My Go-to Recipes & Monthly Must-Reads

Question of the month from Kristen: “What’s your go-to recipe? Drink, dinner, dessert, whatever…”

I love this question for two reasons: Firstly – I’m all about sharing recipes that I love (check out my “food” tab on the menu bar).  Secondly – I can’t wait to read all the other responses to this question – I’ve already added Kristen’s “one-trick-pony” salmon to next week’s menu plan!

DRINK: Mango Lassi (my recipe)

In a blender mix: 6 TB Kesar Mango Pulp, 2 tsp sugar, 1 TB plain yoghurt, 2 ice cubes & 1 cup milk. Can add more sugar or yoghurt according to taste. Kesar Mango pulp is produced by many different brands and is the secret to Indian-restaurant-style Mango Lassi!

DINNER: Penne a la Betsy (from Pioneer Woman Cooks)

I usually make this dish when we have people over – it’s easy to cook, only uses a few (fresh) ingredients and ALWAYS tastes delicious! Previously posted about here.

DESSERT: Magnolia Bakery Style Cupcakes

Simple recipe resulting in fresh tasting cupcakes – I made this batch on the twins’ birthday for their classmates – and their teachers told me how they couldn’t resist the home-made flavor! One tip – don’t be tempted to simplify the recipe by omitting self-raising flour and only using all-purpose flour…I did that once and ended up with very dense cupcakes!

What’s your go-to recipe? PLEASE share – I LOVE tried & tested recipes!


    1. Beautygirl24
      June 5, 2013 / 3:49 am

      This is making me hungry after an intense work out! The penne looks amazing, I am always on the hunt for new pasta recipes! All I ever make is spaghetti with meat sauce. I would say I'm new at cooking, so I actually want to save everyone's recipes for the month's question 🙂

      • Ella Pretty Blog
        June 7, 2013 / 2:07 am

        Good idea – I'm bookmarking the recipes too! I love this pasta because it's basically impossible to mess up 🙂

    2. Schnelle
      June 5, 2013 / 11:05 am

      Mmmmm that smoothie looks so good. I've recently started making smoothies at home so I'm adding this one to my book. Thanks!

      • Ella Pretty Blog
        June 7, 2013 / 2:07 am

        I LOVE home-made smoothies – and Mango Lassis are SUCH a treat – my son adores them!

    3. Life's a shoe
      June 5, 2013 / 3:57 pm

      wow this looks so good!

      • Ella Pretty Blog
        June 7, 2013 / 2:08 am

        Thanks 🙂

    4. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
      June 5, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      I think you should do menu planning as a service. For a fee of course. I will be your first customer! 😉

      • Ella Pretty Blog
        June 7, 2013 / 2:09 am

        I'd do it for free for you…but I'd have to warn you that it includes at least one night of takeout and 2 nights of eating over at a family member's house LOL!!!

    5. Jennifer from Spiced Beauty
      June 8, 2013 / 12:18 am

      You need a food blog!I hope all is well <3

    6. Mehreen
      June 8, 2013 / 6:55 am

      Okay … That penne looks amazing !!! Adding it to my menue for sure !!!:) yum !

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