Category: Other Proteins

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…

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…

Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf

I am the first to admit that this Cheesy Bacon and Chorizo Pull Apart Loaf is one big gluten, fat and carb festival but it is so delicious. And you are not going to eat it every day so a…

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…

Pissaladière

Pissaladière is a classic French dish that originated in Nice in the South of France. It is a tart similar to a pizza but the crust is thicker. It is traditionally topped with caramelised onions, olives and anchovies and I…

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…

Bone Broth Ramen

This Bone Broth Ramen feels like a labour of love. Not a terribly complicated one (like love tends to be but that is a whole other story and post for an entirely different blog!) but it does take more than…

Pork Cheek Ragu

I would like to think my timing for this Pork Cheek Ragu is pretty much perfect. We are slap bang in the middle of winter and delicious slow cooking has to be the order of the day. I am cooking…

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…

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe for Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread came into existence after I received a brief to produce 4 short recipe videos for the Sunday Times Food Weekly Facebook Page. The one recipe had to be an interesting flavour combination…

Crumbed Pork with Apple Sage Mash

It is said that Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa, amongst stiff competition from neighbouring Stellenbosch and I think Bree Street in the Cape Town city centre can certainly give it a run for that title these days…

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…

Boerewors Nachos

This Boerewors Nachos is one of the recipes featured in the past weekend’s Sunday Times Food Weekly. The brief was to create some delicious snacks to give the rugby fans something to cheer about. Even if the game might not…

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…

Curry and Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Few dishes sound as good as Curry and Beer Battered Fish Tacos in my book. I’m a firm believer you can’t have a curry without some beer so combining the two makes perfect sense to me. The fish is flavoured with…

Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Curry

This Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Curry delivers on a whole lot of comforting winter flavours. Add a few beers, some warm naan breads and you have pulled together a feast with a bit of pre-planning but not a lot of effort…

Pork Belly Kebabs

Another long weekend and your braai is going to love these Pork Belly Kebabs. And if you do not have the pleasure of a long weekend do keep these in your arsenal of dishes worth barbecuing. I think this is…

Roast Lamb

This Roast Leg of Lamb is the ultimate in hassle free entertaining. A traditional dish for Easter, this recipe makes cooking for family and friends just that more enjoyable and also allows you to spend more time with the people…

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…

Watermelon Carpaccio l heinstirred.com

This is one of those combinations that is a bit out of the ordinary but I think it works really well. The play of salty and sweet has been around for a long time, made even more popular with the…

Ostrich Meatballs l heinstirred.com

Every once in a while I make a recipe that just beats expectation on all levels. It is easy to make, tastes fantastic and I think the photos do it absolute justice. These ostrich meatballs in spicy plum sauce is…

Smoked Snoek Empanadas

This blogging journey is quite an exciting one I have discovered (between all the dish washing and reheated food!). You post your first recipe (with quite a bit of courage) hoping that someone other than your mother will look at…

Just over a week ago the lovely people at Cobb dropped off their “Kitchen in a Box”  Premier Cooking System. A nifty outdoor cooker that can roast, fry, grill and bake. It even has a roasting rack to roast a chicken…

One of my pet hates are ingredients added to recipes just to be different without much regard for what it actually tastes like. I am aware that these Tequila Ribs could be one of those recipes. Ribs marinated in tequila…

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…

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…

When I have a working weekend coming up the only thing that cheers me up (and keeps me secure) is knowing that there will be something slow roasting or stewing in the background providing sustenance for the weekend. Some oxtail…

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…

There are few dishes so refreshing and zingy as ceviche. The idea of adding the gooseberry came from the delicious marron and gooseberry consome dish we had at The Tasting Room a few weeks ago. I thought the fruity tartness…

I must admit that making terrines are not that high up the list but after watching an Australian Masterchef challenge and dealing with a two week long pork belly craving I was quite keen to get my knife sharpened, debone…

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