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I like food. A lot. I also have a little bit of a temper (it’s a Gemini thing). Recently I started channeling my moods into cooking, and what do ya know, they gel well. Fast forward a couple of months and what used to be a mood thing, has now morphed into a passion. It’s…

Banana Bread

This one is so quick to prepare and a really nice snack. Time: 1 hour 10min  Portions: 5-6 Ingredients 1 Cup self-raising flour 2 tsp Baking soda 3/4 Cup sugar 1 Cup butter 3-4 Bananas 4 tsp Vanilla essence 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 Eggs (beaten) 3/4 tsp Salt Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix all…

Milo Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is always a winner in my book, but add Milo to it and you have something stupidly good. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 6 Ingredients Malva: 250ml Sugar 20ml Butter 1 Egg 275ml Flour 100ml Milo powder 5ml Baking soda 250ml Milk 10ml Vinegar 10ml Vanilla essence Sauce: 100g Milo Chocolate 125ml Crem 160ml…

Jolly Jalapeño Poppers

I recently rediscovered my love of spicy food and I figured that I absolutely have to be able to make a proper popper. It’s a matter of pride! So here is my take on it. Time: +/- 1 hour  Portions: 12 Ingredients: 12 Jalapeño peppers 250gm Cream cheese 1 Pkt Bacon bits 1 Tbls golden…

New Chicken Korma

This is a slightly different take on my other Chicken Korma recipe. Just a little bit spicier, but possibly my favourite so far. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of ingredients, most of them are spices. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 6 Ingredients: Chicken: 4 Deboned skinless chicken breasts 2 tsp Garam masala 2 tsp Curry…

Garam Masala

I’ve found that I often decide to make things spur-of-the-moment, and then realise I might be missing an ingredient. This is where it’s handy to know how to make your own.  Garam Masala is perfect to use in korma or curry dishes and you can adapt it a little to suit your needs. Time: 15min…

Bell Pepper and Mushroom Beef Roast

Have I mentioned that I love meat? Seriously, it drives my poor pasta-loving sister crazy, but she tries to be supportive and eat everything I cook anyway 🙂 I’ve posted beef roast recipes before, but I like to give it a different spin every time. This one is fairly simple and doesn’t take too long…

Roast Chicken with Mushrooms, Peppers & Baby Spinach

So this turned out a lot better than expected…actually I didn’t know what to expect. I took what I had in the kitchen, and this dish happened. It just might be one of my new favourites. See what you think. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 4 Ingredients Chicken 8 Chicken pieces (with skin on) 1/2 Cup chicken…

Beer Batter Onion Rings

Once or twice I’ve found a restaurant that makes a decent onion ring, but truly tasty ones are hard to come by. Until now… Time: 30min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 2 Medium red onions (sliced into rings) 250ml Flour 250ml Beer (I used a blonde craft beer) 500ml Cooking oil 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Black…

Pork Fillet With Mushroom Sauce

First time trying this cut of pork, and it’s delicious! Serve it with roast potatoes and baked beetroot. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 6 Ingredients Pork Recipe 2 Pork fillets (+/-500gm each) Salt Black pepper Paprika BBQ spice 1 tbls Olive oil Glaze 1 Cup chicken stock 1/4 Cup honey 1/4 Cup brown sugar 65ml Soya…

Tuna Bake

Quick and easy tuna dish Time: 45min  Portions: 5-6 Ingredients 1 Tin tuna 1 Tin Pealed tomatoes 2 tbls Tomato paste 1 tsp Sweet basil 1/2 Onion (chopped) 1/2 tsp Crushed garlic 1/4 Cup cream 1 Cup shell noodles 750ml Water 500gm Cheddar cheese (grated) 1 tbls Butter Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat butter…

Beef Roast

I remember as a kid, roasts were for special occasions. I used to love it! Now as an adult, sometimes the special occasion is that it’s Thursday. Time: 2.5 hours  Portions: 6-8 Ingredients 1.5kg Beef roast 1+1/2 tbls Dijon mustard 1 pkt Mushrooms 1 Onion (halved and sliced) 1/2 pkt Baby carrots (chopped) 1/2 Cup…

Sauteed Balsamic Asparagus

This makes a great side dish with steak or chicken. Time: 12min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 1 Bunch of asparagus (+/-12 medium asparagus) 1 tbls Balsamic vinegar 1 tbls Soya sauce 2 tbls Butter 1 tbls Parmesan (finely grated) Black pepper Sea salt Method Melt the butter in a pan over medium high heat. Add the asparagus,…

Braai Lamb Chops

It’s summer in South Africa and that means it’s braai time. Well, actually it’s always braai time here. We even have a braai holiday (no jokes). Here’s a recipe for lamb chops on the grill. *FYI braai would be a barbeque to our foreign friends. Time: 45min  Portions: 3 Ingredients 6 Lamb loin chops 60ml…

