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Berry Banana Froyo & Strawberry Lassi plus a giveaway!

Competitions, Recipes October 14, 2013

It’s been a while between recipe posts folks! So what better reason to kick back in the kitchen and start creating some cooling down treats other than this intense heat Sydney has been having lately. And what better time to make a bunch of pink recipes other in October for Breast Cancer Awareness? This month, I’ve teamed up with SKI to make these two pink recipes and also have a great giveaway for my readers!

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia? It is also the second most common cancer to cause death in women after lung cancer (source: Cancer Council Australia). Breast cancer is so common in Australia it is difficult to escape having a close relative or knowing of a friend who has a close relative who has suffered from this awful disease. As ladies it’s definitely something we all need to watch out for ourselves by doing regular checks at home as well as regular check-ups at the doctor’s. For info about checking yourself out at home, visit this link here.

So, knowing all that, I think that breast cancer research and support of breast cancer patients is definitely a cause that I want to support! The people at SKI Yoghurt are currently pledging to ‘build a nurse from yoghurt’ by donating $350,000 to fund a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in the local community and, to show their support for raising Breast Cancer awareness, have tinted their yoghurt packs pink for October!

SKI Yoghurt have also sponsored today’s giveaway, where one lucky reader can win a set of pink silicone Scullery kitchen utensils (pack valued at $47.73). The pack includes a spoon, grater, whisk brush, spatula, slotted turner and tongs. The stylish Colori silicone range of utensils are highly heat resistant, feature ergonomic handles and are designed to be used on non-stick surfaces. The Colori range features food grade silicone which is soft to touch, easy to grip and fingerprint resistant.

You can enter by simply leaving a comment below about your favourite way to enjoy yoghurt and you can also earn bonus entries (see below).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You know me and I love simple, so what’s more simple than recipes with only two ingredients that are a snap to put together? All you need is a blender/food processor, some yoghurt, bananas, milk and you’re set to make both of these cool-down treats.


Start out with some ripe, spotty bananas.


Peel and chop.


Pop into ziplock bags and seal. Freeze overnight.


This is what you’re after.


Place bananas (about two cups frozen banana chunks) into food processor.


Whizz until creamy and soft serve-like (by the way, if you haven’t tried making this at home before, you are missing out! It’s the perfect vegan one-step ice-cream — super creamy and totally versatile!)


Measure out one cup of strawberry yoghurt (or more if you want a more intense flavour) and spoon into food processor. Whizz for another 20 seconds or until fully combined. I added a few drops of pink food colouring to intensify the pink colour, but you can leave this out if you wish – it’s a more natural colour that way.)


Straight from the food processor, it has the thick, creamy consistency of soft serve. It was a rather hot day that I made this on so it was even a tiny bit softer than this, so I decided to pop it into the freezer to harden up a bit (but of course it’s still enjoyable at this stage!)


And here you go, post freezer!

Two-Ingredient Berry Banana Froyo

Author: CookingCrusade.com
Makes: 3-4 servings of frozen yoghurt
Time to prepare: Bananas need to be frozen overnight, but this takes about 10 minutes to put together. Easy!

Berry Banana Froyo

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup strawberry yoghurt (I used SKI Strawberry Yoghurt)
  • optional: a few drops of rose pink food colouring to make it extra pink! or three hulled strawberries if you have them would work well too!

Equipment needed: freezer, food processor

Steps

  1. Peel, chop and freeze bananas in ziplock bags overnight.
  2. Remove bananas from the freezer and place in processor bowl. Process until creamy.
  3. Add 1 cup of strawberry yoghurt and pulse for 20 seconds until well combined. Serve as soft serve creamy consistency or pour into a freezer friendly container and freeze for up to 6 hours to harden to scoopable consistency. Serve with sprinkles! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sprinkles optional!

Two-Ingredient Strawberry Lassi

Author: CookingCrusade.com
Makes: 1 serving (doubles or triples nicely for extra servings if needed.)
Time to prepare: 1 minute

Strawberry Lassi

  • 1.5 cups strawberry yoghurt (I used SKII)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used soy, but feel free to use cow’s, rice, almond etc.)
  • optional: a few drops of rose pink food colouring to make it extra pink! or three hulled strawberries if you have them would work well too!

Equipment needed: blender

Steps

  1. Pour yoghurt and milk into blender and pulse for about 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve.

Enjoy these summery treats and I hope you have a fabulous week! It’s my last week as a single lady and I will be enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

xo
C

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Hothis Indian Cuisine, Epping

Reviews December 3, 2012

Plain naan bread

I don’t usually do reviews on my weekday lunches. I tend to save my blog posts for nicer dinners out and my fave dessert recipes. However, I do actually eat out quite a lot during the week while at work, usually due to my lack of organisation to pre-plan my lunches, but also when friends visit me at the office.

