Beef Kofta’s with fresh chopped salsa

Hey! For those of you who noticed..it has been a while. I am still getting back into the groove of things – to be honest cooking hasn’t been a high priority and my benchmark went from “yummy” to “edible” for a while! Then something happened in the last week – I started to feel like…

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Ginger pork meatballs in a coconut broth

For the meatballs: 1 Kg ground beef 2 large eggs 1 slice bread, soaked in 2 tbsp milk for 5 minutes. 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 red chillies, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fish sauce salt and pepper For the broth: 1 can coconut milk 2 tbsp chilli flakes 2 cups chicken stock…

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Hello again!

Hello! It has been a while! You may remember the last time I posted a recipe I was pregnant. Well – I then went off and had a baby! I never thought I would be one of those people who say they never have time because they have a baby but boy was I wrong….

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Chocolate Fondant

  I was surprised to see I haven’t posted a fondant recipe before as I have made it a couple of times! It must be one of my favourite desserts – gooey chocolate centred cakes served with lots of hot custard….whats not to love! It was Sam’s birthday yesterday so I made him a special dinner…

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Yoghurt & olive oil cake…with raspberries & pear

I have been wanting to bake a cake for a while. I suppose because I have always thought them to be quite intimidating for one and I do like a challenge, and also because I think they are quite beautiful and it appeals to my creative side. I have been putting it off, and I think…

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My Beef Stroganoff

Just over 2 months to go until my little baby boy arrives! I do hope he is on time….anyone who has ever said pregnancy is fun and you feel great is talking absolute shit. Its very uncomfortable and long! Plus everyone carries on about how you wont be getting any sleep when the baby gets here…

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Gnocchi with fresh pesto and roasted baby tomatoes

  I love gnocchi – even more so when i make it myself which you could do if you felt up to it – here is a recipe  (http://www.tuckin.co.za/lemon-and-ricotta-gnocchi-in-a-brown-butter-and-sage-sauce/) for my home-made gnocchi. But if your in a pinch and don’t have time or energy just get some good quality dried gnocchi. If you cook…

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Classic Pomodoro Pasta sauce – like Marco Pierre White does it

Sometimes the best pasta dishes are the absolute simplest, where fresh ingredients shine. So I have been watching Masterchef Australia which has sparked my cooking ignition again YAY. I mean I’m not back to making pasta from scratch or other crazy things just yet but i FEEL like cooking again. Last night Marco Pierre White…

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Melting Moments with Strawberry Buttercream

So I am not a mom yet but I will be soon:) I googled what it means to be a mom, and this was the first thing that came up: “TO HAVE A LOVE SO DEEP THAT NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND, UNLESS THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED IT. CARING MORE ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE’S NEEDS ABOVE YOURS, NO…

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Creamy Mushrooms on toast

Nothing beats waking up late on a Monday and remembering its a public holiday and you don’t have to go to horrible work! We like to get up, put on some chilled music, and cook brunch. Ingredients 2 cups mixed mushrooms (I used a mixture of brown and white, you could add some more exotic though)…

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Pita Pizza’s

Hardly a recipe…more like a great combo of ingredients and a cheat’s way of making pizza. I’m all for cheat’s way’s of cooking at the moment. This baby is sucking all my kitchen creativity and all my brain power but it’s ok i don’t mind…i have a feeling he is going to be so worth…

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Pineapple & passion fridge tart

This was a staple at gran’s dinner parties growing up, as I’m sure many south africans can attest to. Fridge tarts are always in our recipe repertoire as they are easy, tasty and go with our climate.   Ingredients: 1 tin condensed milk 1 tub of whipping cream 1 sachet of pineapple jelly (plus 1…

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Delicious Meatballs

Winter is here it seems which is lovely…being pregnant in summer wasn’t fun, i feel winter is going to be alot more conducive to comfort now at the business end of the 9 months. It also brings comfort food which is what I have been wanting. These meatballs were tender, juicy, with just the right amount…

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Chicken, leek & bacon pot pie

