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Your March kick in the butt

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03 Mar 2011

Yeehaa, I no longer look like a hot-air balloon and can walk un-penguin like with a new hunger for the year that for me, begins now.

Where have I been? I was making a human of course. It was mind-blowing and wonderful and I now have a set of 2 perfect little boy-monsters with crazy-long eyelashes.

I have roused out of my spew-filled life and realised that it is already the beginning of March. Summer is starting to cool and this is the time that most peoples’ shiny New Year gumption is starting to flail.

Don’t hit the slump guys, I have some second-wind resolutions to make life a little easier without sacrificing flavour.

Top 3 time-saver tips:

1. In between being the food in the last 4 months, I found myself squirreling away at large batches of one-dish wonders and easily reheated casseroles. I hardly had to move a muscle, except my microwave finger – warm up, steam some veg and you’re done.

2. Online shopping – my absolute biggest time-saver of all time. Stock up with the basics weekly, it is seriously easy and you don’t end up screaming around the shops whilst forgetting half the stuff. Sign up to Pick 'n Pay or Woolies and surf away.

3. Ready-made sauces and spice mixes. These really save time for yummy things like curries that usually take longer to make.

Top 5 deliciously easy meals:

1. Pesto pasta with baby tomatoes and goats cheese: this is one of my favourite dishes, it takes 10 minutes from start to finish. Add bacon for a meaty edge.

2. The perfect chicken stir-fry: healthy and fresh for an Asian twist.  

3. Cheese and biltong frittata: this is a real winner, every time.

4. Hot chicken pitas: you don’t even need cutlery, just grab and devour.

5. T-bone steak with a mustard sauce: serve with a gorgeous salad and oven-chips.

It’s great to be back everyone, here’s to a cooking 2011!
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