Flourless chocolate torte

So it must seem a bit hypocritical that I post pictures of this luscious dessert after preaching about heart healthy foods last week don’t you think?  Yes, for the most part we still concentrate on keeping our tickers in check, but every so often these indulgences take over and there’s no stopping me.  In my defense though I’ll have to say that some of these calorie laden desserts mostly surface in my kitchen when I am entertaining or in this case, we were invited to dinner, and I offered to bring dessert.

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Pear upside-down cake with a caramel topping

Love fall baked desserts pervading the warm kitchen air.  I’ve made this recipe a few times with apples, pineapples and figs as the main attraction, but this time I thought to try it with pears.  The results? Flavorful, tender and scrumptious.  Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and enjoy the cooler nights and warmer days of Autumn.  It is a very basic and simple recipe that comes together in no time.

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A simple but scrumptious Toffee recipe

Allowing oneself life’s simple pleasures every so often is high on my agenda.  Sometimes I go through phases when I allow myself such indulgences.  My no-guilt period goes flying out the window, I crave carbs and sweet delights.  I try my darnedest to adhere to rules I set for myself, but they don’t always work and I fall off the wagon.  Do you ever find yourself in such a dilemma?  I know I do.  This was a case in point.  I had taken these moreish toffee squares for a dessert on 2 different occasions and naturally I made a batch to keep 🙂  They were quite a hit.  The recipe is very simple and pretty versatile.  You can add whatever strikes your fancy.

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Chocolate Beet Cake with chocolate ganache

I’m presenting another recipe today using some of the fresh produce in the garden.  A moist Chocolate cake with beets. This is a wonderful cake with the intense, rich, deep-dark flavor of chocolate!I must confess when I first heard of it, I couldn’t imagine beets in a cake, but you’ve got to believe me on this one.  The beets make this cake moist without really overpowering the  taste.  Think beet cake is strange?  Think again.  Much like carrot cakes and zucchini breads, this beet cake fulfills all that and more.

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No-churn Mango ice cream with pistachios and a hint of cardamom

When life gives you mangoes, there’s just a whole range of ideas and recipes that sprout to mind.  Mango shakes, mango sorbet, mango yogurt bark, mango lassi (the famed Indian drink), mango popsicles, mango salsa, you get the idea.  There’s nothing quite like a juicy, sweet mango.  This exotic fruit is native to South East Asia where it has grown for many years.  Mangoes are now grown in many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world including Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of the USA.   It is by far my favorite fruit and come summer, the supply is endless.  I thought to try this simple, no-churn recipe that will have your taste buds begging for seconds.  No-churn ice creams are very popular now, gone are the days when you needed an ice cream maker to make these frozen treats.  The mangoes I used were from Mexico.

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Watermelon Mojitos, courtesy of Ina Garten

Who doesn’t love Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa?  I’ve featured her here on SafarioftheMind a few times.  Although I haven’t watched her cooking show on Food Network in quite some time, I have always enjoyed watching the different ways she entertains in her beautiful home in the Hamptons.  A while back I featured her Limoncello drink, click here to access that post.  Today I’m presenting another Ina Garten favorite, her watermelon mojitos.  We’ve had some searing, hot temperatures the past couple of weeks, so this drink went down a treat!  Enjoy the images and dream of watermelon mojitos. 🙂

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Peanut butter, cherry and banana ice cream

It has been beastly hot and humid these past two weeks on the East Coast of the USA.  Typically temperatures in the 90’s are not the norm in May, but the weather has taken its toll on us all.  During times like these,  cooking has been furthest from my mind.  We’ve been barbecuing and chomping on rabbit food 🙂 I’ve been thinking of cool, refreshing drinks, smoothies, sorbets etc.  I had made this banana ice cream before, but thought to add some cherries to the mix, it just gives it that pop of color and extra fruit.  Just 3 simple ingredients in this ice cream.  Peanut butter, cherries and bananas, that’s it!

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A classic southern favorite: Pecan Pie

I’ve learned to love and make pies ever since we moved to the United States.  I’ve made many many pies since then.  Pecan pies hold a special place in my heart having lived in the south.  There are all sorts of variations in making this classic southern favorite; adding chocolate, whiskey, bourbon, coconut etc.  But today I present to you a classic, plain and old-fashioned, southern pecan pie.  I got this recipe from none other than a southern lady who used to be our neighbor for a while before she returned down south.  Thank you Tracey.  I recall when I first tasted it, I was in pecan heaven, I’ve since made it over and over again and no matter, where or when I’ve made it, it has always been a hit.  On a recent trip to England to visit my family, I introduced this southern classic to them as it is not very common there.  Toasting the pecans just a bit ahead of time intensifies the flavor.

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Banana Bread with a surprise center

We’ve all baked and eaten banana bread before, yes it is wonderfully satisfying for breakfast, lunch or tea.  But this particular amazing loaf of goodness has a surprise ingredient that for me was love at first bite.  A layer of cream cheese runs through the center of the bread.  It’s like eating banana bread and cheesecake in one sitting 🙂

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Two years and counting!

I got notification from Word Press last week that I had started my blog precisely 2 years ago.  Wow, has it really been that long?  I recall reluctantly hitting that infamous Publish button that sent my first post whooshing out into the worldwide web.  So many thoughts raced through my mind then.  Was I ready for this challenge?  Would I be able to keep up?  How would I match up to other bloggers?  We had just returned from a trip to Brazil where I had recorded a lot of what I saw via photography and my scribblings.  I thought blogging would be a great platform to start  documenting some of my leisurely activities that I’m passionate about and so Safari of the Mind was born.

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