Foodscapades – Bacon Jam at Mugg and Bean

I’m indifferent when it comes to Mugg and Bean. I think they are a little pricey but I like the standard of food they serve and look forward to the creative additions to their menu which are line with food trends. A quick mid week breakfast stop tempted to step out of my savoury muffin…

Super Slaw

Coleslaw can be such a great accompaniment to grilled meat, sandwiches or on its own. In South Africa we have a tendency to drown it in mayonnaise! Not my favourite. Switch mayonnaise for plain yoghurt with a little mustard. I also like to add extra crunch with walnuts and even out the tang with sweet…

Beautiful Brownies

I copied this recipe from a class mate in high school some 17 years ago. It was a time before 24/7 Internet access, Google,  apps and there were no cooking channels on South African television. She had been given it by a family friend in the USA and had told me these were ‘real American…

Grilled burgers -Easy Peasy #simplecooking

Instead of frying burgers (avoiding spatter and shrinking patties) and avoiding the hassle of setting up the grill or braai,  place burger patties on well oiled oven tray and place in preheated oven on 220 degrees Celsius for 6 minutes on one side, turn and cook for 1 minute on the other side. This is…

Corn Chowder – Version 2

​This is a tweaked version of my original recipie posted in 2013… Corn chowder is a chunky, filling corn soup. Its generaly made with bacon as a base but this is a completely vegetarian version. Over time I have played around with the recipie and have omitted flour as a thickening agent and opten to…

Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

Yum yum yum! The union of these two cruciferous besties is heavenly on a cold day with a thick slice of your favourite crusty bread or on its own. Topped with cheese or a dash of cream makes it the perfect starter. Ingredients –  Portion size 4-6 starters or 2 main course 1 rounded, tablespoon…

Rice Paper Spring Rolls (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)

(Picture – Rice Paper Prawn Rolls with Noodle wrapped Prawns) I first in love with these fresh, crunchy babies at Taste of Thai in Pietermaritzburg a few years ago. Their version is a starter dish called ‘The Little Mermaid’ – carrot, cucumber,  prawn and rice vermicelli loosely bound in a rice paper wrapper served with…

Sunday Lunch Suggestions 

I had a very different Christmas this year. The first time in 15 years I didn’t prepare a 4 course sit down lunch! However some pre and post Christmas day sit down entertaining was done. And a hit at both – Chutney Glazed Leg of Lamb! Super simple Super tasty Seconds please… Ingredients  1 kg…

I am back!

After taking a long break, I AM BACK ☺ I will post a combination of recipes,  reviews and snippets from my favourite cookbooks!  Watch this space!

Breakfast Hashbrown

I saw this recipie on a recent show by Gordon Ramsay, tried it and it was a hit! Tne hash brown is a flat cake made from grated or minced potato which has been fried and is a North American diner breakfast dish which first appeared around 1888. It is believed to have been adapted…

Lucious Lemon Cake

This is a great recipe which I found in a lovely Australian Woman’s Weekly Cakes Biscuits and Slices Book (ISBN 978 – 1 – 86396 – 419 – 7) Unlike other citrus based cakes, it is not a drizzle or syrup cake. I have made the topping which is recommended in the book previously and…

Fruit Mince and Rooibos Scones (Egg Free)

Feeling a little festive, I decided to start my Christmas baking early, with something simple, but still tastes full of Christmas! While looking for ideas on how to make a fruit mince ice cream, which I plan to serve for dessert this Christmas, I stumbled across recipes for fruit mince scones! Why didn’t I think…