Author: heinstirred

Hein van Tonder Food Photography

Fried Halloumi is one of my favorite things and adding it to a salad with spoonfuls of hemp pesto makes for a delicious and super nutritious meal with the summer days ahead. Serve the protein-packed hemp pesto as a dressing…

Gåte at Quoin Rock

Disclaimer : I was an invited to experience the “Trip around the World” lunch offering at Gåte at Quoin Rock I recently experienced Gåte at Quoin Rock‘s “Trip Around the World” new day time menu. Situated on the slopes of…

Heinstirred Cards

I am delighted to introduce the Heinstirred Greeting Cards Range. Inspired by fusing food and nature, distinctive images were photographed and set in original heart-shaped designs. It’s an idea that has been floating around since the beginning of the year…

Peppermint Crisp Cheesecake

I don’t really suffer from FOMO (the fear of missing out) but when two of you favourite food writers, The Kate Tin and Bibby’s Kitchen make cheesecake in their Instant Pots, I have to do the same. And as it is…

Prawn and Calamari Salad and Feasting off the Beaten Track in Vietnam

This recipe for Vietnamese style Prawn and Calamari Salad is the third recipe inspired by my recent trip to Vietnam with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The other recipes are the delicious Massaman Curry from Thailand and Khmer Chicken Soup…

The second part of my trip with the Tourism Authority of Thailand was visiting Cambodia and it was a bowl of Khmer Chicken Soup that immediately made we want to stay much longer than what our schedule allowed. We were…

Massaman Curry and Feasting off the Beaten Track in Thailand

The most famous Thai curries are green, red, yellow and massaman and this recipe for massaman curry is a nod to all the sights, sounds and flavours from my recent trip with Tourism Authority of Thailand to Thailand, Cambodia and…

My Vegetarian Braai

I am so happy to announce that a new book I have worked on, My Vegetarian Braai has been published and is available in stores now as well as a Kindle edition on Amazon. It is not always you get…

Gnocchi alla Romana

This recipe for Gnocchi alla Romana comes from Ilse van der Merwe’s brand new cookbook, titled, Cape Mediterranean – the way we love to eat. Cape Mediterranean is Ilse’s first cookbook and focusses on a South African style of cooking…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It is never too cold for ice cream and it’s certainly never too cold for this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. In all honesty, I shot these images ages ago at the height of the Cape Town summer but…

Sweet Nachos with Caramelised Pink Lady® Apples

This recipe has been paid for by Pink Lady® Apples South Africa. I have been wanting to make sweet nachos for a while now ever since my favourite foodie saw sweet nachos appearing on quite a few menus while on…

Instant Pot Spicy Masala Fries

I have been an Instant Pot convert ever since purchasing one a few months ago, eagerly awaiting the publication of Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook – Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot since news broke that she was…

Roasted Butternut Coconut Curry

This Roasted Butternut Coconut Curry has become my go to mid week meal, come winter or summer for that matter. Perhaps not the quickest meal there is but certainly easy, packs loads of flavour, filling and a super nutricious meat…

15 Minute Ramen

I love a bowl of ramen and this 15 minute ramen recipe is a must-have if you feel the same. Packed with flavour and ready within 15 minutes (give or take a few) you will have a steaming bowl of…

Lunch with Rick Stein in Padstow

I spent a weekend in Cornwall in the lead up to this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards event, where the image below was awarded Highly Commended in the Bringing Home the Harvest Category. It is the…

Herbed Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms

This recipe and post have been paid for by The South African Mushroom Farmer’s Association. I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for Herbed Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms for a while now and The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association’s He.Eat.Plants…

Roasted Chicken with JAZZ™ Apples and Mustard

This post and recipe is sponsored by JAZZ™ Apples I am so happy with how this Roasted Chicken with JAZZ™ Apples and Mustard turned out. Flavourful chicken pieces with crispy chicken skin, doused in a mustardy almost sweet and sour…

