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Apple and Olive Oil Breakfast Muffins

There are hardly any muffin recipes on the site which is a shame as they are so quick and easy to make. I would not go as far to call them healthy as they can be loaded with sugar but these Apple and Olive Oil Muffins are quite light on the sugar and have some good for the heart extra virgin olive oil added in the mix. I have added vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter, all spices that…

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a rich and luxurious cake as a christmas cake but not the traditional fruit cake this Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Plums could be a delicious option for something different and summery. The recipe is from Milk and Honey, one of my favourite blogs. I made Jennifer’s recipe a while back and it is absolutely delicious. She made it with a divine coffee cream filling and decadent ganache topping and I urge you to…

Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies

I just said that I find baking cookies more of a mission than what it is worth but it was impossible not to make these Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies. I came across a photo for the recipe on Instagram and immediately made a note that I had to make Shellie Froidevaux’s recipe. And when Baleia asked me if I wanted to give a bottle of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil away, I knew this recipe was going to be perfect to announce…

Olive Oil Pound Cake

I tracked down the recipe for this Olive Oil Pound Cake after seeing a photo for the most beautiful bundt cake on Twitter. I suffered some serious bundt pan envy for a while and thanks to Google Translate I was able to get the jist of the recipe as the original recipe is in Spanish. I loved the use of olive oil in the recipe and knew I had to bake it.  The result was a delicious moist cake with…

Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices

I’d like to think that every recipe on this blog is good but once in a while something comes along which knocks it out of the park. And these Passion Fruit Olive Oil Slices knocks it out of the park completely. They are so good and impossible to resist. Rich, velvety passion fruit curd on a buttery shortbread.  Moreish on a whole other level! I spent quite a bit of time thinking of what recipe to make with olive oil…

Polenta Olive Oil Cake l heinstirred.com

This Olive Oil Polenta Cake came to being after I was asked by Olive Central to develop a recipe using South African Olive Oil. A request I gladly accepted. But before I chat some more about the cake I wanted to present my two new stop motion videos. For these videos I collaborated with the super talented Claire Ferrandi who did the styling and Eden Weiss who did the editing. I am used to doing all the cooking and styling…

Cider Cooked Apple, Onion and Cheddar Galette

I was inspired to cook with cider again after the Pears Roasted in Cider recipe and I think this Cider Cooked Apple, Onion and Cheddar Galette is a worthy follow up recipe. It is on the rich side but so delicious and could be a stunning dish to kick off a dinner party. Or as a lunch served with a crisp salad to offset the richness as suggested by Delicious Magazine where I saw the recipe originally. The pastry of…

Orange Polenta Cake

I was recently invited to lunch at Tokara in Stellenbosch and had the opportunity to enjoy an olive oil tasting followed by a tasty lunch in the deli. The dessert was just incredible, a Orange Polenta Cake served with Orange Ice Cream, Orange Crème and Candied Oranges and as we were lucky enough to get the recipe afterwards, it was a given that I was going to make it and share on here. Tokara offers some of the most incredible…

Turmeric Latte Ice Cream

I find it hard to resist fresh turmeric and I am so happy it is more readily available these days. And ever since tasting the Turmeric Latte Ice Cream at Unframed on Kloof Street I have been wanting to make my own version of Turmeric Latte Ice Cream. It is deliciously spicy with that warm turmeric flavour and the colour is pretty fantastic. And I thought the ice cream would go really well with that classic South African dessert, the super…

Roasted Butternut with Miso and Garlic

This recipe for Roasted Butternut with Miso and Garlic is based on a recipe from Sylvia Fountain that she published on her fabulous Feasting at Home blog. I originally saw the recipe on Pinterest and had “filed” it in my seemingly neverending bookmarked list of recipes to try. I have tried some of her recipes before, like this Best Peri Peri Chicken Ever and I think is one of the most delicious chicken recipes I have published to date. The Roasted Butternut…

Fried Aubergine with Goat's Cheese

I have been an Instagram fan of Chef Loyiso Mthoba for a while now and I decided that before he gets too famous I will ask him if he would like to prepare a recipe for the blog. He immediately agreed and we got together a week ago to make his delicious Fried Aubergine with Goat’s Cheese recipe. The 23 year old Chef Loyiso is a commis chef at Reuben’s at the The One & Only Cape Town where and…

