Category: Christmas & Holidays

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sgroppino

If I can’t get to Venice for New Year then Venice will just have to come to me. And I think Sgroppino is one of the most delicious ways to make that happen.  I came across the drink in Diana…

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a rich and luxurious cake as a christmas cake but not the traditional fruit cake this Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Plums could be a delicious option for something different and summery. The recipe…

Molten Salted Caramel and Chocolate Puddings with Smoked Salt

If you are going to do puddings you might as well go all out and do it properly. And these Molten Salted Caramel and Chocolate Puddings with Smoked Salt is my valiant attempt at doing it properly. I certainly think I…

Easiest Five Step Chocolate and Nut Bars

I got the recipe for these Easiest Five Step Chocolate and Nut Bars from my friend Katelyn Williams who blogs at The Kate Tin, one of South Africa’s most popular blogs. Katelyn is the queen of baking and all things sweet…

Marshmallows with Salted Lime Sugar

I made these Marshmallows with Salted Lime Sugar for a dinner party two weeks ago and from the feedback I got they were the hit of the evening, so I am very pleased to share the recipe here. They formed…

Passion Fruit Cordial

Perhaps not champagne but rather good South African Methode Cap Classique or as we call it “bubbly”. But I am sure you will agree with me that Passion Fruit Champagne sounds much more glamorous and festive as a title for a recipe…

Mackerel Pate with Quick Pickled Red Onion

This recipe for Mackerel Pate with Quick Pickled Red Onion is one of those minimal effort with maximum flavour and reward dishes. And I think it offers a tasty alternative to the usual salmon pate which appears on all menus…

Polenta Parmesan Roast Potatoes

Is it too early to start thinking about the roast potatoes for Christmas Day lunch? If you are like me and the thought has already crossed your mind a few times since last Christmas, I think I have the best…

Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake

I am super happy with this year’s Xmas cake incarnation, a Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Spelt Fruitcake. It has become a tradition for me to make a different Xmas cake each year and this fruitcake has to be my favourite…

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…

Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies

I just said that I find baking cookies more of a mission than what it is worth but it was impossible not to make these Olive Oil Espresso Choc Chip Cookies. I came across a photo for the recipe on Instagram and immediately…

No Churn Passion Fruit Lime Ice Cream

The fact that it is Heritage Day, or more popularly known as Braai Day on Saturday has kind of passed me by but luckily this  No Churn Passion Fruit Lime Ice Cream is bang on for your barbecue this weekend…

Olive Oil Pound Cake

I tracked down the recipe for this Olive Oil Pound Cake after seeing a photo for the most beautiful bundt cake on Twitter. I suffered some serious bundt pan envy for a while and thanks to Google Translate I was…

Almond Butter Biscuit

For the life of me I can not remember where I saw these Flourless Almond Butter Cookies from Heartbeet Kitchen but I was immediately drawn to the idea of baking with almond butter and bonus that the recipe had very few…

Apple Pear Phyllo Tart

I think this is one of my best recipes in a while. This Apple Phyllo Tart is so delicious. The pastry is super crisp, the crushed biscuits go all chewy between the layers and the tartness of the soft apples…

Sausage Breakfast Cake

This Sausage Breakfast Cake is a based on a Strata which I always thought was an Italian dish but turns out to be an American brunch casserole dish. It usually contains, bread, eggs and milk, so it is somewhere between…

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Pudding

These Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Puddings could not be easier and are just so delicious. And with that slight chill in the air I think they are a dessert fitting for Easter weekend coming up. Someone tweeted the other day…

Ukrainian Garlic Bread

My current favourite recipe book is Mamushka by Olia Hercules. A friend told me a while back how interesting and delicious Ukrainian cuisine was and when I read about the book on Twitter towards the end of last year, I immediately…

Honey Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Yoghurt

These Honey Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Yoghurt is one of those desserts that makes the most of summer and its delicious bounty of stone fruit.  It shines in its simplicity yet delivers with full on goodness and flavour. On top…

Frozen Affogato

I would like to have thought I invented a new dessert. Google the words Frozen Affogato, and you see an ice cream recipe of Martha Stewart that plays with the flavours but does not resemble an actual affogato. But then…

Monkey Gland Rump Kebabs

One of my favourite Sunday Times features to create was the Heritage Day one which featured this recipe for Monkey Gland Rump Kebabs and it has finally made it to the blog. When I was given the task to create…

Fruit Galette

With summer in full swing, indulging in the sumer fruit bounty is an absolute joy. Beautiful stone fruit, colourful berries and that all too short season of cherries abound at markets, supermarkets and street vendors. This Fruit Galette hopes to…

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…

Caramel Popcorn with Coffee Salt

I can’t think of a better New Year’s Eve snack than this Caramel Popcorn with Coffee Salt. The rich golden colour adds that celebratory feel and the taste is just phenomenal. I adapted the recipe from the Spicy Salted Caramel…

Espresso Martini

A good friend mentioned the other day she can not wait to see what this year’s festive drink is going to be so I am feeling a bit of pressure with this recipe for Espresso Martini. I had already shot…

Festive Frangipane

This delicious Boozy Festive Frangipane looks rather homely and innocent but is rich, decadent, so comforting and is my modern take on the usual fruited Xmas pudding. It has a layer of rich almond frangipane, topped with fruit that were…

The Perfect Roast Chicken

This recipe for the Perfect Roast Chicken is one I found on the New York Times Cooking site a while back and I have not roasted chicken any other way since. I believe there are few meals that can beat…

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Summer time is ice cream cake time, Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream Cake time to be precise. Layers of smashed cookies, a layer of vanilla ice cream flavoured with peppermint extract, another layer of vanilla ice cream mixed with rich caramel…

Mocha and Raspberry Millefeuille

This Mocha Raspberry Millefeuille is a recipe worth keeping at hand as the holiday season inches closer. Visually so impressive and guaranteed to elicit a few wows from your family and guests but not complicated to make at all. A…

Berry and Beer Lemonade

All the beer purists should look away as this Berry and Beer Lemonade will probably annoy them. I’ve been wanting to do a beer cocktail for a while now and found the recipe for this lemonade on The Beernoness‘ blog…

Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs 

The idea of beer and chicken is not a new one. We’ve all been to barbecues with a chicken being cooked in a kettle braai while resting on a can of beer or braai masters generously dousing chicken on the grill…

Strawberry Polenta Cakes

This recipe for Strawberry Polenta Cakes is a delicious sweet twist on the usual polenta recipes out there. Drizzled with maple syrup and custard they make for a delicious dessert. Cut the custard and you have a tasty breakfast treat…

Gourmet Stuffed Braai Loaf

All the banters and paleos and gluten frees and carb fiends should look away because this Gourmet Stuff Braai Loaf is fantastic! Freshly baked home made bread stuffed with caramelised onions, roasted tomatoes, some grilled peppers and two cheeses. A…

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