Chilli Con Carne, Chilli Beef

2021-12-18T13:33:38+02:00December 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

My friends and family will exclaim: “What? She never eats mince!” Yes, that just about correct! After years at boarding school where anything made from mince smelt and tasted of rancid fat and bone-meal, I never ate minced (ground) meat again. Recently I have ventured to hamburgers, only from a reliable source and my sister-in-law’s [...]

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Creamy Lemon Cheese filled Crepes

2021-10-20T14:55:10+02:00October 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I also felt like something lemony for dessert and after the long wet winter and lemon trees bearing profusely, I had made so many baked lemon puds, I needed to do something different. So here are my light lemon cheesecake crepes. When the weather is miserable and chilly making pancakes or crepes is my 'therapy'! [...]

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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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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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Spiced Tipsy Cake

2021-06-06T12:15:46+02:00June 12th, 2021|Christmas, From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Wintery weather always brings out the craving for something spicy and boozy I love cakes that double as dessert so this year I have made a Spicy Tipsy Cake. The recipe is loosely based on the typical Cape Brandy Tart or Tipsy Tart. In a cake form it looks more glamorous and looks good on [...]

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Apple and Pecan Bake for Dessert or Breakfast

2021-06-06T11:09:34+02:00June 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

When the wintery weather came along I had an urge to make a baked apple dessert. I love an apple cake, apple crumble and pie, so this time I created something that covers all those bases without much effort. This recipe is not going to win a beauty pageant, but it will win the healthy [...]

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Mango Salsa

2021-03-04T12:49:26+02:00March 4th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Originating in South America (it is said from the Aztecs) this chilled ‘sauce’ is synonymous with Mexican cuisine. In Mexico and other South American countries this cold sauce is served as a ‘dip’ with tacos, or used in tacos or served with grilled meat, poultry and fish dishes. Originally a salsa, Mexican Pico De Gallo, [...]

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Courgette Fritters

2020-04-29T17:33:55+02:00April 29th, 2020|From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Courgette Fritters (gluten free), a delicious vegetable side dish, breakfast or brunch base! Or an excellent vegetarian cocktail snack. I am not crazy about courgettes so when the ‘designated shopper’ returned with two packs this week I had to think on my feet. Ah, fritters and an interesting alternative for brunch! I find that I’m [...]

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Chicken Cacciatore

2020-04-23T13:40:37+02:00April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

This is a delicious, robust Italian one pot dish   Cacciatore means ‘Hunter’ in Italian and as the name implies it is ‘hunter style’. The hunting season opened when we were in Tuscany. The Italians are enthusiastic hunters and within a day the once silent countryside became a 'war zone'! It was originally used for [...]

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Brinjal Pickle, a great antipasto or salad

2020-03-31T14:03:14+02:00March 31st, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Italy, Uncategorized|

At the end of the summer the brinjal crop is always excellent and as they mound up on the kitchen counter it’s time to create some delicious food. Most of my recipes originate in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Today’s recipe hails from Italy. The Italians make the most delicious pickled vegetables that form [...]

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