No bake cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake

Every spring, Mother Nature gives herself a new life.  Flowers and trees burst into colour and with each new leaf  and flower comes the hope of new beginnings and the chance to start afresh.  Have you ever given some time to contemplate how amazing Mother Nature is?  We wake up one morning to the sounds of birdsong and look out the window and notice everything seems brighter and greener, but then turn back and with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives forget that moment, and the beauty that surrounds us.    Nature begins anew in the Spring. How about you? Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to do the same and start afresh? Continue Reading

Vegetable fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Looking for something different for  lunch or breakfast.  These vegetable fritters are the perfect solution.  Today I have paired them with avocado, cream cheese and smoked salmon, but there are so many other ways to eat them. Experiment with your favourite combinations.

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Muesli Breakfast Tart

Muesli Tart

Looking for something different for a special breakfast?  This Muesli Tart is a wonderful combination of a sweet pastry, breakfast muesli, and dried fruit soaked in rooibos tea and blended to form a delicious filling. It is great to serve with a homemade Rooibos Cream or Creme Fraiche at a Sunday brunch or as a sweet breakfast choice.

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Cheese and Chive Bread

Cheese and Chive Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and it is even nicer when the smell is coming from your very own kitchen.  This Cheese and Chive bread requires no yeast and is made the farm style way using self raising flour instead.   Continue Reading

Hummus and Falafels

Falafels and Hummus

We all have our favourite “Falafel Man” who vends this delicious snack all over the world.  In any city in the world, if you see a queue in a food quarter, it will always be for falafels.  This deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, is traditionally a Middle Eastern food.  It is usually served in a pita or wrapped in a flatbread and served with a combination of pickled vegetables,  tomato and cucumber salsa, hummus and  tahini based sauces. Continue Reading

Citrus Sundaes

Citrus Marshmallow sundaes

We all know what a Sundae is, and I am sure we have all secretly had one at some stage in our lives even those of us who are now on the healthy no sugar road.   Call back the past my friends, and splash out with these untraditional Citrus Marshmallow Sundaes with a ginger biscuit base.   I’ve made it so easy that even the most challenged cooks can make them and impress.  Buy all the ingredients and layer them in three easy steps and you are good to go .

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Granola bars for energy on safari

No Bake Cranberry Granola Bars

I love it when I can make something delicious without having to bake it.  These no bake  Cranberry Granola Bars will give you energy for hours and are the perfect breakfast for those on the run, or afternoon pick-me-up snack  when your energy is low.  What better snack to take with you when you are camping or on safari.  You can make them soft and chewy or hard and crunchy, either way they taste so good you will be wanting more.

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Vegan and gluten free pumpkin and chickpea korma

Pumpkin and Chickpea Korma – Vegan and Gluten Free

If you are looking for something different to make this weekend this Pumpkin and Chickpea Korma is just the thing for you. It is a perfect dish for a gathering as it is best made the day before  and gives you time to spend  with your guests instead of being in the kitchen.  Pumpkin and chickpeas work so well together and with the addition of coconut milk and ginger, it makes for a sweet, spicy meal that even meat-eaters will love. Continue Reading

Apple Cake for Shades of Cinnamon

Dutch Apple Loaf

This Dutch Apple Loaf is my kind of cake, soft and moist,  and filled with juicy chunks of apple and pecan nuts.  For a lovely hint of sweetness I have drizzled a delicious buttery icing glaze over the top. This is such a versatile recipe as it can be served  with  cream or crème fraîche as a dessert, or with your morning tea or coffee .  Continue Reading

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day when we pay tribute to all the beautiful woman of the world who have sacrificed so much to keep their children warm and safe, who work tirelessly to provide them with the best opportunities they can provide for a happy healthy life, and who nurture them from babies and love them unconditionally when they have grown up.  They are the binding thread that holds a family together, from their undying love that comes with soft snuggles and kisses , to strong discipline strategies to stem temper tantrums and defiance as they grow older.

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