Recipes

Appetisers and snacks

  • Daltjies spinach and corn fritters

    One of my favourite Ramadhan treats since childhood has been Daltjies spinach and corn fritters made with chickpea flour. They are a ubiquitous Cape Malay appetiser found on the tables of most ...

  • Sweet corn and polenta fritters

      One of my mother's go to Ramadhan treats for iftar were fritters... any type of fritter since they were easy to make and delicious eaten with soup or boeber. Her favorites were were sweetcorn ...

  • Circassian Chicken Choux Puffs

      My cousin's request to assist her daughter with a savory choux puff for a practical test at school was like a blast from the past. I remembered the home made smoked snoek mousse and cream cheese ...

  • Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

      I spied out of the corner of my eye a mound of sweet ripe figs and could not resist picking up a few for a tart I had in mind. My first attempt at using figs; a roasted fig and almond tart; had ...

  • Beverages

  • Boeber

    Boeber is a creamy, sweet, delicious and warming Cape Malay dessert type beverage flavored with browned butter, cinnamon and cardamom; thickened with vermicelli and sago and sweetened with condensed ...

  • Mango and orange aguas frescas

      A few days ago I came back from lunch to find a text message asking if I was in the office. I replied that I was and within minutes one of the drivers knocked at my door and entered carrying two ...

  • Falooda milkshake

    As children, having Cape Malay falooda milkshake at iftar was like having parent-mandated milkshake every day of the week. Our Cape Malay falooda milkshake is sweetened with rose syrup and enriched with ...

  • Breakfast and brunch

  • Moist blueberry muffins

    I have loved moist blueberry muffins since the very first time my mother brought home a pack from the food market of a department store that she loved to shop at. My search for the perfectly moist blueberry ...

  • Greek yogurt and Granola breakfast bowl

    If getting up for work in the morning and making breakfast seems like too much effort, then this delicious and creamy Greek yogurt and Granola breakfast bowl is just for you. Greek yogurt is topped with ...

  • Easy Homemade Granola

    My easy homemade granola recipe is full of dried fruit, berries and nuts for a luxurious breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours. One of my favourite weekday breakfasts is a Greek Yogurt and ...

  • Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats

    I must confess... I would rather lie in for an extra thirty minutes every morning than get up and make breakfast, despite the fact that I love a good breakfast. With my Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and ...

  • Cape Malay recipes

  • Pancakes

    As a child I loved the tender thin pancakes or crepes that were curled into tubes and wrapped around cardamom and cinnamon scented sweetened coconut. As a teenager I loved them with macerated fresh ...

  • South African Flapjacks

    These easy to make delicious light and airy South African Flapjacks recipe is VERY different to the British granola type flapjacks. They can be served as a sweet treat topped with whipped cream, jam ...

  • Chicken and mushroom pie

    Some of my earliest childhood memories are of huge pots simmering with whole chickens, vegetables, herbs and spices in preparation for a marathon chicken pie making session during Ramadhan. My mother, ...

  • Best Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

      The Best Glazed Orange Bundt cake is pure sunshine, loaded with intense orange flavor from both the juice and peel of sweet navel oranges. It tastes equally delicious with the hot or cold glaze. ...

  • Desserts

  • Red fruit salad with rose scented cream

      Growing up I often helped my mother prepare afternoon tea on Sundays especially when we were having guests. One of her favorite summer desserts was macerated strawberries topped with vanilla scented ...

  • Cape Malay Potato Pudding recipe

    One of my favorite childhood desserts was Cape Malay Potato Pudding, served with stewed dried fruit. It was the first thing that sprang to mind when I participated in a blogger challenge using the humble ...

  • Brioche bread pudding

      On a visit to my neighbourhood supermarket I passed brioche loaves that seemed to be calling out 'buy me'. I had no idea what I would do with it and passed on that occasion. My mother used ...

  • Yogurt mousse

      This is one of the very first recipes I developed as a teenager. My mother had been making desserts using fruit, jelly and evaporated milk for as long as I can remember, and the texture was light ...

  • Main courses

  • Baked salmon steak with spinach salad

      The first meal of my week long 'Lunch at my desk' challenge implemented for the Eat Healthy and Beat Diabetes awareness programme in November 2015, was Baked Salmon steak with spinach, pineapple, ...

