Category: Tarts & Pies

Gluten Free Vegetable Pies

These should in all honesty be called “Clean Out the Fridge Pies” but Vegetable Pies sound so much better. And if truth be told they really are just collapsed veggie souffles but so tasty that making them, waiting for them to collapse and packing them for your lunch box or picnic makes perfect sense. After the two weeks of eating like a king while we were shooting in France I am trying to make a concerted effort to eat a…

  The inspiration for this fantastic Onion Tart comes from my friend Conrad, who regularly contributes wine suggestions for the blog. I do like getting inspiration from him. He is not afraid of flavour, interesting combinations or doing things just a little bit differently. This is also a man who always makes his own puff pastry so I am usually in awe of what he creates in his kitchen without even breaking a sweat. His inspiration for the tart comes…

I had a lovely surprise when Nouvelle Mushrooms delivered a box of their beautiful exotic mushrooms as a generous thank you for taking part in their Blogger Indaba recipe contest. They grow a fantastic range of mushrooms which includes Shiitake, King Oyster, Oyster, Enoki, Shimeji and porcini Mushrooms. And with the exceptional quality, deciding how to prepare them becomes quite difficult as there are just too many ways to enjoy them. I finally decided to go completely vegetarian and made…

One of my favourite food blogs is Hortus Cuisine. I love the design of the blog and Valentina’s photography is incredible. There is an ethereal quality to her work which has me mesmerized whenever I look at it. A few weeks back she posted a recipe for Moufflèes – Egg Muffins which was the inspiration for this recipe. And as my foodie luck would have it, it was the 2014 Food Blogger Indaba a few weeks ago and in the…

This might be my Paula Deen moment. Not THAT moment but rather a deep frying cheesecake moment. I had to wonder if it is necessary to top a mince pie with meringue and the answer was yes, because it is Christmas! I do think these pies look exquisite and so festive. I used store bought fruit mince and my “go to” pastry from Tina Bester’s book Bake. It does not shrink down the sides of the tin and when you…

Leftovers has never tasted or looked this good! The intention was not to do something festive with leftovers but as I was making these pies it occurred to me that this will be the perfect recipe to make do with leftovers from the Xmas table. I was watching Bill Granger’s new cooking show a few weeks ago and he made a Moroccan version with olives and preserved lemon added to the chicken mixture. It looked so pretty and celebratory that I…

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