Banana Coconut Bundt Cake

coconut, banana, rum glaze, cake, baking, tea time, treats, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsEvery now and then I find a recipe that I saved to my phone ages ago and when I look at it I’m like, “really? You want to include that many weird ingredients or require that many steps to complete!? No thanks!” Of the 3 bundt cake recipes I had available, 2 of them required 8 eggs and one had a million steps. As 8 eggs are a bit too much to take from the pantry stores for my liking, I blocked off some time and decided to simplify this recipe A LOT!

I went bundt pan hunting with my IRL (in real life) blogger friend Tandy after she drove all the way from Gordons Bay to a disappointing Cake and Bake show in Cape Town. After we popped our heads in and visited all the stalls in under 30 minutes we left and went to the Waterfront instead. I found a gorgeous silicone bundt pan at Clicks for R80 and made a plan to use it. Once I started mixing the batter for this cake I noticed that the recipe called for a 12 cup bundt pan and, since I could see that my bundt pan would not hold 12 cups of cake batter without overflowing I greased up a loaf tin as well.

Remember to never, ever overfill your cake tins as overflowing cake batter makes a real mess of your oven and whatever falls out of the pan usually starts burning straight away. Please trust me when I say fill it to 75% full at the very most. Rather have more space than you need on top than a smokey kitchen with an oven that needs to be cleaned!

Banana Coconut Bundt Cake

Prep the following before you start:

125ml coconut flakes, lightly toasted in a dry pan over medium before you start (this is for the topping after icing)

180g butter, browned in the same pan after coconut has been set aside to cool

80ml rum, boiled up and reduced in same pan as above and set aside for the icing (boiling it removes the alcohol and makes it safe for kiddies to eat)

750ml cake flour, sifted

5ml bicarbonate of soda

5ml baking powder

2 large eggs, at room temperature

375ml brown sugar10ml vanilla extract250ml coconut flakes

5 large and very ripe bananas, mashed

250ml coconut milk

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a large bundt or cake tin and a loaf pan with butter.

Place browned butter (which has cooled) into a large bowl and add sugar. Beat well until creamy (about 5 minutes for electric mixer, 10 minutes by hand). Add eggs, beating well between each addition. Stir in vanilla, coconut and bananas and mix until well incorporated. Add sifted flour, bicarb and baking powder in 3 stages, alternating with coconut milk, scraping down the sides of the bowl between each stage.

Pour into prepped baking pans and bake for 30 minutes. Place foil (with dull side facing upwards) onto the cake tins at the 30 minute mark to prevent browning too quickly. Bake for a future 20-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Add another 5-10 minutes to the baking if necessary as some ovens need more time when it comes to banana cakes.

Cool cakes in their tins for 15 minutes before loosening and inverting onto a plate. Cool completely before adding the glaze and topping with toasted coconut.

Icing

500ml icing sugar, sifted

50-70ml rum (of the 80ml you reduced down earlier on) or milk

Mix rum and icing sugar together until thick and smooth and pour over cooled cakes. Add more water to the rum if the icing is too thick to pour or more milk if using the non-alcoholic option. Top with toasted coconut.

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Kid Friendly Cape Town

There is a little more than a week left of school holidays in Cape Town so I thought a post suggesting cheap or free options might help those who are at the end of their tether.

A few of you might not know that my husband, kids and I recently started a new initiative called TazzDiscovers. This is where we document what we get up to as a family and I invite you to follow up us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and check out our website.

Kid Friendly Cape Town

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World of Birds  – is a great option if the weather is less than ideal but you desperately need to get the kids out of the house before they kill each other. It is a little pricey but you will see creatures you had no idea existed and get up close and personal with a few that you did.

rhodes memorial, world of birds, butterfly world, cape town, beach, south africa, kid friendly, cheap, tourism, explore, tazz discovers, family friendly, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe beach – on those rare windless summer days, the beach is the only place to be. Get started early so they kids will have their fill by 10am or pack twice the amount of water, iced tea, cooldrinks and juice you think you will need and a mountain of snacks and sandwiches. Swimming in the sea makes you HUNGRY! Don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen and take towels, umbrellas and beach chairs for your own comfort.

