Burnt Strawberry Squares

A New Recipe is Born

We don’t have a good harvest of strawberries this year,  but it is enough for us.  I bought some strawberries in the market the other day, but I completely forgot about them.  They were fresh but I decided to cook them for a stew, and I was looking forward to eating them with yoghurt. Anyway as always I do too many things at the same time, and that day I forgot about the  stewing of strawberries.  They were burnt, the smell was intense but the taste was not too bad.

The preparation for the stew: I  mixed the berries with white sugar and some sherry.  I rested them for 25 minutes, then I cooked and  brought to boil for a few minutes, reduced the heat and cooked for about 5 minutes further.  It looked too runny, so I kept on cooking, without a lid on over very low heat for . . .?  I was called by the burnt smell, then I rushed to the kitchen, I found the stew was over cooked and slightly burnt.  Oh dear, I stirred and tasted it, it had a delicious sweet burnt flavour.  I could safe the stew (I thought)

It had a thick lumpy mixture  but at  the bottom of the pot, was  blackish.  A big job to clean the pot!.  Rayner, my dear husband came to the rescue for me,  now it is spotless, the pot is clean and shiny, it took him for a long time.  Thanks Rayner.  I cook and burn pots,  a lot of times.  The story of the burnt black pots are continued since thirty seven years ago, the time we purchased the cooking set.

Burnt Strawberry Stew
Burnt Strawberry Stew

The washing of the pot

ImageImageImageI hate wasting, particularly in my kitchen.  I will bake a cake with the  burnt flavour, and it may work well.  I found all materials from my pantry and the refrigerator,  that will be needed for the cake.  I will bake Burnt Strawberry Cake Squares.  A new cake was born for my family, and I am happy to show you the process of making  and serving it.

The Ingredients: Self raising flour, eggs, yoghurt, oil, sugar, 1/3 cup the burnt strawberry stew.

The Cake

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I baked the cake on a high heat fan forced oven for 26-30 minutes in my oven.

100_6086 100_6093To decorate and to serve the cake can be varied, have it a sliced with icing powder or top up with caramel and roasted almond flakes or have them half and half


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You could cut the cake into smaller sizes, small squares or small rectangular shapes.  They look very attractive, taste good, it is a delicious moist cake.  Have the cake with tea or coffee for any occasion.

Recipe by Susi for you.

Burnt Strawberry Squares


1 cup and half full self- raising flower
3/4 cup white castor sugar
1/3 cup milk and 1 tablespoon yoghurt
1/2 cup oil
2 egg, lightly beaten, add in a pinch of salt (very little)

2/3 cup burnt strawberry stew


Place all ingredients in a large bowl accept the burnt strawberry stew, mix them quickly but gently until the mixture is smooth.

Add in the burnt strawberry mixture, mix lightly (or just swirl it around)

Transfer the mixture onto lined oblong tray

Bake on a preheated hot oven at 200 degrees C, for 26-30 minutes

Take it out of the oven, dust with icing sugar if you want to have it that way.

Rest in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer on to a cooling tray

Dress the cake as you wish

Slice into squares, it makes 20 small squares.

Enjoy the recipe, give it ago.  To make the burnt strawberry stew is easy enough.

Burnt Strawberry Stew

1 cup fresh strawberries, add 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of sherry.
Rest for 5 minutes,  stir the mixture, add in two tablespoons water, cook over a low heat for a few minutes
Continue cooking over low heat for 5 minutes, then bring them to rapid simmer until almost caramelized, then take it off the heat.
When the mixture is cold it will be thickened.  To use it, just add some water and reheat until it melts

I am happy to share the recipes as a special offering to you all, have fun,  happy cooking and baking.

More Recipes to come.  Susi

Thank You For Visiting


Flowers and Flowers

Freshly cut roses
Freshly cut roses
Beautiful Hydrangeas Beautiful Hydrangeas

Beautiful Flowers were growing in My Garden.

Enjoy the photos.


Hot pink iceberg rose
Hot pink iceberg rose
Graham Thomas-David Austine
Graham Thomas-David Austin
Cluster of burgundy iceberg roses
Cluster of burgundy iceberg roses
Seduction rose
Seduction rose

Flowers in my garden and the cut flowers from the garden.

Orange Clivia
Cream Clivia
Flower arrangement
Mixed Flowers
Red Azalia

And there will be many more pictures to come.

Self-Sown Flowers


The Garden
What is happening in my garden.

The Veg Patch

My vegetables are growing well in the vegetable patch.  Soon I will harvest the zucchini and also the radicchio which is my favourite bitter lettuce.
I am pleased with the self-sown tomatoes, the cherry tomato is ripening and the Romano is fruiting.

Cherry Tomato
Yellow Cherry Tomato
Apple Cucumber
Romano Tomato
Romano Tomato


The potted plants

My potted salad, is growing beautifully, I have been picking them for my leafy salad, and the capsicum is doing well and also the hot chilli.
I am very proud with my potted fig, the sixteen fruits grow larger everyday,  I am trying to protect them from the birds by putting the net over.

Mixed Butter Lettuces
Hot Chilli
Potted Fig
The Fruits are well protected from the birds by the net







Fruits and Citruses

The nectarine tree has very few fruits this year, but it is ok, they are enough for us, our friends are missing out though,  but the citruses don’t do badly.  I have 8 pomelo fruits this year, it is going to be a better harvest then last year.  The lemon and lime are very promising, they have plenty of fruits.

Soon I will harvest the Nectarines
Kaffir Lime
Tahitian Lime
Eight Pomelos on the Tree


The Flowers

It has been  very hot days, the roses are suffering and the hydrangeas are drying out, they look so sad, there are no more colours.  It is summer, a hot season.  Regardless we must celebrate the season, enjoy eating and cooking outdoors and looking after the garden and appreciate what is in there.

