Coconut Choc-chip Cinnamon Cookies

Yummy, easy and super fast to make cookies. Had them for dinner tonight, because I’m an adult…and I can. Time: 20min Portions: +/-24 Ingredients 1 Cup self-raising flour 1 Cup coconut 1 Cup sugar 1 Egg 1/2 Cup melted butter 2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 Cup choc-chips 1 Tbls Veg oil (optional) Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix…

Roast Pork Steaks With White Wine & Mushroom Sauce

This is such a quick, easy and affordable meal. Try it out and let me know what you think. Time: 40min Portions: 4 Ingredients Pork 2-3 300gm Pork steaks 1/4 Cup Balsamic vinegar 1/4 Cup golden syrup 2 Tbls mustard 1 Tbls soya Sea salt & Black pepper 1 tsp Crushed garlic Splash of Harrybasco (chilli…

Ham, Cheese & Peppadew Muffins

Quick, easy variation on my cheese muffins. Please note: I used a coffee mug instead of a cup here.  Time: 25min Portions: 12 Ingredients 1 Mug self raising flour 3\4 Mug milk 1.5 Mugs cheddar cheese (keep half a mug to sprinkle on top) 1\4 Mug melted butter 2 Slices of ham (cut into little blocks)…

Creamy Basil Pesto & Mussel Pasta

Now this was a lovely surprise. I was planning on making my usual Basil pesto pasta with feta when my brother suggested that I add mussels to it. A little nervous that it might be a bit dry, I decided to add cream…and cheese, because…cheese. And so it grew and evolved into this dish. Absolutely…

Pork Roast With Mushrooms & Baby Corn

I recently discovered this lovely cut of meat and it’s both delicious and affordable, which makes me oh so happy. Try it out. Time: 2 hours 30min  Portions: 5-6 Ingredients 900gm Pork neck roast 3 tbls Honey or golden syrup 1 Cup red wine 2 tbls English mustard Fresh rosemary (2-3 sprigs chopped) 3 Cloves…

Bacon, Potato, Mushroom & Feta Quiche

Remember a while back I posted my Peppadew Quiche recipe? Well, it just got even better!! But then, anything with bacon is… Time: 1 hour 25min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 250ml Flour 250ml Cheddar cheese (grated) 3/4 Cup butter (melted) 1/2 Packet of bacon bits 2 tsp Parmesan cheese (powdered kind) 1 Big potato (peeled and…

OMG Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate & Cinnamon Sauce

I know, a whole bunch of recipes all say, “Best Chocolate Cake” or “Best Chocolate Cake EVER”. Bitch, please, they have nothing on this recipe!! This is by far the most delicious chocolate cake I’ve ever had. No jokes. This is so rich that I made it a single layer cake, ’cause OMG! Time:  45min…

Beef Roast with Red Pepper & Vodka Sauce

This is such a quick and easy recipe if you feel like a smallish roast and don’t have hours to prepare it. Time: 50min  Portions: 4-5 Ingredients: 750gm Beef Roast 1/4 Cup Balsamic vinegar 1/4 Cup Soya sauce 2 Tbls Brown sugar 1 tsp Crushed garlic 1 tsp Dried Rosemary Salt, black pepper, BBQ spice…

Choc-Peppermint Muffins with Melted Chocolate Filling

When it’s late at night, but you’re craving something sweet, this happens. It’s been THAT kind of week. I looked at what I had and threw together these (surprisingly) yummy muffins. Time: 30min  Portions: 18 Ingredients 1+3/4 Cup flour 2 tsp Baking powder 1.5 tsp Baking soda 2 Tbls Cocoa powder 3/4 Cup fine sugar…

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 golden syrup 1/4 Cup brown sugar 1/4…

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…