rhodes memorial, world of birds, butterfly world, cape town, beach, south africa, kid friendly, cheap, tourism, explore, tazz discovers, family friendly, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsTable Mountain we invested in the Cable Card  because it is fairly expensive for locals to experience one of the 7 wonders of Nature. If you live in Cape Town however, all it would take is 2 trips up and down the mountain for you to have covered the costs of a card and you can enjoy it on all the low wind, sunny days you can find. The cable car actually operates when winds are under 40kms an hour so the weather doesn’t even have to be perfect.

rhodes memorial, world of birds, butterfly world, cape town, beach, south africa, kid friendly, cheap, tourism, explore, tazz discovers, family friendly, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsPolkadraai – fruit is ridiculously expensive at the moment and when strawberries are one of your favourite fruits it becomes a pricey habit. Kids can full a pail for R25 (which gives you about 700g) and adults can fill one for R40 (for about 1.3kg).

Butterfly World – is ideal for when the weather is positively foul. Kids of all ages seem to enjoy the close encounter opportunities with these colourful creatures if you sit still and quietly enough.

rhodes memorial, world of birds, butterfly world, cape town, beach, south africa, kid friendly, cheap, tourism, explore, tazz discovers, family friendly, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe Company Gardens – no holiday is complete without a trip to the gardens in Cape Town CBD to feed the squirrels. Bring R10 to buy peanuts from a vendor or bring your own from home.

The Cape Town City Library – our kids spend hours poring over books and using the computers on the kiddies floor of this huge, historic library in Cape Town city center.

 

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Happy New Year!

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Happy 2015 dear readers! Wishing you the most wonderful year filled with peace, love and joy for you and those you love. As I only had a few days off between Christmas and New Year my family and I made sure to fit in as many things as possible.

To be fair all of the activity really started when my sister-in-law arrived from London but it didn’t really stop until this weekend where I had to force myself to have some downtime before I came back to work this morning. I’ve been sitting with a hard drive of pictures over the past few days trying to sift through a decade’s worth of pictures and I’ve barely chipped at the iceberg. Isn’t it awesome that we don’t have to think about sending spools away to be developed and then filed into weighty albums anymore? I’ve already added over 2000 pictures to a folder covering my children’s first ten years and there are still loads more to be sorted through.

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Teresa’s Spiced Cookies. So much deliciousness!

I love how much there is to do in Cape Town and, since 15 December at Carols by Candlelight at Kirstenbosch  spent the night counting stars in Sutherland  and watched the last sunset of 2014 at Klein Baai. Then we picked strawberries at Polkadraai, walked along Sea Point Promenade and watched the mist dissipate over the city center from Table Mountain. I also had tea with Teresa  and brunch with Rachelle over that time so, all in all, it was super busy.

While I have been tempted to bake, my family and I seem to be growing under the weight of all the leftover Christmas cookies, cakes and sweet treats so I will hold off for a little while longer, if that’s okay with you? Actually, after all the indulgence over Christmas, all I want to eat is fresh fruit and yogurt. How about you?

 

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Good Housekeeping: #GHVeryMerry event in Cape Town

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsGood Housekeeping magazine’s #GHVeryMerry event at Table Bay Hotel yesterday was a festive field of red and white filled with laughter and delicious food just in time for the festive season. The sumptuous venue was a feast for the senses and you would be hard pressed to find a better setting for a Cape Town reader event.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsSiv Ngesi, who you may have seen doing the splits on SABC 3’s Strictly Come Dancing South Africa, was the MC for the event and he kept us in stitches for the full 4 hours. The darling of South African kitchens, Jenny Morris gave us handy load shedding tips as she cooked with Nestle and Potato SA who were two of the sponsors for the event. Vicki Sleet from @iwantthatnow gave us on trend table styling tips for our Christmas tables with tropical prints, pineapples and yellow/gold being the focus this season.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe two course lunch was interspersed with cooking demonstrations and raffle draws with a group of ladies who had bought 150 tickets between them walking away with about 10 of the bigger prizes. R10 000 was raised for the Organ Donor Foundation from the sale of those raffle tickets so begrudging winners their prizes isn’t an option. Are you an organ donor? I am and I hope you will consider signing up because your organs could help someone else after your life on Earth has come to an end.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI’ve had the privilege of attending a few Good Housekeeping events and I’m always impressed at how well the events planning team works together. Events often fly or fail on how finely the details are planned and I appreciate how well they manage the time keeping of the event and how you leave the event feeling totally spoilt with gifts from fabulous brands and more knowledge than you walked in with.

