Wasakaka, a Spicy Avo Sauce or Dip

2021-09-24T14:05:08+02:00September 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

It is amazing how international travel and armchair travel, social media and television has broadened our food knowledge and repertoire. My late parents, who were avid ‘foodies’ certainly did not prepare, let alone speak about baba ghanoush, chimichurri, guacamole, teppanyaki, carpaccio, taramosalata, espresso or my current favourite wasakaka or guasacaca! Thinking back to just a [...]

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Carrot Cake Roll

2021-09-04T13:07:29+02:00September 4th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

It dawned on me that the reason why I love carrot cake is actually about the cream cheese frosting and filling! In this rolled cake the proportion of frosting to cake is generous! A little surprise can be added to the filling in the form of tart apricot jam or chilli jam. Try my tomato [...]

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Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

2021-08-29T11:25:17+02:00August 29th, 2021|Dining in & out, Uncategorized|

I have to serve this decadently delicious, rich, cheesy concoction at least once a year! It is almost fondue-like but it contains spinach and artichokes, so that makes it healthy, doesn’t it? I can’t trace its origins but somewhere I read that a similar dish was served in Mediterranean countries centuries ago. If you have [...]

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Lamb Rogan Josh with Lentils

2021-08-07T11:10:55+02:00August 7th, 2021|From the Kitchen, Indian|

While the Western Cape is known for its magnificent restaurants we sadly lack good, authentic Indian Restaurants in my area so when I have a craving for Indian I start paging through my pile of recipe books. This week I felt like a favourite on Indian menus, Rogan Josh, also known as Roghan Ghosht. I [...]

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Warm Sticky Ginger Puddings with Whiskey Sauce

2021-07-28T12:53:13+02:00July 28th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Winter calls for decadent warm desserts. This time I combined ginger, tamarind and dark brown sugar to create a delicious warm pudding and it is finished off with a whiskey cream! WARNING: If you are frantically counting the calories you need to close this file now! Ginger is one of my favourite flavours to use [...]

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Hearty winter soup with delicious variations

2021-07-23T12:12:16+02:00July 23rd, 2021|From the Kitchen|

As soon as winter arrives I haul out my pressure cooker and it lives on my kitchen counter until springtime! In an effort to eat as healthily as possible and to avoid unnecessary carbs one of my favourites is a basic vegetable soup that becomes the backbone for a few more interesting heartier dishes. I [...]

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Beetroot with Orange and Jalapeño

2021-07-13T13:15:09+02:00July 15th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Cooked beetroot salad is quintessential South African. I think everyone who grew up here had sliced or grated beetroot salad at least once a week! My mom cooked beetroot in the pressure cooker and one of my early memories of helping in the kitchen was removing the squishy peels and having pink hands to show [...]

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Bao – steamed Chinese buns, with Barbeque Pork

2021-07-15T12:27:46+02:00July 15th, 2021|Asian, From the Kitchen|

Bao or Baozi (Chinese) are deliciously light steamed yeast buns that serve as a vehicle for various fillings. An ancient street food that is on trend today! With their origins in China they have spread throughout Asia and wherever there is an established Chinese community in the rest of the world. Bao are [...]

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Almond and Apple Cake – Gluten Free

2021-07-11T19:08:43+02:00July 11th, 2021|From the Kitchen, Gluten-Free Baking|

Frangipane....? I have a weakness for Frangipane this is a rich mixture of butter, sugar, eggs and ground almonds. It is usually used in tarts in combination with fruit. The tart base is usually a rich short crust. “The name Frangipane is attributed to a 16th century Italian nobleman Marquis Muzio Frangipane, who invented a [...]

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Cauliflower with Lime & Coriander Dressing

2021-06-12T12:29:59+02:00June 16th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

This is one of those recipes that evolved when I wanted something to cool down a rather spicy Portuguese Chicken Peri Peri and I didn’t feel like the proverbial green salad! I had bought beautiful young heads of cauliflower and so I simply cut them into wedges and steamed them for a few [...]

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