It’s Celebration time!

At this time of the year, I’m guessing you’re gearing up to celebrate the festive season. And for the first time in a long time, we can look forward to celebrating without restrictions. If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I love to celebrate – always with food! My debut cookbook “Pink…

Oxtail stew for rainy days

This November rain has been relentless, bringing with it an unfamiliar chill at this time of year. The upside is that we don’t have to reserve delicious, warming dishes like Oxtail for winter… this dish is rather welcoming right now. So easy to prepare and leave to almost self-cook while you get on with your…

Halloween Poison Apples

Happy Halloween! This has become my favourite trick or treat item, and I love sitting on the pavement handing these out to happy little faces!They’re easy and inexpensive to make, and personally I prefer to not have all the plastic wrappers from store-bought candy floating around. For the candy: (yields enough for 9- 10)1 cup…

Lemon Curd

A variety of delicious lemon curds can be bought in supermarkets, and I’m the last person to judgestore-bought convenience, provided you’re not compromising. I would however encourage you to try this recipe sometime. Anything homemade, when successful, is not only rewarding for the cook, but is so appreciated by the guests. You’ll soon become a…

Malva Pudding with home made custard

This is definitely the dessert you want to serve when your whole family comes over for Heritage Day lunch. It will make a large pudding – more than enough for everyone to have a sweet bite after the main meal. And if your crowd is small, you can rely on enormous portions for the Malva…

Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are such a lovely morning breakfast treat. If you’re an early bird, you can have them ready in an hour and a half. Alternatively, prepare them the evening before and leave them in the fridge overnight, ready to bake in the morning. Here’s what goes in: 3 cups cake flour 1 sachet…

Peppermint Crisp Ice-cream tart

This is a popular South African dessert made with carnation caramel treat and a peppermint crisp chocolate bar. In this recipe, I’ve churned the filling in my ice-cream maker and made an ice cream pie, but the layering is exactly the same and if you don’t want ice-cream, you can just leave it to set…

Frozen Tiramisu Loaf

This Mother’s Day, the only job I had was to make dessert, so I could spend some time making it. This wonderful Frozen Tiramisu Loaf is as delicious as it is beautiful! You can make it ahead of time, but you can’t take shortcuts, because there aren’t any! For the cake: Use any marbled or…

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 – all too soon if you ask me! Adding chips of these into their favourite cookie is such a treat, and like regular chocolate chips, they hold up…

Carrot & Butternut soup

Today is International Carrot Day! And with that, summer has left SA it seems… we’ll be into cooking soups with root vegetables in no time! Carrots, I find, are always available and they keep well, so I usually have a bunch in my fridge. They’re a really good source of Beta Carotene, Fiber, Potassium and…