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…