mint iced tea punch

Mint Iced Tea Punch

My brother turned 20 this week, and his celebratory drink was this very mint iced tea rum punch! His drink of choice is always rum with anything, but for some reason his preferred mix is iced tea. So when he came around for a birthday dinner, I decided to make this little punch for him…. Read more »

margarita

Purist Margarita

Before we continue with the very important business of a purist margarita, I must apologize. I’ve been super MIA. But it’s because I’ve been very busy starting a business! Yay! Check out the good stuff if you’re into quality artisanal products from small local producers. I know you’ll love it 🙂 Now moving on… Is… Read more »

minted pea soup

Minted Pea Soup with a Poached Egg

A week night dinner couldn’t be quicker than minted pea soup. Not to say that it wouldn’t go down as easily on a lazy Friday night! This warm soup with its sweet and minty flavours is perfect for the season. And if the evening’s set to be a little sticky, serve it chilled. You could… Read more »

Xpresso Cafe Pretzel

Xpresso Cafe – All Menu Items R10!

Yesterday we visited Xpresso Cafe in Durbanville with relatively low expectations. I mean what even can you buy nowadays for a mere R10?! But would you believe me if I told you that we paid a measly R40 for all the items pictured below? Yup – 1 coffee, 1 tea, 1 pretzel the size of… Read more »

pasta primavera

Pasta Primavera Version 2.0

Pasta Primavera – a celebration of spring, spring veggies, and most importantly, carbohydrates! Pasta Primavera means Spring Pasta in Italian, and traditionally comprises of a selection of seasonal spring vegetables doused in cream and dressed over spaghetti. But that’s just so retro! The cream sauce doesn’t do it for me on a fresh spring day… Read more »

shepherd's pie

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

A shepherd’s pie is the perfect weekday meal for a chilly mid season evening. There’s something so nostalgic and comforting about this humble dish, plus it’s perfect for packing in extra veggies! Forego the traditional white potato topping and opt for a combination of sweet potato and cauliflower instead. The pairing of rich lamb and… Read more »

chakalaka cheese braai bread

Chakalaka Cheese Braai Bread

What’s a braai without chakalaka and a cheesy garlic loaf??? Combine the two and you have a heritage day winner! Cue this chakalaka and cheese stuffed braai loaf, which may just steal the show at your braai day table this weekend. Last year I went all out with roosterkoek burgers, so this year I wanted… Read more »

merrrel spring night series trail run

Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run at Groot Constantia

Ever done a trail run through forests and vineyards in the dark? I have! The Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run is the perfect opportunity to do so. Where the bizarre concept of running by lead of a small head light came from, I do not know. But it’s oddly liberating! And you get a… Read more »

strawberry frozen yogurt

Strawberry Mascarpone Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

No matter the weather, froyo always goes down a treat, and these strawberry mascarpone frozen yogurt popsicles are a particular pleasure! Obviously because they taste incredible, but also because they’re a simple task to prepare. With spring abloom, icy desserts are all the more incredible, but the creamy luxuriousness of these froyo popsicles makes them… Read more »

west coast national park

West Coast National Park Free Entry!

For all of this week (Mon, 12 Sep – Fri 16 Sep) entrance into the West Coast National Park, and all national parks nationwide, is free. Why? Because National Park Week! We made our way to the West Coast National Park today in the hope of spotting the last of spring’s flowers. While there wasn’t… Read more »

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    Chocolate Custard Tarts with Strawberry Salsa

    These chocolate custard tarts are a twist on the popular Portuguese pastry, pasteis de nata. My version adds a little chocolate to the custard, as well as a fresh strawberry and basil salsa to brighten things up. They’re great with tea or coffee, but why not fancy things up a little and serve them with… Read more »

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    “Fancy” Homemade Gnocchi with Chorizo

    Homemade gnocchi is by no means an exact science. In fact, if you’ve never made it before, I suggest trying it with regular white potatoes first! I used orange sweet potatoes because I love their colour, but they’re a lot more moist than regular white potatoes, and even yellow sweet potatoes – this renders a… Read more »

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    Refried Bean Tacos and Parmesan Frico

    I love refried bean tacos! Refried beans are so comforting and creamy, yet incredibly healthy too. Plus a little bit of Mexican always feels like a party! Usually I’d pair these with wraps, or even just dive into a bowl of them on their own, but this time I felt like having some fun… Did… Read more »

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    Asian BBQ Chicken Wings – Perfect for the braai!

    The pursuit for the best bbq chicken wings recipe is a time-taxing feat! For me, they have to  be a combination of sweet and spicy, with a strong savoury base. I’ve tried tons of recipes, but the result was definitely best when I randomly threw together a few things out of desperation. Everything was available… Read more »

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    Cape Town Street Food Festival 2015 (Food Talks)

    The Cape Town Street Food Festival took place at Side Street Studios in Woodtsock, which is probably the hippest location of all time!   Cape Town Street Food Festival food talk workshop Last year I missed out on the first ever Street Food Festival in Cape Town, so this year it wasn’t gonna happen again…. Read more »

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    Banoffee Chia Pudding Pie

    Is it a pudding? Is it a pie?? It’s neither. And both!! Ashamedly, as popular as chia seeds have become over the past year, I’ve only recently begun experimenting with them – and I love them! But, I’ve discovered a chia pudding search on Google will leave you utterly overwhelmed. So instead of copying a… Read more »

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    Chicken Parmigiana Burgers

    These chicken parmigiana burgers are a wonderful fusion of Italian and American cuisines, and one which I’m sure neither nation would be particularly proud of! However, I dare either to dislike it! Upon devouring, you’ll surely wonder why you’ve never put chicken parmigiana between bread before! It has everything required for the makings of a… Read more »

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    Bacon and Broccoli Cheddar Bake Soup

    This bacon and broccoli cheddar bake soup is pretty much a cheesy broccoli bake in liquid form! I know that doesn’t sound extremely appetizing, but stay with me.. I started off with the intention of making a classic broccoli soup, and ended up with something far more interesting. It’s amazing what you can do with… Read more »

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    Oranjezicht City Farm Market – Granger Bay, Cape Town

    The Oranjezicht City Farm market, or the OZCF market, has seen quite a few changes of scenery since  its inception. It had humble, but quaint beginnings in Oranjezicht, right next to the actual farm where the fruits and veggies are grown. But, after struggling to secure a permanent permit for that specific site, the market… Read more »

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    Thai Peanut & Coconut Beef Curry

    This Thai Peanut and Coconut Beef Curry was inspired by a West African Chicken Curry I made a couple of weeks ago. Although I loved the African version, I thought the flavours could use some lifting. The meal felt kinda heavy to me, and I just knew that a Thai twist would breathe new life… Read more »