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…

Parmesan 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 8-10 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…