Category: Grains, Pulses & Starches

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…

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…

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…

Sardine and Fennel Pasta

It is close to January’s pay day so if your budget is pinching this utterly delish Sardine and Fennel Pasta might save the day. Made with tinned sardines that does not cost an arm and a leg, neither does fennel…

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dip

I do think these Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dip are really delicious, even for those of us who can happily live without quinoa. Packed with veggies and no processed ingredients these make a great meat free monday meal…

6 Healthy and Tasty Recipes for the New Year

It is January and a closer look at our diets will be top of mind for most of us after the last few weeks of festive and holiday indulgence. I did a compilation of my favourite 6 Healthy and Tasty…

Spelt Flatbreads with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower

This recipe for Spelt Flatbreads with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower is my contribution to the Faithful to Nature #faithfulfood Organic Recipe Challenge. The brief was to create a seasonal, vegetarian and organic family meal using only fresh organic produce and…

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I have mentioned before that quinoa is not one of my most favourite ingredients but when I saw the recipe on What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today for this Quinoa Breakfast Bowl I was so intrigued that I had to…

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…

Freekeh Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

Freekeh has been on my radar for a while now but impossible to get in South Africa. So when I was approached by The Really Interesting Food Company to create a recipe with Greenwheat Freekeh there was no way I…

6 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

It is January and healthier eating is top of mind for most of us after the last few festive weeks. I decided to do a compilation of my favourite 6 Healthy Recipes for the New Year. These are recipes I…

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…

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…

Fried Risotto Balls

Another frying recipe but I realised during the week that I never shared this particular recipe on the blog after they appeared in the Sunday Times Cheese Issue and these Fried Risotto Balls are too good not to share. Spring has definitely…

Falafel l heinstirred.com

Never say you are done falafeling because somehow you end up back in the kitchen making Falafel 2.0. This time you suck it up, be patient, silently apologise to Ottolenghi for thinking he can’t cook and get the dried chickpeas…

Paella l heinstirred.com

I think you have to be pretty brave to publish something like a Paella recipe. Somehow you will be doing or adding something that someone somewhere will deem to be wrong and a sacrilege. But since I am not Spanish…

Falafel with Spicy Tahini Yoghurt l heinstirred.com

I am all falafeled out after quite a bit of falafeling to get the recipe to work. Who knew the humble chickpea fritter could be such a mission but thanks to my friend Roger, the final recipe for Falafel with…

Tabbbouleh l heinstirred.com

It was only when I arrived in Beirut I discovered Tabbouleh is not a grain salad with some herbs. Quite possibly the national dish of Lebanon, it is much rather a beautiful deep green, fresh herb salad with some grains…

Bulgur Salad

This dish is one of my favourite discoveries of the Beirut trip. A number of people told us that we had to have Armenian food while we were there. Armenians have lived in Lebanon for centuries and many now live…

Haloumi and Couscous Salad

I am keeping it light and fresh for the first post of the new year with this delicious Grilled Haloumi Couscous Salad. After the last week or so with all its festivities and celebrations I am sure we are all…

Salsa Verde Pasta Salad

Pasta salads must be the ugly stepsister of salads.  Pale (often overcooked) pasta, drowned in even paler mayonnaise, blanketing every other flavour. The idea with this Salsa Verde Pasta Salad was to make it as summery and fresh as possible…

There is a definite chill in the air but armed with cheese, butter, garlic and mushrooms I feel quite prepared for it. And the idea of slow cooked one pot meals with generous lashings of red wine and garlic is…

Quinoa Risotto

I think it is a bit ironic that the most popular recipe and photos on the blog is also my least favourite ingredient. I have said before that I do think the only thing interesting about quinoa is the spelling…

The first time I came across Cauliflower Couscous was on www. drizzleanddip.com and it has been a staple ever since for “low carb” dinners. I am sure the Banting Diet crowd will just love this and it is fantastic as…

At your next barbecue, skip the usual corn on the cob and make this flavourful, colourful and super easy salad recipe given to me by a friend who insisted I try it (and put it on the blog). The salad…

I am firmly in the camp that believes the only interesting thing about quinoa is the spelling. But once in a while against my better judgement I end up buying a pack and then have to look at it every…

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…

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