Gluten-Free Banana Muffins with Salted Caramel

Makes 12 So many people these days require gluten-free recipes and I’ve been hard pressed to come up with new ideas for my friends and family. These banana muffins were a real hit with my friends this morning and the leftovers are going to make great back to school lunch box fillers – minus the…

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…

White Chocolate Blondie

A deliciously decadent white chocolate blondie, baked and served in the pan. Trust me, there won’t be a morsel left! Here’s what goes in 1 Milky Bar chocolate slab (200g), chopped Half a cup of butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup flour 1 egg 3/4 cup coconut cream Half a cup of desiccated…

Hummingbird Cake

I think we all had enough banana bread during lockdown to last us a lifetime! So what else can you do with your overripe bananas? Try this absolutely delicious Hummingbird cake. You can just make a couple of loaves (which make a great lunchbox addition), or bake the cake with all the bells and whistles!…

Butternut coconut cream soup with z’atar roasted chickpeas

Here’s what goes in 1 onion, chopped 1 tablespoon of garam masala (or suitable curry powder) 1 kilogram of butternut, diced 1 tin of Coconut cream (400ml) 500ml of vegetable stock Olive oil, for frying 1 can of chickpeas, drained Z’atar spice Salt to season How to do it In a large, deep pot, fry…

French Onion Soup

I’m lucky enough to be in France this week, enjoying the snow and the delicious comfort food that the Savoie region has to offer in winter. Yesterday I had the most delicious French Onion soup at a little cafe on the slopes, and it inspired me to share my own tried and tested recipe. This…

Christmas Turkey

There are several ways to ensure you don’t serve up a dried out turkey on Christmas day and a large part of that is making sure you don’t dry out the white (turkey breast) meat. I do this in two ways, and the first step is to soak your turkey in a spicy brine bath,…

Halloween: Poison Cocktail

While the kids are Trick or Treating, keep the adults entertained with this mysterious black cocktail. It’s really a G&T with a ghoulish twist! Here’s what goes in: 1 tot of Black Sambuca (15ml) 1 tot of classic gin (15ml) 1 can of tonic water Raspberries, blueberries and liquorice bits to garnish How to do…

Halloween: Vegan Butternut Soup

Serves 8 If your Halloween is spent anything like mine, sitting on the curb greeting neighbours while the kids run around the suburb trick or treating, a cup of soup to share with friends and passers-by will probably be most welcome. And since its Pumpkin time, this vegan Butternut soup will be perfect for the…