8 SHORTCUTS TO HOME-MADE KIDDIE CAKES

I’m no pastry chef. Far from it. But, I love to bake. And I love cake. (Who doesn’t?) One of my favourite things to bake is themed kiddie cakes. My cakes don’t ever look like works of art, but they are such fun to make & the sheer joy on those tiny faces are just […]

10 TIPS FOR HOSTING A #CUPPAFORCANSA

The annual CUPPA for CANSA campaign makes me very excited – it is the perfect reason (or excuse) to get your girls together & have tea while you’re doing something for a truly worthy cause. You don’t have to be grown-up or fancy or the most experience hostess out there. The important bit is to […]

BOEREWORS & BEAN CASSOULET {RECIPE}

This is comfort food at its best – with almost the same moreish & comforting appeal as pap & wors. If you don’t live here in sunny South-Africa & you’ve never heard of Boerewors, feel free to use Chipolata sausages instead. Oh yes, before & spill the beans (pun intended; haha) & in case you […]

CHINESE BEEF WITH OYSTER SAUCE

I love simple oriental dishes. Those that you can make with the ingredients that are already in your pantry. An added bonus is if you can pre-prepare some of the items. This recipe ticks all of those boxes. It’s really a yummy middle of the week meal. CHINESE BEEF WITH OYSTER SAUCE, serves 4 10 […]

FOOD TREND: BONE BROTH {+ A YUMMY RECIPE}

As far as food trends go you’ll find a brand new, fresh trend (like the Cronut) every now & then. But quite often food trends are basically just old ideas that have been given a dust-off or a new name & presented as a brand new thing. Case in point: bone broth. Earlier this year […]

JAMIE’S FIG TART {RECIPE}

I received the Jamie’s Italy recipe book from my brother in 2006, but (& this is so embarrassing to admit) I haven’t made a single recipe from it! Being a Jamie Oliver AND a recipe fanatic, this is quite unusual for me. Sure, I have spent hours & hours paging & reading the recipes. Admiring […]

MIXED BERRY & NUT DESSERT

Whenever I see berries at the green grocer, I get super excited at the prospect of making wonderful berry-licious dishes – like this. The fun part about this specific recipe is that you can decide how decadent or healthy you want to serve it. IT can basically be serves as a breakfast, dessert or snack. […]

QUICK & SIMPLE CHICKPEA PATTIES

I only discovered chickpeas in my 20’s & boy am I glad I did. My mother is a fantastic cook, but tends to stick mostly to the traditional repertoire (rys, vleis & aartappels, anyone!?) which means we weren’t really exposed to items like couscous or chickpeas. Chickpeas are not only good for you, but they’re […]

A VEGETARIAN BOBOTIE {RECIPE}

Traditional bobotie is one of my top South African dishes! It is really, really tasty but often not the healthiest of recipes. For instance: my favourite traditional Bobotie recipe contains sugar, bread, jam, raisins, chutney & oil. It is served with yellow rice (made with golden syrup (!), turmeric and raisins). Mmm… probably not ideal […]

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