Italian Pickled peppers

Italian Sweet Pepper Pickles

Picture an Italian antipasto board overflowing with prosciutto, salami, salty olives, fresh mozzarella, and rustic artisanal breads with olive oil.   For me it just does not get much better than that, unless you add a delicious Italian Sweet Pepper Pickle to the mix. Just the sight of a beautifully prepared antipasto platter is enough to change the mood of an entire evening, enticing you to the table for a shared meal of pure  indulgence and fun with family and friends. So pull out your favourite board, invite a few friends around and get creative. Continue Reading

Crunchie Recipe a healthy version

South African Crunchies – a healthy version

This fabulous healthy version of South African crunchies is the creation of Anje van der Merwe who based it on our traditional family crunchy recipe.  I always say ‘If you love it, share it’.  And we are loving this healthy version. Thank you for sharing Anje  it is a great  alternative.

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Easter Coconut Bundt Cake

Coconut Bundt Cake for Easter

 Easter for me is a home filled with the smell of  warm spicy hot cross buns, chocolate eggs, and thoughts of fluffy white bunnies and soft yellow chicks.  But there always has to be cake, so this year its this beautiful moist Coconut Bundt Cake, topped with blush pink drizzle icing and flaked coconut.

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date and walnut coffee cake

Date and Walnut Coffee Cake

This simple coffee cake made in a square pan is sweetened with dates and maple syrup and topped with a crunchy walnut crumble and a drizzle of sweet glaze. The cake has a hint of orange, with a cinnamon laced crumble on top . I have adapted this recipe from my all time favourite magazine Bake From Scratch. Continue Reading

The Best Blueberry Muffin Loaf

has been a bit crazy for the last two weeks, so I haven’t had much time to bake. But today with some beautiful much needed rain falling and I bit of a respite from the heat, this uncomplicated quick Blueberry muffin loaf was the perfect thing to make. It is moist and tangy, and it literally falls apart with softness.  Make it as a loaf or in muffin cases, but either way you are going to be hooked, its great for breakfast, tea or an afternoon snack.  Pack it full of plump blueberries to give your day a powerful antioxidant boost.   Continue Reading

Spiced chai ice cream ideal for vegans

Vegan Spiced Chai Ice Cream

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE anything Chai.    Vanilla Chai or Spiced Chai, both have equal charm for me.  This Spiced Chai ice cream is made with coconut cream and cashews nuts so perfect for vegans.   Continue Reading

White vanilla cake with cinnamon buttercream icing

Dreamy White Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

This Dreamy white cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting is a basic 1-2-3-4 cake.  Getting it’s name from the proportions of its basic ingredients, it is so easy you will always remember it without even having to reference a recipe.  I have added my favourite cinnamon buttercream frosting to give it a subtle spicy flavour. Continue Reading

Coconut Lentil Curry

Coconut Green Lentil Curry

A little savoury to tantalise your tastebuds today.   This is my take on a traditional Indian Dhal, with Cape Malay and  Thai influences. The Coconut cream gives a subtle hint of sweetness to this dish, while the chilli and spices gives it a kick. Serve this delicious lentil curry with steaming fragrant Jasmine rice, and add Paneer for an added protein boost to a vegetarian diet. Continue Reading

Dark chocolate mousse

3 Ingredient Rich Chocolate Mousse

Once again Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and if you do not have time to make something exoctic why not whip up this quick and easy Rich Chocolate Mousse. There are plenty of mousse recipes out there which call for heavy cream, loads of butter and  dreaded gelatine. These are usually  time consuming to make, and the results can be so unpredictable.  Here is a quick 3 ingredient Chocolate Mousse which is straight forward,  yet still has the rich, intense chocolate flavour needed for a beautiful mousse.  If you are into dark chocolate this recipe is for you, as it has only a hint of sugar.

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