Category: Fast & Easy

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Apple Ginger and Lemon Spritzer

Summer is in full swing in Cape Town and this recipe for a homemade Apple, Ginger and Lemon Spritzer will go a long way to refresh and cool down on those long, hot days ahead. Made from scratch with a…

Miso Honey Butter Chicken

After last week’s towering Doughtnut Ice Cream Sandwiches extravaganza, I think it is only apt for the next recipe to be on the other end of the scale. This recipe for Miso Honey Butter Chicken from Emily Clifton which I found on…

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

When NetFlorist sends you doughnuts the logical thing to do is make Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches. Of course you can eat them as is but who would not love Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches? Ice cold, sweet, creamy, doughy pleasure all…

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…

Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Fennel

This Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Fennel recipe ticks all the midweek meal boxes. Easy, quick and delicious. Combine the ingredients in a pan, 20 minutes in the oven and dinner is ready. And as we are changing seasons, either…

Fried Eggs in Garlicky Yogurt

Fried eggs in Garlicky Yoghurt with Feta Cheese is now the only way I want to eat eggs. It is so simple yet delicious and I do urge you try it even if it does sound like a strange combination…

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…

Zucchini Labneh Tart

Labneh is a soft cheese that can be made at home with minimal effort and delivers a creamy and delicious cheese you can use and serve with endless possibilities. And I think this Zucchini Labneh Tart is a prime example…

Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Before we get to the Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake I am thrilled to let you know that we will host our next Food Photography Workshop in the city centre of Cape Town. We love using our beautiful West Coast space in…

Cheat's Chicken Biryani

My recipe for Cheat’s Chicken Biryani is purely there to fulfil my cravings for my favourite comfort food with the least possible effort. As excited as I get to taste interesting flavours and food that is foreign to me, there…

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…

Tandoori Roasted Carrots

Turmeric is having a moment. And they say it is the next big thing in the food world, all the while I have still not gotten into fermenting yet and that is the current big thing. Recipes with turmeric abound…

Chicken Roasted in White Wine with Lemon and Herbs

Autumn is playing hide and seek with us in Cape Town at the moment. Two week ago it seems autumn was skipped and we were straight into winter and the last two days we’ve been back to summer. But I…

Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad

There is a definite chill in the evening air lately but the days are still gloriously warm which makes this Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad a delicious salad meal in autumn. And perfect for a long weekend Monday like today…

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…

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…

Aloo Gobi - Cauliflower with Potato

Aloo Gobi means Cauliflower with Potato. It is a dish that features in Pakistani, Indian and Nepalese cuisine. I came across the dish on Pinterest via A Brown Table. Nik’ s photography is fantastic, they way he works with light is…

Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken

My love affair with the sumac I got from Dubai continues and after making Diana Henry’s Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Crusted Eggs a week or so ago, I just had to try this Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken recipe…

Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a great marinade for chicken and this Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken is super easy to make and very tasty. Mix it all in the morning before work and bake it in no time at all for a…

Thai Broccoli Soup

If you love Thai flavours you will love this Thai Coconut Broccoli Soup. If you love easy dinners within 30 minutes you will love this even more.   After our rather extravagant two weeks in France working on the new…

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