South African Food Adventures 5 – Holiday Brekkie Idea

Project 2012: Day 365

Ok. This isn’t just a Christmas holiday recipe. It may not even be a South African recipe. And it certainly isn’t one we’ve had yet.

But it is easy. It sounds yummy. And I plan to indulge this holiday season.

Banana & Blueberry French Toast

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread
  • A good handful of blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 eggs (roughly 1 egg per slice of bread)
  • Some milk
  • Natural yoghurt or creme fraiche, to serve

Method

  • Pop a frying pan onto medium heat, either with a dollop of butter, or some oil
  • Mash the banana in a mixing bowl
  • Mix in the blueberries & the honey
  • Beat the eggs in another (shallow) mixing bowl and add a little milk to the mixture
  • Soak the bread in the egg mixture allowing it to soak up.
  • Place one slice of bread on a board & smear the fruit mixture over the top leaving a space around the edges.
  • Pop another slice on top of the first to make a “sandwich”
  • Whack it into the frying pan, pressing down with the egg flip
  • Fry until golden brown on both sides

Serve hot with the yoghurt, and preferably a side of bacon.

Nom.

I’ll let you know how they were in 2013.

A Jamie Oliver Inspiration for Christmas

Project 2012: Day 358

Ever since our last year in the UK, we’ve forgone the traditional Christmas Dinner. To be honest, none of us liked Turkey over any other particular food, to really want it. Then there’s the time in the kitchen, better spent with family and presents. The final nail is the huge amount of family and friends we visit, whom all eat traditional fare.

So, we treat Christmas as that time of year where everyone gets to choose their favourite dish. Starter, main, or dessert, and then we make all of those.

We have a twist on that theme this year.

Thanks to Jamie.

We have, use, and love the 30 minute cookbook. So this year, everyone chooses their favourite dish from a 30 min meal recipe.

Inspired.

Thanks Jamie.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

Project 2012: Day 357

Remember the time when you first loved someone?

A boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps your newborn, or maybe when you were little and you couldn’t conceive of a world without your parents.

That time when you spent hours with them. Watching their every move, listening to their every word, and taking an interest in what interested them.

You would never ask “What do you want for Christmas?”

Simply because you already knew.

If you want to let someone know that you like them, or that you love them, you take a genuine interest in what they’re interested in. Usually you do this because you like them. But showing them this interest shows them that you like them too.

And the corollary is also true. If you have to ask “What do you want for Christmas?” unwittingly or not, you send the message that you aren’t interested in them. And that sends the message that you don’t really like them.

So here’s the thing: How do you take an interest in something that holds absolutely no interest for you?

Easy.

Start by simple observation. How do they spend their time and money? What shops do they go to? Who do they hang out with? What do they talk about?

What do they read? Watch? Listen to? Consume?

Read that. Not because you’re interested in the subject matter, but because you’re interested in the person. Reading about their interest will give you the questions to ask that will help draw them out. It will allow you to know what they want, because you’ll see it with their eyes.

What do they write? Sing? Play? Draw? Create?

SMS, email, blog posts, Facebook updates, photos, videos, musical instruments. Anything public (not their private journal). Consume that too. If there is one thing that leads straight into the soul of someone, it’s what they create.

Time

This takes time. And effort.

But the truth of it is, that as you take a genuine interest in someone’s interests, you will fill up their emotional bank. Unconsciously.

You will let them know that you like them, love them. More clearly than if you shouted it from the highest mountain.

After all. Actions speak louder than words.

Next Time

So the next time you want to ask “What do you want for Christmas?”

Stop.

Spend some time to think about what they’re really interested in. Read the mags they read. Go to the web sites they go to. It won’t be long before you have your answer.

Imagine someone bought you exactly what you really wanted without asking you? How amazing would you feel?

100 Pushups Challenge: So close….

Ok so I managed 97 pushups, then another 3 after a couple of seconds of breathing. So not quite.

But I have reached 100 pushups, so I can do it.

The training, friends made along the way, and encouragement have all been great. Thanks so much!!

Here’s the live broadcast from my phone – I’ll upload the better quality videos later today or tomorrow.

Live Broadcast

I hope that you and yours have achieved all you’ve set out to for 2010, that you reach higher aspirational goals in 2011, and relish the love and support of those around you this Christmas time.