Firstly, some thoughts…. Last week was a tough one here in Cape town. A girl was raped and murdered on a popular forest trail that I and many others frequent daily. It’s always been thought of as a safe place, and I often go alone with my 2 small dogs. In fact, I was there the…

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Carrot & Pineapple Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

These were really moist (i hate that word too but it works here) and not too sweet – you could totally leave off the frosting for a healthier muffin – it is very decadent but i had a pregnancy craving what can I say! For the muffins 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 1/2…

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The Perfect Scone

  I have a confession…..I am a bit of a snob when it comes to scones. They must be: Fresh and warm from the oven Crumbly, not tough Have NO baking powder taste in sight Have good quality strawberry jam to serve with, and fresh cream Served with a cup of tea The thing is,…

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Beef and Black Bean Crispy Chimichangas

(if your a geek you’ll get it/my boyfriend made me do it)   Mexican has always been one of my favourite foods….a combination of spicy meat, crunchy salsa, gaucomole, and sour cream to cut through it all – it just DOES IT FOR ME…even more so now that I am pregnant. Something has happened to…

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Zesty Smoked Salmon Cappellini Pasta

Oh…My….Gosh This may be my new favourite pasta dish. Not just the sauce but the pasta itself, which was a happy accident. I had meant to buy spaghetti but in my haste I grabbed what looked like spaghetti on the picture, but when i opened it, was very thin pasta. At first I thought oh…

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Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are nothing new and it seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. They usually have kale or spinach in them and other goodies. I have one at the gym after a workout because they return blood sugar to normal and give you a real boost. I also have them if I’m feeling a…

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Caramelized pears with cinnamon coconut ice cream

I remember my gran always use to make red wine poached pears for a dessert when she had special guests over. It was her “go to” fancy pudding. I am yet to make poached pears – i was always too young to try hers and she never makes them anymore! They may have gone out…

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Blueberry & Banana Flapjacks

I’m sure I have mentioned before that I love brunch on the weekend, it’s one of my favourite pleasures in life. Sam made these for me and even though it took him the whole morning, it was well worth it. Flapjacks mean different things to different people in other countries. In SA this is a…

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Pesto, Mushroom & Sundried tomato pasta

I used yoghurt as the main source of creaminess in here and I was very pleased with the result. Not only is it healthier but it is tangy and very creamy and adds to the flavour which cream often doesn’t.   Ingredients *optional 2 rashers bacon, diced – leave out for vegetarian 1/2 cup home-made…

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Lemon & Garlic Chicken

This sauce was so good I nearly licked my plate. Nearly….   4 x chicken breasts, sliced in half paprika, to dust over chicken 1/2 white onion, finely diced 2 rashers bacon, diced 2 x cloves crushed garlic 250g white mushrooms, sliced in half 1 glass white wine 1 cube chicken stock 1/2 cup cream…

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Crunchy Thai Salad with Peanut dressing

January is the time to lose some of the weight you put on in the holidays from too many mince pies! This salad has lots of textures and the dressing is so good and can be used a dipping sauce for chicken or anything really. Ingredients – Salad 1 cup Asian leaf greens or any…

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Happy 2016! And a late festive trifle recipe…

  Happy 2016 everyone! I have been back home (small town called knysna) for the holidays and internet signal and speed there has not caught up with the times!So posting a recipe was just taking too long, but I also just took some time out and spent most days at the river and with family….

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Home-made Chilli Jam

  This goes with Brie, Camembert and Blue cheese so well. It really compliments the rich cheese. I decided to make a few jars as presents too. It’s really easy and better then shop bought 8-10 red chillies – use yr discretion here about which chillies to use. I used some thai and jalapeno’s 2…

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DIY xmas gifts – Piccalilli (pickled veg in a mustard relish)

Happy Holidays everyone! For years I have been wanting to make some DIY xmas presents in the forms of jams or relishes. Whenever I get given something like that i really love it and cherish it. But i always leave it too late, think it will be too hard and expensive, dont have any jars…

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Hand rolled Ravioli – 2 ways

