This cake will be a hole in one with any golf enthusiast. The Wilton golfer and flag are available at many craft and cake decorating stores.
Cooking the beans ahead simplifies last-minute preparations.
Fiery looking in a bowl but cool on a spoon, gazpacho is a hot-weather dish from Spain. Although traditional, there's nothing old-fashioned about this refreshing half salad/half soup that's make-ahead, low in fat and high in garden-fresh flavour. Whether it's peppered-up Fire and Ice, the milder classic version or any of the herb variations, a bowl of this chunky soup makes an easy beginning to summer meal or satisfying weeknight supper.
Available in 400 g packages, cooked thick yellow miki noodles are ready to use – and the perfect amount for two. If you can't find them, use Shanghai-style noodles instead (see Tip), but you'll only need half the package.
You can thaw and peel the shrimp while the soup is cooking, but to quickly get dinner on the table after work, prep the shrimp the night before. That way, you'll be able to throw them into the slow cooker when you get home and then sit down to a warm, soothing meal in less than 15 minutes.
When sweetened with mango and ginger, delicate teas like Ceylon black or green gunpowder make refreshing afternoon drinks or light, fruity iced teas. Dried calendula flowers, a variety of marigolds, are available in fine food and health food stores. Add sugar after steeping if you wish to accentuate the fruity flavour.
Time-saving tip: Use boneless skinless chicken breasts and you'll save an extra 15 minutes.
Also known as "eggs in purgatory," tomato-poached eggs make a delicious meal any time of day. Serve with crusty baguette slices and top with a little shredded Parmesan cheese, if you like.