Admittedly Epping (where I work) is not exactly a restaurant hub like closer suburbs (Eastwood, for example). It’s certainly got nothing on the wonderful restaurants in the city, but it does have a few worthwhile options that I frequent every now and again!

I thought I’d start out with what is quickly becoming one of my favourites – Hothis Indian Cuisine: conveniently located a few spots down from the famed Beschico. I honestly don’t eat Indian food very often. I find that it is difficult to find a good enough place to visit regularly unless you have a recommendation from a friend. Hothis was recommended to me by an ex-colleague who used to visit there every now and again. I tried it once and was hooked from the get-go! Not only is the food great but it’s also ridiculously cheap, which is a plus factor.

Selection of curries at Hothis

Unfortunately, Hothis has very limited lunch hours and only opens for lunch twice during the week, on Thursdays and Fridays (11.30am-2.00pm), so is more targeted towards the dinner crowds (being open from Monday to Saturday, 4.30-8.30pm). However, since I only visit occasionally, I save my Thursdays for Hothis. Whenever I visit, it tends to be very quiet on the inside but this is not a reflection of how good the food is! Takeaways seem to be more popular than eat-ins and I quite like eating in for a quieter atmosphere.

Inside Hothis

As a food blogger I must admit my shameful truth – I only ever order the same thing when I visit Hothis. I do personally tend to pick food favourites when revisiting my fave restaurants (whereas I imagine most other food bloggers are far more adventurous and experimental when it comes to choosing different meals when eating out) – but let me just say that, at Hothis, the dishes I pick really are that good. I look over the rest of the available curries whenever I visit and they all look so tempting but I know how good my faves are and, well… I just can’t go past them. Do you, dear readers, do the same? I’d love to know what your fave dishes for eating out are, so I can give them a try too!

Mango Lassi
Mango Lassi, $2.90 (plain lassis are slightly cheaper at $2.70)

Vegetable samosa
Vegetable samosa (spiced peas and potatoes in pastry, deep fried), served with raita, (a cucumber and yoghurt sauce), $2.00

Two curries with rice and naan
Garlic naan with rice, Vegetable Korma and Eggplant and Potato Curry (Two curries plus naan and rice for $7.90)

Two different curries with rice and naan
Plain naan with rice, Lamb Rogan Josh (mild) and Mango Chicken (mild) ($7.90)

Dhal and curry on rice
Dhal, potato and eggplant curry piled lovingly on rice – medium size. $7.70

Here it is – my favourite combination of all time to order at Hothis! The dhal is perfectly spiced and richly flavoured. I often forget how amazing lentils are until I have a big spoonful of this… and then I remember – they can be very, very good.

Out of the two though, I have to say my ultimate favourite is the potato and eggplant curry for sure. I love eggplant so, so much and this does it justice. It is cooked so well that it is tender and silky and pairs well with the soft potatoes that are unbelievably flavoursome. It just melts in your mouth – if curry is even capable of such a thing. I know it looks rather messy and not too pretty – but then, so me of the best foods really are like that, aren’t they?

Hothis menu
Hothis extras menu
Hotis lunch specials
Lunch specials.

Hothis is a cheap and cheerful place that is great to visit for a weekday lunch (on Thursdays and Fridays) and, I’m sure, dinner takeaways. I absolutely love the dhal and potato/eggplant curry and also am a sucker for the crispy, flaky samosas with their flavoursome insides which go well with the tart raita sauce to balance the rich flavours of the samosa.

Since their vegetarian food is such high quality, this place is definitely suitable for veggie lovers! Despite my love of their dhal and potato/eggplant curry, I must admit that the lamb rogan josh, mango chicken, butter chicken and chicken tikka all have me very tempted! It is also an incredibly cheap place to eat for lunch – and the prices are still very good for dinner takeaways or eat ins – much cheaper than a lot of other Indian restaurants I have visited.

Those looking for parking, I would advise parking in the Coles Epping carpark which is located on Rawson Street and has free parking for two hours. You can then walk through the arcade that links Rawson Street to Beecroft Road and walk up to Hothis from there. If you’re feeling like something sweet afterwards, then good news! A YogurBerry has very recently opened up just a shop or two next to Hothis for those looking for their next froyo fix! I’m so addicted – I think I need to check into froyo rehab…

Some extra trivia:
Hothis cooks all their dishes in pure polyunsaturated vegetable oil using no animal fats with natural herbs and spices. Their food does not contain any artificial preservatives or MSG.

Hothis Indian Cuisine
Address: 46 Beecroft Road, Epping
Phone: 9869 0997
Website: hothis.com.au Website Coming Soon
Email: info@hothis.com.au

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Another week is gone! Only 3-4 more weeks until Christmas, woohoo!!

xoxo
C

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