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✨Foodie Friday✨ Summer Christmas Recipes


Christmas in South Africa, as in the rest of the Southern Hemisphere is a unique and splendid thing.

While most Christmas Carols, adverts, cards, recipes, etc. are geared towards a winter Christmas, and most others think of chestnuts roasting over an open fire at this time of the year, those of us Down South are thinking about pools, beaches and barbecues, aka BRAAIS in South Africa!

It is already rather intolerably hot and the last thing anyone wants to think about is slaving over a hot stove or eating hot, heavy Christmas food and baked desserts.

We will, therefore, over the next two weeks, be bringing you some lovely and slightly different summery recipes – different methods of preparing and presenting the traditional chicken, turkey and lamb, and some awesome cold side-dishes that will go well with either a braai or baked, grilled meat done in the oven.

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Vegetarian Christmas Recipes


With Christmas around the corner we are all looking for some great recipes for our families, and that includes recipes that Children with Cancer will enjoy, but what about those of us who are vegetarian?

Children with Cancer especially, need to eat as many veggies as possible as they need them to build up their immmune systems which are impaired due to the cancer and the chemotherapy and/ radiation therapy treatments.

Cooking for a vegetarian can be, but need not be, either expensive or boring. Today we bring you some great vegetarian recipes (including a gluten free tabouli).

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Pass da Pasta


Pasta has always been a favourite with both children and adults, and it is so easy and relatively quick to make that it is the perfect meal when you do not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

Pasta is also a great meal or snack for a Child with Cancer because it is soft and easy to swallow, and there are so many different pastas and so many ways in which to prepare it…

Pasta is a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals: pasta is generally eaten with nutrient-dense food partners, such as fibre-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.

Another great reason to use pasta in conjunction with meat, fish, veggies or even just flavoured with herbs, is that most past dishes taste just as nice the next day (or even two days later) and many of them can be eaten either hot or cold.

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Quick 3 Ingredient Recipes


How much would you love to be able to make a quick, tasty meal for your Child with Cancer that they are sure to enjoy?

No time to spend in the kitchen slaving over a stove for hours on end to cook the family a meal or even make a nice little snack because you are too busy helping your Child with Cancer feel more comfortable in their bed, giving them pain meds, comforting them while they are puking or running them to the doctor or clinic?

Have to choose between spending some time with your other children when having a little break or standing in the kitchen preparing meals?

NO problem, help is at hand. Today we are bringing you some easy-to-make, delicious recipes for which you only require three ingredients.

 

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Quick ‘n Easy


With summer on our doorstep in South Africa, and school holidays, the Festive Season and loads of visitors also just around the corner, the last thing one needs as the parent of a Child with Cancer who is struggling to eat, is to spend loads of time in the kitchen trying to find something to make that your child can eat and will enjoy.

With that in mind, we will be bringing you some Quick ‘n Easy, Minimal Ingredient,  Freeze-Ahead and Kid-Friendly recipes over the next few weeks so that you can focus on other things and enjoy the Holidays, safe in the knowledge that you are providing great meals for your Child with Cancer that will enjoy and which will build their immune system at the same time. 

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✨Foodie Friday✨ AWESOME 🎃🦇Halloween Treats🍭🍫


Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ Healthy Snacks for the Kids


One of the biggest worries of a parent of a Child with Cancer (apart from the cancer itself of course) is that it is so difficult to get a child to eat when he or she is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment as their appetite is non-existent and they may also have sores in their mouth, nausea or difficulty swallowing.

The following recipes are great for this problem, as they are all snacks that kids will love, they are highly nutritious so even eating a small amount is good, and they will help strengthen your child’s immune system so that he or she can fight off the cancer and any infections.

Remember also that although these recipes are aimed at Children with Cancer, the other kids and the adults (or the kid in them) will love them too, so make sure that you make enough for everyone!

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✨Foodie Friday ✨This ‘n That


Hey There, Little Fighter Fans – Friday again – wow how the week has flown by.

We hope that you all had a great week and that nobody washed away in any of the flooding that various areas experienced this week.

Today we are once again bringing you some great, easy recipes to tickle your and your Child with Cancer’s taste-buds. Today’s post features Chicken,  a Burger, a Smoothie and some lovely sweet treats, for what is life without something delectable and decadent?

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Dandelion Recipes


Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

It’s a good way to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein – more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anaemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.

Dandelion root is tougher and hardier than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes. The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.

Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨The Inimitable Sprout


Summer is coming to South Africa, and summer is a great time to celebrate fresh food. Summer dishes ranging from salads to burgers are even more tasty and nutritious when topped with a lesser-known vegetable: fresh sprouts. Sprouts are tiny plants produced without soil — a type of fresh greens that can be grown virtually anywhere, at any time of year.

Fresh and tasty sprouts are raw, vegan, low in fat and cholesterol-free. Add them to a dish and you’ll be getting Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and good phytonutrients. Sprouts are also great for the digestion!

Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that add flavour, texture and contrast to a salad or sandwich. Most varieties go from seed to sprout in about five days. They don’t need soil, so there’s no mess. They’re compact, so they can grow indoors, in small spaces. The quickness of this crop makes it a great project for kids — they love watching the seeds germinate and grow.

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