Author: heinstirred

I have been late to discover Chili Crisp, the deliciously spicy, oil-based condiment commonly used in Chinese cuisine. It was all sparked by an article by Tejal Rao in The New York Times, titled The Most Valuable Condiment of 2020:…

I have two distinct memories from my last trip to New York, just before 2020 arrived in all its might. One memory is of discovering the most delicious (and cheap) scallion pancakes at Vanessa’s Dumplings on a walking food tour…

Autumn has arrived in Cape Town and the weather is in that perfect not too hot and not too chilly phase, meaning you could definitely cook these Masala Prawns on the barbecue this coming weekend. It is another great recipe…

Rum and Raisin Sticky Buns

These Rum and Raisin Sticky Buns are a bit more complicated and longwinded than most recipes on my blog but with Easter around the corner, I wanted to share a baking recipe that is not another reinterpretation of hot cross…

TikTok is the source of an endless flow of “food hacks”, the latest one being the “Tortilla Wrap Hack” where instead of rolling the wrap, a slit is cut to the middle of the wrap and each quarter filled with…

Aubergine Parmigiana

This recipe for Alison Roman’s Aubergine Parmigiana was in her newsletter from a week ago. So it is hot off the press in a way as it did not take me long to try it out and share it on…

The alcohol ban has been lifted (for now), it’s that February summer heat in Cape Town that makes me count the days to autumn and it is Valentines Day this weekend. I think that is reason enough for a cocktail…

Fig and Camembert Tart

Fig season is in full swing and this Fig and Camembert Tart is a delicious savoury bake with these delectable fruit. Serve it with a crunchy salad, a chilled glass of wine and lunch is sorted. It is not much…

This recipe for Paneer and Mango Salad comes from the “Dishoom – From Bombay with Love” cookbook. A book that was on my “must have” list since I discovered a recipe for Gunpowder Potatoes last year and I have not been…

This Dutch Baby with Brandy Roasted Cherries is an end of year festive treat making the most of the all too short cherry season and any leftover, stale panettone you may have.  It is an “updated” version of the dutch…

Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake

It has taken a while to get to this recipe for Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake. I had been thinking about what to do with panettone after using it in a shot to promote one of my new surfaces…

I read that avocado consumption has hit record highs due to the pandemic, not only do we want to eat and live healthier but we are eating more at home. It is said “healthy eating is the post-pandemic luxury”. According…

Tahini Brownies

This recipe for Tahini Brownies comes from Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s book “Sweet“. It is one of my all-time favourite cookbooks but somehow the recipe never caught my eye. It was only when fredandbutter, an Instagram account I follow…

As we said our goodbyes leaving Toronto for Montreal on the 1st of January, Robin handed us a Santa Claus tin, packed to the brim with thick slices of the fruitcake he had baked. We diligently saved it, as a…

Apple Carpaccio

We’ve made it to the end of November 2020 and the festive season is on the horizon! After navigating this year it feels like a relief to start thinking about the festive season and I think this Apple Carpaccio Wreath…

I am so excited to share Drunk and Hungry, my first e-cookbook, available for purchase by CLICKING HERE. And to my delight, Drunk and Hungry was announced the South Africa Winner in the 2021 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. It will compete…

Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Salad

It will be a shame to not make the most of the asparagus available now that warm spring days are here. Grilled on a griddle pan for a smoky flavour and a slight char, combined with smooth and creamy ricotta…

Butter Beans with Salsa Verde

I am a huge fan of Meera Sodha’s recipes, and this Butter Beans with Salsa Verde is another delicious recipe of hers. It first appeared in the Guardian Feast, a weekly food magazine in the UK that I wish I…

The chances are pretty slim that I will make it to Sri Lanka for Christmas this year, so this Sri Lankan Baked Chicken will just have to do while I wait to get there. And I am happy to wait…

This recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Tahini Glaze was sent to me by a favourite foodie and fellow recipe hoarder. It was a screenshot of the recipe with the words, “my sister made this for tea and it…

I am so excited to reveal The Heinstirred Collection of Styling Backgrounds. The heinstirred collection of backgrounds and surfaces consists of digitally printed designs for use by photographers, stylists, bloggers and social media creators. After years of packing and carrying…

Spicy Salmon Noodles

It was back in the days of level 4 lockdown that this recipe for Spicy Salmon Noodles crossed my path. I saved it, made it a week or so later, made it again, “whatsapped” the recipe to a few friends…

This post is in collaboration with La Motte Wine Estate. It’s a wintery, rainy week here in Cape Town so comfort food is a given (and a requirement). And since old school is still very much cool, this Ostrich and…

I was given a jar of preserved guavas by Sophia Lindop a while back and it immediately reminded me of my grandmother and desserts from my childhood. Desserts of tinned fruit with a splash of evaporated milk. It was those…

This Two Cheese Dutch Baby with Bacon is such a great dish for a weekend breakfast or brunch. So good in fact, I have made it twice and photographed it twice in the space of two weeks. A few ingredients…

This Turmeric and Ginger Cake is based on Alison Roman’s Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake from her book Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over. I may have made it way back in April when we were stuck in lockdown…

This post is in collaboration with La Motte Wine Estate. A good quality sausage is one of the easiest ways to make a delicious meal and this recipe for Baked Sausages with Apple and Red Onion is a quick and…