Mango Muffins

Delicious and  moist mango muffins for morning tea or afternoon tea.

Recipe by Susi

 Mango Muffins


1 and half cup self-raising flour
100 g melted butter
1 egg
½ cup castor sugar
1 tablespoon yoghurt mixed with ¾ cup milk
1 tablespoon shredded orange rinds in syrup
1 cup diced cooked mango in syrup


Get muffin tin and paper cups

Preheat the oven up to 200 degrees C

Muffin Mixture

Mix all ingredients together, gently but quickly
Spoon onto muffins cup then place them in the tin
Bake in a very hot oven at the preheated oven for 13-16 minutes
Transfer the freshly baked muffin onto a cooling tray to cool

To serve
Serve hot, or warm with coffee or tea.

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Beautiful collection of cut flowers which is available in the garden right now.  It represents the flower garden of the mid summer.

Colourful Flowers


Greek Cheese Pie – Tiropita.

A hot day today, but I love to work with pastry, particularly water pastry.  The pastry is a simple one, it is made out of flour, oil, salt and warm water. The pie is an inspiration from my Greek friend, Sophie, she is a very good cook, and she taught me how to cook Greek cooking.

Today I cooked tiropita as I had the feta cheese on hand,  I promised her to cook a Greek pie one day, so she will assess me whether I do the right thing or not.

What you need for the tiropita pie are Feta cheese, pastry ( philo pastry you could by from the shop) and eggs.  Mix 250 gr Dodoni Feta cheese (crumbled) with three eggs, add a pinch of salt.  Get five sheets of philo pastry and buttered in between , place them on a tin.  Pour the cheese mixture on it, and cover with another five sheets of the  pastry which are buttered in between as well.  Brush with melted butter on top.  Bake in a preheated oven for 22 minutes, until the pastry is golden.

The Tiropita (baked with home made pastry)

Beautiful Looking Pastry for Tiropita
The Tiropita is ready to bake
Freshly Baked Tiropita
Beautiful Baked Tiropita
The pastry is Golden
Dusted with Icing Sugar and Cinnamon
Tiropita, herb Bread and Sliced Cucumber with mints.

While the oven was going I baked herb bread loaf, it was such a productive day.
Other Greek pies that I baked in the past were Spinach pie (spanakopita) and Leek pie (prasopita).  My family love all the pies.

The Greek cheese pie – Tiropita, I served it with a touch of Morocco by dusting the pastry with icing powder sugar and cinnamon.  It’s so delicious and the pastry was so crisp and light.
I am so happy.   It Was Such A Beautiful Offering.


A Beautiful Bouquet for Sophie 

Red Roses from My Garden
Red Roses from My Garden
A Bouquet for Sophie

In The Backyard

The Vegetables Patch

Today is a good day to work outside, I cleaned the vegetable patch, it  looked much better but I was not impressed with the soil.  It is very sandy, it does not hold water properly.  Something has to be done regarding to the soil.  Now I understand why my lettuces and zucchini plants don’t grow very well.  However, I put some organic fertilizer, and I watered it a lot,  and see how it goes.

The Vegetable patch
The Vegetable Patch (left)
The Vegetable Patch (right)
Very untidy
Very Untidy
The Vegetable PatchClean and Tidy
The Vegetable Patch
Clean and Tidy

There was a plan to redo the patch and fix the irrigation system.  It will be a big job.   I love the asparagus plants which are sitting in the middle of the patch, I am reluctant to disturb them.  There are not many summer vegetables at present, only tomatoes, zucchini, lettuces, hot chillies, and of course some herbs.  More to come about the patch, stay tuned.

In The Hot Day

A Hot day is very tiring, more so in the past a few days,  the summer season has been so dry and the heat was very intense.  Yesterday’s activities were indoors, or in fact it was a time to relax, listening to the music and watching movies.

Dinnertime comes; no cooking, but fresh and delicious salads were there for us all.  Cabbage salad with turmeric dressing, garnished with red onions served with Spanish chorizo. Also a composed salad, made out of steamed sweet potatoes, omelette, sliced chorizo, steamed red onions, and leafy greens and dressed with salt and olive oil, and herbs bread to go with it.

A Delicious composed  and cabbage salad were served for Dinner on the hot day.

Turmeric Dressing:

1 teaspoon dried powder turmeric add in,
1/3 teaspoon salt, 1/4  cup hot water (mix them together thoroughly)
Add in 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
(mix altogether until all combined)

Cabbage salad with turmeric dressing , garnished with red onion
Shredded cabbage with turmeric dressing

The Composed Salad.

I prepared the dinner without any planning,  I do the salad out the materials that I have at hand.  I started with the omelet, then added with sweet potato, and steamed onions.  I thought sliced chorizo would be good to go with them, so I added some, at last but not least the leafy greens.  Sprinkle some salt and drizzle with the best olive oil.  Toss and served.

The first step of composed salad. Sliced red onion, omelet, sliced sweet potatoes and chorizo
The first step of composed salad. Sliced red onion, omelet, sliced sweet potatoes and chorizo
Added the leafy greens
Sprinkle some salt and the best olive oil
Toss them together gently.
Delicious Composed Salad is Served
Delicious Composed Salad

It is a short and sweet post, I have no recipe to share with  you.  The composed salad is very easy, do your own a composed salad, it works every time.

Please do try cooking without any planning, enjoy what you have on hand, it may surprise you, beautiful and delicious dishes are the outcome.  Happy Cooking.