Category: Christmas & Holidays

This Biscoff Affogato combines 2 of my favourite things into something utterly delicious. A classic Italian Affogato with a big dollop of Biscoff spread. A classic Affogato is an Italian dessert made up of  a scoop of vanilla gelato or…

These Easter Chocolate Nests is such a pretty Easter decoration idea and a fun way to get the kinds involved and occupied this coming Easter weekend. And bonus is that you only need 2 ingredients to make them. All you…

The great thing about my own blog is that I can quickly look up a recipe if I need it, such as this Paprika Easter Lamb. But as I was searching for it, I realised that I had never posted…

I am sure many will agree that the only thing better than cheese is melted cheese. And with easter around the corner this Baked Brie with Fried Dates, Dukkah and Aleppo Pepper is a melty, sweet, savoury and spicy dish…

Passion Fruit and coffee truly is a delicious combination and if you’re based in the southern hemisphere where summer is still in full swing, this Passion Fruit Iced Espresso is definitely worth making before the autumn chill kicks in. And…

The Most Popular Recipes of 2023 is a delicious bunch of recipes, some of which, thanks to Pinterest are now heinstirred classics. A few have been around for years and I’m happy to see they still get made regularly by…

I’m more than happy with a Negroni as my drink of choice and possibly the only cocktail that could make me happier is a Negroni Sbagliato. But I have a sweet tooth and this Christmas Cookie Cocktail is one of…

Snow Globe Gin and Tonic

This Snow Globe Gin and Tonic is a sure fire way of adding loads of festive cheer, no matter what the occasion. Be it new year’s eve, a relaxed long weekend sundowner, or a TGIF get together with a friend…

Chocolate Salami gets its time to shine during the festive season and as complicated as it might look, it’s just a biscuit cake recipe that has been rolled into a sausage shape to look like a “salami”. Chocolate Salami has…

I have no doubt that it is a bit of a stretch calling this Limoncello Tiramisu a tiramisu but to be honest I prefer that it sounds more familiar than a Limoncello Parfait. So I will go with my cheeky…

Easter Latte

Easter weekend is upon us and no matter how you celebrate it is usually a weekend of  an indulgence or two and this Creme Egg Easter Latte is a sweet and delicious addition to the long weekend. Best of all…

The best souvenir from a recent trip to Greece was the introduction to the Espresso Freddo, the chic Greek version of an iced coffee, enjoyed by most Greeks come rain or shine. So I think it’s apt that the last…

In these Date and Apple Mince Pies I take a humble, slightly boozy date and apple filling, encase it in a cinnamon shortbread pastry and top it with an almond frangipane. A delicious home made treat I think is worth…

This Cherry Spoon Cake is without a doubt my favourite dessert of the year. Delicious, quick, fuss free and super adaptable. Glam it up with cherries or figs or keep it cheap and cheerful with any seasonal or frozen fruit…

This Smoked Salmon Labneh Board is more of an idea than a recipe and is inspired by the Butter Board trend that started on TikTok, where it seems all food trends start now, good and bad. A butter board is…

I am sure my fellow “dessert first” friends will agree it is impossible to pass by a recipe with Tahini Fudge in the title. I saw the recipe in a recent issue of the Guardian Feast and just had to…

Its’ a wet weekend in Cape Town but spring is about to arrive and with it brings promise of warm, sunny weekends filled with lazy lunches and barbecues. And these Peppermint Crisp Pavlovas gets the ball rolling in anticipation of…

These Biscoff Stuffed Dates are not only delicious but super fun to make with the kids and with the public holiday tomorrow (and if you are lucky enough to have made it a long weekend), I think this is a…

These Easter Cakesicles are probably the most fun you can have with a chocolate cake, easter eggs and a few wooden ice cream sticks. It is a lovely way to get the kids involved in the kitchen over the long…

A lamb shoulder marinated and roasted in an aromatic spiced yoghurt, this Spiced Roast Lamb and Potatoes is a no fuss recipe and lovely twist on the traditional Easter Lamb. All you need to do is make the spiced yoghurt…

We’ve made it to December! And with festive gatherings just around the corner, I thought it apt to share 10 of my favourite recipes published over the years. These are recipes that I make regularly and they remain favourites no…

It’s almost the end of November, the summer holidays are in sight and this Sparkling JOYA® Apple Sangria is a delicious way to ring in the festive season. (This post has been paid for by JOYA® Apples) Sangria, originating in…

This recipe for Peppermint Crisp Fudge is inspired by a recipe I saw on Sarit Novak’s beautiful Instagram feed. And with Heritage Day just around the corner I had to put my own local twist on it. Sarit’s fudge recipe was…

I am a latecomer to Karak and Lotus Biscoff biscuits but it has been pretty much love at first taste and this Karak Chai Cheesecake is a dessert I wanted to make ever since that first taste. Karak has its origins…

I’m delighted to share my new e-cookbook, EVERYDAY TRAYBAKES, now available for instant download. The book consists of 18 traybake recipes, each one with the aim to spark fresh inspiration with new ideas and interesting flavour combinations. With flavours from…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Drunk and Hungry

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tahini Cake with Chocolate Sesame Frosting

Once in a while a cake recipe crosses your path and you know you just have to bake it. And this Tahini Cake with Chocolate Sesame Frosting and Caramel Shards shot up to the top of my seemingly endless list…

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This Basque Burnt Cheesecake has been a bit of an internet sensation in 2019 and it breaks all the rules of baking a traditional cheesecake. The recipe comes La Viña, a restaurant in San Sebastián—the Basque region’s capital city –…

Olive Oil and Lime Madeleines

Baking Madeleines have been on my to do list for ages (I bought a pan about 3 years ago!) and I am happy to finally post a recipe for Olive Oil and Lime Madeleines. Dipped in white chocolate and freeze-dried…

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