Recipes

Appetiser

  • 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 been a ...

  • 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

    These sweet corn and polenta fritters are crispy on the outside and soft inside with little pockets of sweetness from the corn and savory ribbons of cheesiness. Perfect with soup or on it's own as an ...

  • Circassian Chicken Choux Puffs

    These Circassian Chicken Choux puffs have a filling of roasted chicken and a smooth sauce flavored with paprika, cumin, chili, garlic and green onion and thickened with ground walnuts. My cousin's request ...

  • 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

    This mango and orange aguas frescas is a cool and refreshing blend of mango, green tea, honey and lime over orange ice cubes that will have you craving more. A few days ago I came back from lunch to find ...

  • 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

  • Roasted figs with honey and orange

    Roasted figs with honey and orange is perfect if, like me, you were never a fresh fig lover. Give me plump and sweet fig preserves with a strong blue cheese and a few savory crackers or biscuits any ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cape Malay recipes

  • Cape Malay Sugar Bean bredie

    Cape Malay Sugar Bean bredie is a slow cooked lamb and bean stew that uses minimal spices, caramelised onions and meat on the bone, to add maximum flavor. It is a favorite winter meal eaten with rice ...

  • Cape Malay Pickled Fish

    Cape Malay Pickled Fish is pan-fried lightly spiced white fish steeped in a sweet and sour marinade of crunchy onions, vinegar, sugar and dry roasted whole and ground spices. It is one of the most popular ...

  • Cape Malay Pancakes with coconut or berries

    As a child I loved the tender thin Cape Malay 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Condiments

  • Spicy Kumquat Pickle Achar

    Spicy Kumquat pickle achar is a hot, sweet and sour condiment that can be eaten with everything from scrambled eggs to main courses. My late father, may Allah have mercy on his soul and grant him the ...

  • How to make Caramelised Onions like a Pro

    Caramelised onions are a versatile condiment or addition to savory dishes and add a deep flavour and subtle sweetness. It is easy to make although it requires time and patience for the best result. ...

  • Dessert

  • Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream with Balsamic vinegar

    Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream with aged Balsamic vinegar is the elegant and sophisticated version of a much loved summer dessert, Strawberries and Cream. It may not be the first image you ...

  • Caramel Peppermint dessert – Dulce de Leche ice cream

    This rich and decadent Caramel Peppermint dessert with layers of chocolate coconut flavored cookies, caramel cream, banana and mint chocolate is a quick and easy dessert that is loved by many South ...

  • Red fruit salad with rose scented cream

    Red fruit salad with rose scented cream makes the most of sweet ripe strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries. Growing up I often helped my mother prepare afternoon tea on Sundays especially when ...

  • 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 ...

  • Main Course

  • 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, ...

  • Baked salmon steak with spinach salad

    One of my favorite quick meals is Baked Salmon steak with spinach, pineapple, cucumber and passion fruit salad. Occasionally I will use Salmon fillets instead and change up the salad ingredients. It ...

  • Thai fish cakes

      My desire to eat pickled fish and hot cross buns this past week was dealt a cruel blow by the lack of suitable fish. After visits to three different supermarkets last week I was unable to find any ...

  • Thai fish cakes with cucumber salad

    These Thai style fish cakes with the zingy crunchy cucumber salad are a hot and spicy alternative to plain old fish cakes. My desire to eat Cape Malay Pickled Fish and hot cross buns was dealt a cruel ...

  • Marinade

  • Fiery Peri-Peri Garlic Marinade

    Long before there was Nandos peri-peri flame grilled chicken there was my mother's Peri-Peri Garlic prawns in a fiery Peri-Peri Garlic marinade. Strangely enough we never used the peri-peri sauces for ...

  • 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 the mixture ...

  • Pastry and bread

  • Low Carb Almond and Coconut bread

    I love bread, any type of bread, and this low carb and gluten free 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 ...

  • 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

  • Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats

    This Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats combines the creaminess of almond and coconut milk with sweet raisins, raspberries and pomegranate and the crunch of hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds. I must confess... ...

  • Almond and coconut breakfast pancakes

    These light and delicious almond and coconut breakfast pancakes are ideal for breakfast or brunch with honey and fresh fruit or smashed avocado, veal bacon and eggs. They are grain and gluten free and ...

  • Cape Malay banana pancakes (Piesangkoekies) with mixed berries

    For the past few weeks I have had an inexplicable craving for banana pancakes with mixed berries. It's not something that I ordinarily make for breakfast but I decided that enough is enough, I am making ...

  • 5 Berry smoothie bowl

    This 5 berry smoothie bowl is one of my favorites and it is filling and nutritious and suitable for those observing fasting. When you are running late and do not have the time to make a cooked breakfast, ...

  • 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

    To satisfy my midweek seafood craving I concocted this easy Crayfish salad with avocado, red cabbage and cucumber. In South Africa's West Coast waters we find the sweetest most delicious crayfish or ...

  • Chicken salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and artichokes

    Meatless Monday gave way to protein craving Tuesday and I decided long before I went to bed that I was having Chicken salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and artichokes for lunch. 'BOORINGGG!!!' I hear ...

  • 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

  • Red Lentil soup

    This simple and nutritious vegan Red Lentil soup is perfect if you want a delicious and light meat free meal. It also makes a perfect first course in Ramadhan and can be served with Daltjies Spinach ...

  • Creamy Mushroom soup

    I haven't cooked creamy 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. I made this for the first time when I had a very ...

  • 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. I ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

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