Food & Love, the perfect combination…

We have all heard the the way to a man’s heart is through is stomach! Well I tend to think of food as something that not only brings love into the equation, but it brings family and friends together, helps you make new friends and meet new people! The kitchen in every “foody” household is the heart of the house, the place to “be” ❤

Tonight’s dish is not only a favourite of mine and my hubby’s but also a fave of my daughters! Its simple, its elegant, its tasty and even kinda healthy!

I stopped by the store on my way back from work battling the bad weather and picked up some fresh salmon, avocados and some limes.

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I chopped up my salmon tartare style and mixed it with some salt, pepper, grated ginger, sesame oil, Sriracha mayo and a squeeze of lime.

Whilst I was prepping the salmon I made about 1/2 cup of brown rice and let it cool down.

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Sliced my avocado and now I was ready to put this special treat together.

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I pulled out my heart shaped cookie cutter ( usually used for everything else but making cookies) and placed it in the middle of my plate, filled it with brown rice and neatly pressed it to the bottom.

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Then I topped the rice off with my salmon tartare and finished it off with my sliced avocado and a sprinkle of black and regular sesame seeds.

In less than a flash, a wonderful meal is ready for my lovely family! Yep love is in the air, that’s for sure <3, now all I need is for the hubby to come back from dry-dock, in the meantime I will enjoy it and think of my family.

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Rustic Churro Cake for the Birthday Girl by Andy’s Kandy

It’s my daughters 18th birthday tomorrow and of course she has a special request for her birthday cake.

In my country “Uruguay” we have this wonderful treat called “Churros“! They can be made hollow inside as well as regular with a dusting of confectioners sugar, dipped in chocolate, etc… I want to say its our version of the American Funnel Cake!

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Anyway, on this occasion I will be making churros at home for the first time, and I am making the hollow ones as the birthday girl wants them filled with Dulce de Leche.

So I started of by making the dough which is very simple.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil

Measure the flour, I made this recipe X 3 to have enough as I wasn’t sure how many I would get out of the above recipe.

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Bring the water, sugar, salt and oil to a boil and then just add to the flour. Mix together, dough will be sticky and not very nice to handle.

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Of course I happened to know way in advance that I was going to make this cake, so I had ordered this wonderful handy dandy gadget called a Churrera which worked like a charm 🙂

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Fill a deep casserole with about 1 1/2 inches of oil and make sure its piping hot before you start frying the churros.

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Into the oil they went until they were nice and golden and then onto a paper towel to drain off. As you can see from the below picture, they are nicely hollow inside, perfect to fill with a filling of your choice.

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Once they had cooled off a bit I piped Dulce de Leche into them.

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Then used the outside ring of one of my cake pans to keep them in place, wrapped a lovely ribbon around it and all done.

A little dusting of confectioners sugar and some gold leaves finished off this birthday treat ❤

Happy Birthday my princess…