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…

Beetroot Avo Feta Salad

Such a nice summer salad. You can use preserved beetroot, but I prefer to use fresh ones. Time: 25min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 5-6 Medium beetroot 2 Medium avocados 100g Feta (a wheel) 45ml Olive oil 45ml Balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp Crushed garlic Pinch of dried rosemary Method Boil the beetroot in a medium pot for…

Balsamic Glaze

This glaze is just lovely with pork or lamb chops. It gives that lovely dark colour to the chops and tastes great. Time: 8min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar 3 tbls Honey 1/2 tsp Crushed garlic Pinch of oregano, basil, thyme, chilli flakes Method Combine everything in a sauce pan over medium heat…

Groovy Gravy

Who doesn’t need a quick and easy gravy recipe? It’s great with any meat dishes. Time: 10-15min Ingredients 1 Cup stock (Either beef, lamb or chicken) 1 Cup red wine 1 tbls Balsamic vinegar 1 tbls Honey 1 Heaped tsp cornflour Method Combine stock and wine in a sauce pan over medium heat until reduced…

Moody Meatballs

I’ve always liked the idea of meatballs, but I always wonder who actually prepared it. And that just freaks me out, so I never buy them. I decided that the only option was to figure out my own recipe to make at home. These go well with pasta, mashed potatoes or rice. Time: 1 hour…

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Peanut butter. Peanut butter makes me happy. Peanut butter cheesecake, love! Time: 2 hours 15min Portions: 6-8 Ingredients 3/4 Cup peanut butter 250ml Whipped cream (unsweetened) 3/4 Cup powdered sugar 3/4 Cup melted butter 1 Packet Tennis buscuits (crumbed) 2 tsp Cocoa 360ml Plain cream cheese Method Mix the cookie crumbs with the butter and smooth…

Banana Bread Muffins

Think banana bread, but in muffin form! It’s awesome with butter, warm from the oven. You can also use the same recipe to make a normal banana bread. Whatever works for you. Please note: I used a coffee mug instead of a cup. Time: 1 hour 10min Portions: 12 Ingredients 1\2 Mug self-rising flour 1 tsp…

Creamy Butter Sauce

This sauce is so easy and quick to make, plus, if you add lemon juice to it, it’s lovely with fish dishes. Time: 12min Portions: 4 Ingredients 1 Cup dry white wine 1\2 Cup butter 1 Cup cream 1 tsp Garlic Fresh Thyme (chopped) Black pepper Method Over medium heat, fry garlic until fragrant (3min) add…

Chocolate Crumble Cake

Time: 1 hour Ingredients Cake 2 Cups sugar 1+3\4 Cups flour 2\3 Cup cocoa 1 tsp Salt 1+1\2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp Baking soda 2 Eggs 1\2 Cup oil 1 Cup milk 1 Cup boiling water Crumble 1\4 Cup butter (melted) 1\2 Cup icing sugar 1\3 Cup flour 1\4 Cup cocoa Buttercream Icing 3…

Salted Caramel Sauce

Now this made my day. If it has caramel in it, I’m sold! Which of course meant I had to learn to make it. Time: 8min Portion: +/-300ml Ingredients 75g Unsalted Butter 50g Brown sugar 50g Caster sugar 50g Syrup 125ml Cream 1 tsp Sea salt Method Combine butter, sugar and syrup over medium heat and…

Creamy Lemon Paprika Chicken

This is one of the only recipes that I didn’t change a single thing on. It’s just that good. Credit to Eat your heart out. Time: 1 hour Portions: 4 Ingredients 8 Pieces of chicken (skin on) 1 Lemon (juice) Black pepper Salt Paprika 2 tsp chopped garlic Butter (for frying) 1 Cup chicken stock 1\2…

Chocolate Truffles

Another one of my favourite, yet too expensive things. Chocolate truffles. Damn, they are stupidly yummy. Time: 1 hour Portions: 10 Ingredients 1 Tin sweetened condensed milk 1\2 tbls Butter 1\3 Cup cocoa (plus extra for coating) 1\3 Cup icing sugar 1 tsp Vanilla essence 1\4 tsp Salt 20ml Brandy Method Combine condensed milk and butter…

Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

These really are a treat. No baking required. Time: 1.25 hours Portions: 24 Ingredients 1\2 Cup butter 1 Cup sugar 1\2 Cup milk 4 tbls Cocoa (unsweetened) 1\2 Cup peanut butter 3.5 Cups instant oats 2 tsp Vanilla essence Method Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa together over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 1min….

Cheese Herb Bread

This is a nice addition to stews and curries and so simple to make. And no yeast needed! Time: 1 hour Portions: Depends how much you like bread 🙂 Ingredients +/-2 tbls Mixed herbs +/-2 tbls Olive oil 2.25 Cups flour 2 tsp Baking powder 1\2 tsp Baking soda 1 tsp salt 10-12 Slices gouda cheese…

Baked Beetroot

This was such a lovely surprise. It makes a great side with roasts or steak. Time: 1 hour 15min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 6-8 Medium beetroots 2 tbls Fresh Thyme 2 tbls Dried herbs (mixed) Salt & Black pepper 45ml Olive oil 45ml Balsamic vinegar 3 Garlic cloves Cream cheese Pecan nuts Method Preheat oven to 180°C….

Chilli Con Carne

Oooh, now this is comfort food at its best. It takes a while to make, but damn, is it worth it! Time: 2-3 hours Portions: 6 Ingredients 1kg Brisket or Chuck 1 Red onion 1\2 Red pepper +/-5 Tomatoes (chopped) 1 Tin kidney beans +/-2 Tbls tomato paste 300ml Beef stock 1 Cup red wine 4…

Cheese Scones

Quick, easy, and always a treat. 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 Mug cheese (cheddar or gouda) 1\4 Mug melted butter Pinch of salt, black pepper, sweet basil Harrybasco (to taste) Method Preheat oven to 225°C….

Portuguese Custard Puffs

These have always been a favourite of mine. Handy tip…make extra! Time: 45min  Portions: 24 Ingredients 1 Cup white sugar 1\2 Cup water 1\4 Cup corn flour 2 Cups full cream milk 1\2 Cup cream 3 Egg yolks (beaten) 4 Sheets of puff pastry Icing sugar to sprinkle on top Method Preheat oven to 200°C….

Roast Cauliflower

Okay, I know most people don’t like cauliflower and I totally get it, but this is different. It’s crunchy and spicy and unlike your typical cauliflower dish. Try it with a cream cheese dip (you’ll thank me later). Time: 40min  Portions: 4 Ingredients 1 Head cauliflower 1 Cup mozzarella cheese (grated)* 1\2 tsp paprika, salt, black…

Peppadew Feta Quiche

What I especially like about this recipe is the cheese in the crust. Yum! Time: 1 hour 15min  Portions: 6 Ingredients 250ml Flour 250ml Cheddar cheese (grated) 3/4 Cup butter (melted) 1 Medium red onion 1 tsp Garlic (crushed) 8-10 Peppadews 50g Feta 2 Extra large eggs 200ml Milk Mixed dry herbs 4-5 Mushrooms (diced)…

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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…