Recipe: Date Squares

My folks recently gave me punnets of fresh dates. It came in handy when I wanted to make a snack for our 3 day Easter weekend hike. I opted for making this recipe I found on All Recipes. It is a quick recipe with things you will most likely already have in your cupboard. Made... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Lemon Curd

Since October last year I've been making a lot of lemon curd. It all started because the lemon tree at Jako's family beach house had a lot of lemons and I did not want them to go to waste. To do what with you may ask? Not much, mostly eating it straight from the fridge... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Raspberry Yoghurt Tart

Jako came home with 3 punnets of raspberries earlier in the week and so I decided to adjust my Mom’s granadilla yoghurt tart recipe to make a raspberry version. See below. Raspberry Yoghurt Tart Serves: 12 - 14 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 5 hours or overnight Ingredients: 1 packet tennis biscuits, finely smashed... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: White Chocolate Marshmallows

Strictly speaking this isn’t a recipe. It’s more of a cheat. It started when I wanted to make homemade marshmallows a few months ago. The syrup burnt and I got fed up. Not wanting to redo the recipe I scratched in the grocery cupboard and found a bag of shop bought marshmallows. After melting them... Continue Reading →

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Martins Bakery

I can’t resist a good bakery. The sweet and welcoming smell of freshly baked goods is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. This is the case with Martins Bakery based in Diep River, Cape Town. After hearing good things about the bakery I decided to go and visit it. We were greeted by friendly staff,... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Choux Pastry

Choux pastry is making a comeback. At least in my life and in some restaurants and bakeries around the world. Choux pastry is mostly known for being used to make éclairs, profiteroles and croquembouches. While visiting Chicago last year for work I did some comparative shopping. During my store visits I came across Archer Farms’ Oregon... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Chilli Butter

I am on a bit of a soup making mission this winter. In the past few weeks I’ve made a friend’s peanut butter soup, tomato & jalapeño soup and now the latest one is cauliflower soup with chilli butter. This very easy and quick recipe is hearty and perfect for a cold winter’s evening. It... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Carrot Cake

I have said it before; I am not a really big fan of cake. Custard desserts and chocolate- yes, of course. Cake, not really. However as I’ve never, before this, made a carrot cake I decided to give it a try. The original recipe is by Nigella Lawson and can be found here. As always... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Apple & Blue Cheese Salad

Salads. Easy and quick to make. Tasty. And best of all, healthy [if you keep an eye out for what dressing you are using.] You can’t go wrong with one. I was recently invited to a girl’s night. Each lady drew from a hat what dish they had to make. I had to make a side... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream

My supervisor gave me her recipe for homemade ice cream. She said it would be a hit at dinner parties, and boy was she right. It is a super easy to make and has a 2 ingredient basis. You can add whatever flavouring your heart desires. Chocolate, biscuits, nuts, lemon curd – literally anything goes. My... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Mousse

I am a chocolate lover at heart. I can have chocolate at any time of the day or night. This is my simple and (very) easy to make mousse recipe, it never fails to impress. Be aware: it is very rich therefor small portions are key. Chocolate mousse Ingredients • 300g chocolate, I used a... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Seed Loaf

I got a nice vegetarian recipe book, “Luscious Vegetarian”, from my boyfriend’s parents over the festive season. The book, written by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal, contains lots of easy [and quick] recipes. One of which is the seed loaf I made over the weekend. Containing only 15ml of honey and 15ml of oil... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Bulgur Wheat, Bacon & Lentil Pilaf

I recently received the Low Fat Not Fat Mediterranean cookbook written by Anne Sheasby from a friend. My other half flipped through the book and immediately decided we had to try the bulgur wheat, bacon and lentil pilaf first. As you may know I am a sweet tooth and frequent indulger when it comes to... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter

Making your own (very) crunchy peanut butter is now an option. It has been an option for a while now and I am just slow, but still. This was just too easy! And it is too delicious. Also, mine lasted for more than 3 weeks without any problems in the fridge. The internet is filled... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Risotto. Pronounced ri•sot•to By definition it is a North Italian dish made from rice which is cooked in a broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. Various flavourings can be used, some of those include: wine, meat or vegetables. I flavoured the recipe below with white wine and shiitake mushrooms. I really enjoy cooking risotto... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Falafel

Recently I have a new found love for soft boiled eggs and as of today, chickpeas. More specifically: falafel. Below is a recipe I made for today's healthy lunch. Falafel pita served with Tzatziki Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped ½ onion, finely chopped 3 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped 1... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Beef Samosas

Today’s post will be short and sweet. It wasn't a lengthy process to make these beef samosas so there is no need for a lengthy post. 😉 For the phyllo pastry samosas, pictured above, I used beef mince along with one medium onion and Woolworths South Africa’s Moroccan Rub spice, which you can buy online... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Coconut & Oat Crunchies

