Author: heinstirred

  To be totally honest this is more of a fridge tart than a cheesecake but definitely delivers the same tangy smoothness and richness of a cheesecake. I did not want to bake a traditional cheesecake neither wanted to use gelatin so used a base of condensed milk and lemon juice to set the mixture. I drained the yoghurt overnight to make sure the filling is as thick as possible since I was not using any gelatin. Just line a…

I was once told that South Africans have quite an obsession with butternut and with the last few days having been cold and wet I just smiled when I decided to make a butternut soup. I wanted to keep the soup pretty rustic and did not add any cream or orange. What I did decide to do was toss the butternut in some hot curry powder and add a few cloves of garlic while the butternut was roasting and it…

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…

Meatballs in tomato sauce is one of my favourite winter comfort foods and I am pretty pleased with these ostrich meatballs. I was a bit concerned that they could dry out as the meat is lower in fat than beef mince but the tomato sauce keeps them deliciously moist. I don’t think you can add too much basil to the tomato sauce and luckily with today’s supermarket convenience we still have access to basil in the middle of winter. Instead…

We were talking the other day about how bad french fries are for you and these are by no means a replacement but they are certainly delicious. They are a good option when I want a side dish with more texture and bite than plain cooked polenta or mashed potato. Their crunchy exterior and tasty parmesan interior is great side to a stew/bolognaise and they are perfect for dipping into the thick gravy or tomato sauce. Best eaten straight out…

Notwithstanding Nutella’s irresponsible adverts of being a healthy breakfast for children I have to admit the stuff is pretty good and could quite happily have a spoonful on my morning oats. I have been playing with the idea of a homemade version which is not as sweet that I want to use in another dessert and this recipe is essentially a delicious chocolate and nut butter. The hazelnuts come through in taste and texture and you are able to manage…

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