Asian Beef Casserole

This is a traditional beef casserole but uses Asian flavours to make an almost “slow cooked stir fry”. It’s delicious served with rice or noodles and can even be used as a pie filling with a shortcrust pastry “top” if you fancy something different. The last time I made this I used cauliflower rice to…

Baked chilli con carne and rice

This is not something that I make often but it is tasty and really easy because I use a spice sachet for the chilli and pre-cooked rice. Couldn’t be easier! Ingredients: 500g lean beef mince 1 chopped onion 3 chopped peppers 1 tablespoon of tomato purée 1 clove of chopped garlic 1 teaspoon of sugar…

Low and Slow Courgette Soup

I like to make a soup over the weekend so that we have something ready for dinner one evening during the week. Inevitably they are veg soups, they’re easy, tasty and healthy. This one is similar to most of the other soups that I make but the only difference is that I cook the courgettes…

Giant couscous and chickpea salad with feta and mint

At the moment I’m slightly addicted to this salad. As it’s summer I find myself making one of these every weekend alongside a braai with other bits and pieces. SO, SO GOOD! I think it’s the herbs that make it, especially the mint, and the giant couscous which is so nice and “carby”. Ingredients: 1…

Lentils with mushrooms and spinach

This is a really earthy and filling side dish. It goes well with roasted or pan fried white meat such as chicken or pork, a nice piece of pan fried cod or served with griddled halumi cheese. Ingredients: 250g puy lentils (I bought ready cooked ones) 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed…

“Italian” Green Beans

The reason why I call these “Italian” green beans is because the Italians tend to cook their veg far longer than we do in South Africa (or England for that matter). When I first saw these green beans I had assumed that they were completely over-cooked but this is exactly how they were intended. They…

Involtini di maiale (stuffed pork olives)

These are so delicious and can be stuffed with all sorts of vegetables. It’s a bit of a faff to make but well worth it. You can use beef fillet although that’s a bit pricey and pork is just as good, as long as it’s fillet so that it’s tender. I’ve used breadcrumbs in my…

Oven roasted mixed squash soup

This year in the garden we planted courgette and a yellow squash which we’ve never had before and to be honest I didn’t quite know what to do with it until I made this soup. If you’re South African, it’s similar to a gem squash inside but about 3 times the size with a much…

Garlic infused olive oil croutons

Making croutons is an easy way to use up stale bread, they are tasty, crunchy and so good in soups and salads. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Slice up some stale bread into chunky cubes and drizzle with garlic infused olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil). Sprinkle on some seasoning. I used a mixed…

Cherry tomato pasta sauce

This summer we had a bumper crop of tomatoes in the garden. We had tomato salad almost every night, sun dried tomatoes and of course I made tons of tomato pasta sauce to store for rainy days. Another super easy, super tasty sauce. To store the sauce for longer, top the sterilised jar you’ve put…

Insalata di riso (rice salad)

You don’t find rice salad often enough. It’s a great way to use up left over cooked rice too. Once again this is not much of a recipe and more like another chop and assemble job. Very simple. Very delicious. It’s great for a barbecue or served with grilled chicken or fish. Try it with…

Oven roasted “sun blush” tomatoes 

This is a cheat way to “sun dry” tomatoes. The flavours are intensified by the slow cooking and they can be kept longer as long as they are stored well. You can make this recipe with fewer tomatoes if you’re trying to use them up for example. Ingredients: 500g sweet vine ripened tomatoes (I use…

Broccoli salad

This is a really tasty, fresh and healthy salad. There are many ingredients but they are all important and add to the overall flavour. For the salad: 1 head of broccoli cut into small pieces and blanched in boiling water 70g smoked bacon bits or pancetta, fried until most of the fat has rendered down…

Store cupboard chicken marinade

This is another one of those non-recipe recipes. Too easy. Just a mix, save and cool job. I’ve used ingredients that I tend to always have to hand, in the cupboard or the fridge. 6 – 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tsp…

Melenzane alla parmigiana (Aubergine parmigiana) 

This is one of those dishes I’ve enjoyed many times in Italy when we visit. Almost every household has their own variation on the recipe, I’ve seen it done so many different ways, all slightly different to each other. I’ve used half parmesan and half cheddar which is not very Italian but this is my…

Celeriac remoulade

Celeriac is such a versatile veg. You can roast it, pan fry it, make it into soup or serve it raw like this salad recipe. Having grown up in South Africa I had never heard of it until I arrived in the UK and now I’m slightly obsessed with celeriac. It’s got such a fresh…

White bean and pesto dip

I LOVE a chip and dip. It’s a thing. Dip something salty and crunchy into something smooth and creamy. Hmmmmmmm…. Recently I’ve found that you just can’t buy anything other than humous in the supermarket. Not quite the same. So I decided to make my own dip and it is GOOD! Ingredients: 1 can of…

Broccoli and cauliflower soup

This is such a delicious soup and so easy to make, not to mention cheap. Serves between 2 and 4 depending on whether you’re serving as a starter or a main course. Ingredients: 900g fresh or frozen broccoli and/or cauliflower – I’ve used both in this recipe but you can use one or the other A…

Lamb ragu

This is a firm favourite of mine, I’ve shared this recipe with friends so many times. It’s a goodie, it gets rave reviews every time I make it. I tend to do it two ways, if I have plenty of time I slow cook in a casserole pot and if I am pressed for time…

Lamb and green bean bredie (stew)

This is a family recipe. Very South African. As a child it wasn’t my favourite but now I LOVE it! My Gran used to make it, my Mom makes it and I’m proud to say that it’s still a family favourite. I vary the original recipe only slightly by adding a couple of tomatoes, these…

Slow cooked pork and fennel with apple and cider

This is a great slow cooked pork recipe, the pork, fennel, sage and apple combo is a match made in heaven. I used pork fillet (tenderloin), cut into bite sized pieces but you can use pork shoulder if you let the pot simmer for a bit longer, about 20 minutes longer than if you’re using…

Potted prawns with hot smoked salmon

This is the perfect starter for a dinner party. Really, REALLY easy to make (i.e. assemble) and it always goes down well. What makes it even better is that it can be made ahead of time if kept in the fridge, just take it out about 20 – 30 minutes before serving so that the…

Creamy baked ravioli and smoked haddock 

This is a variation on a recipe I’ve made before (Baked ravioli with cauliflower white sauce) but instead of a tomato based sauce I’ve used my creamy cauliflower white sauce. To mix it up a bit I’ve added some frozen peas and smoked haddock.  Serves 2 Ingredients: See cauliflower white sauce recipe 1 bag of…

Mediterranean beef stew

This is something that I’ve been making for at least 15 years now, I saw the recipe in a magazine and have made my own adaptions over the years. It’s a really tasty, warming dish that can be served with pasta, rice, mashed potato, gnocchi or even just a crusty bread roll to scrape up…

Fennel salad with cucumber and red onion

This is a fantastically crunchy salad that can be enjoyed with pork or chicken, great as an alternative salad at barbeques.  1 or 2 fennel bulbs (depending on how many people you’re serving) Half a red onion, finely sliced Half to 1 whole cucumber, peeled and sliced (again, use as much as you require) For…