Last week my darling Granny passed away. I will forever associate sweet cinnamon pancakes and fudge with her. Over the weekend I took time out to make some of her recipes as she wrote them down for me back in 2008. Below is her Coconut & Oat Crunchies recipe (which I am enjoying at this... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Asparagus Quiche

I recently made this asparagus quiche to share with friends over some sundowners. Cut the quiche into pieces so each serving has at least one asparagus piece and enjoy with white wine. This recipe is really an easy one and quick one if you're not making the pastry from scratch like I did. See the... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Ganache

For my recent birthday party I made the moist chocolate cake (recipe here) I posted in June as part of the dessert for my birthday party. Again the cake had everyone oohing and aahing. (I now have to bake it for an engagement party in a few weeks time.) The only piece that remained was... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Orange Cake

September is the month of spring in South Africa. Although in Cape Town we still experience some winter days as well, just think back to last week’s cold front. Over the weekend however we had sunny weather which I loved. What’s better than sunshine and the company of good friends? So, to celebrate the good... Continue Reading →

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Restaurant Review: Pot Luck Club

The Pot Luck Club, conveniently situated on the 6th floor in The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock is a restaurant well worth visiting. Ranked number 4 of 800 restaurants in central Cape Town on Tripadvisor and being the sister restaurant of Luke Dale Roberts' The Test Kitchen this restaurant will not disappoint. After travelling... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Fig Loaf

I recently experimented and the end result was this easy to make fig loaf. This loaf is nice if you like something sweet with your braaied meat or for a tea time treat with a cup of Rooibos tea. See the recipe below: Ingredients: • 100 g butter • 125 ml white sugar • 60... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Butternut, Feta & Thyme Quiche

In my mind quiche is never a bad idea. If the quiche is homemade I reckon that it is even less of a bad idea. What is better than homemade food prepared with love? I recently had a very well made tomato and basil quiche which inspired me to make a butternut, feta and thyme... Continue Reading →

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Sasko Quick Treats Cranberry Scones

Convenience products. We all make us of it, some on a more regular basis than others. On a recent weekend away I made use of one of the items in the Sasko Quick Treats range of pre weighed flour based items. The scone mix. Pre weighed convenience items are ideal if you: 1. Don’t have... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Moist Chocolate Cake

Normally I don't want or like cake. However, recently I found myself dreaming about cake and looking at cake pictures on Pintrest before work. Surely enough I had cake later that day, flourless chocolate cake. Still my sudden cake craving was not satisfied. Thus, I decided to bake cake and invite friends over for an... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Cranberry & Pear Snacks

I refer to these snacks as 'poo cookies'. Without the cranberries and pears it looks like... I thought it would be best to not make reference to that in the title. ;)Since I recently made the decision to eat better food I've been trying to be good when it comes to snacking. However, this isn't... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Sweet & Sour Pork

As part of my Worldly Cuisine mission (to eat more foreign cuisines) I recently made Sweet & sour pork with egg noodles. With a little help from a friendly gentleman at Chinatown the Taiwanese inspired dish was a good success. This dish is very filling without being too heavy.  Sweet & Sour Pork with egg... Continue Reading →

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Fine Pastries Bakery

If you are looking for freshly baked good quality pastry make sure to pay Fine Pastries a visit. With a store and two stalls at weekly markets you will be able to enjoy their products on a regular basis. Fine Pastries' weekly market stalls offer a variety of products to either enjoy immediately or at... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: White Chocolate Treats

The "recipe" below isn't really a recipe since one just melts chocolate and add dried fruit and nuts. Despite this, it is beautiful and great to eat. Add whatever you prefer: pistachio nuts, goji berries, honeycomb, dried strawberries, meringue pieces... If you want to play around with chocolate colours make pretty swirls with white -,... Continue Reading →

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Restaurant: Perima’s Indian Restaurant

I made the decision to taste more foreign cuisines in the year of 2014. First on the list was Indian. Perima's Indian Restaurant, located in Lansdowne road Claremont, is a tiny little restaurant serving lovely Indian food. For me, personally, the surrounding area is not too attractive although it is close to the hustle and... Continue Reading →

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Happy New Year

Dear readers happy New Year! May 2014 be a wonderfully blessed year filled with joy and love. I for one am extremely excited about 2014. Allow me to fill you in on what has been going on for the past few weeks. In mid November I completed my Bachelor Honours qualification, soon after I moved... Continue Reading →

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Paternoster: Voorstrandt Restaurant

On a recent lunch visit to Paternoster myself and some family members enjoyed a meal at Voorstrandt Restaurant. We went there on recommendation from friends and were not dissappointed. Although we were warned to book in advanced we did not which was silly. The manager however made space for us despite the fact they they... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Granadilla Panna Cotta

