Category: Fast & Easy

Zucchini Labneh Tart

Labneh is a soft cheese that can be made at home with minimal effort and delivers a creamy and delicious cheese you can use and serve with endless possibilities. And I think this Zucchini Labneh Tart is a prime example…

Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Before we get to the Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake I am thrilled to let you know that we will host our next Food Photography Workshop in the city centre of Cape Town. We love using our beautiful West Coast space in…

Cheat's Chicken Biryani

My recipe for Cheat’s Chicken Biryani is purely there to fulfil my cravings for my favourite comfort food with the least possible effort. As excited as I get to taste interesting flavours and food that is foreign to me, there…

Apple Pear Phyllo Tart

I think this is one of my best recipes in a while. This Apple Phyllo Tart is so delicious. The pastry is super crisp, the crushed biscuits go all chewy between the layers and the tartness of the soft apples…

Tandoori Roasted Carrots

Turmeric is having a moment. And they say it is the next big thing in the food world, all the while I have still not gotten into fermenting yet and that is the current big thing. Recipes with turmeric abound…

Chicken Roasted in White Wine with Lemon and Herbs

Autumn is playing hide and seek with us in Cape Town at the moment. Two week ago it seems autumn was skipped and we were straight into winter and the last two days we’ve been back to summer. But I…

Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad

There is a definite chill in the evening air lately but the days are still gloriously warm which makes this Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad a delicious salad meal in autumn. And perfect for a long weekend Monday like today…

Honey Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Yoghurt

These Honey Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Yoghurt is one of those desserts that makes the most of summer and its delicious bounty of stone fruit.  It shines in its simplicity yet delivers with full on goodness and flavour. On top…

Espresso Martini

A good friend mentioned the other day she can not wait to see what this year’s festive drink is going to be so I am feeling a bit of pressure with this recipe for Espresso Martini. I had already shot…

Aloo Gobi - Cauliflower with Potato

Aloo Gobi means Cauliflower with Potato. It is a dish that features in Pakistani, Indian and Nepalese cuisine. I came across the dish on Pinterest via A Brown Table. Nik’ s photography is fantastic, they way he works with light is…

Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken

My love affair with the sumac I got from Dubai continues and after making Diana Henry’s Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Crusted Eggs a week or so ago, I just had to try this Sumac and Lemon Roast Chicken recipe…

Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a great marinade for chicken and this Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken is super easy to make and very tasty. Mix it all in the morning before work and bake it in no time at all for a…

Thai Broccoli Soup

If you love Thai flavours you will love this Thai Coconut Broccoli Soup. If you love easy dinners within 30 minutes you will love this even more.   After our rather extravagant two weeks in France working on the new…

Roasted Aubergine

This Roasted Aubergine recipe has to be one of the best ways to serve aubergine and is inspired by an Ottolenghi recipe I came across recently. I am buying less and less recipe books as it feels that the market…

Spicy Lime Chicken Wings

I am not much of a sports fan but I might become one just for these Spicy Lime Chicken Wings. Bursting with flavour, smokiness, spice and heat they are a winner, ranking high on the ultimate dude food if you…

Fig Salad l heinstirred.com

I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of moving to the centre of town a week ago. So it is quite fitting that this Fig Salad came to being after I bought the figs from one of the many fruit and…

Watermelon Carpaccio l heinstirred.com

This is one of those combinations that is a bit out of the ordinary but I think it works really well. The play of salty and sweet has been around for a long time, made even more popular with the…

Pea Hummus l heinstirred.com

Summer eating has to be easy, colourful and with as little fuss as possible. And as much as the eating must be so must the cooking. And I think this Pea Hummus fits the bill perfectly. The colour is gorgeous…

Berry Parfait l heinstirred.com

This Berry Parfait is somewhere between a parfait and a cheesecake. But either way is a quick and easy dessert with not much fuss. I love the play of the sweet preserved berries with the more tart fresh berries. It…

Strawberry Sangria

The last recipe of 2014 and this Strawberry Sangria could not be easier or more delicious. I was not planning to do another drink so soon after the deliciously decadent Christmas Milkshake but wanted to make the last recipe of…

Christmas Milkshake

  I am sure I got the idea for these Christmas Milkshakes on the treadmill. And it is not the first time that has happened. In all honesty it is such a dull experience being on one, combined with watching…

Apricot Clafoutis

I have been wanting to make Clafoutis for ages. The classic french dessert made with fresh cherries. Which is fine and dandy until you see the price of fresh cherries. Then you have to think of a plan B. Thankfully…

I am clearly in a bit of an all white mood. Looking at the past few posts every second one is on a white background and this one is no different. But when my dear friend Dawn arrived with some…

Summer brings an abundance of textures and colours to our plates. For me summer is about platters of meze and tapas, vegetables in many incarnations, be it fresh, roasted, marinated or pickled. And of course piles and piles of salads…

This is one of those dishes with maximum reward for absolute minimal effort. Make the marinade, pop everything in a bag and leave it overnight in the fridge, it can’t get easier. I first came across the recipe on my…

Just over a week ago the lovely people at Cobb dropped off their “Kitchen in a Box”  Premier Cooking System. A nifty outdoor cooker that can roast, fry, grill and bake. It even has a roasting rack to roast a chicken…

I have not posted a single soup recipe this winter and have been searching for inspiration for a while now but could not find anything that really grabbed me. That was until Cherie Antrobus came to the rescue. I spent…

Another name for these Spicy Baked Eggs could easily be Hangover Breakfast. They combine all the elements that I want in a breakfast when the night before might have been too much fun: gluten, fat and spice! And if a…

After about a year of blogging I have not yet been able to establish this blog’s main “identity” for myself. My aim each week is to have an interesting and tasty recipe that works but I want readers to love…

If there is one vegetable having a revival of sorts it is cauliflower. Gone are the days of being boiled to a watery mush and then topped with a floury cheese sauce. It must be related to all the no-carb…

I do love one pot cooking.  A delicious dinner in under two hours with minimal fuss and effort. Although it is never too hot outside to have a curry, the days are getting that bit shorter and its time for…

I had no intention of doing a Valentine’s Day post but as I played with styling the “mess” it just read “Valentine’s Day” to me. So here is my interpretation of that classic English dessert which came in to being…

  This is without a doubt my dish of the summer and I will be serving it over and over again. The charred smokiness of the courgette and toasted bread blends wonderfully with the garlicky creaminess of the ricotta tzatziki…

At your next barbecue, skip the usual corn on the cob and make this flavourful, colourful and super easy salad recipe given to me by a friend who insisted I try it (and put it on the blog). The salad…

This is such a refreshing cocktail and just perfect for a hot summer’s day. I used Jorgensen’s Gin, which is not only my favourite gin but is the first South African made premium gin, distilled in Wellington by my good…

I was once told that South Africans have quite an obsession with butternut and with the last few days having been cold and wet I just smiled when I decided to make a butternut soup. I wanted to keep the…

These tartlets are so quick and easy to make but do need a few tricks to make them really good. They have to be eaten straight out of the oven, have to be served with vanilla ice cream and definitely…

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