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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    A Weekend in the West Coast Wine District

      The boyfriend, canine companion, and I spent the majority of the long Easter weekend in the West Coast Wine District of the Western Cape. We stayed at a totes gorg wine farm called Melkboomsdrift, situated 10 -15 minutes outside of Vredendal. Now, if you know Vredendal, you know it’s pretty much a farm worker’s… Read more »

  • Asian roast chicken - those purple skinned sweet potatoes though!

    Asian Roast Chicken with Kimchi Potatoes

    Admittedly I’m more obsessed with Asian flavours of late than I usually am. Which is precisely why I thought this year’s Easter roast called for something less traditional. I’ve made a quick weekday version of this dish using chicken breasts on numerous occasions. But a whole roast chicken is something entirely different. It’s succulent, rustic,… Read more »

  • Orange ponzu duck breast - that combination of pale pink duck and bright green park choi is just so pretty.

    Orange Ponzu Duck Breast

    Ponzu is an Asian dressing or sauce, usually made with citrus like lemon or lime. But since duck breast is the protein hero here, orange is the perfect fit! The leftover ponzu from this recipe makes a great Asian slaw dressing, and can also be used as a marinade. Duck has become a lot more… Read more »

  • Fig and bacon flatbreads - perfect for when figs are in season...

    Fig and Bacon Flatbreads

    Fig and bacon is a harmonious pairing. While parma ham and prosciutto may be more commonly chosen partners for fig, the crispiness you can achieve with bacon makes for a delightful contrast to fig’s soft flesh. Not to mention that bacon is cheaper, and pretty much has a cult following around the world. You can’t… Read more »

  • Zucchini Ribbon Salad with olives, feta, and peppadews

    Zucchini Ribbon Salad

    This zucchini ribbon salad is as tasty as it is beautiful! It was made to adorn a gorgeous dining table, alongside a spectacular Sunday roast. It’s flavours meld magnificently with lamb, but could pair just as easily with beef, chicken, or fish. It’s so versatile that it makes a great light lunch too – and… Read more »

  • Chorizo Nachos!

    Tray Bake Chorizo Nachos

    There are very few places I’ll go order nachos at. Despite how simple they are to make, not many places do them right! Either the chips get soggy, there’s not enough salsa, or the entire dish is just bland. This is usually due to the fact that the salsa comprises of a can of tomatoes… Read more »

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    Tapas for Two

    This Valentine’s Day, I propose something different! Instead of going out for a romantic, although expensive meal, prepare something quick and easy at home, and then head out for dessert! In Cape Town we’re lucky enough to have The Creamery, which is an ice-cream parlour and waffle house open until late, making dessert dates a… Read more »

  • Peach, pistachio, and thyme galette

    Peach and Thyme Galette

    I rarely have the time or patience to create my own elaborate desserts at home. So, when I dare brave a homemade sweet treat, it’s usually as simple, speedy, and delicious as this one. This galette, or sweet puff pastry tart, is so simple to whip up. Plus you’re bound to have most, if not… Read more »

  • Avo pasta - an ABSOLUTE must-try!

    Avocado Pasta with Roasted Garlic Tomatoes

    This Creamy Avocado Pasta & Garlicky Roast Tomatoes Recipe is one of my absolute favourite meat-free Monday meals! You could quite easily lose the carbs by replacing the spaghetti with zucchini noodles – or zoodles as I like to call them! However, I prefer to use wholewheat spaghetti since I don’t normally eat many carbs anyway…. Read more »

  • Green iced tea - so cold, so refreshing!

    Cooling Cucumber and Mint Iced Tea

    This cucumber and mint iced tea is summer in a jug! I’m a green tea fiend, and like any coffee lover, I need my cuppa green tea first thing in the morning. But with temperatures rising, this cold version is far more palatable. This cooling cucumber and mint iced tea is fresh and zesty and would… Read more »