Cauliflower Kofta with Vegan Mayonnaise

After a few indulgent recipes the last two weeks it is time for something a bit lighter and a bit more health conscious and I think these Cauliflower Kofta with Vegan Mayonnaise are just delicious and savoury after all that sweet. The recipe for the Cauliflower Kofta come from Tending the Table. I saw an image for the recipe and it looked so good that I immediately had to jump and make it. In the original recipe the kofta are served…

Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf

I am the first to admit that this Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf is one big gluten, fat and carb festival but it is so delicious. And you are not going to eat it every day so a bit of an indulge once in a while is not a bad thing. And at least there is no added sugar in here so that makes it a little bit better hey? It is a lip smackingly delicious combination of…

Roasted Aubergine Tortilla

These Roasted Aubergine Tortillas is another one of those little work for maximum flavour dishes I just love. Bonus is that there are a whole lot of my favourites in this dish making it a superb “vegetarian dude food” meal in my book. Not only is it my favourite way of cooking aubergine (drizzled with olive oil and za’atar and then roasted) but also has a good dollop of homemade hummus (which I could quite happily live on) and a…

Za'atar Rolls

It feels like autumn has arrived. The days are still warm but it feels like there is a slight chill in the air and the mornings are definitely just that bit darker for longer. This means we are heading to meals consisting of nourishing broths and soups. And I really do think these Za’atar Rolls are a must to bake to mop up all those comforting soups. But while we wait for the cold to properly arrive, these soft rolls…

Plum Almond and Lime Cake

Claudia at The Brick Kitchen inspired me to bake this Plum, Almond and Lime Cake as a final indulgence with the last of summer’s stone fruit before they disappear and make way for loads of citrus, apples  and pears. She posted an image of a Plum, Pistachio and Lemon Cake on Instagram and it was just too hard to resist checking out her recipe. I tweaked the recipe slightly and used all ground almonds rather half almonds and half pistachios, purely for…

Chocolate Dukkah

My new favourite thing has to be Chocolate Dukkah. Made with cacao nibs, this is a sweet, chocolate version of the aromatic savoury spice mix, dukkah that is one of my favourite accompaniments to jazz up salads, roast veggies and makes a fab dipping sauce with some olive oil. Chocolate dukkah is a sublime mix of slightly bitter cacao nibs, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamias and cinnamon, and it makes a delicious dessert topping. I wish it was my idea but originally saw the…

Miso Roasted Aubergine

I was introduced to the term flexitarian the other day and I though to myself I that I have probably become one without realising it. I seem to be mostly vegetarian these days, only eating meat on the odd occasion and do not miss it if I do not have it. Through this process aubergines (egg plant) have pretty much become a staple in my diet and this Miso Roasted Aubergine is a fantastic way to eat the vegetable. Roasting…

Lemon and Rose Doughnuts

The recipe for these beautiful Lemon and Rose Doughnuts come from Joudie Kalla’s book Palestine on a Plate – Memories from my mother’s kitchen. It is probably the most non Palestinian recipe and as Joudie mentions, doughnuts aren’t typically Palestinian but the essence of the Middle East really shine through in these doughnuts. Fragrant rose water, tangy lemon icing and dried rose buds make for a delicious and beautiful sweet treat and with Valentines Day around the corner, I thought…

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dip

I do think these Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dip are really delicious, even for those of us who can happily live without quinoa. Packed with veggies and no processed ingredients these make a great meat free monday meal and I am convinced it will keep all the carnivores at your table pretty happy and satisfied. I based this recipe on a recipe I received from my friend Roger Jorgensen after having dinner one evening where he served quinoa…

6 Healthy and Tasty Recipes for the New Year

It is January and a closer look at our diets will be top of mind for most of us after the last few weeks of festive and holiday indulgence. I did a compilation of my favourite 6 Healthy and Tasty Recipes for the New Year in January 2016 and it was such a popular post that I had a relook at the heinstirred archives to see how I can update it with 6 new healthy (and tasty of course) recipes. Healthy…

Polenta Parmesan Roast Potatoes

Is it too early to start thinking about the roast potatoes for Christmas Day lunch? If you are like me and the thought has already crossed your mind a few times since last Christmas, I think I have the best roast potato recipe and you can now wonder about what dessert to serve on Christmas Day (although I have you covered on that one too). The search is definitely over with these Polenta Parmesan Roast Potatoes with Rosemary Salt from Donna Hay…

Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake

I am super happy with this year’s Xmas cake incarnation, a Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake. It has become a tradition for me to make a different Xmas cake each year and this fruitcake has to be my favourite to date. This cake still plays with the addition of chocolate to the mix which I think elevates a fruitcake to a whole new level but for this year’s version I used spelt flour that I had left over from…

Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Fennel

This Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Fennel recipe ticks all the midweek meal boxes. Easy, quick and delicious. Combine the ingredients in a pan, 20 minutes in the oven and dinner is ready. And as we are changing seasons, either from winter to spring or summer to fall this recipe fits in beautifully into this period of change. It is comforting without being heavy and while so easy to make it totally delivers on flavour. You can add more smoked…

Fried Eggs in Garlicky Yogurt

Fried eggs in Garlicky Yoghurt with Feta Cheese is now the only way I want to eat eggs. It is so simple yet delicious and I do urge you try it even if it does sound like a strange combination. I love the play of the cold of the yoghurt with the heat of the fried eggs, the warmth of the paprika and the saltiness of the feta cheese. Add to that the chewy texture of a slice of sourdough…

Cheat's Chicken Biryani

My recipe for Cheat’s Chicken Biryani is purely there to fulfil my cravings for my favourite comfort food with the least possible effort. As excited as I get to taste interesting flavours and food that is foreign to me, there are two dishes I have a habit of always ordering. If it is Indian it is always Biryani. I seem to never be able to choose anything else off the menu. And when it comes to pizza, it is always…

Vegan Kale and Coconut Soup

The idea behind this Kale Turmeric Coconut Soup was to create a dish as healthy and nutrious as possible. Not just healthy and vegan but really delicious as well. And it worked a charm and perfect timing while we are in the middle of Cape Town winter. I packed the soup with as many healthy ingredients as I could: beautiful Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Garlic, fresh Ginger and Turmeric. All those ingredients are filled with nutritional values that are through the…

Kale Chips

I have been a recent convert to kale. And partly because it has not been as regularly available in South Africa as it is now and it has also veered on the far too healthy scale of the food spectrum for me. But I have been cooking with it quite a bit and was pleasantly surprised with these Kale Chips. Kale is often referred to as the Queen of Greens. A member of the Brassical family (cabbage, broccoli etc), the…

Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel

I absolutely love falafel. Made with chickpeas or lentils (as they make at Nooka in Roeland Street) or a mixture of both. And now I love them made with butternut squash. I have made these Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel on a few occasions now and everyone loves them. I originally saw the beautiful photo of Food and Travel Magazine’s Butternut Squash and Feta Falafel on Pinterest and it immediately when to the top of my “must make for the blog” list…

Peri Peri Chicken

I have posted this recipe for Peri Peri Chicken before – back in March 2014 – but after making the recipe part of a chicken feature for the Sunday Times Food Weekly recently, I wanted to share it again with updated photos and because it is so incredibly delicious. It is my favourite chicken recipe of all time.   We South Africans love our peri peri chicken, you will find many peri peri restaurants and I guess the fast food chain…

Tandoori Roasted Carrots

Turmeric is having a moment. And they say it is the next big thing in the food world, all the while I have still not gotten into fermenting yet and that is the current big thing. Recipes with turmeric abound in the food blog world and on Pinterest and we are told of it’s myriad of health benefits. Benefits that does not all seem to have been proven. But forgetting about all that, it is a root that not just…

Chicken Roasted in White Wine with Lemon and Herbs

Autumn is playing hide and seek with us in Cape Town at the moment. Two week ago it seems autumn was skipped and we were straight into winter and the last two days we’ve been back to summer. But I spent a few days in the winelands and the vineyards have turned ochre and orange and red so the wonderful cooler temperatures of autumn is bound to finally appear. And when it does you can’t go wrong with this super…

Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken

My love affair with the sumac I got from Dubai continues and after making Diana Henry’s Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Crusted Eggs a week or so ago, I just had to try this Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken recipe from one of my favourite blogs, Feasting at Home. Sylvia’s blog really lives up to its name and it is easy to get lost in the delicious recipes on her site. The photography is absolutely beautiful too and a definite…

Roasted Aubergine

This Roasted Aubergine recipe has to be one of the best ways to serve aubergine and is inspired by an Ottolenghi recipe I came across recently. I am buying less and less recipe books as it feels that the market is saturated with books and I find following and interacting with my favourite bloggers for inspiration to be much more satisfying. So in saying so I have been slow to the Ottolenghi fan club. My trip to Beirut has had…

