imagine {by the sound of things} what was going on beyond my bedroom door…

About an hour later, Seb came in and brought me a huge plate of the best ever French toast with bacon & maple syrup! {He carried it all by himself – he’s turning 3 in a month.}
French toast with bacon & maple syrup has got to be my all-time favourite breakfast, hands-down! {Although I never eat it these days, because I don’t eat bread… BUT, a treat on Mother’s Day IS allowed!}
Now, hubby didn’t just make any old French toast, no, he actually found a recipe for Martha Stewart’s {my all-time hero!} version of it with cinnamon & nutmeg. But wait, that’s not where it ends…
We had no electricity and we don’t yet have a gas stove {yes I said ‘yet’ because that is the next thing I want! Cooking with gas is just SO much better!}, so Eben actually went out into the cold and lit up his little camping stove just to boil water for espresso and to prepare the most delicious of breakfasts! How great is that?! Guys, the bar has been set – and Eben, you remember that too..! Hehe
Oh yes, there was champagne too – delicious stuff!
I also got a bunch of pretty pink roses – lucky girl!

{Sadly there are no pictures of this most delicious breakfast, because I literally just gobbled it all up and by the time I thought to take a picture, it was all gone..! Really. But let me describe it for you:
3 decadent slices of thick French toast, soaked just enough and with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all piled up and drenched in maple syrup, topped with bacon… Oh gosh I’m drooling just thinking of it..!}

The rest of the day was spent very leisurely, just lying around outside, spending time with the boys, playing in the sun, reading a book and just really chilling. We’re always so busy during the week and on weekends, always having to do something, go somewhere or just thinking of that looming to-do list, it was really nice to just relax and do nothing, just enjoying each other’s company – the perfect day any mother could ask for.

Anyways, so here’s a great recipe for using leftover fish, creating the perfect lunch or weekend snack. {A crust less quiche}

You will need:
Leftover fish {I used leftover snook that was ever so slightly smoked and then cooked on the braai, about 300g}
1 onion, diced
A sprinkle of cumin
Salt to taste
6 eggs
1/2 a cup of cream
2 tbs cream cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Mix everything together, except for the cream cheese. Stir in the cream cheese so that there are some nice chunks in the mixture.
Bake at 180C for half an hour until the cooked and golden on top.
Serve hot or cold, but it’s rather delicious at room temp, served with cucumber ribbons and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Enjoy! X

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Light, crispy & super-tasty coconut fish with curried mayo

From the the Real Meal Revolution – a definite winner!

I’ve never really been one for crumbed and fried stuff, they always just seem to taste of oil & breadcrumbs, but then I saw this recipe from my current favourite book and decided to try it out.
Well, it’s deeelish! Using desiccated coconut instead of breadcrumbs and butter or coconut oil instead of sunflower oil makes all the difference.
You have to use a good quality fish though, as the fish is the hero of the dish, there’s no masking the flavour with breadcrumbs and other nasties.
With it’s pure and bold flavours, I can easily imagine eating this dish somewhere in the south of India or the Caribbean…

You will need:
White fish, cut into strips {I used fresh hake fillets from Woolworths, cleaned and deboned – skin on – I know, how lazy of me..!}
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Desiccated coconut
Coconut oil or butter for frying {I used butter}

Very simple – just dip the fish strips in the egg, then coconut, then fry until golden and just cooked. There’s nothing worse than overcooked, rubbery fish!

For the curried mayo:
1 onion, diced
1 tsp curry powder
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Mayonnaise
Butter
Sauté the onion in butter and add curry powder, garlic & ginger. Sauté until the onion is soft and fragrant.
Add to a few dollops of full-fat mayo and blitz with a stick blender.

Voilà – all done! Serve with a nice refreshing salad and a wedge of lemon.

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