Fruit Salad Parfait

Happy Sunday!

Do you love or hate sunday? I love it because it is almost always my day at home, I get to cook, work on the blog, spend time with my husband, read a book, take a bath, spend time with our animals it’s my day to do whatever I want without the pressure of needing to be somewhere, but sunday evenings are bittersweet. I always have such a great day on sunday and then once it’s coming to a close I realise I have another week of work and commitments before I get my day again.

I adore summer fruit, mangoes, raspberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, watermelon i could go on and on, summer fruit is the best! So i wanted to make you a breakfast that really celebrated the best summer fruits, a way to enjoy them before we have to wait until next summer.

These parfaits as simple and quick to make and would be great as a part of brunch with friends, i’m thinking quiche or scrambled and egg and bacon croissants followed up with these parfaits or as a part of a buffet, they would be great for a party anytime of the day.

These recipe for these parfaits is super flexible, if you don’t like one of the fruits i have used or cant get it or just don’t want to spend $6 a punnet for raspberries (I don’t blame you) then swap it out for something else you love. Same for the topping if you are allergic to nuts use a mix of seeds, i’m thinking pepitas and sunflower seeds, or if you prefer different nuts use those.

Make this to suit your tastes and what you love. It would be amazing with granola instead of the nut mix i put on top. Make it your way.

I love how vibrant the fruit is in this, it just screams summer to me. Do you have an end of summer bucket list? I’ve been thinking about making one. What do you want to do before it starts getting cold? Beach? Picnic? Road trip to somewhere coastal? I want to go to Bryon Bay.

The end of summer always leaves me feeling reflective, I look back over the summer and the last year and think about what i achieved and what i didn’t do enough of. The last year has been one of the bets of my life I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I had really bad anxiety for quite some time, and realised that I can do anything I set my mind to. I have grown a lot in the last year and where i have always been hard on myself and expecting that should be better, now i am also able to see that I don’t always need to be hard on myself it’s ok to stop and say you know what you did great! There are things that i have done in the past 3 months, at work and in my personal life, that I would not have been able to do a year ago and that’s massive for me.

My big highlights from last year were:

  1. Getting married!! It was such an amazing day, and filled with happiness and laughter.
  2. My first overseas trip, we went to New Zealand for our honeymoon. It is so gorgeous there i definitely want to go back!
  3. And last but not least starting this blog, it has been a huge learning curve but i love sharing the things i love with you and  hope you are enjoying my recipes. I would love to hear form you if you have made any, if you are on instagram please use #rachalesfoodeilife so i can see what you are making!

Fruit Salad Parfait

Makes: 6

Ingredients

  • 50g pepitas
  • 60g cashew pieces
  • 60gsliced almonds
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 mangoes
  • 4 apricots
  • 4 nectarines
  • 2 punnets raspberries
  • 1 and ½ cups Greek yoghurt

Method

Place pepitas, cashews and almonds in a frypan over medium heat and toast stirring frequently until lightly golden, remove from heat and pour into a bowl, set aside.

Combine the honey and boiling water, stir until completely combined, add the lime and mix well. Set aside until cool.

Dice up the mangoes, apricots and nectarines and combine in a bowl add the raspberries and pour over the cooled syrup. Stir gently until everything is mixed and coated in the syrup.

Divide the fruit between 6 glasses or bowls, top each with ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt and right before serving sprinkle over the toasted pepitas and nuts.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Cucumber Vodka Lime Soda

My go to cocktail is a vodka lime and soda.

I love the simplicity and that they are not super sweet like some cocktails.

I also love cucumber in drinks and i had a watermelon and cucumber juice on the weekend that inspired me to try making my own cucumber drink.

I was in the mood for a vodka lime soda, so I grabbed some cucumber and threw them in  my blender to make juice and go to work.

I really loved these, they are incredibly refreshing and obviously the are healthy, i mean they include cucumber so it’s like drinking salad right?

They are really clean tasting and fresh, and now i’m thinking about what other spins on Vodka lime soda i can make.

I am thinking about raspberry and lime, or passionfruit and lime or pineapple or…. I have so many idea right now maybe i need to make Maple Bacon vodka??

I am a little obsessed with maple bacon i’m sure i can make a cocktail with it. Would you try it?

Vodka, Cucumber & Lime Soda

Makes: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 green cucumber
  • 3 limes
  • Vodka
  • Soda water

Method

Chop up the cucumber and place into a blender and blend until smooth, strain the cucumber mixture, ensure you press down on the pulp to get all of the juice out. Add the juice from the 3 limes and mix together.

In a glass place a handful of ice, pour over 2 shots of vodka add and divide the cucumber and lime juice between the 4 glasses and top each with soda water and enjoy!

Link Love

How is your week going? I can’t believe we are almost at the end of February already, seriously where is this year going?

On the house front, the company who is building our house has arranged soil tests and surveys and also the preliminary drawings. Once that is done everything will be sent to an engineer for the engineered drawings, these will show everything including the height of everything inside like our kitchen benches then once we have those as soon as we sign the land contract building will start. It’s getting real so fast! i am scared and super super excited.

Do you have plans for the weekend? I will be cooking as always but we are also planning on going to Movie World. We have been wanting to go since the start of the year but we have been to busy to make it, so hopefully nothing else comes up and we can go.

Here is a round up of links I am loving on the interwebs this week…

I’m sure you are all aware of my love of pistachios by now and this Pistachio Pudding Cake looks incredible and i need it in my life!!

While we are talking about food i am obsessed with CHERRIES!! I love them, they are delicious little shiny jewels of goodness and they are never around for long enough. But this Black Cherry Sorbet is the perfect way for me to get my Cherry hit anytime of the year.

