Kataifi Cheesecake Baskets

Serves 8 – 10 These gorgeous Kataifi baskets will add a real Easter feel to your menu, with their nest-like appearance. Deceptive in their show-stopping beauty and intricate detail, they are surprisingly easy to make and absolutely delicious at the same time. Here’s what goes in 1 box of Kataifi pastry (500g) 3 tablespoons of…

Youvetsi

Serves 10 to 12 Youvetsi is a Greek stew, traditionally made for Sunday lunches. This would have you up really early on a Sunday morning, so I recommend you rather serve it for dinner, or get it going the day before because of its lengthy cooking time. The upside is that this is a dish…

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Makes 18 Beautifully decorated sugar cookies all boxed up with a bow make a wonderful Easter gift.  They would also add a special touch to your Easter tea, or could form part of an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Better yet, you could leave them undecorated and set them aside with some icing for…

Easter Choc Chip Cookies

Makes 48 These cookies are an Easter holiday version of a firm family favourite. My kids get very excited when white candy-coated Easter eggs hit the shelves, so popping these into their favourite cookie is a welcome treat. I always share this tip when making choc chip cookies – don’t overbake them and serve them…

Easter Carrot Cake

Easter conjures up images of bunnies which is fitting, I think, for some decadent carrot cake on the day! But not all carrot cakes are created equal. What separates the truly exceptional from the mediocre is the moistness and luxuriousness of the cake. Every time I bake this cake, I make sure I use quality…

Nutty Meringue Chocolate Brownies

I made these delicious meringue-like brownies yesterday and there’s barely a morsel left. This recipe is dead easy – whipped up all together in a food processor. Too good not to share! Compliments of my lovely friend Sue and thanks to many happy Champagne Tuesdays. Here’s what goes in 4 eggs a pinch of salt…

Valentine’s Vegan Scones

Makes 24 Valentines Tea for Two? What if I were to tell you that these little tea scones are totally vegan? Not my usual fare, but tried and tested and absolutely delicious! I’m so delighted with the outcome of these scones because adding something vegan to our recipe collection this week means we have something…

Braised Lamb Shanks

If you’re looking for something special to cook for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, this braised lamb shank dinner for two is sure to win hearts! The lengthy cooking time makes it look like a labour of love, but prepping it is quick, and then you can leave it to cook gently while you get…

Cake Pops

Bite-sized, chocolate smothered balls of delicious, moist cake. What could be better? Cake pops are a great way to serve your cake – plate-free, mess-free and fuss-free! Since these can also be frozen, you can just pull out as many or as few as you need at a time. Here’s what goes in For the…

Turkish Delight Ice-Cream

With summer in full swing in Joburg, and lots of time on my hands to play around in the kitchen, my ice-cream experiments are continuing. Today’s recipe share is my absolute favourite, this Turkish Delight ice-cream which I can’t get enough of! If you’re a fan of this gorgeous, rose flavoured Middle Eastern confection, then…