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Tanya's Food Experience: Easiest Pasta! Chicken, Bacon and Sun-dried Tomato...

Easiest Pasta! Chicken, Bacon and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

Dear Reader, I decided to make this insanely easy recipe because I am a fan of cooking quick dishes that pack a lot of flavour, but also, I like to cook dishes that I can ask my husband to make. The easier the better because I do not want to intimidate someone with cooking. So, I generally like to share simple meals rather than tedious, complicated ones. This recipe is great for those who prefer gluten free cooking like me because the sauce for the pasta had no flour to thicken it. It has no…

Tanya's Food Experience: Lemony Puff Pastry Cones
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Lemony Puff Pastry Cones

Dear Reader, August and September are always busy months, filled with birthdays, including mine, my husband's, my mom's and my husband's best friend who is born on the same day as he. So, due to this, last week was filled with sweets. Due to making something special for my husband, I made some pastry cones for his friend's birthday party of 16 people. I tell you what, preparing food for 16 people as very stressful for me, and when I did it, I believed that I could do pretty much anything…

Tanya's Food Experience: Potatoes with Sautéed Peppers and Shallots.
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Potatoes with Sautéed Peppers and Shallots.

Dear Reader, I was going through life, minding my own business when a potato craving caught me, and had me thinking of potatoes for a good three hours before I submitted and made something. Potato chips or fries were not an option, they didn't have enough flavour so I made something that can be paired with a protein of your choice, for example, grilled chicken, fish or even a steak. It's very easy to make if you have the correct potatoes, i.e. potatoes that cook quickly. It took me 15…

Tanya's Food Experience: Baby Carrots Get A Sexy Make-over.
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Baby Carrots Get A Sexy Make-over.

Dear Reader, Carrots are perfect as they are with just a bit of butter, and seasoning. However, once in a while you may want to switch things up and serve them differently to impress guests at a dinner party, or like me, for no reason at all other than to give them a new dimension. My husband loves these, and they make a perfect side for a chicken roast. Baby Carrots Ingredients: 500g Baby Carrots 2 tsp ghee 0.25 cups Sun-dried tomatoes (finely chopped) 0.5 tsp Oregano (fresh or dry) 0.5 tsp…

Tanya's Food Experience: Salmon and Mushroom Pasta!
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Salmon and Mushroom Pasta!

Dear Reader, Yesterday was the best day of my life! My nutritionist allowed me 2 cheat meals twice a month, and on top of everything else, yesterday was the greatest Game of Thrones episode this season, or ever, so, my husband and I decided to make yesterday a pleasure extravaganza. We came back from Zürich, he from work, I from my nutritionist, and we had a mission in mind. So, as soon as we got home, we downloaded Game of Thrones (downloading is allowed in Switzerland). As that was…

Tanya's Food Experience: Easy Durban Style Chicken Curry!
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Easy Durban Style Chicken Curry!

Dearest Reader, Indian curry is my absolute favourite thing to eat. I can eat curry everyday and not get tired of it, which makes me think that I was an Indian in my previous life. What helped is growing up in Durban and Port Shepstone, in South Africa, where I was surrounded by Indian people and friends who shared the foods with me, which helped me be able to make authentic South African Indian Curry. I specify the area because curries differ, but personally, the style that I make, is…

Tanya's Food Experience: Easy, Mediterranean Chickpea Pesto Salad.
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Easy, Mediterranean Chickpea Pesto Salad.

Dearest Reader, Before visiting Italy three weeks ago, I hated olives with all my being. Then, I ate some Italian dishes that served up olives in a fresh way, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a twist on a salad I posted earlier here for a completely different flavour profile. It is a great salad, for summer, but to be honest, you can make it anytime and it will feel like the perfect time for it. Mediterranean Chickpea Pesto Salad Serves 4 Ingredients 240g Chickpeas 1 big Tomato…

Tanya's Food Experience: Chicken and Chorizo Wraps
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Chicken and Chorizo Wraps

Dear Reader, This is an easy recipe, which might take about an hour, which is longer than my usual recipes because I like to cater for busy people. What is time consuming about this recipe is just wrapping the filling in rice paper. Otherwise, you can ditch the rice paper and wrap in in tortillas, but that adds more calories. It is up to you. Chicken and Chorizo Wraps Ingredients: 12 sheets small Rice paper 1 Spring Onion Bunch 0.5 Napa (Chinese Cabbage) 1 tbsp of Ghee 8g Chorizo thinly and…

Tanya's Food Experience: Butternut and Red Bell Pepper Soup.

Butternut and Red Bell Pepper Soup.

Dear Reader, I'm not supposed to eat butternut because it is full of starch and sugar, but you know what? It is winter and there is nothing like butternut to give you that warm, cosy, comfort food feeling. So, I cheated, but not like a crazy person. I ate it with a side of ham, and didn't eat bread with it, so I hope that balanced things out. Otherwise, we'll call it a cheat meal. :) Butternut and Red Bell Pepper Soup! (Serves 4) Ingredients: 1 Butternut 1 Big Red Bell Pepper or 1.5 (Medium…

Tanya's Food Experience: Baby Shower Food!
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Baby Shower Food!

Dear Reader, Today I will be sharing pictures of the food I made for a baby shower two days ago. I hope the food looks tempting. Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers Spinach and Feta Quiche Bacon and Cheese Pastry Roll Mini Peppered Steak Pies Prosciutto, Cucumber, Crème Fraîche and Basil Pesto Egg and Mayo Sandwiches, and Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Pretzels and Cream Cheese and Avo dip Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache. Tomato and Onion relish with Salmon Amuse Bouche. Ham and Red Bell Pepper…

Tanya's Food Experience: Spice Mix For Chicken!
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Spice Mix For Chicken!

Dear Reader, If you're trying to eat clean, then store bought spice mixes might be problematic because they contain many allergens and preservatives that aren't good for health generally. If you're looking for maximum flavour, then making your own spice mix, and keeping it in your spice cupboard for 3 months, would benefit you also. The trick about a spice mix is balance, but please feel free to tweak it as you wish to your own taste. This spice mix is great on roast chicken. Mix it wish oil…

Tanya's Food Experience: Fresh Summer Chickpea Salad
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Fresh Summer Chickpea Salad

Dear Reader, During summer time, you really aren't in the mood to slave at the kitchen so an easy yet tasty salad with loads of protein is great. I use chickpeas, but you can use lentils of your choice and not split peas as they tend to break easily. A lentil with skin is recommended. Fresh Summer Chickpea Salad (Serves three) Ingredients: 300g Chickpeas 1 cup tomato (finely diced) 1 cup cucumber (finely diced) 1 tsp onion (finely diced) 1 tsp of chives (finely diced) 0.25 cup red bell…