I always assumed that to make pasta you needed a pasta machine! And that it was terribly difficult. But i felt like a challenge and I checked around and saw that in actual fact, for some pasta’s like ravioli, a machine is not needed at all. Yay It was also not difficult to do or…

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Creamy Cauliflower Risotto

This isn’t a cauli rice risotto..it’s a proper risotto with some creamed cauliflower added in. People are scared of risotto. They definitely can go wrong but they are mostly quite forgiving! The issue is you cant leave your stove for around 30 mins, so i tend to avoid it at dinner parties. Other than that,…

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Peppercorn, Brandy and Parmesan sauce

I have been enjoying experimenting with sauces lately. You can take something really boring like a chicken breast and make it fantastic with the right sauce. This is my favourite sauce to have on a grilled steak 2 tablespoons butter 1 tsp crushed garlic ¼ cup diced shallot/onion 2 shots of brandy 4 small sprigs…

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Fool proof cauliflower pizza crust – no knife and fork needed

I say fool proof because there are quite a few recipes floating around out there for low carb pizza crust, and i have tried most of them. The ingredients are all along the same lines but the quantities differ and I realised that slight variations in amount of cheese for example, can make or break…

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Chicken Roulade

These can be a bit fiddly to make but after the first one you get the hang of it – and they are impressive at a dinner party even though you are using simple, cheap ingredients. Buy the biggest chicken breasts you can find – those little thin ones wont do. Ingredients 2 large chicken…

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Greek Lamb Skewers with fresh Chimichurri

I’m always looking for new things to cook on the braai in summer I used lamb leg for these and it was surprisingly tender – the yoghurt based marinade really helps to keep the meat soft and the flavours are fantastic. These will be great cold too as leftovers   Marinade: 3/4 cup greek yoghurt…

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Taco bites

   I made these as a starter over the weekend when we had people over and they were a real crowd pleaser. Delicately prepared to have a little of everything in the right amount in one perfect bite! If you can find those mini tortilla wraps then you can use those. I couldn’t, so i…

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Grilled corn with chipotle butter and parmesan

Corn on the cob cooked on the braai is one of those simple pleasures in life. It’s really satisfying sitting in the garden and cooking your food outside. We didn’t even bother with plates! It’s summer so the corn is sweet and perfect right now Ingredients: 2 x corn on the cob (or 1 per…

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Nutty Coconut Chicken Curry with spinach and courgettes

Yes it’s another curry – but i have to say this might be my favorite. It’s a fusion of Thai and India. To me, the main difference between a Thai curry and an Indian curry is that Thai has more sour and sweet notes and also has more veggies in the curry. Indian curries tend…

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The Party Starter – Vodka Watermelon Jelly

We had our housewarming yesterday in our new place and it was great – thanks to all those who came through and spent the afternoon with us! This was a pinterest experiment and as those go, it didn’t quite come out as perfectly as the pinterest pics but it was great nonetheless. Ideally you want…

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Ultimate cheeseburger

The Ultimate Cheese Burger

This is my take on Jamie Oliver’s ultimate burger which is SO GOOD. For mine i decided to go big and stuff the burger with blue cheese….mind blowing! For the patties (makes 4 x burgers) 500g beef mince 1 egg 250g blue cheese, crumbled 1 small white onion, finely grated 1 tsp cumin seeds 1…

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Sundried tomato & Spinach cream pasta

I made this over the weekend but didn’t get a chance to post it! We were having a pasta craving as one does, and this totally satisfied. Ingredients: 6 rashers streaky bacon, diced 2 cups spinach, blitzed in your processor so it’s very finely chopped 1 large red chilli, sliced and seeds removed 2 garlic…

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Caprese Chicken with Cauliflower Cream

Ingredients 4 x chicken breasts, skinless and boneless 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 chilli, diced 1 garlic clove, diced 1 shallot, finely chopped buffalo mozzerella, broken into 4 pieces (or use 4 small balls of mozzerella or even grated is ok) 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 4 basil leaves for garnish salt and pepper olive…

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