Recipe: PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE FONDANT CAKES

PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE  FONDANT CAKES

Your sweet tooth is going to Love you for this one…Its chocolate adventure time.

Makes four

 

INGREDIENTS

• 200g dark chocolate, chopped

• 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped

• 2 eggs

• 2 egg yolks

• 1/2 cup superfine sugar

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

• 8 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

• Cocoa powder, for destining

Special equipment:

4 x 1-cup baking molds

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 205C.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a pot of hot water over low heat and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Place the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the chocolate mixture and flour and whisk until well combined.
  4. Spoon two-thirds of the mixture into 4 (1-cup) well-greased baking molds. Spoon 2 tablespoons peanut butter into the center of each mold and spoon the remaining chocolate mixture over. Place the molds on a baking sheet and bake for 16–18 minutes or until puffed. Gently turn out the cakes immediately and dust with cocoa powder to serve.

Serve these immediately to ensure they have a lovely, molten center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: epicurious.com

Cant Stop – Freshly Ground

Cant Stop – Freshly Ground

Afro-fusion band Freshly Ground has released its brand new album, ‘Can’t Stop’. This is the band’s seventh release and marks 16 years of the group being together.

Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshly Ground, explains the secret to the band’s longevity, “It’s a lot to do with curiosity. We like to see what we can get out of each other. I love being part of a unit”.

When you think about how long the band has been around, their album title almost serves as a reminder of how far they have come — and that they are far from calling it quits.

“It’s our 16th year in music and we’ve had changes in the band, with members no longer playing instruments,” said Zolani Mahola.

“So, even though we haven’t been at the forefront and that (only) some of our albums were successful, we’re still doing what we love and that is what the album represents”.

The title of Freshly Ground’s new album can also symbolise the changes in the band, with the addition of a guitarist from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the absence of one of their former members, violinist Kyla-Rose Smith.

The band was last seen after the release of their single, Banana Republic, in 2017, which also had a video released on the same day. Banana Republic was more social than political, but the release of the band’s newest single, Blck Grls, has a more personal link to the band or, its lead singer and millions of South African Girls.

“The phrase ‘black girls’ looks so normal; by omitting the vowels, it creates a sense of uniqueness and grabs the attention of the listener”, she explained.

“The song has a link to me because of my childhood and how, as a girl, there were limitations as to what music I could listen to, because it was wrong to listen to rock music.

“I also was told what I could wear and at a certain age, black girls were given chores and tasks.

We just love Freshly Ground and are grateful for their amazing sound and contribution to the music industry. Judging from their latest album and singles, Freshly Ground are far from ending their journey.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: iol.co.za

His Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele

His Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele

Nthikeng Mohlele is brave to bring out a book under the heavy shadow of JM Coetzee’s The Life And Times Of Michael K.

His Michael K has to stand on his own. And he manages to do just that. Mohlele writes his story beautifully with a tactile sensuality. He arranges words, sentences and paragraphs like a gifted composer.

The book begins with Miles, the narrator. We are then transported to Dust Island where Miles meets Michael K, who has nothing but the rags on his body, a few seeds, a bent spoon and a string.

Miles spends 31 months on the island, hoping that being with Michael K will awaken his inner poet. In those months, he is fascinated by Michael K’s harmonious existence with nature. No more than two words are exchanged between them, and Michael K remains an enigma to Miles as he lives a life devoid of earthly trappings.

Miles leaves Dust Island following a tragic event. He settles in Johannesburg with the intention of writing poetry, a quest he hopes will get him to live on the periphery of life. Miles soon discovers that, unlike Michael K, he cannot exist merely by the soil.

Miles becomes consumed by Michael K. He questions, prods and dissects Michael K’s existence. How does a man grow into an adult having not touched and experienced carnal pleasures? A shot of good whisky? A great piece of steak? Having not voted? Not participated in a protest?

Michael K survived wars and deprivation but came out with his soul well on the other side. Maybe, just maybe, Miles thinks, we are not fully living because of the societal, economic, political and cultural pressures. Maybe Michael K was the answer to a life of true freedom for he was beholden to no one. To nothing.

As in his previous novels Rusty Bell and Pleasure, Mohlele writes with an orchestral precision about the nature of pleasure and existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://bookslive.co.za/

Cocktail Recipe: SCORPION

SCORPION COCKTAIL

You cant buy happiness. But, you can prepare a cocktail and that’s kind of the same thing…

Scorpion

INGREDIENTS:

30ml brandy
15ml dry gin
15ml
aged rum
30ml
orange juice
20ml
lime juice
20ml simple syrup
15ml amaretto

METHOD:

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with citrus and mint.

 

 

 

 

Source:  copperandkings.com

Recipe: Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Left overs don’t have to be boring. If anything, they should inspire us to use our imagination and create something completely different. Thats what we call magic, working with what you’ve got!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups Left over chicken
  • 1 cup Baby spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Pesto, prepared
  • Pinch salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin Olive oil
  • Ciabatta loaf
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese

METHOD

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the pesto. Add the chicken and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron griddle or grill pan or non stick pan. Brush both sides of each piece of bread with olive oil.
  3. Spoon the chicken salad onto the bottoms and top with the spinach and cheese. Close the sandwiches and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until toasted and the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes.
  4. Cut the panini in half and serve hot.

 

 

 

 

Source: foodandwine.com