Category: Vegetarian

This Crispy Tofu with Zucchini Noodles and Tahini Soy Dressing might sound far too plant based for some but I promise it is packed with flavour while offering a boost of nutrients and protein. It also features a version of…

I’d like to think this Roasted Tomatoes with Labneh, Lemon and Olive Oil is a dish for any season and any occasion. I love how just a few ingredients can yield something so delicious. In my post earlier this year…

Scarpaccia - Italian Zucchini Tart

As annoying as Instagram reels can be, it did lead me to a reel for this Scarpaccia recipe by Viviana Dal Pozzo . It looked all kinds of delicious and easy for someone who loves courgettes. I also liked that…

I have made this Giant Grilled Cheese with Spicy Honey Butter a few times and it is about time I share the recipe. It is the big bad boy of grilled cheese sandwiches and comes from Mezcla by Ixta Belfrage…

Thai Inspired Pomelo Salad wtih Kale, Basil, Mint, Coriander, Cashew Nuts, Crispy Onion and Lime

This Thai inspired Pomelo and Kale Salad, garnished with fragrant basil, mint, coriander and studded with toasted cashew nuts and crispy onions is that fresh flavour and texture hit when you need a dose of healthy. Being back in Abu…

Zucchini Pasta

My recipe for this Zucchini Pasta (you may call them courgettes or baby marrows depending where you live) is a liberal interpretation of Stanley Tucci’s recipe for Spaghetti Alle Zucchine that became such a hit after the broadcast of his…

Jewelled Broccoli and Feta Salad

This Jewelled Broccoli and Feta Salad with its tangy Tahini Dressing came to be out of necessity after opening the fridge and seeing a neglected head of broccoli one too many times. The end result is a deliciously crunchy salad…

This Stone Fruit Halloumi Salad is inspired by the stunningly beautiful Burrata, Heirloom Tomato & Stone Fruit Salad made by my friend Bianca a while back and the Tomato and Blood Orange Salad I posted earlier this year. This salad truly is…

To me, the food scene in Dubai is without a doubt as interesting and exciting as the architecture and ever changing skyline. And the beauty of it all is that you can dine on anything from piping hot falafel that…

I first came across this Baked Mücver recipe on Jennifer Rohda’s instagram account with a link to the original recipe on Melek Erdal’s Instagram account, where she had shared the recipe on her story highlights. It has been sitting on a…

I’ve been making good on my promise to cook from the Favourite Recipes booklets from Books for Cooks. After making the Egyptian Feta Salad I moved on to this recipe for Roasted Butternut with Burnt Aubergine Dressing. The intention while cooking from…

This Egyptian Feta Salad recipe comes from one of the Favourite Recipes booklets from Books for Cooks. The lovely cookbook shop in Notting Hill, London where for only 5 pounds you can grab lunch in the demo kitchen where cooks…

You know when you discover a recipe, almost immediately make it and enjoy it so much you make it the next day again? This Tomato and Blood Orange Salad is one of those recipes. Packed with flavour, the most beautiful…

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…

Roasted Tomato Sauce

A good tomato sauce is unbeatable and having a stash in the fridge makes life so much easier, especially when you want something tasty but don’t have the time or just not in the mood to cook. All this Olive…

My adventure in discovery Chinese cuisine (like this recipe for addictive Chili Crisp) is continuing with these Steamed Scallion Flower Buns (Hua Juan). A humble steamed bun – I would say very similar in taste to a bao bun –…

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…

TikTok is the source of an endless flow of “food hacks”, the latest one being the “Tortilla Wrap Hack” where instead of rolling the wrap, a slit is cut to the middle of the wrap and each quarter filled with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

My Vegetarian Braai

I am so happy to announce that a new book I have worked on, My Vegetarian Braai, featuring close to 100 vegetarian and vegan barbecue recipes has been published and is available here and as an e-book. It is not always…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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