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Caryn Wilensky’s gorgeous shoes are handmade and made with your comfort in mind.

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Visit http://www.coastandkoi.com for more information.

At R295, the ticket price is perfectly reasonable for a morning out with your girlfriends and you always get far more than what you paid for. Yesterday’s goody bag included a Tupperware hamper of bowls and glasses with airtight lids (perfect for family picnics this Summer), nail polish an Esse sample sized cleanser and moisturizer, a Nestle product and a R100 voucher for Sunset Beach Salon among other gifts and samples.

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A Love Supreme hand illustrates all the pretty printed items you can think of and are right on trend.

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Visit http://www.aLoveSupreme.co.za for more.

This is not a sponsored post. Yes, I have the privilege of being invited but I will always give you my honest opinion. Let me encourage you to keep a lookout for the next Good Housekeeping reader’s event – I promise you won’t regret it.


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Grain and sugar free banana bread (LCHF/Banting friendly)

grain free, sugar free, banana, bread, baking, LCHF, banting, recipe, banting banana bread, recipes, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsIn the interest of absolute disclosure I have to admit that my attempt to eat less carbs and no sugar has been a little hit and miss this week. The first two days were ok but then I fell off the wagon when I had to go to my daughter’s battle concert straight after work and I grabbed a pasta salad from Woolies as I would only be home after 8pm. This also happened to be the 1 month anniversary of my mom’s death so I grabbed milk and cookies before bed as I was emotionally drained.

I got right back on the horse the next day but as the weekend drew closer I felt the need to bake so I started looking for recipes. I’m happy to report I found this lovely grain free, sugar free banana bread on Nicoletta’s website and I made it on Saturday, just before Eskom turned off our electricity for scheduled load shedding. It turned out way better than I expected and, even though coconut flour is hellishly expensive, this recipe only uses 125ml so it will go a long way.

It was demolished for Saturday afternoon lunch with butter and cheese and the family demanded I make it again as soon as possible so I made a point of picking up some more (hellishly expensive – R12.99/kg) bananas yesterday. As soon as they ripen up I will be making this bread again.

Nicoletta’s recipe says 5 peeled bananas will equal 560g but I found it was more like 6-7 bananas depending on the size. Try to get as close as you can to the 560g requirement.

Grain and sugar free banana bread (LCHF/Banting friendly) from Nicoletta

560g bananas, peeled and broken in quarters

4 large free range eggs

125ml sugar free peanut or any other nut butter (the Black Cat peanut butter with the yellow lid is sugar and salt free)

50g butter, melted

5ml vanilla extract

125ml coconut flour

15ml ground cinnamon

5ml mixed spice

2.5ml nutmeg, fresh grated (ground will do at a push)

5ml bicarbonate of soda (scant teaspoonful)

5ml baking powder

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and butter a large loaf tin. Place bananas, eggs, butters and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blitz until well combined stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and add to the mixture in the food processor. Blitz again and scrape down the sides before blitzing one last time. Pour into loaf tin making sure to leave at least 1cm space in the tin to accommodate rising. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the bread springs back to the touch when pressed down. If the bread starts to brown too quickly, cover the top lightly with foil (dull side facing outwards) after it has been baking for about 20 minutes.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edge of the tin to release the bread. Invert onto a wire cooling rack but turn the bread over again to cool for another 10 minutes before eating. The bread is fairly delicate so work gently to prevent breaking.

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Kicking the habit

Picture borrowed from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar

Sugars; clockwise from top-left: White refined, unrefined, brown, unprocessed cane. Thx Wikipedia.