Brandy Roasted Pink Lady® Apple Crumble Ice Cream

This post has been sponsored by Pink Lady® Apples I knew this ice cream would be good but I ended up so happy with this Brandy Roasted Pink Lady® Apple Crumble Ice Cream. Chunks of Pink Lady® apples roasted in brandy…

Fig and Brown Butter Clafoutis

I am spending the Easter weekend in Prince Albert and have seen boxes of what must the last of sweet Adams figs in all the shops. Fig season is nearly over so this Fig and Brown Butter Clafoutis is an…

Speckled Egg Choc Chunk Oat Cookies

I came across the recipe for these Speckled Egg Choc Chunk Oat Cookies on Instagram a week or so ago and they looked far too good to resist or not bake. And with Easter around the corner, a bit of…

Seed Bread

This recipe for Seed Bread comes from my friend Isabella Niehaus and features in her brand new cookbook Duinhuis (House on the Dune). The book is a feast, packed with some of her most famous recipes, glimpses into her life…

Chocolate Simnel Cake

The second new recipe for Easter is this utterly delicious Chocolate Simnel Cake from my friend Christine Capendale. It is one of the recipes which we created and photographed for an Easter High Tea feature recently and is a great…

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Onions and Chimichurri

This delicious recipe for Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Onions and Chimichurri comes from my friend, Christine Capendale, author of the new cookbook Meals: Effortless Food for Every Occasion. The two of us collaborate regularly on shoots for…

Sheet Pan Chicken Curry

I am not sure how this recipe for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sheet Pan Chicken Curry crossed my path but it looked delicious,  super easy and quick to make so I decided to give it a go. The recipe comes from her…

Roasted Figs With Ricotta and Parma Ham

It is fig season in South Africa so it is an utter shame not to use these fruit while they are at their peak. This recipe for Roasted Figs With Ricotta and Parma Ham makes a great starter or light…

Heirloom Tomato Tart

There has been a summer bounty of beautiful and delicious heirloom tomatoes at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and while we’ve been eating them like sweets, this Heirloom Tomato Tart was a great way to use them. The idea of…

Asparagus and Tahini Veloute

This recipe for Asparagus and Tahini Veloute comes from my friend Christine Capendale. Christine and I worked together on a tahini shoot for Food and Home Entertaining Magazine a while back and I have been wanting to share this recipe…

This recipe is sponsored by Rugani Juice. It’s back to work and school for most of us and what to take for lunch is back on the agenda. And after the festive season, keeping it a bit healthier will be…

White Chocolate and Summer Berry Galette

I was given a copy of the September issue of Delicious Australia a while ago by my favourite foodie who was in Australia for business and in it was a fantastic strawberry recipe feature. I loved it so much that this White…

Broke Brownies for Two

This recipe for Broke Brownies comes from Katelyn William’s new book called Chocolate. The book contains 90 original recipes broken into chapters of Speedy, Fruity, Crunchy, Creamy, Fancy, Naughty and Nostalgic. The Broke Brownies come from the Speedy chapter and…

Pavlova with Brown Sugar Labneh and Strawberries

This is another recipe from the strawberry feature in the September issue of Delicious Australia that I mentioned in the Panna Cotta with Gin Roasted Strawberries recipe from a week or so ago. That recipe was such a hit that…

Polenta Tart

There is no way your barbecue will ever be the same again once you’ve made this Polenta Tart. It is my attempt to completely glam up “Pap en Sous”. The direct translation of “Porridge and Sauce” – a staple side…

Panna Cotta with Gin Roasted Strawberries

I recently came across a wonderful strawberry feature in the September issue of Delicious Australia that a fellow foodie brought back from a recent trip. I immediately wanted to make this recipe for Panna Cotta with Gin Roasted Strawberries. And…

Crispy Harissa and Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

I love it when a recipe that has been on the “must make” list turns out so well. I saw the recipe for this Crispy Harissa and Lemon Chicken with Potatoes on Bon Appetit a while ago and it immediately…

