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Fried Sweet Plantain Bites

I post videos of my cooking adventures on Instagram every other day.

Some of you slid into my DMs asking for recipes or blog posts. I was a little hesitant but with the festive season now upon us I thought I would share my first recipe. If I get positive vibes I will keep doing it in the new year!

I must warn you not to get too excited, it is a simple recipe but it will have your taste buds doing the MACARENA.

I wanted to start with a basic recipe and work my way up to a more complex meal. Plantain snacks seemed like a good place to start.

Google taught me that plantains are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and A. They are also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, and folate. One cup of plantains contains more potassium than one cup of banana slices.

In layman’s terms, imagine bananas that you can cook? Bananas that you can make sweet or savoury?

* mind blowing *

It took me a long time to come around to the idea of eating what essentially is a cooked banana. Friends regularly offered me a taste of the fried plantain, but just looking at the texture I couldn’t bring myself to taste.

I became curious and decided to experiment with plantains in the comfort of my own home.

Preparation: 5min > Cooking time: 10min > Ready To Eat In: 15min > Serves: 2

Olive Oil for frying
Two Plantains
All spice seasoning

Preheat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat.

Peel the plantains and cut them in half. Slice the halves lengthwise into thin pieces.

Marinate the plantains in your chosen seasoning.

Fry the pieces until browned and tender.

Final step: Drain the oil on kitchen paper.

I like to eat mine on their own or with a dipping sauce.

If you have any other plantain recipes please inbox me!


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Home Baked Frittatas

I love food. Food, to me, is life.

Catch me when I am hungry and I am whole different person – not as talkative, or worse, super argumentative, even about the smallest things. I think they coined a term for that – Hangry.

Luckily, I love to cook just as much as I love to eat – a dangerous combination, especially for any weight loss journey!

Our mini person enjoys a feed and my god does she have an appetite! This means I have to have healthy and tasty options for her to snack on in between her main meals.

Enter the frittata! I have created a very simple recipe with easy to follow instructions that will result in scrumptious frittatas!


  • 6 EGGS
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup Low fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped red peppers
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion

1. HEAT oven to 250 degrees.
2. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until well-blended.
3. ADD cheese, zucchini, bell pepper and onion; mix well.
4. SPOON evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, about 1/4 way up each cup.
5. BAKE in oven until just set, 20 to 22 minutes.
6. COOL on wire rack for 5 minutes.
7. REMOVE from cups; serve warm.

This recipe has become a lifesaver in our household – plus we, the parents, enjoy them too!

Do you have any recipes to share? I would love to hear from you…



Make It Quick…

I am a working mother and come Friday I am super keen to head home and just lounge out whilst watching mindless reality TV. I used to think Friday night was an opportunity for me to take a break from being in the kitchen and taste something different.

Lately though, whenever we have bought takeaway I have often found myself somewhat disappointed by the food’s lack of flavour. This will sound cocky, but as I taste the food I actually think that I can do a better job. There is nothing that I hate more than parting with my hard earned money only to be served trash.

So – I have headed back to the kitchen on Friday night. Instead of takeaway, IamTinashe will be whipping up tasty dishes that resemble takeaway – in the comfort of our home.

In a previous life, my mother was a home economics teacher so she had taught me a thing or two in the kitchen. Below, I share with you my quick and super tasty fried rice.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups of white rice (cook it the night before and freeze for best results)
  • 1/2 an onion, roughly diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly diced
  • 1/4 capsicum, roughly diced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of frozen veggies that have been thoroughly defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of all seasoning salt, to taste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice, to taste (optional)
  • sesame oil, to taste (optional)


Prep  – 15mins | Cook Time – 20mins | Eating In – 35mins

  1. Heat wok over high heat. Pour in olive oil, then stir in garlic, onion and capsicum. Cook until onion is transparent.
  2. Toss in defrosted veggies; cook for about 1.5 minutes.
  3. Crack in eggs, stirring quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables.
  4. Stir in cooked rice.
  5. Lightly pour soy sauce, add seasoning salt, Chinese five spice and toss rice to coat.
  6. Drizzle with sesame oil, and toss again.

And…done!! Time to serve the food, sit back and enjoy!

*I am a pescetarian so obviously there is no meat – but if your spirit compels you – add meat!*

Honestly, every time I taste this fried rice I just about close my eyes and I truly feel like I could be at my favourite Asian restaurant. Yes – it’s that good!