*whispers* I’ve given up refined* sugar you guys…

The word on the street is that sugar is as addictive as heroine and I’m not cool with being addicted to anything so, I am making a concerted effort to kick the habit. Of course, barely 24 hours after I’d started, I arrive at Bible study to find we were celebrating a birthday with ooey-gooey chocolate mousse cake…which I managed to resist! YAY!! It nearly killed me. *sob*

Kicking the habit

I’ve also made a decision to stop eating bread, pasta and potatoes…Well…maybe not potatoes. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. And before you ask, no…I’m not doing the hashtag banting thing. I haven’t read the book so I won’t be placing myself in that box to be judged by one and all. Simple carbs like bread and pasta turn into sugar so I can’t give up sugar without giving up freshly baked bread and macaroni cheese. *gulp*

This is obviously going to be a problem for a baker like me. How will I survive!!? While I’m okay with using honey, I refuse to use sweeteners. It’s just wrong for something ingestible to be chemically engineered in a science lab. *Ahem* Yes margarine…I’m talking about you too *side-eyes*.

I’m questioning my sanity about attending The Cake and Bake Show this weekend. I find it hard to turn down the opportunity of free tickets (thx Sasko) and I’m looking forward to spending time with a friend but I’m going to be placing myself in a VERY tempting situation. Would a drug addict, who had barely “been clean” for a week, go walking around in his dealer’s ‘hood?

So, wish me luck – I will need truckloads of it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics and tweets after 12pm on Sunday.

*Not sure if refined is the right term but I know that sugar appears most foods so, avoiding it where it occurs naturally is impossible.

 

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Fetish Gift Shop

 accessories, store, jewellery, earrings, gorgeous, sparkly, watches, youthful, pretty things, review, cape town, tableview, shop, flamingo square, new store, great buys, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI love beautiful things, especially accessories and décor items. In terms of personal accessories I love anything that sparkles and I’m a huge fan of Swarovski and other high quality brands of costume jewelry.

Yes, yes…I know last week I said I wouldn’t be buying more stuff but pretty things make me happy, ok? And it’s not really “stuff”. I can hardly leave the house without a beautiful pair of earrings, can I? Life’s too short ;).

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There have been a number of awesome stores popping up in Cape Town lately and one of them is conveniently located opposite the park-and-go area of a MyCiti bus stop in Tableview that I happen to see on my way to work most days of the week. The layout of Fetish is very bright, fresh and open and the owner has a keen eye for what would appeal to the young at heart.

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Are you an accessories junky too? What’s your poison? Handbags? Shoes? Scarves? Let me know in the comment field below. Is there one shop in particular that you feel the need to pop into as often as possible to see what the buyer found on her latest buying trip overseas? Maybe we can create a National directory for #AllThePretty.

Fetish is located in Flamingo Square on the corner of Blaauwberg and Study Roads in Tableview and can be contacted on (021) 557 1227. It is right opposite the Wood stop of  MyCiti Bus so it’s really easy to get there from most suburbs in Cape Town.

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Personal Update: My Mom

My Mom, Juanita May Johnson who died on 27 October 2014For those of you do don’t follow me on Facebook, TwitterPinterest or Instagram you might not know that my mom lost her battle with cancer last Monday, 27 October 2014. It has left me feeling numb and quite disconnected from reality.

She was so vital and alive when I saw her 2 days earlier so it feels like she was snatched away from us so suddenly! The only good thing about all of this is that she is finally free of the pain that plagued her in the last few weeks and while that didn’t dull her smile or her wit, it did leave her feeling helpless and frustrated. I am so thankful that she placed her trust in Jesus Christ many years ago and so those of us who are left behind have the reassurance that we will see her in Heaven one day.

The numbness that I feel has made it difficult for me to string sentences together. I kind of wish that Christians had a similar process to what Jewish people follow; a system that needs to be followed when sitting Shiva. I’m at a bit of a loss and feel like I’m not sure what is expected of me. The amount of paperwork that needs to get done, despite my family planning so far ahead, is mindboggling! My sister is filling out so many forms and seeing so many people and departments I actually have no idea how any one person can manage on their own, especially while they are grieving.

I have been privileged to be surrounded with so much love, support, prayers and messages that I am blown away by the number of awesome people in my life. From sms’s and meals to hugs and direct messages on Twitter, I cannot thank you enough.

I know it is the reality of many to have to bury parents at some point in our lives (the alternative is too awful to contemplate – no parent should have to bury their child) but it doesn’t make it easier. It takes my breath away every time I am reminded of how short life is and how we should never assume we will have the privilege of living until we are old.