  • Thai fish cakes with cucumber salad

    My desire to eat Cape Malay Pickled Fish and hot cross buns was dealt a cruel blow by the lack of suitable fish. After visits to three different supermarkets I was unable to find any fresh firm white fish ...

  • Muffins

  • 30 day raisin bran muffins

      These 30 day raisin bran muffins are filled with dried fruits and nuts; wholesome, soft, moist and tasting faintly of ginger spice even though no spices are added. It is best baked a day after ...

  • Pastry and bread

  • Almond and Coconut bread

    I love bread, any type of bread, and this Almond and Coconut bread satisfies the bread lover in me, almost as much as a slice fresh and still warm home baked white wheat flour yeasted bread, spread with ...

  • Choux pastry

    During my teens, my first attempts at making choux pastry from recipes in magazines or books were complete failures to moderately successful. Until I found the perfect recipe in my well loved Snowflake ...

  • Shortcrust Pastry

    If you have never made your own pastry from scratch then I suggest you try this easy shortcrust pastry recipe for your first attempt. My homemade shortcrust pastry recipe is easily adapted for either ...

  • Ramadhan recipes

  • Red lentil soup

      It was the second day of Ramadhan and I was still craving soup, but was not inclined to spend hours making one. I found a recipe for lentil soup that looked very easy on what is turning out to ...

  • Mieliepap with fresh berries

      I have childhood memories of my mother getting up an hour or so before suhoor to start preparing it. As children, our favorite suhoor meal was snackwiches… toasted sandwiches with cheese, chicken ...

  • Cardamom bollas with saffron syrup

    During one of my first Ramadhan's in Dubai, when I had none of my recipes with me, I went online to find anything that would make it feel more like Ramadhan at home. With some assistance from sheikh ...

  • Salads

  • Tricolor quinoa salad with pomegranate, walnuts and feta

    This Tricolor quinoa salad with pomegranate, walnuts and feta is bursting with flavor, texture and color and will delight both your senses and taste buds. I must confess that I avoid food fads, or any ...

  • Crayfish salad with avocado, red cabbage and cucumber

        In South Africa's West Coast waters we find the sweetest most delicious crayfish or West Coast rock lobster. Whenever I see crayfish at the supermarkets here, I remember the sweet fleshed ...

  • Chicken salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and artichokes

      The third meal of my week long 'Lunch at my desk' challenge implemented for the Eat Healthy and Beat Diabetes awareness programme in November 2015, was Chicken salad with cherry tomatoes, ...

  • Citrus salad with pistachios and pomegranate

    This fresh and tangy citrus salad with pistachios and pomegranate features sweet navel oranges, tart ruby grapefruit and juicy tangelos. These sweet and juicy fruits are lifted with a sprinkling of sea ...

  • Soups

  • Mushroom soup

      I haven't cooked mushroom soup often over the years and on the occasions that I did, I found that they never quite measured up to my childhood memory. Until now! For this recipe I combined three ...

  • Asparagus and spinach soup with shrimps

      Fresh asparagus and spinach soup with shrimps is the perfect quick meal when you are too tired to cook but want something light, healthy and low carb. For a little creaminess, add some creme fraiche ...

  • Tea time treats

  • Rose cupcakes with white chocolate ganache

    When I was young I loved the plain cakes, without cream or frosting, that were served at celebrations and religious festivals. My mother's generation called them 'Triem', and although I never knew ...

  • Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

      These Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies are what my cookie dreams are made of. Packed with nuts, fruits and chocolate with merely a smattering of cookie dough gluing it all together. ...

  • Spiced boiled fruit cake

    If memory serves me, this recipe for a moist, dark, rich and beautifully spiced boiled fruit cake was passed to my mother from an old family friend. The first time I tasted this spiced boiled fruit cake ...

  • Bittersweet citrus semolina and almond cake

      This bittersweet citrus semolina and almond cake with a zingy syrup is delicious served with sliced ruby grapefruit, kiwi fruit, peaches or nectarines and a dollop of greek yogurt. While searching ...

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