Author: heinstirred

Red Wine Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Chickpeas

** This post has been paid for by Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards ** Once in a while a recipe crosses your path that immediately becomes part of your cooking “repertoire” and this Red Wine Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Chickpeas is…

Gingernut Crusted Chocolate Brownies

The idea for these Gingernut Crusted Chocolate Brownies come from a brownie recipe I saw in one of the recent Donna Hay issues. Her brownie recipe had a crust of amaretti biscuits that I thought was a pretty good (and tasty) idea. I…

Negroni Sbagliato

This recipe for Negroni Sbagliato comes from Nigella Lawson’s new book At My Table that was published a week or so ago and as we are heading into Spring with longer days and warmer evenings, I thought it was just…

Zucchini Labneh Naan Pizza

It is Meat Free Monday and I have another recipe idea in one of my favourite styles of cooking (after ice cream and baking of course), “easy breezy dude food”. This Zucchini Labneh Naan Pizza is quick, easy and delicious…

Middle Eastern Millionaire's Shortbread

A new Ottolenghi book is always exciting news and I don’t recall a recent book everyone has been so excited to arrive as his latest offering called Sweet.  It makes sense to do a book of sweet baking and desserts…

Caprese Sandwich

This Caprese Sandwich is another interpretation of “braaibroodjies” that I seem so keen to keep doing. There are a few recipes now on the blog playing with breads suited for a barbecue (you can see them at the end of…

Chipotle and Beer Short Ribs

Tender, sticky, smoky, spicy, sweet & sour, comforting, finger licking, serviette destroying and so delicious. All those words aptly describe and sum up these totally moreish Chipotle and Beer Short Ribs. The short ribs tick all the boxes when it…

Vegan Choc Mint Tart (Raw)

I am a sucker for any combination that involves cream, eggs and butter as I am sure many regular readers of this blog can attest to. But I am similarly fascinated with vegan baking and baking with alternative ingredients so…

Roast Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

I am sure for every baking and dessert recipe there is a chicken recipe on this blog. Red meat does not really feature amongst the food I love to eat (hello carbs and sugar) and I cook and eat very…

Almond Tahini Choc Chip Cookies

I’ve tried to bake with coconut flour a few times but have not had much success until these delicious Almond Tahini Choc Chip Cookies crossed my path. I found the recipe on Minimalist Baker, a blog I regularly look at…

Parsnip, Potato and Leek Gratin

This is special occasion food. In this Parsnip, Potato and Leek Gratin, humble root vegetables are baked in loads of cream with garlic and gruyere cheese to end up as a luxurious dish fit for kings and everyone else. Parsnips…

Chicken Broth with Herbed Dumplings

Spring is around the corner in the southern hemisphere but I am sure there a few cold days still heading our way so this recipe for Chicken Broth with Herbed Dumplings are not too late. But saying that, this is…

Gourmet S'mores

I love tasting menus. Purely for the fact that you know there will be more than one dessert. Two minimum. Three if you are lucky. These gourmet s’mores consist of home baked graham crackers (we know them as digestive biscuits in…

Cheese and Onion Tray Bread

The recipe for this Cheese and Onion Tray Bread comes from this year’s Donna Hay Fast Issue. It looked so good and the fact that it did not take a massive effort to make immediately appealed to me so I…

Macaroni and Cheese Cake

This Macaroni and Cheese Cake is one of the two recipes I made for the kykNET program Kook en Geniet that will be broadcast this Wednesday evening at 8pm. Kook en Geniet is probably South Africa’s most iconic cookbook, first published…

Roasted Romanesco and Cauliflower Pasta

As with the Zucchini and Ricotta Bake I am keeping it vegetarian (and vegan for that matter) with this recipe for Roasted Romanesco and Cauliflower Pasta. Easy midweek cooking meets Meat Free Mondays in a delicious and nutritious way. Romanesco broccoli…

Baby Marrow and Ricotta Bake

I don’t think it can get any quicker and easier than this Baby Marrow and Ricotta Bake. In fact, it hardly requires much of a recipe. Simple, yet fresh and delicious ingredients layered, seasoned and baked to make a satisfying…