Hands up if you love strawberries and balsamic vinegar (me, me, me, i do!) if this is you as well i am sure you will love this Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad and if you haven’t tried strawberries and balsamic vinegar please do they are such a perfect combo!

Pork is my favorite meat and pulled pork is one of my favorite ways to eat it and these Pulled Pork Rolls look amazing they are scrolls so they are portable, OMG i need to make these for a picnic they would be perfect picnic food!!

On the topic of pork i found two recipes that i need to share with you this week. 5 words Crock Pot Mustard Pork Chops Pork and mustard are a match made in heaven and i love that this meal is made in the slow cooked, i love my slow cooker and use it weekly during the cooler months.

Even though it is still hot here in Brisbane i have been seeing all these soups popping up on blogs and this Hash Brown Potato Cheese Soup is calling to me, this will be at the top of my soups i need to make list as soon as it starts to cool down.

I have so much love for everything that Kayley over at The Kitchen McCabe makes and these Coconut Lemon Meringue Tarts are no exception, i adore all things lemon meringue, our wedding cake was lemon meringue, and Kayley has taken it to a new level.

How cute are these Four Leaf Clover Pops??? Heather always makes the most delightful treats but these pops are something else! They would be great for kids parties, St Patrick day events, Fairy Parties or just for when you want a cute lollipop.

The last thing i want to share is the Renovation Regrets post from Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess. As we are building a house i have been reading all about building, renovating, house design and much much more so that i can understand and be well informed of what to expect and i have been nervous about some of our choices but reading this really helped my put everything in perspective and realize that the most important thing is that we love our house

 

Coconut, Raspberry & Lime Cupcakes

Say hello to my favourite ever cupcakes!!

These cupcakes are the first cake recipe i ever developed myself.

They came about a few years ago because i couldn’t find a recipe for the cae i was craving so i made my own up.

The cupcakes are light and moist, they are made with just egg whites which allows them a light fluffiness and coconut milk, then they are studded with vibrant raspberries.

The lime buttercream cream frosting add a whole new flavours and really takes these cupcakes over the top, the flavours combine so well together.

Then they are topped with a drizzle of raspberry sauce which adds an extra hit of raspberry goodness and it’s pink!

 

I adore these cupcakes they have all my favorite flavors and are perfectly balanced. And they are cute! whats not to love??

I hope you try these cupcakes, and please let me know what you think. I hope you love them!

Coconut & Raspberry Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream and Raspberry Sauce

Makes: 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 170g butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut essence
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Sauce

  • 100g Raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

Buttercream

  • 125g butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime

Method

Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Mix, flour baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a stand mixer beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and coconut essence and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with the coconut milk, mix on low speed until combined.

In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until foamy, add the 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and continue beating until stiff and glossy.

Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cake mixture, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Gently fold in the raspberries.

Spoon into cupcakes case to 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in tray for 5 minutes them remove from tray and allow to cool fully.

Sauce

Place the raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until the raspberries have broken down.

Pour into a sieve and press with a flexible spatula to get as much juice and flesh as you can, pour into a squeeze bottle and set aside.

Buttercream

Place the butter into a bowl and beat until very pale and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and lime juice and beat until smooth. Note: you may need to add more icing sugar, the amount I use varies depending in how hot it is.

Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe swirls onto your cupcakes, then drizzle with raspberry sauce.

Share them with your loved ones and enjoy!

Weekly Wish List

This weekend was great, Marc and I went out for dinner saturday night, we spent sunday at home. Marc too a heap of rubbish to the dump, we’ve started cleaning up before we move into our new house, and i spent the day in the kitchen preparing goodies for the blog this week.

I have been looking for more homeware goodies and house stuff this week, but i’ve also been looking for something to wear to an engagement party. If any one has any suggestions for something to wear to an engagement party that’s not to fancy but can also be worn to a wedding (different couple) later in the year that would be incredible!

Wish list for this week….

  1. I really want a cream gun!! I just love the idea of being able to have fluffy whipped cream to put on everything but also whipped chocolate mousse, microwave sponge cake, aerated chocolate, I could go on and on…
  2. How stunning is this bath??? It’s the bath we are going to put in our ensuite!! I am so stupidly excited! I have always wanted a claw foot bath and now i’m going to get one!!!
  3. I am a huge Disney freak, we had disney quotes included in our vows! How adorable is this Mickey and Minnie top? I just love it!
  4. I can’t even deal with these shoes. Who doesn’t want bacon and eggs shoes?? I just have no words!
  5. Dusk have a new range of candles called Travel Notes and my new favourite candle is Freshly Ground Brazilian Coffee if you hadn’t noticed yet I am a little (read a lot) obsessed with coffee and coffee scented things are almost always my favourite
  6. A friend brought me these thread earrings recently and i wear them all the time. They are so easy to wear and go with everything.
  7. OMG you guys!!!! Flamingo bedding!!! I need this in my life, what’s not to love about it? Marc would hate it but thats ok we have stormtrooper sheets so a flamingo quilt cover seems only fair, right?
  8. I am thinking about buying a multiway dress to wear to an engagement party i am going to. Has anyone brought one? Do you love it? Is it as easily adaptable as they claim? I love that they come in so many different colours and I like the idea that one dress can be worn in so many different styles.
  9. Can someone please buy me a spice grinder? Please? I really would love one. Also do you have one? Do you use it just for spices or for coffee as well? Do you have one for spices and one for coffee? Any advice you have on spice/coffee grinders