Category: Spices, Sauces & Marinades

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…

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…

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…

Miso Roasted Aubergine

I was introduced to the term flexitarian the other day and I though to myself I that I have probably become one without realising it. I seem to be mostly vegetarian these days, only eating meat on the odd occasion…

Mumbai Cheese Toastie

If truth be told, this Mumbai Cheese Toastie should be called the “I Am Not Giving You Any Of My Toastie” Toastie. It is that good. The recipe for the cheese toastie comes from Diana Henry’s new book titled Simple…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Whole Masala Roast Chicken

This recipe for Whole Roast Masala Chicken made its way to me via a Telegraph article written by Diana Henry about quick Indian dishes to make at home. She in turn got the recipe on twitter from FoodWithMustard. The sound…

Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel

I absolutely love falafel. Made with chickpeas or lentils (as they make at Nooka in Roeland Street) or a mixture of both. And now I love them made with butternut squash. I have made these Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel on…

Peri Peri Chicken

I have posted this recipe for Peri Peri Chicken before – back in March 2014 – but after making the recipe part of a chicken feature for the Sunday Times Food Weekly recently, I wanted to share it again with updated…

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…

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…

Grilled Nectarine and Lentil Salad with Red Pepper Pesto

I have a recent visit to Webersburg Wine Estate to photograph the food of chef Nadia Roux to thank for this delicious recipe for Grilled Nectarine and Lentil Salad with Red Pepper Pesto. Nadia loves to work with fruit in savoury…

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…

Apple and Fennel Coleslaw

This Fennel and Apple Coleslaw is my attempt to move away from those bland vegetable salads drowning in mayonnaise and masking all flavour. And apple and fennel is such a great combination. This crunchy coleslaw is a summery celebration of…

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…

Fried Cauliflower with a Whipped Hummus Dip

This Fried Cauliflower with Whipped Hummus Dip is adapted from a recipe I spotted on Pinterest a week ago and even though I am not a huge fan of deep frying I just could not resist making it. I tweaked the…

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…

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…

Sumac Roasted Tomatoes and Lentils, Dukkah Crusted Eggs

If there ever was a recipe on this blog that exemplifies comfort food then it’s this bowl of Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Crusted Eggs. A bowl of simple ingredients with splashes of the exotic that envelopes you with the…

Tomato and Basil Savoury Crepe Cake

This beautiful Tomato and Basil Savoury Crepe Cake came into being after the lovely people at ZZ2 delivered their Mouthwatering Box a short while back. The box was filled to the brim with all kinds of tomatoes including  LSL tomatoes…

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…

Spiced Dulce de Leche

No matter how convenient convenience might be, few things can beat homemade. This Spiced Dulce de Leche is just one of those little work, high reward homemade dishes. But be warned. It is utterly delicious and addictive. Made from a…

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…

Roasted Aubergine

This Roasted Aubergine recipe has to be one of the best ways to serve aubergine and is inspired by an Ottolenghi recipe I came across recently. I am buying less and less recipe books as it feels that the market…

Spicy Lime Chicken Wings

I am not much of a sports fan but I might become one just for these Spicy Lime Chicken Wings. Bursting with flavour, smokiness, spice and heat they are a winner, ranking high on the ultimate dude food if you…

Spicy Salted Caramel Popcorn

You just know this Spicy Salted Caramel Popcorn will be good and then it delivers so much more. The sweetness comes through first with the spiciness of the cumin and cinnamon following. On top of that it is super crunchy, leaving…

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…

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…

Marinated Chicken Kebab l heinstirred.com

These marinated chicken kebabs are a fantastic vehicle for to play with some strong aromatic spices. One of the spice mixes I found on My Collections was the The Brazilian Gaucho mix. Packed with paprika, onion and garlic flakes, cumin, coriander…

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…

Summer brings an abundance of textures and colours to our plates. For me summer is about platters of meze and tapas, vegetables in many incarnations, be it fresh, roasted, marinated or pickled. And of course piles and piles of salads…

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…

Dukkah is derived from the Arabic word “to pound” and is a spice mix served as a dip which has become very popular outside of its birthplace, Egypt. Most retailers now sell some version of dukkah but it is so…

This peri peri chicken is so good. The potatoes just as good. And it is even better when you put all the cutlery away and dive in with your hands (as elegant as Nigella does it of course). As South…

Bahārāt is the Arabic word for spices and is a spice blend used in Arab, Iranian and Turkish cuisine. I came across a bottle a while back and got it as a gift for someone. (They never received it as I…

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