Parmesan Potatoes

Yes, that’s right, another potato dish. ‘Cause hello, potatoes! Time: 1 hour 15min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 8 Medium potatoes 3/4 Cup parmesan cheese (finely grated) 1 tsp Sea salt 1 tsp Black pepper 1 tbls Flour 2 tbls Oil 1 tsp Crushed garlic 1/2 tsp Paprika Dried Sweet Basil For the sauce: 250ml Cream 2…

Cream Cheese Sweet Potatoes

This sounds weird, but trust me, it’s delicious! Time: 1 hour  Portions: 4 Ingredients: 4 Medium Sweet potatoes 1/2 Cup butter 1 tsp Thyme 220ml Cream cheese 2 tbls Olive oil Method: Preheat oven to 220°C. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil. Bake for 1 hour. In a…

Hasselback Potatoes

First time trying these, and they are stupidly good. Time: 1 hour 10min  Portions: 4 Ingredients: 8 Medium potatoes 1/4 Cup butter (softened) 2 tbls Olive oil Black pepper Sea salt 2-3 tbls Parmesan cheese (powdered) 170g Cream cheese Dried Sweet basil Method Preheat oven to 220°C. Cut your potatoes into thin strips* (be careful…

Beef Stroganoff

This has always been a favourite of mine, but I’ve always struggled to get it to taste just right. Finally think I’ve figured it out. Try it and see what you think. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 4 Ingredients: 600g Beef strips or blocks 1 Onion (finely chopped) 1 Pkt mushrooms 1/2 Cup brandy 1/2 Cup…

Chicken Korma

I’ve always wanted to try making this, but I’ve always been scared that it turns out wrong. Finally made it tonight and it’s delicious! Time: 1.5 hours  Portions: 6 Ingredients 6 Chicken breasts (deboned and skinned) 50g Butter (for frying chicken) 2 tbls Oil 2 Onions (finely chopped) 4 Cloves garlic (finely chopped) 2 tbls Fresh…

Choc-Chip Muffins

Time: 40min  Portions: 12 Ingredients 1+3/4 Cup flour 2 tsp Baking powder 1+1/2 tsp Baking soda 2 tbls Cocoa 3/4 Cup caster sugar 3/4 Cup choc-chips 1 Cup milk 1/3 Cup + 2tsp Oil 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 Cup butter Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix dry ingredients. Mix…

Cheese Balls

Little balls of cheesy heaven, that’s what these are. Time: 1.5 hours  Portions: 18-20 Ingredients 1/2 tin Corn (mielies) 1 Wheel of feta cheese 120g Mozzarella 100g Cheddar 1 Egg 1 Egg white 40g Self-raising flour Splash of milk Black pepper Regular flour (for coating) Oil (for frying) Method Mix all the ingredients together (except…

Coconut Brandy Balls

These little gems are delicious and so quick to make. You can replace the brandy with rum or whiskey depending on your personal preference. Time: 15min  Portions: 24 Ingredients 200gm Coconut (plus extra to coat) 200gm Tennis biscuits (crushed) 1/2 Tin condensed milk 2 tbls Cocoa 2 tots Brandy Method Crush the biscuits and add…

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake

I’ve never really been much of a cake fan, but when I stumbled across this recipe I just had to try it. Bloody hell, am I glad I did! It’s moist and rich and absolutely worth checking out. Time: 1 hour 15min  Portions: 10 Ingredients Cake 1/3 Cup cocoa 1/2 Cup boiling water 3 Extra…

Oatmeal Cookies

I’m a little addicted to these. The problem is, if you buy them from a shop they cost a fortune and it’s never quite enough. That’s where this recipe comes in. They are crunchy and sweet, quick to make and sooo very good. Hope you enjoy them. Time: 30min  Portions: 24 Ingredients 1 Cup flour…

Roast Potatoes

Potatoes are probably my favourite things ever! You can do so many different versions of it. Proper roast potatoes obviously had to be on my list of must-conquers. Here’s what worked for me. Time: 1 hour  Portions: 4-5 Ingredients 6-8 Large potatoes 2 tbls flour 2 tbls parmesan Black pepper Salt 1/4 Vegetable oil 2…

Lamb Shank

This one takes a bit of time to make, but the tasty, fall-off-the-bone tender lamb is worth it. Time: 3 hours 15min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 4 Medium lamb shanks 3 tbls Honey 1+1/2 Cups red wine 2 tbls English mustard Fresh rosemary 3 Cloves garlic (crushed) 3 Carrots (chopped) 1 Red onion (chopped) 500ml Lamb…