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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Coconut Cinnamon Popcorn and Coconut Cupcakes with Popcorn Dust

Popcorn always takes me back to a time when, as a child, my parents would take me to the beach on a Sunday, and they would let me choose a treat from the vendors who walked up and down the promenade selling their wares.   I would more often than not end up with  a packet of caramel popcorn.  It was always such a delight to sit in the back of the car, nibbling away at each kernel trying to make it last as long as possible. Today however I stay away from too much sugar, so here is my alternative to that sugar loaded popcorn. Continue Reading

Easy Pickled sweet 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