I am back home in the Northern Cape, trying to keep cool in these warm December temperatures. As usually I am busy with my December holiday job. This will be my last year of having a December holiday job, as I completed my Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition degree in mid November. I am lucky... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Oat & Coconut Crunchies

The recipe below makes about 40 cookies depending on the size and the shape of the cookies. Ingredients: • 150g cake flour • 7g/6ml baking powder • 200g white sugar • 100g desiccated coconut • 200g margarine/butter • 16g/30ml golden syrup/honey • 100ml water Decorating • Icing sugar (optional) • Water Method: 1. Preheat the... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Cooked Meringue

Generally 3 classes of meringues exist. Firstly simple meringue/meringue ordinaire or French meringue. Secondly, cooked meringue/meringue cutie or Swiss meringue and the last class is Italian meringue/meringue italienne. Cooked meringue, meringue cutie or Swiss Meringue is the result of whisking unbeaten egg whites and sugar over a saucepan of simmering water. Making meringues this way... Continue Reading →

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Restaurant: Lekke Neh

On recent visit to the Lekke Neh restaurant just outside Stellenbosch I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth everything runs. Having just opened on the 1st of October Lekke Neh is situated on the beautiful Weltevreden estate (on the R304). Legend has it that the Piet Retief cemented the plans for the Great Trek from... Continue Reading →

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Cape Town: Oranjezicht City Farm

On Saturday morning Jako and I finally visited the Oranjezicht City Farm located in Upper Orange (Cape Town). For the past few months we kept saying we should go but for some reason it never happened. Luckily it was well worth the wait! Saturday was the perfect day in Cape Town, clear skies and no... Continue Reading →

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Blouberg: Petits Fours Delicatessen

On Thursday morning I had breakfast with my sister at Petits Fours situated on Stadler Road in Blouberg. And what a lovely place it is! For all the cake lovers out there: take note of Petits Fours. Their cake display is impressive enough to make anyone's mouth water. If it wasn't so early I would... Continue Reading →

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Tomato & Red wine Soup

This quick and easy budget meal will become a favourite for anyone who finds themselves with little time for food preparation. You can enjoy this vegetable soup 20 minutes (maximum) after starting preparation. Ingredients • 10ml olive oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 10ml tomato puree • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved • 1 tin... Continue Reading →

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Recipe Name Hunt

I am currently busy with a recipe development project and in need of a little help. The project brief was to develop two products (savoury and sweet) with Nutralys S85F pea flour. Nutralys S85F pea flour is made from the dry yellow pea Pisum Sativum, it is a gluten free flour and consists of 85-90%... Continue Reading →

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Brownies

I am going away on a little weekend break with some friends and since we are leaving early tomorrow morning I just made these chocolate brownies. How delicious do they look? Have a look at this blog post for the recipe. If you want you can substitute a third of the Nutella with smooth peanut... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

In the previous post I posted the recipe for a lemon meringue tart and mentioned these lemon meringue cupcakes. The idea came to me while I was watching Unique Sweets on the Food channel, just thinking about that show makes me want to bake lovely new creations. Making these cupcakes is very simple and it... Continue Reading →

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Recipe: Lemon Meringue Tart

On a recent visit home I had a little tea party for two. I had the idea of making lemon meringue inspired cupcakes and that off course meant I first had to make the lemon meringue tart. Look out for the cupcakes in the next post. For now, see my tried and trusted lemon meringue... Continue Reading →

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Restaurant Review: Addis in Cape

I love trying new cuisines. I find myself becoming very excited with the discovery of new flavour combinations and serving ideas of which I had not thought before. Recently Jako and myself visited Addis in Cape an Ethiopian restaurant located in one of Long Street’s side streets. The atmosphere in this old Cape Dutch house... Continue Reading →

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Birthday Baking for Jako

It’s Jako’s birthday today! Apart from being my boyfriend he is also my best friend therefore I got very excited when I started planning things surrounding his birthday. Initially I wanted to bake him a gingerbread house and decorate it in all his favourite sweets with a happy birthday candle fence... That failed horribly when... Continue Reading →

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Roast Vegetable Fritatta

Since Jako started working we've had a deal: I'll pack him a lunch box for work when we see each other during the week providing he remembers to bring his lunch box. It all started with inspiration from one of my best friends who still packs her fiancé, Lourens, amazing (and very well-balanced) lunch boxes... Continue Reading →

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Egg Basket Breakfast

For myself and most other students this time of year means one thing: crunch time. With exams luring most (hopefully all) students are spending long hours their behind books. I am not studying for exams at the moment, instead I am busy with my research project, assignments and continuous tests. It doesn't sound like much... Continue Reading →

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When two Italians come over to Cook

Earlier in March Alessandro and his family was back in South Africa and enjoying a family holiday. I met the Calabresi family around this time last year when waitressing to pay for my trip to Italy. Then when I, my mother and sister was in Rome a few months later Alessandro kindly showed us around.... Continue Reading →

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