Watermelon Salad with a Festive Twist

This is a firm family favourite and seems way more complicated than it actually it. My sister gave it a cute South African Christmas vibe by turning it into a Christmas tree. Perfect for a hot summer’s day. Continue reading “Watermelon Salad with a Festive Twist”

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Delicious Easy Gammon Recipe

With Christmas coming up I thought I would share my super easy and delish gammon recipe. After some Googling and combining a few recipes to get the desired result I wanted this is the final recipe that I ended up with.

Ingredients:

  • Smoked gammon – the kind with the elasticated mesh around it
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cloves
  • Bay leaf
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tooth picks
  • Glaze cherries
  • Apple sauce

Directions

  • Put gammon in pot and fill as much of the space around it with carrots and a quartered onion (max two).
  • Then pour in cold water so that it only covers half the gammon.
  • Put cloves in the water and one bay leaf.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • For each kg of gammon it needs 20min boiling time on each side.
  • Remove from the water.
  • Remove elastic from around gammon.
  • Cut the skin off but try not to remove any of the fat (this will keep it tasty and moist). For those that hate fat rather remove the fat after serving it or you risk the gammon drying out.
  • Score the fat into diamond shapes.
  • Glaze the gammon – I used equal parts honey and Dijon mustard for the glazing.
  • Using toothpicks put glaze cherries in each of the points of the scored diamonds.
  • Press cloves into the gammon all over the other sides.
  • At this point I normally pour the water from the pot into containers and freeze it to use as a stock for soups at a later stage.
  • Place the onion and some of the diced carrots on the bottom of the roasting dish and place the gammon on top of it. I don’t let the gammon actually touch the bottom of the roasting dish.
  • The roasting dish should be lined with tin foil if it isn’t metal. Shiny side facing out.
  • Roast the gammon for about 40 minutes per kg. For best results use a meat thermometer and take the gammon out the second the thermometer says it is cooked.
  • Let the meat rest for 15 minutes then carve it and serve it with apple sauce. Some people also love to add extra mustard to their gammon so that’s also nice to have on the table.

 

*Sorry that I do not have a better photo of the gammon. I was totally wrapped up in hosting that I never got a decent shot. But I was too proud of how it turned out not to share the recipe.

What are your go to Christmas recipes?

Get Real About Your Finances

I think that this is in part a lecture to myself. It has been an insane year. I am sure I am not the only one feeling the rising cost of goods weighing on them? Also since our first child was born we have loosened up our spending habits mostly where it means that we get to buy convenience and save time. With life becoming more expensive and another kid on the way we definately need to relook our spending habits. The ways I see things, is that I can become negative about the rising cost of living or be proactive about building the life I want.   Continue reading “Get Real About Your Finances”

Time Saver: Umatie

I am not a chef but before having children I used to love baking and throwing tea parties and dinner parties but I just do not have the time anymore. Our general strategy is to live off of as many marked down prepared meals from Pick n Pay as possible and when there aren’t any available in store or in the deep freeze we split the cooking duties. Not the most wholesome strategy I know, but it  is a survival tactic at this point. I do however stress that my little one needs to eat healthily even on the nights when we don’t and this is where Umatie comes to the rescue.  Continue reading “Time Saver: Umatie”

10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers

 

This Winter season has been a rough one in our household. All three of us have been sick but our toddler has particularly struggled. He has caught one illness after the other, most of which have been colds and flu, with seldom a break before the next illness hits. After a few numerous doctors visits I now have compiled a comprehensive list of over the counter treatments that you can use for your little one. Please note that I am NOT a medical professional and that I still recommend that you chat to your pediatrician before administering any sort of medicine.   Continue reading “10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers”