Category: Vegetarian

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…

Vegan Roasted Banana Ice Cream

This Vegan Roasted Banana Ice Cream must be the first vegan recipe on the blog. There are many vegetarian recipes and as a happy meat eater I am always quite surprised how many vegetarian recipes I have done. Some of…

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…

Beet, Avo and Pea Salad

This Beet, Avo and Pea Salad is one of those salad I have to confess I only tried as I wanted to photograph it. The purple red with the splashes of different hues of green just want to be photographed…

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…

Aubergine Cheesecake

This Aubergine Cheesecake has to count as one of my finds of the year. I originally made a version of this dish for the Cheese issue of the Sunday Times Food Weekly in April of this year.  The issue coincided…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Fig Salad l heinstirred.com

I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of moving to the centre of town a week ago. So it is quite fitting that this Fig Salad came to being after I bought the figs from one of the many fruit and…

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…

Pea Hummus l heinstirred.com

Summer eating has to be easy, colourful and with as little fuss as possible. And as much as the eating must be so must the cooking. And I think this Pea Hummus fits the bill perfectly. The colour is gorgeous…

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…

Homemade Ricotta l heinstirred.com

This post was supposed to be about Lebanon’s most famous salad Tabbouleh. But you needs a lot of flat leaf parsley for it and I have this pet hate for buying herbs from retailers when I know full well I…

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…

I am clearly in a bit of an all white mood. Looking at the past few posts every second one is on a white background and this one is no different. But when my dear friend Dawn arrived with some…

What an exciting week past it has been! A feature on The Huffington Post and a photo exhibited at the Cape Town iPhoneography exhibition. I am feeling quite lucky that my work is getting noticed and it has given me even more of…

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…

I have not posted a single soup recipe this winter and have been searching for inspiration for a while now but could not find anything that really grabbed me. That was until Cherie Antrobus came to the rescue. I spent…

I am not quite sure whether it is the Paleos, Banters or Vegans responsible for making cauliflower the vegetable of the moment but I am quite grateful to them. I love all the recipes available to make some really tasty…

  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…

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…

Another recipe with beer as an ingredient and it is one of my favourite recipes on the blog to date. I love cooking with beer (drinking it too) and looking back there are quite a few recipes on the blog:…

If there is one vegetable having a revival of sorts it is cauliflower. Gone are the days of being boiled to a watery mush and then topped with a floury cheese sauce. It must be related to all the no-carb…

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…

Labneh is essentially a cheese made from straining yoghurt, resulting in a deliciously thick, creamy and tangy soft cheese. You can use it as you would any cream cheese, as the basis for tzatziki or spread it inside a pita…

Coconut in all its guises is very trendy in the healthy food realm. Coconut oil especially seems to be everywhere and I have succumbed to the trend and have a tub of oil that I cook with instead of vegetable…

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…

It’s the glorious days of late sunsets, unfussy outside dining and chilled crisp wines. This salad is a bowl brimming with summer textures, flavours and colours. The fruit is not overly sweet and combines wonderfully with the crunchy earthiness of…

  This is without a doubt my dish of the summer and I will be serving it over and over again. The charred smokiness of the courgette and toasted bread blends wonderfully with the garlicky creaminess of the ricotta tzatziki…

There was no way I was going to decline an invitation from Nina Timm from My Easy Cooking to spend the morning in her kitchen! I am a huge fan of Nina’s work on her blog  My Easy Cooking and her fuss free way of…

The best soup I ever had was at Via’s in Greyton. It was unpretentious, delicious, made from broccoli picked that very morning and served in a small cup as an appetiser. When the chef came out during the meal we…

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…

No braai is complete without a bowl of potato salad and everyone has their favourite way of making this dish. For me it has to be a thick garlic and grated onion mayonnaise dressing with some chopped boiled egg or…

Growing up there were 3 things I looked forward to when there was a braai (barbecue): garlic bread, potato salad and my mom’s “heerlike poeding” (literally translated as delicious pudding) which has to be as South African as a braai…

These pancakes are the perfect alternative to wraps and pita breads. They are light and buttery but strong enough to hold quite a bit of filling. The filling options are really endless – whatever you would have in a pita…

These are my go to pickles when there are no “proper” pickles in the fridge. A few minutes to make and ready to eat in two hours. The longer the cucumber stays in the liquid the more crunch it will…

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…

This soup is so good. Much better than I thought it would be and so versatile as it tastes equally good hot or cold. And of course the colour. It is so easy to go completely Nigella about the colour…

Of all my (many) favourite things to eat, delicate and beautiful zucchini flowers are very high on the list. Eating them takes me back to Rome immediately and somehow soothes my seemingly daily longing for Italy. We still have quite…

I was once told that South Africans have quite an obsession with butternut and with the last few days having been cold and wet I just smiled when I decided to make a butternut soup. I wanted to keep the…

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…

Notwithstanding Nutella’s irresponsible adverts of being a healthy breakfast for children I have to admit the stuff is pretty good and could quite happily have a spoonful on my morning oats. I have been playing with the idea of a…

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