Category: Fast & Easy

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Saucy Fish Meatballs with Linguini

This nifty end of the month recipe comes from the Lucky Star cookbook called Seven Colours with Fish. It has the most beautiful and delicious cover and I wanted to get a copy ever since I had seen it. The Saucy…

Polenta Crumbed Haloumi Chips

My taste affair with polenta is far from over and the next installment are these highly addictive Polenta Crumbed Haloumi Chips. And I am not even going to pretend that they are in any way good for you, unless you only…

Roasted Broccoli Slaw with Feta

If you ask me I would tell you that you can never eat too much gelato. Ask any doctor and they will disagree. But if you are going to be in Italy for two weeks you might as well search…

Zucchini Parmigiana

Autumn is slowly setting in and you can feel the cooler temperature in the mornings and evenings here in Cape Town. It means the days are getting shorter and for any foodie who’s always wondering what the next meal will…

Mini Doughnuts in a Spiced Gin Syrup

These Mini Doughnuts in a Spiced Gin Syrup is based on a recipe for Gulab Jamun, those delicious semolina dumplings popular on the Indian subcontinent as well as South African. Deep fried, they are a combination of traditional South African…

Roasted Broccoli with Nori Salt

This week’s blog post is a few days late but I am sure I am making up for it with this recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Nori Salt. I have made it 3 times since the first timeI tried it…

Sweet Potato Fries with Coriander Yoghurt

I adapted this recipe for Sweet Potato Fries with Coriander Yoghurt from a recipe in Diana Henry’s book Simple. Diana is a food writer whose recipes I have come to love and my collection of her cookbooks is steadily growing as…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Balls

The internet probably does not need another recipe for “bliss balls” but these Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Protein Balls are good enough to be shared from my side and to bounce around the internet with al the other bliss…

Tofu Balls with a Herbed Bulgur Salad

Tofu has never ranked very high on my “must get” ingredient list but after making this recipe for Tofu Balls with a Herbed Bulgur Salad I am much more interested in cooking with tofu again. Bonus is that it is…

Apricot and Lime Olive Oil Cake

I know January is supposed to be all about healthy eating but in the southern hemisphere it is summer and there are stone fruit everywhere. I find it impossible not to bake with them a few times during the season…

Grilled Corn with Spicy Lime Butter

This recipe for Grilled Corn with Spicy Lime Butter came about with me opening the fridge to see how I could spice up the usual grilled corn with a bit more that just butter and salt. I have never been…

6 delicious veggie recipes for the new year

It is January and healthier eating is top of mind for most of us after the last few weeks of holidays and festivities. The 6 recipes below are some of my favourite vegetable and vegetarian recipes that I hope will…

Potato Galette with Biltong Salt

This Duck Fat Potato Galette with Biltong Salt is one of those completely indulgent and delicious dishes that you should make and eat only once a year purely for the sake of your heart. But it is the end of…

Gourmet Chicken Sandwich

Disclaimer – This Gourmet Chicken Sandwich post is sponsored by JOYA® Apples Summer is in full swing and chances are that many of our meals will be enjoyed outside next to the pool, at a picnic or on the beach. And…

Date and Oat Bars

Ottolenghi’s new book Sweet is my favourite cookbook of the year. I have lost count how many times I have paged through it and there are so many recipes I want to try but unfortunately there is no chance that…

Miso and Sesame Roast Chicken with Bashed Cucumber Salad

I don’t think it is possible to have too many roast chicken recipes on the blog and this Miso and Sesame Roast Chicken is from Nigella’s latest book At My Table. It also seem that I can not have too…

Mushroom Pizzas

I am quite taken with these Mushroom Pizzas. Flavoursome and umami-rich flavoursome large brown mushrooms topped with a home cooked tomato sauce, a few of your favourite pizza toppings, some melty mozzarella cheese and you have mushroom pizzas that goes…

Fennel and Orange Salad

We are hurtling towards summer here in Cape Town but luckily with modern day convenience it is still easy to get your hands on some fennel and oranges for this delicious Fennel Orange Salad. Granted, for us in the southern…

Soft Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies

I have been on a mission to find the perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich and I think these Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies are as close as I am going to get. I feel that the cookie must not…

Frozen Watermelon Margarita

When watermelons make their appearance you know summer has arrived in Cape Town and making a Frozen Watermelon Margarita seems to be a good enough way to welcome the long, warm and festive days ahead. I had quite a bit…

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