Author: heinstirred

Olive Oil Flatbreads with Fried Aubergine, Boiled Eggs and Harissa Mayo

This recipe for Olive Oil Flatbreads with Fried Aubergine, Boiled Eggs and Harissa Mayo is my own twist on a stunning image I saw on Instagram shot by Gareth Morgan for Tesco Magazine.  It looked so good and the flavour combinations so up my…

White Chocolate and Mascarpone Mousse with Raw Apple Crumble

This post and recipe is sponsored by JAZZ™ Apples This White Chocolate and Mascarpone Mousse with Raw Apple Crumble ticks a number of boxes when it comes to a great dessert. It’s elegant, rich, loads of texture and does not take…

Polenta Crumbed Haloumi Chips

My taste affair with polenta is far from over and the next installment are these highly addictive Polenta Crumbed Haloumi Chips. And I am not even going to pretend that they are in any way good for you, unless you only…

Polenta Parmesan Chips

I recently spent some time in the north of Italy and had one of the best bowls of polenta ever. A dish called Polenta Taragna made with loads of Branzi, a raw milk cheese produced in the Bergamo valley. The…

Roasted Broccoli Slaw with Feta

If you ask me I would tell you that you can never eat too much gelato. Ask any doctor and they will disagree. But if you are going to be in Italy for two weeks you might as well search…

Zucchini Parmigiana

Autumn is slowly setting in and you can feel the cooler temperature in the mornings and evenings here in Cape Town. It means the days are getting shorter and for any foodie who’s always wondering what the next meal will…

Mini Doughnuts in a Spiced Gin Syrup

These Mini Doughnuts in a Spiced Gin Syrup is based on a recipe for Gulab Jamun, those delicious semolina dumplings popular on the Indian subcontinent as well as South African. Deep fried, they are a combination of traditional South African…

Roasted Broccoli with Nori Salt

This week’s blog post is a few days late but I am sure I am making up for it with this recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Nori Salt. I have made it 3 times since the first timeI tried it…

Dutch Baby with Hot Cross Bun Croutons

I still think last year’s Easter dessert, the Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream is one of the best desserts I have ever made so there was a bit of pressure to come up with an equally delicious dessert this year. I…

Sweet Potato Fries with Coriander Yoghurt

I adapted this recipe for Sweet Potato Fries with Coriander Yoghurt from a recipe in Diana Henry’s book Simple. Diana is a food writer whose recipes I have come to love and my collection of her cookbooks is steadily growing as…

Peanut Crusted Chocolate Cake

I think this Peanut Crusted Chocolate Cake is so good and am quite excited to share the recipe. I was reading an article that mentioned Margot Henderson’s Turkish Coffee Cake and the sound of the cake was too good to resist…

Tahini Choc Chip Banana Bread

Banana Bread is one of those baking recipes that epitomizes home baking to me. It is also one of those baking recipes that are so easy to make and many first time bakers could muster at the first go. A…

There are few things as delicious as a roasted chicken and a rotisserie chicken is something we hardly do at home due to mess it makes. So when I saw this recipe from Bon Appetit for Slow Roasted Chicken and…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Balls

The internet probably does not need another recipe for “bliss balls” but these Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Protein Balls are good enough to be shared from my side and to bounce around the internet with al the other bliss…

Grilled Fig and Labneh Tartine

We’re at the the peak of summer and figs have finally made their appearance. These Grilled Figs and Labneh Tartines are a super quick and delicious way to use the fruit in more of a savoury dish. The idea is…

Strawberry Pistachio Tart

This Strawberry Pistachio Tart is so good. It is a fresh, colourful, summery tart and will satisfy all sweet cravings with loads of flavour and texture. And if like me, you avoid making pastry as much as you can, this…

Tofu Balls with a Herbed Bulgur Salad

Tofu has never ranked very high on my “must get” ingredient list but after making this recipe for Tofu Balls with a Herbed Bulgur Salad I am much more interested in cooking with tofu again. Bonus is that it is…

Apricot and Lime Olive Oil Cake

I know January is supposed to be all about healthy eating but in the southern hemisphere it is summer and there are stone fruit everywhere. I find it impossible not to bake with them a few times during the season…

Grilled Corn with Spicy Lime Butter

This recipe for Grilled Corn with Spicy Lime Butter came about with me opening the fridge to see how I could spice up the usual grilled corn with a bit more that just butter and salt. I have never been…

6 delicious veggie recipes for the new year

It is January and healthier eating is top of mind for most of us after the last few weeks of holidays and festivities. The 6 recipes below are some of my favourite vegetable and vegetarian recipes that I hope will…

Frozen Berry Pavlova

It is my final post of the year and I wanted to make sure it is something truly special, festive and absolutely delicious. And without a doubt, this Frozen Berry Pavlova with White Chocolate Drizzle delivers on all those requirements. The…

Potato Galette with Biltong Salt

This Duck Fat Potato Galette with Biltong Salt is one of those completely indulgent and delicious dishes that you should make and eat only once a year purely for the sake of your heart. But it is the end of…

Frozen Tiramisu

This Frozen Tiramisu is a version of the classic Italian dessert I came across in a recent issue of Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light. The timing can not be better for us in the southern hemisphere. It is summery, festive…

Gourmet Chicken Sandwich

Disclaimer – This Gourmet Chicken Sandwich post is sponsored by JOYA® Apples Summer is in full swing and chances are that many of our meals will be enjoyed outside next to the pool, at a picnic or on the beach. And…

Date and Oat Bars

Ottolenghi’s new book Sweet is my favourite cookbook of the year. I have lost count how many times I have paged through it and there are so many recipes I want to try but unfortunately there is no chance that…

Miso and Sesame Roast Chicken with Bashed Cucumber Salad

I don’t think it is possible to have too many roast chicken recipes on the blog and this Miso and Sesame Roast Chicken is from Nigella’s latest book At My Table. It also seem that I can not have too…

Vegan Fruitcake

This Vegan Fruitcake is my fourth fruitcake I have baked for the blog.  Each year I try to make another version and the idea of a Vegan Fruitcake came to me quickly as I am currently quite interested in vegan baking…

Mushroom Pizzas

I am quite taken with these Mushroom Pizzas. Flavoursome and umami-rich flavoursome large brown mushrooms topped with a home cooked tomato sauce, a few of your favourite pizza toppings, some melty mozzarella cheese and you have mushroom pizzas that goes…

Fennel and Orange Salad

We are hurtling towards summer here in Cape Town but luckily with modern day convenience it is still easy to get your hands on some fennel and oranges for this delicious Fennel Orange Salad. Granted, for us in the southern…

Soft Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies

I have been on a mission to find the perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich and I think these Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies are as close as I am going to get. I feel that the cookie must not…

Frozen Watermelon Margarita

When watermelons make their appearance you know summer has arrived in Cape Town and making a Frozen Watermelon Margarita seems to be a good enough way to welcome the long, warm and festive days ahead. I had quite a bit…

How To Make Hummus

If I ever got stuck on a deserted island I would only need 3 things. WiFi (of course), a charger and a falafel vendor. Because I could easily live on just falafel. And if there is falafel there will be…

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…

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