Author: heinstirred

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 this post) and they are all seriously good. This one is probably the easiest as it is all shop bought ingredients piled into a fresh ciabatta and then baked to a crispy outside and a melty cheesy inside. Happy faces…

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 comes to comfort food. And with the great big South African barbecue weekend for Heritage Day just around the corner, they certainly all the  barbecue food boxes. Make sure you get the best quality short ribs (I got mine from the…

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 I jumped at the chance to make this Vegan Choc Mint Tart when a friend showed me the recipe on enrichnutrition’s instagram feed. The tart is a crust of almonds and dates, topped with a cashew and coconut cream chocolate…

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 little fish. I am not at all an “environmentalist” but we seem to hear more bad than good stories when it comes the oceans and have made a conscious effort to eat minimal fish. Personally, when it comes to non…

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 for vegetarian and plant based recipe inspiration. The cookies are gluten free and not too sweet. Coconut flour is tricky to work with as it takes up much more liquid than a standard wheat flour and I find it can…

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 have never been high on my list of veggies but I found a beautiful bunch at the OZCF market a few Saturday mornings back, photographed them (of course) and then searched around for a recipe I could use. One of…

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