Going Home by Sophia Lindop

It is always exciting when a book you have worked on is released and I am thrilled to share some of the images of Going Home – Food and Stories from Lebanon, The Land of my Forefathers – by Sophia…

JAZZ™ Apple and Camembert Focaccia

This post has been paid for by JAZZ™ Apples. A homemade focaccia is such an easy way to add some flair to a get together with friends. And I am convinced this JAZZ™ Apple and Camembert Focaccia will add a…

Zucchini Pea Fritter with Feta and Green Goddess Dressing

I always say in our photography workshops that your job as a food photographer is to create a reaction with the image you shoot. The person looking at the image needs to either want to eat it, make it, or…

When the cake craving hits and the last thing you feel like is baking, mug cakes are the instant gratification solution. And this Peppermint Crisp Mug Cake combines that easy fix with South Africa’s most popular chocolate bar. My recipe…

Winter has arrived with a splash in Cape Town so I think my timing for sharing this recipe for Savoury Oatmeal with Poached Egg, Crispy Shallots and Aleppo Pepper is pretty spot on. The inspiration for the recipe comes from…

If you love nachos and Indian flavours this recipe for Indian Inspired Nachos with Coriander Chutney and Tamarind will make you incredibly happy. The recipe comes from Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna, an…

Mushroom Soup with Marinated Mushrooms

This post is in collaboration with La Motte Wine Estate. The inspiration for this Mushroom Soup with Marinated Mushrooms and Garlic Toasties came from the reality of reaching that stage of the lockdown where I had only one bottle of…

I baked this Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting when Instagram was awash with lockdown banana bread baking. There was an email from Donna Hay one morning for a One Bowl Banana Cake and I liked the idea…

Sourdough Focaccia

I am pretty chuffed my sourdough starter is still going and I seem to have found my rhythm. After baking the very popular Sourdough Breakfast Cookies a few weeks ago, this Sourdough Focaccia is another bake from the weekly feeding…

Twice Roasted Crispy Parmesan Crushed Potatoes

Twice Roasted Crispy Parmesan Crushed Potatoes to satisfy any and all comfort food cravings. And even if my lockdown waistline and sluggish fitness might not be in full agreement with this dish, they will concur that it is really good and…

7 hour Shredded Lamb

This 7 hour Shredded Lamb is one of those recipes that takes a bit of time but requires very little work and yields a stand out delicious meal, with enough leftovers to feast for a second time. What makes this…

These Sourdough Breakfast Cookies come from the lockdown trend of sourdough starters and baking banana bread. It does not seem you have experienced lockdown unless you have baked a loaf of banana bread or have a sourdough starter on the…

Roasted Butternut with Sesame Wafu Dressing

A fellow foodie sent the recipe for this Sesame Wafu Dressing from Shu Han Lee’s instagram account a while back. I “banked” the recipe immediately as I thought the dressing looked delicious and would work in a number of different…

The Dalgona Coffee has become a sensation on TikTok and Instagram while many of us are in lockdown or quarantine all over the world. Loads of images of the now-famous Korean coffee – a glass of milk, chilled with ice…

Chocolate Tahini Cake With Nutella & Sour Cream

This Chocolate Tahini Cake is based on the Crispy Chocolate Cake from Alison Roman’s cookbook called Nothing Fancy, a collection of unfussy recipes for having people over that became an instant New York Times best-seller. Alison Roman is a columnist…

Black Sesame Tiramisu

We waited for more than an hour outside in the falling snow for the Black Sesame Tiramisu at Montreal’s Ichigo Ichie. And it was worth every freezing minute. Granted, all we wanted was some ramen but it was the black…

Donut Peach and Tomato Salad

This Donut Peach and Tomato Salad recipe is more of a non-recipe than a recipe. I saw donut peaches in the shops and as I have never tried them before I bought some to taste, and from there I made…

Salted Chocolate Halva

This Salted Chocolate Halva was another one of those recipes that crossed my path and immediately saved as I just had to make it at some point. Homemade tahini halva, coated in melted dark chocolate and dusted with sesame seeds…

Grapefruit Mimosa Spritz

This Grapefruit Mimosa Spritz is without a doubt my new favourite drink. Slighty sweet, slightly bitter, bubbly, refreshing and elegant. Think grapefruit Mimosa meets Aperol Spritz. 1 part Aperol, 2 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and 3 parts bubbly (champagne…

Lightroom Editing Masterclass

After a number of requests for a Lightroom Editing Masterclass, I am happy to confirm that it will take place on Saturday 7 March 2020 in Cape Town. The masterclass will be a hands-on session where I will show what…

Baked Ricotta & Tomato Tart

This Baked Ricotta Tart is the first recipe of the new year and the new decade. And I think it is such a delicious and versatile recipe to start 2020 on heinstirred. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner and the…

Spicy Oven-Fried Rice with Gochujang

Spicy Oven-Fried Rice with Gochujang or how to win with leftovers this festive season. I found his recipe for Spicy Oven-Fried Rice with Gochujang on the New York Times Cooking and thought it will be such a great recipe, not…

Lemon Brûlée Muffins

Disclaimer. This recipe for Lemon Brûlée Muffins has been paid for by Ultramel Custard. The inspiration for this recipe comes from the first post I ever saved on Instagram, all the way back in 2017. I love the save functionality…

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