Malva Pudding

The internet definitely does not need another Malva Pudding recipe but this is an idea I have been wanting to try for a while after getting my hands on some white miso. I did a quick survey the other day for…

Baked Lemon Pudding with Lime Yoghurt

A baked lemon pudding is a baked lemon pudding.  Until you have a Baked Lemon Pudding with Lime Yoghurt. Double the citrus, double the zest and double the lip puckering deliciousness. It’s been a while I have made a Bill…

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…

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…

Pears Roasted in Cider

The autumn issue of the Donna Hay magazine had some wonderful pear recipes in it and since we are in the same season as the Australians it made sense to try her recipe for Verjuice, Thyme and Cinnamon Roasted pears…

Muesli Buttermilk Rusks

There was no way I was not going to bake Tannie Maria’s Muesli Buttermilk Rusks. After all, they are one of the main characters in the wonderful murder mystery by Sally Andrew called Recipes for Love and Murder. The story is…

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…

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…

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…

Gateau Invisible

I first came across photos of the Gateau Invisible (Invisible Cake) on Federica Di Marcello’s beautiful Instagram account and immediately asked her if she had a recipe for it. She directed me to her blog and after a quick google…

Duck Fat Egg Toastie

It’s Father’s Day next weekend so this delicious Duck Fat Egg Toastie is a breakfast idea just in time for the day. Granted, for this spin on “egg in a hole” the use of duck fat is rather extravagant but…

Nut Butter Granola with Cacao Nibs

I have lost count of how many batches of this Nut Butter Granola with Cacao Nibs I have made. Granola is essentially a breakfast food but this recipe is next level. The granola is crunchy, bitter, sweet, sour, rich and chocolatey…

Triple Chocolate in a Jar

The only thing better than chocolate has got to be 3 types of chocolate. At the same time. As in this recipe for Triple Chocolate in a Jar to be precise. Triple Chocolate in a Jar is three types of…

Miso Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream

My sweet and savoury love affair with miso continues with this Miso Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream. It is a recipe from Claudia who blogs as The Brick Kitchen. Her recipe for Apple and Walnut Crumble Tarts with Miso Butterscotch Swirl…

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…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

After last week’s super healthy recipe we’re all good for something a bit more indulgent like this Peanut Butter, Caramel and Chocolate Tart that crossed my path recently. It is a recipe from one of my favourite bloggers, Milk and Honey…

Spiced Turmeric Broth with Roast Vegetables

Before I get to this week’s recipe for Spiced Turmeric Broth with Roast Vegetables (a healthy and clean eating dish just in time after the past long weekend) I want to share some news. The image below was selected as…

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…

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…

Frosé with Rose Water and Pink Peppercorns

Frosé was the trending summer cocktail in New York last year. I am a bit late to the party, clearly, to only have discovered it recently. It is essentially an adult slushy drink made with rosé wine and I have…

Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream

I am usually quite bad at scheduling recipes for special occasions on the calendar and had no Easter recipe planned. So this Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream came about from a random flash of inspiration to make a dessert with…

Lemon and Rose Doughnuts

I am happy to confirm that our next Food Photography Workshop is on Saturday 21 October 2017. As before the day is a collaboration with fellow photographer Francois Pistorius and well known stylist, author and market madam Isabella Niehaus. Last…

Raw Chocolate Pudding with Sweet Dukkah

I have to admit this is a recipe I never thought I would make. I find vegan and raw “cooking” interesting but always said I draw the line at using avocado as dessert. But this recipe for Raw Chocolate Pudding…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mumbai Cheese Toastie

If truth be told, this Mumbai Cheese Toastie should be called the “I Am Not Giving You Any Of My Toastie” Toastie. It is that good. The recipe for the cheese toastie comes from Diana Henry’s new book titled Simple…

Dutch Baby

A Dutch Baby is not Dutch and neither is it a baby. Derived from the German Pfannkuchen, it is a large puffy pancake fit for a celebratory breakfast with minimal fuss or to make an ordinary midweek meal all the…

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…

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…

Vegan Coconut Caramel Sauce

I have not posted a dessert since December so it has to be rectified immediately. I came across the recipe for this Coconut Caramel Sauce recently on Viktoria’s Table and was immediately tempted to try it. In Viktoria’s recipe the…

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