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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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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Creamy Zucchini Noodles

I have listed a spiralizer on my birthday list because I want to be able to make zoodles properly. I use my julienne peeler which does an ok job but doesn’t get nice long twirly noodles – more short and straight ones. So what’s all the fuss about zoodles? Well you see, if you are…

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The Braai Pie – for SA Heritage Day

Yesterday was Heritage day,  otherwise known as braai day.  The streets are quiet and there is a haze of smoke from all the braai’s happening simultaneously. Your mouth waters as you smell the unmistakable scent of Boerewors and Lamb chops being cooked on the grill. For those of you who aren’t already huge fans, this…

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Game Day Snacks: Crunchy Cauliflower Cheese Balls

Biltong…..Braai…..Boerewors…Brandy….Beer All these things are synonymous with Rugby game day in South Africa. You drive around and smell the braai’s burning and the boerewors cooking – it is so unique and special to SA and I love it. You need lots of snacks of course to soak up the brandy and keep yourself going. These…

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Crispy Potstickers

Potstickers are a great way to use leftover veggies. I had some Egg fried cauli rice leftover from 2 nights ago so i just stuffed them with that but you could use anything!!! Just remember it can’t be a saucy mixture as they are difficult to work with if the mixture isn’t dry. To make…

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#SlowSundays – Starter – Caprese stuffed Tomatoes

I love Sunday’s. Everything moves a bit slower and you don’t feel the need to do anything really. It’s on Sunday’s that i love to spend time in the kitchen, with music going and a glass of wine and just take my time preparing an awesome late Sunday lunch. The most important thing is to…

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Camembert and Kale stuffed Mushrooms on a bed of pesto Zoodles

I got myself a Julienne veggie slicer so now I can make zoodles (zucchini noodles) which is a great sub for pasta. The mushrooms were the most tasty stuffed mushrooms I have ever had if i do say so myself. The kale stood up for itself against the chilli and garlic and the camembert when…

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Sweet Potato – 3 ways

My love affair with sweet potatoes has really grown since doing low-carb because giving up potatoes is hard but not when you can replace them with something even better. This is 3 ways in which i like to cook them that you may not have thought of Hassleback sweet potatoes 2 sweet potatoes 1/4 cup…

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Cabbage Chips

I know your thinking EEUWW! But these are really good trust me – I’m not a cabbage lover. The lemon juice and olive oil turns them into something special. Ingredients: 2 baby savoy cabbages, leaves removed juice of 1 lemon 3 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper Preheat oven to 180. Mix your olive oil,…

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Roasted Butternut Wedges with Pumpkin seeds

It’s not that easy coming up with new side dishes when you doing low-carb most of the time. I love butternut when it is roasted. It gets beautifully caramelized when you leave it in for long enough and you don’t even need anything with it. I like to add it to salads like this as…

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Roasted Butternut stuffed with Blue cheese and Mushrooms

This is a great vegetarian dinner, perfect for meat free mondays. Or as a side dish! You can get creative with the filling of course! Ingredients: 1 whole butternut squash, cut in half and seeds removed, and part of the top scooped out to create a larger cavity (see pic) Leave skin on half a…

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Deliciously decadent treat – Mushroom, crispy bacon and parsley risotto

This might sound completely absurd…but i find cooking risotto really relaxing. I mean sure, if you have ten guests in the next room and your pressed for time it would not be relaxing. But when you have time to spare and can enjoy being in the kitchen alone – it’s as good as a massage….

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Creamy Cauliflower “Risotto” with pesto

I have been so excited to try this and you know what – it was pretty damn tasty. Did it taste like risotto? Um not really let’s face it, cauliflower is a versatile veg but it cant become rice! Is it tasty, creamy and comforting AND low – carb? Abso-frikken-lutely! Ingredients: Serves 2. You could…

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Lazy Saturday braai – Chilli & Garlic Mushroom skewers with a minty yoghurt sauce

One of the great things about a braai/bbq is that you can also do your sides on the braai – which pretty much means the boyfriend does all the cooking today!   For the mushroom skewers: 1 punnet whole button mushrooms 1 thinly sliced red chilli (remove the seeds if you dont like it too…

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