Hopefully this recipe is something that you will try and enjoy!

If you have recipes that you would like to share for working mums, please send them through.


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Basic Vanilla Cup Cakes

My sweet tooth is the main reason I can not be Serena Williams or Beyoncé great – body wise that is. Lollies, white chocolate and delicious biscuits get me every time. One here, one there and the calories just add up. I promise it’s all in moderation otherwise they would need to cut me out the house and have a helicopter on standby.

Spending time at home with baby girl means I have time to bake at home. Dangerous combination. When it comes to home made cakes I like to keep it basic. No creams, no frosting, no decorations – nothing. Just give me the sponge cake please – I am sweet enough. Here I give you my basic vanilla cupcake recipe.


  • 125 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125 ml milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
  2. Place cupcake papers in two 12-hole cupcake trays.
  3. In an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes until pale in colour and creamy. Add sugar one third at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute between each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder and add half to butter mixture with half the milk. Mix until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
  5. Fill cupcake papers three-quarters full.
  6. Bake cupcakes for 15 -20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

After the last step all bets are off, guard your vanilla cup cake with you life. Once you taste one you will know what I mean. Enjoy!



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Super Size Me…

One sleepless night I laying in bed just looking through photos that I have been posting during my pregnancy on Instagram. One particular photo caught my eye – a picture of a Big Mac taken roughly about 20 weeks ago.

The background story of that post was I fought the urge to eat a Big Mac burger for 24 hours. I was not going to go down without a fight but it consumed me. It’s all I thought about, dreamt about – but what’s confusing is I don’t eat meat, I am a pesceterian.

These pregnancy hormones flowing through my body were seriously messing with me. So much so the next day at lunch time I succumbed to the craving and had my first Big Mac in ten years. The first since I swore never to eat meat, let alone the lowest of the low – processed meat.

* the intoxicating Big Mac smell filled my office with its alluring aroma*

I have to admit as I opened the burger box I was a little nervous. I took a pregnant pause and just looked at the burger asking myself, “are you really going to eat this?” I even tried to talk myself out of it, “it’s not too late you can save yourself Tinashe!”

I blinked and before I knew it, the burger was in my hands and my mouth was wide open. As I took my first bite into the Big Mac burger I had the bin within range in case I had the urge to throw up and my lemon lime bitters close by in case I needed to wash it down.

None of those things were necessary.

The first bite felt like an out of body experience. The flavours surrounded my mouth and awakened tastebuds that had laid domaint for sometime. The burger had just the right amount of Big Mac sauce, the pickles cemented the flavour and the crunchy lettuce – assured me of the freshness. Absolutely mind blowing – why have I been depriving myself? I took smaller bites to make the moment last, but before I knew it – I had eaten it all! So much for not eating meat.

Since tasting the burger it has been an ongoing craving of mine. At first I would have it once a fortnight – that lasted about three months as I really wanted to make sure I was eating right. What I put on during the pregnancy I would have to work hard to lose once I delivered the baby. Looking at my closet full of clothes – which no longer fit – scared me to obey.

I was giving myself regular pats on the pack for being so self disciplined, congratulating myself for excerising exceptional self control  – as you do, nothing wrong with self praise.

This all came undone about 8 weeks ago.

Basically I have been having one Big Mac a week. It’s like an itch I need to scratch. As the day approaches that I am to eat the Big Mac I can feel my whole mood change, excitement levels reaching a natural high.

I have told myself that since I have a few more weeks to go until I am due – I am going to give into my body and give it what it craves. BUT the moment I give birth I am cutting off the weekly Big Mac supply, just like that. We will leave it in the past as a distant pregnancy memory.

Hi! My name is Tinashe and it’s been 32 hours since my last Big Mac burger.


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Out And About – Penny University

The other day I was having a phone conversation with my mom and she was like, “so far there is no content in the food section of the blog – what’s going on?”.

The food section of the blog was created so that I could share my recipes and showcase the end result – but also so that I could review the many eateries that my hubby and I frequent.

Winter started in Canberra during the last week of April and coming from sunny Queensland, we really felt the cold. If it wasn’t for work, I probably would not have been game to head out – which meant a lot of hibernating at home on the weekend. Lets just say, I am thankful for a central heating system.

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