Aubergine Schnitzel

I love cooking with aubergine an a number of aubergine recipes have made their way to my blog. This Aubergine Schnitzel recipe is a worthy addition to the many delicious ways to enjoy this rather underrated and not so trendy vegetable. The…

Salted Fudge and Tahini Ice Cream (no churn)

The inspiration for this fabulous Salted Fudge and Tahini Ice Cream recipe comes from a recipe I spotted on The Food Fox. Ilse published a recipe for a no churn, soft scoop white fudge ice cream that looked so good and…

Aperol and Olive Oil Cupcakes

These Aperol and Olive Oil Cupcakes was inspired by a recipe I saw from Melissa Clark who is a food reporter for the New York Times. She was on holiday and posted a photo of a Campari and Olive Oil…

Saffron & Butternut Samp Risotto with Lamb Knuckle Stew

This post is sponsored by Fat Bastard Wines Some emails are better than others. Like the email where Fat Bastard Wines asked me to be a part of their upcoming 21st birthday celebrations. I immediately said yes, how could I resist…

Honey and Tahini Cookies

I love how ingredient trends come and go, highlighting ingredients and making us see them in a brand new light. Granted, at some point we get a bit tired of yet another recipe but I do think some of the…

Pink Lady® Apple Summer Rolls

This post has been sponsored by Pink Lady® Apples It’s hard to believe that spring is around the corner and we can start looking forward to lazy outdoors eating while enjoying seemingly endless sunny days. These Pink Lady® Apple Summer Rolls…

Better late than never but I am sure this Buttermilk and Lime Panna Cotta recipe makes up for being so late with a new post. I returned from the most incredible trip to Sarajevo with my friend Dawn Bradnick who blogs…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Sauce

Orecchiette with Broccoli Sauce was one of my favourite meals on a recent trip to Italy. Shaped like small ears, the pasta comes from Puglia, the southeastern region of Italy. I did not have the pasta in Puglia, rather in…

Banana Malva Pudding with Toasted Coconut Dukkah

It took a few tries to get this Banana Malva Pudding with Toasted Coconut Dukkah just right and I think this is a lovely twist on this classic South African dessert. I wanted to come up with another malva pudding reinvention…

Fries with Homemade Furikake Seasoning and Wasabi Mayo

In hindsight with all the big sport events of the past weekend I should have posted this recipe for Fries with Homemade Furikake Seasoning and Wasabi Mayo last Monday already but have been so focussed with shooting my first feature…

Raspberry Yoghurt Cake

Raspberry Yoghurt Cake as a title is selling the recipe short as it is a Raspberry Yoghurt Cake with a Crunchy Cacao Nib and Mascarpone Filling. Quite a delicious mouthful I think. The recipe is a variation of the Apple…

Fennel Parmigiana

This recipe for Fennel Parmigiana is adapted from the cookbook Hazana – Jewish Vegetarian Cooking, written by Paolo Gavin. It is the first book I have of Paola who has written 3 other vegetarian cookbooks, Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking, Italian Vegetarian…

I have lost count how many times and how many variations I have made of this One Pot Chicken and Rice dish. Hardly any hassle, loads of flavour and you can chop and change the flavours as you please. The recipe…

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting

This Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting was my entry for this year’s Lancewood CakeOff contest. The recipe for the Lemon Ricotta Cake has been posted on the blog before and it is truly a delicious gluten free cake and has…

Apple Galettes with Spelt Crusts and Tahini Butterscotch Sauce

This post and recipe is sponsored by Pink Lady® Apples I am just thrilled with how these Pink Lady® Apple Galettes with Spelt Crusts and Tahini Butterscotch Sauce turned out. The spelt crust is rich, buttery and short with that…

Baharat Roasted Butternut

Bahārāt is one of my favourite spice mixes and it works so well in this recipe for Bahārāt Spiced Butternut. The sweetness of the roasted vegetable is a great counter balance to all that spiced flavour of the Bahārāt. Bahārāt is the…

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