Category: Fast & Easy

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 Chai 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…

This recipe for Gunpowder Cauliflower is inspired by the Gunpowder Potatoes from the “Dishoom – From Bombay with Love” cookbook. One of those intriguing cookbooks you can’t put down and one of rare ones I cook from regularly. They say we…

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…

I only recently came across the term “fakeaway”,  a homemade meal that replicates your favourite takeaway from a restaurant. And these Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles is my homemade version of the Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles served at Dahlia on Regent…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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