Tabbbouleh l heinstirred.com

It was only when I arrived in Beirut I discovered Tabbouleh is not a grain salad with some herbs. Quite possibly the national dish of Lebanon, it is much rather a beautiful deep green, fresh herb salad with some grains. Neither did I  know that you eat the salad with romaine lettuce or tender white cabbage leaves, scooping up the salad with its lemony olive oil dressing, which I think is the most wonderful way of eating the salad. They…

Watermelon Carpaccio l heinstirred.com

This is one of those combinations that is a bit out of the ordinary but I think it works really well. The play of salty and sweet has been around for a long time, made even more popular with the salted caramel trend. And this Watermelon Carpaccio is a spin on the trend, well suited for al fresco lunches and dinners as we enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Here I combine the sweetness of the watermelon with the…

Homemade Ricotta l heinstirred.com

This post was supposed to be about Lebanon’s most famous salad Tabbouleh. But you needs a lot of flat leaf parsley for it and I have this pet hate for buying herbs from retailers when I know full well I can grow them myself. So the Tabbouleh post has been delayed until I can harvest 300g of parsley. Which brings me to this wonderful homemade ricotta. I saw a photo on the Donna Hay magazine’s Instagram feed of bruschetta with…

Beirut

It is 5pm and I am sitting in a modern, trendy coffee shop across the road from the American University of Beirut. It is easy to think that I am anywhere in the world but the noisy, crazy traffic outside and the Arabic language being spoken around me is a definite reminder that I am in Beirut. It is winter and already dark but I am still dressed in shorts. The weather has been fantastic, beautiful days spent in this…

Salsa Verde Pasta Salad

Pasta salads must be the ugly stepsister of salads.  Pale (often overcooked) pasta, drowned in even paler mayonnaise, blanketing every other flavour. The idea with this Salsa Verde Pasta Salad was to make it as summery and fresh as possible. I also wanted to keep it totally green and added the peas and broccoli, not just for added texture and flavour but to amp the green colour of the salad. Salsa Verde – it means green sauce – is a…

Dukkah is derived from the Arabic word “to pound” and is a spice mix served as a dip which has become very popular outside of its birthplace, Egypt. Most retailers now sell some version of dukkah but it is so incredibly easy to make at home and the fragrance when making it is pretty special. No longer just a dip with bread, you can sprinkle dukkah over roast vegetables, fish, lamb or even some steamed rice. This pistachio version is…

Labneh is essentially a cheese made from straining yoghurt, resulting in a deliciously thick, creamy and tangy soft cheese. You can use it as you would any cream cheese, as the basis for tzatziki or spread it inside a pita or wrap. The straining process is very easy and takes 12 – 48 hours. The longer you strain it, the thicker the cheese will become. Should you want a firm cheese to roll into balls you can strain it for…

There was no way I was going to decline an invitation from Nina Timm from My Easy Cooking to spend the morning in her kitchen! I am a huge fan of Nina’s work on her blog  My Easy Cooking and her fuss free way of doing things. And needless to say it was such a delight to meet her in person and I would have happily stayed the whole day cooking and talking food. Coincidently just this week Nina’s divine Mushroom Tarts was the inspiration for…

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Beetroot is at its best when roasted. The earthy sweet flavour is more intense. I usually add a splash of olive oil, a chilli roughly chopped and a roughly smashed clove of garlic and roast at about 200 degrees C until soft and cooked through. And I never cut the stems off at the bulb. I leave about 2 cm of the stems attached to the bulb to avoid as much bleeding as possible. To make this ice cream I…

Leftovers has never tasted or looked this good! The intention was not to do something festive with leftovers but as I was making these pies it occurred to me that this will be the perfect recipe to make do with leftovers from the Xmas table. I was watching Bill Granger’s new cooking show a few weeks ago and he made a Moroccan version with olives and preserved lemon added to the chicken mixture. It looked so pretty and celebratory that I…

I am always looking for a reason to go to Overture at the Hidden Valley wine estate in Stellenbosch. The beautiful setting, fantastic view, good and friendly service and above all the excellent food makes it my favourite splurge restaurant. A friend from Jozi was in town and Friday again did not disappoint. It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day and after spending a few hours walking Babylonstoren’s garden, lunch at Overture was the perfect follow up destination. We chose…

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