• home made bread
    Bakes,  Breakfast,  Brunch,  Recipes

    Homemade Bread

    It is true what they say – a fresh loaf of bread with butter is all you need. Well, maybe not only with butter, whether you like your bread with jam or Bovril (not Marmite),a fresh loaf of bread is really special. Enjoy it while it’s still hot! Ingredients 2 cups Granoro Farina “00” flour “the preferred Italian flour for bread” a sachet instant yeast some salt a tablespoon of olive oil Method Place salt, flour and yeast into a bowl, add a cup of lukewarm water and the olive oil. Knead for a bout 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. Let the dough rest in an oiled bowl covered…

  • spinach and feta quiche
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    Spinach, Feta & Mushroom Quiche

    Meat-free Mondays or just don’t know what to cook? Here’s a nice veggie recipe for you to try out! This is a no hassle, no crust recipe. Ingredients a cup or more cooked spinach a cup mozzarella or Edam cheese 200 g mushrooms 150 g black pepper feta 4 eggs a cup of milk some salt and pepper one garlic clove a bit of olive oil Method Whisk the eggs and the milk together. In a pan, fry the thinly sliced mushrooms, salt, pepper and some garlic together in a bit of olive oil. Add the cooked spinach and fried mushrooms to the bottom of an oven proof bowl. Sprinkle…

  • engagement party cupcakes
    Bakes,  Party food

    Sweet Engagement Cupcakes

    I Had a lot of fun baking my own engagement party cupcakes – you can too! Here is an easy recipe for you to make your own engagement themed cupcakes! Ingredients 2 cups cake flour 2 tsp baking powder half a cup of castor sugar pinch of salt 2 eggs half a cup oil half a cup milk 1 tsp vanilla essence For the icing 2 cups icing sugar 200g butter pink and blue food colouring 1-2 tsp depending on the shade of coulour you want (powder or liquid) 1 tsp water DIY Ring decoration You will need a few toothpicks and printed and cut out pictures of a ring.…

  • Mussel Canapes
    Local food,  Party food,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Mussel and Calamari Coriander Canapes

    A creative summer canapé. Collect and wash shells from the beach to create this easy but creative canapé. Ingredients 200 g mussels 200 g baby calamari 1 onion some black pepper some salt fresh coriander leaves for garnish a squeeze of lemon juice 1 tbs butter fresh cucumber slices Method In a frying pan, fry the chopped onions in butter for about a minute. Add the mussels and calamari. Also add the spices and lemon juice. Fry for 5 minutes. Prepare your shells.  Add some cucumber to the shells, then fill them with the mussel and calamari mix. Round off with some fresh coriander and some more lemon juice to taste.…

  • Pumpkin fritters
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    Pumpkin Fritters

    A South African favourite! Pumpkin fritters with cinnamon and sugar. Ingredients 1 and a half – 2 cups pumpkin(cut into pieces) 1 egg 1 and a half cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder some salt 1 teaspoon sugar some oil cinnamon and sugar for serving Method Steam the pumpkin and mash it in a mixing bowl. Add the egg, salt, sugar, flour, baking powder and mix until smooth. Add spoonfuls of pumpkin mix into a medium-hot frying pan with some oil. Fry until brown on either side.   Serve hot with cinnamon and sugar.

  • Coffee cake
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    Chocolate coffee cake with vanilla custard

    A very easy and tasty coffee cake recipe for you to enjoy! Serve with vanilla or caramel/toffee custard. Ingredients 2 eggs one and a half cups plain flour one and a half teaspoons baking powder half a cup of sugar a pinch of salt 4 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons cocoa powder half a cup black coffee Method Start by making the coffee because it needs to cool down a bit before adding it to the batter. I made an espresso with my Bialetti espresso maker, topped up with a bit of warm water to make half a cup. In the same cup, add the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the…

  • Chicken sosaties
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    Have a BBQ weekend

    Remember to have a braai/ BBQ this weekend just to celebrate the fact that it’s …the weekend! Why not make sosaties part of your braai experience? For a tasty BBQ snack with a tangy pineapple marinade, have a look at the easiest sosatie recipe here:

  • Chicken sosaties
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    Chicken Sosaties

    Tasty bbq snack to be enjoyed with sunny weather. Ingredients: 200 g chicken breast half a red pepper half a green pepper one medium sized onion 1 tin pineapple pieces 1 carrot some kebab skewers(+-10) For the marinade: half a cup soy sauce the liquid/juice from the pineapple tin 14 inch piece ginger – cut into pieces one garlic clove half a tsp coriander spice half a tsp cumin spice half a tsp salt half a tsp pepper a sprig of thyme Method: Start by making the marinade. Cut the ginger and garlic into small pieces. Put the ginger and garlic in a bowl together with the soy sauce, thyme…

  • Lentil bobotie
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    Lentil Bobotie

    Delicious vegetarian bobotie! Ingredients 1 garlic clove 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1  1/2 cups lentils 3 carrots 2 onions 1 small red and 1 small yellow/green pepper a head of cabbage olive oil 2 eggs 250 ml milk 3 bay leaves some fruit chutney to serve Method Heat the pan to high heat. Fry the spices in some olive oil for about 3 minutes. Cut the vegetables into small pieces. Add the onions and peppers and fry for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding some more olive oil. Add the cabbage and…