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Pistachio Lemon Cake

This utterly delicious Pistachio Lemon Cake is an updated lemon variation of the Orange Pistachio Cake I posted back in 2014. The reason for the update is twofold. The images for the 2014 recipe are a bit embarrassing and I was given some beautiful pistachios by a friend who imports them to South Africa from Iran. I loved hearing a bit more about pistachios, the king of nuts. The English name pistachio is derived from “Pisteh”, which is a Persian name…

Pistachio Labneh Ice Cream

No matter how much I try to plan what goes on this blog I go completely off the plan when I see a recipe I just have to make and share. This Pistachio Labneh Ice Cream is one of them. It also gave me a reason to finally style a photo with the gold teaspoons I got in Dubai last month. Word of advice though, don’t check the exchange rate after you buy something. Or actually rather do that because…

I had to stop photographing this Orange Pistachio Cake as I could not stop eating slice after slice. And just a tip, the first and last slices with the crust are the best. Cut them off and save them for yourself. Some of my favourite food blogs are from Australia and Milk and Honey is the only blog I subscribe to at the moment. I love Jennifer’s recipes and photography. Her sense of humour always brings a smile and she regularly…

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…

These tartlets are so quick and easy to make but do need a few tricks to make them really good. They have to be eaten straight out of the oven, have to be served with vanilla ice cream and definitely need crunch. If you do not have time to make the praline, topping the tartlets with roughly chopped nuts will be a good alternative but the praline does take it to a whole new level. Print Yum Quick Apple Tartlets…

  Last weekend was the 2nd annual Cape Town Cookie Swap. I don’t really have favourite cookie recipes so take the opportunity to page through all my cookbooks and to choose a new recipe to make. Katie Caldesi wrote a wonderful Italian cookery book called The Italian Cookery Course. The book is beautiful, interesting, easy to understand and covers the Italian culinary map. I decided to make the Orange and Pistachio Cantuccini in the book and replaced the orange peel…

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…

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…

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…

Butterkuchen, Grilled Nectarine, Labneh and Dukkah

This is hardly a recipe but more of a quick summery dessert suggestion of Butterkuchen, Grilled Nectarine, Labneh and Dukkah. The dessert shines in its simplicity and use of summer’s bounty of stone fruit. I just love how it is a delicious combination of textures and flavours with no effort at all. The soft buttery cake, topped with tart grilled nectarines, sprinkled with a spicy dukkah, served with a dollop of salty labneh. It is not a very sweet dessert and…

Baked Camembert Focaccia with Honey and Dukkah

Whether we are ready for it or not, we are hurtling into party season. Be it cozy festive dinners inside or lazy day barbecues around the pool I do think this Baked Camembert Focaccia with Honey and Dukkah will fit with any occasion you are preparing for. Crusty freshly baked bread with a round of oozy warm camembert in the middle, drizzled with sweet honey and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt and dukkah makes for an impressive snack to…

Zucchini Labneh Tart

Labneh is a soft cheese that can be made at home with minimal effort and delivers a creamy and delicious cheese you can use and serve with endless possibilities. And I think this Zucchini Labneh Tart is a prime example of how versatile the cheese is.  I spotted an image on Pinterest and immediately wanted to make it. After a bit of a search I came across the recipe for the tart from the book Fermented by Charlotte Pike. This tart…

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…

No Churn Banana and Peanut Butter Frozen Yoghurt

Is it hot enough out there?! This heatwave does not seem to be abating any time soon but this No Churn Banana and Peanut Butter Frozen Yoghurt will at least help to cool you down in a delicious way. I came across a photo of the recipe on Pinterest and loved the frozen yophurt styled in a can. And after reading the very easy recipe on The Hungry Couple I needed to make it. It really could not be simpler and all you have…

6 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

It is January and healthier eating is top of mind for most of us after the last few festive weeks. I decided to do a compilation of my favourite 6 Healthy Recipes for the New Year. These are recipes I have made numerous times and are definite favourites that deliver on flavour, fuss free and will keep everyone satisfied. The first recipe is the delicious Grilled Haloumi Cous Cous Salad. This summery salad is packed with flavour, texture and a zesty…

Tawlet

Monocle Magazine recently awarded Tawlet in Beirut an 8th place on their list of Top 50 Restaurants. I was so happy when I read the wonderful news. I visited Beirut in December last year and was privileged to spend a day at Tawlet, immersing myself in the story, the food and the people who make it all happen. Beirut is one of those cities I just can not get out of my mind and the desire to return to experience more…

Sumac Roasted Tomatoes and Lentils, Dukkah Crusted Eggs

If there ever was a recipe on this blog that exemplifies comfort food then it’s this bowl of Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Crusted Eggs. A bowl of simple ingredients with splashes of the exotic that envelopes you with the comfort and warmth of what must be the equivalent of a foodie hug. What made the dish even more special to me on a Saturday afternoon when I was in need of any kind of hug, were the ingredients I…

I love rooibos. Not only does the flavour remind me of childhood holidays in Stellenbosch with my grandparents but I drink the tea often. It is uniquely South African and very popular the world over but it seems hardly used as an ingredient for cooking and baking. I have tried to incorporate it in a few recipes over the last year of blogging and have always been very pleased with the results. The Rooibos Panna Cotta with Poached Grapefruit is a…

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…

I am a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off. It is by far my favourite cooking contest show and I am always in awe of what the contestants create while wishing I can bake as well as they do. So in a sense this is my Showstopper post of the year as I wanted the last post of 2013 to be truly special and celebratory. This cake will be fitting for any New Year’s Eve celebration or a…

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