Mexican hot chocolate cookies

 

Lockdown baking is my jam right now. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed because of our current lockdown situation I know that I can head into the kitchen, grab a handful of ingredients and simply whip, stir and bake my stress away – for a little while at least! For instant baking gratification you can’t beat a batch of cookies and they are my go-to treats at the moment. (If you see a lot of cookie recipes popping up on the blog over the next few months you’ll know why!)

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Spicy beef tray bake nachos

 

I’m always up for Mexican food, especially when nachos are on the menu! This deliciously spicy recipe is a crowd pleaser and screams weekend food (although frankly the days are all merging into one at the moment, what day is it again?). Packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of flavour these crunchy tray bake nachos topped with spicy beef and melted cheese are super tasty. Don’t forget the guacamole and sour cream and you’re all set for a fantastic dinner.

 

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Lockdown recipe ideas and my top 8 stay at home tips

 

It’s week three of self isolation for my family not to mention one week into South Africa’s lockdown, and it felt wrong to just put out another recipe without acknowledging the strange and unsettling situation that we all find ourselves in right now. So for this post I’m doing something a little different and sharing not only some recipe inspiration but some thoughts on how we’re managing at home, and our new routine. Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Easy chickpea wraps

 

Wow, what interesting and crazy times we are living in! A few days ago I had no idea that this week our little family would be hunkering down at home together (with schools closed and supermarkets cleaned out) and the prospect of another few weeks at home ahead of us. Being in the kitchen is particularly comforting at times of uncertainty like this, and to be able to sit down as a family each evening and enjoy a home cooked meal is a blessing. Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a lot of that, and I guess that’s just one of the silver linings to a harrowing situation.

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Chocolate and peanut butter ganache cupcakes

 

I’ve been baking up a storm this past week. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday over the weekend (which meant party cake and treats as well as cupcakes for school and home) and today Cupcakes and Couscous turns 7! Last year we celebrated with this caramel choc chip ice cream and this year I decided that some decadent chocolate ganache cupcakes were the perfect treat to celebrate this milestone.

 

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Coconut, pistachio and goji berry chocolate bark

 

Here’s a tasty little snack recipe to keep in your back pocket – homemade chocolate bark with toasted coconut, pistachios and goji berries. If you’ve never made your own chocolate before this is a must-try!

 

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Quick creamy chicken pesto pasta

 

This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.

 

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Almond and blueberry brownies

 

If I had to choose my ultimate treat I think brownies may just be it! And when it comes to brownies I’m quite particular about what I like – rich, dark, fudgy brownies are where it’s at. I’ve also tried a number of “health” brownie recipes over the years and while the results have been okay they have never really hit the spot in terms of chocolatey-ness and that dense texture. So I was very excited to discover this recipe for brownies with dark chocolate chunks and blueberries which marries the two perfectly, I may just have found my new favourite brownie recipe.

 

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