Oxtail

Serves 12 What comes to mind with Oxtail Stew is deliciously rich, warming, comfort food. So it’s perfect for winter. The sauce is so moreish that I use the left-overs in an Oxtail Risotto – if you’re lucky enough to have any left over! Here’s what goes in 1 large onion, diced 1 teaspoon of…

Chocolate Brownies

Makes 18 – 24 In celebration of World Chocolate Day this week, I thought I would share this classic chocolate brownie recipe. Since I usually serve these for children, I make mine without nuts, but of course these can be added if you like. They are something between a cookie and a cake with a…

Ouma Ann’s Apple Pudding

This is another one of those family recipes passed down to us by my Ouma Ann, made even before her, by her mother. It was often served for dessert after Sunday lunch and the best treat was having cold squares of it in my lunchbox for school the next day. We created many happy memories…

Strawberries and Cream

Makes 8 servings I call this ‘Strawberries and Cream’ because that’s exactly what it is – churned into a beautifully creamy ice-cream. Once again, this is something you can make ahead, and if you’re trying to keep things really simple, just serve a scoop of it in a delicious sugar cone. A slightly fancier version…

Parma Ham, Caramelised Onion, and Rocket Quiche

A quiche will make for a lovely light lunch, and is so versatile you can actually fill it with anything you like. I make variations that include ‘tomato, basil, feta’; ‘butternut and feta/goat’s cheese’; or ‘asparagus and tuna’. This recipe is the favourite however, and looks really impressive topped off with extra Parma ham and…

Sesame Soy Salmon Cones

Makes 12 If your Mother’s Day lunch party has a few family members joining in, this is the perfect pass-around appetiser. But if there are just a few of you, you may want to halve the amount of salmon and noodles and make fewer portions. You can serve these in a bamboo cone with a…

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…