In that light can I encourage you to join me on a journey? I’d like to start shedding the need for “stuff”. I’d like to make the focus of my day the appreciation of beauty all around. I’d like to make a point of showing my family that I love them every, single day and to start laughing and being silly more often.

Every quote flying around in my head at the moment is cliché and corny but indulge me so that I can sum up the basic idea…

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

― Maya Angelou

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N2ice Cream Lab

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Turkish Delight Deliciousness

I was doing my fruit and veg shopping the other day when I walked out into the mall to be met with an unusual sight. Right in the middle, next to the indoor play frame was a space aged display that looked like something out of straight out of the latest SciFi movie.

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ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsTraditional ice creams are frozen at around -30 degrees celcius which leads to fairly large ice crystals and this means the ice cream is more ice than cream. This is often why shop bought ice cream has a layer of ice crystals on top and, when the cold chain hasn’t been maintained, can often have ice crystals all the way through. When liquid nitrogen is used at N2ice cream lab, the mixture of cream, sugar and flavour is poured into industrial strength KitchenAids and beaten while the liquid nitrogen gets pumped in, freezing the mixture at -195 degrees celcius and turning into ice cream after about 3-4 minutes. This means the ice crystals are microscopic which leads to a smoother, creamier ice cream that can’t be found anywhere else.

ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsYou can be assured that only the best quality ingredients are used. Not only in the ice cream but also the toppings. In terms of flavours you can currently choose from banting vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, regular vanilla, Turkish delight and peanut butter. They’ve also had pina colada, lemon meringue, Nutella and blueberry cheesecake in the past. A small tub (around 200ml) is R20 while a large tub (around 300ml) is R30 with the option of adding toppings like Astros, flake, Oreo crumble or salted caramel sauce for R5 per topping.

ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe owners will shortly be expanding to a food truck that can come to your function or event for a memorable dessert experience that will leave your guests talking about it for months to come. Have a look at their website  for more information and follow them on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

You have to believe me and get to The Emporium Shopping centre on Sandown Road in Parklands, Cape Town (call 084 516 1818 for more info and directions). You will be so glad you did!

Disclaimer: I discovered this store on my own and was not approached to write about it. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and an unbiased review of the product.

 

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The Broken Window Effect

litter, pollution, caring for environment, poverty, squallor, broken window effect, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI attended a work related training course for the whole of last week and one of the most memorable points for me was learning about The Broken Window effect. Most of us have walked or driven past a derelict area at one point of another and noticed the graffiti’ed walls, accumulation of rubbish and broken windows and doors on buildings.

While we know that it wasn’t always like that, most people who live there have become so accustomed to living in an area where these conditions are the norm that, for them, they don’t really see the degradation anymore. (Please know that as a public servant I understand poverty and infrastructure issues but people who take pride in where and how they live will always make a plan to improve. There is always something that can be done).

The thing about this “Broken Window Effect” is that it is very contagious and sneaks into other parts of our lives as well.

Do you drive a car? Well, when I got my driver’s license over 15 years ago I obeyed the rules of the road much more closely than I do now. It’s the little things, you know? When you see a taxi driver getting away with speeding and not stopping at stop streets, it doesn’t take long before you are doing it too. But it isn’t right!

I live in an area with a million traffic circles and stop streets and I noticed when I drove home from Bible Study last night that when you stop at stop streets, it seems to make people who are driving towards you on the opposite side of the road, also stop at the stop street. I know it’s because they think you’ve seen a traffic officer hiding in the bushes at the intersection but maybe it will make a small impact in the long run where people start imitating good behavior rather than bad.

The opposite of The Broken Window effect is The Butterfly Effect. This effect speaks to the idea of each person making a small, positive impact on the world and the more people who do this, the greater the impact on a global scale. An example of this would be signing up to be part of a beach cleanup project or volunteering your time at an orphanage or soup kitchen. It’s not much when one person does it but if we all make a choice to have a positive impact on the world then maybe we can start reversing some of the negativity that exists. Eventually we can start reversing The Broken Window effect and encourage others to GET INVOLVED!

I feel like I’m preaching to the converted here though. I know I have the best readers who are awesome people every day and already play their part and I’m not really sure how to get the word out there to the people who are contributing to the Broken Window effect. What do you think? I feel each and every one of us has the power to make a difference. Do you have a suggestion or thoughts on this matter? Let me know!

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