3 Minute Lemon & Coconut Sponge Pudding

14 06 2012

Love lemony puds I do. And these? Well these are positively enchanting, not just because they have the added kick of the coconut; take an i-kid-you-not total of 3 minutes to go from gooey cakey mixure to pudding perfection, but also because the lemony-limey drizzle just rounds it all off til it sings. This just might be my new default desert. And it’s also exquisite in its simplicity, so you can play around with different flavors all you like. The base of the pudding is really just a simple sponge cake mix with the ratio of 1:1:1 for butter-sugar-flour, with a couple of eggs added in and then whatever flavorings you like, the list is endless… Oh, and in case you were wondering, no, I have no shame in microwaved puds. Read the rest of this entry »

Fettuccine with Peas, Ricotta & Mint

11 06 2012

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Roasted Tomato and Thyme Soup

14 05 2012

When a meal is as exquisite in its simplicity as this, I see no need for convoluted introductions. It’s glorious roast tomato soup at it’s proudest, and I wish you bon appetit. Read the rest of this entry »

Posh Mushrooms on Toast

9 05 2012

Mushrooms on toast. For Sunday lunch. Even I think that sounds rather underwhelming. I’m a big roast something with all the trimmings kind of girl on the weekend. But not in this case. No, this was love at first bite and honest to goodness-ly delicious. The charming little poshrooms (as Rob likes to call them) on their bed of lemony herbed ricotta and perched atop golden ciabatta made a very handsome lunch. And could just as easily be fed to friends as a before-dinner snack. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilled Honey & Soy Salmon with Barley & Herb Salad

5 05 2012

Salmon happens to be one of Rob’s favourite anythings, so I’m always up for adding to our quick-fix repertoire of almost-instant and always effortless means to having pretty, plump, pink salmon fillets on our plates. This version, with the golden honey, deep rich soy sauce and the characteristic punch and freshness of the ginger and lime, along with the very satisfying al-dente-ness of the barley salad is a perfect any-season, almost fancy but un-fussy crowd pleaser. Read the rest of this entry »

Roast Duck and Spiced Plum Salad

25 04 2012

We’re going away tomorrow for a few days for our friend Jo Traff’s 30th (40th!) birthday. That’s only relevant to you as far as it means that I am posting this sooner than I otherwise would have, because it would have been unkind to keep this from you for too long.

Rob and I spent part of our honeymoon in Paris, almost entirely for the duck. We found one restaurant, Scossa (see, I still remember over 5 years later) who made such incredible duck that we went back and ordered it three times in one week. So you see, I like my duck. Read the rest of this entry »

Chowder-Style Fish and Sweet Potato Pie

23 04 2012

I’ve not posted for almost two weeks because we were having a very pleasant interlude at the Seaside. At the seaside. Such a simple phrase and yet one that for some reason conjures up all manner of delightful images of old English-style fish and chips and ‘bathing suits’ and piping hot sweet tea and cardigan-ness, oh and scones of course. And that makes you want to use words like higgledy-piggledy and lovely and such. Lovely is one of my very favourite adjectives. It’s charming and sweet and so wonderfully British. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Minute Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

3 04 2012

Winter she’s a-coming, I can smell it, I can hear it, and I can feel it. The air has that little chilly edge to it, the trees are gracefully dropping their leaves, the light has a different quality about it. And besides the poetry of it all, it means soup weather, cosiness, fluffy socks, boots and more steaming mugs of tea than usual. And a whole lot more than that. I for one am not going to be found complaining

And speaking of soups, I thought this was a good place to kick off when it comes to fighting the chill. There is a plethora of quick and easy Thai chicken and noodle soup recipes out there. This is my version, delivering as much bang for your buck, prettiness and punch as it can muster in just 10 minutes of cooking time. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoked Salmon Tapas Board

21 03 2012

This left us smiling all over our faces last weekend. I mean, it’s not revolutionary, but it very obviously has all the ingredients for blow-you-away if you think about smoked salmon, creamy horse-radish, avocado, home made pesto and toasty pittas. And somehow it just tasted THAT much more amazing because it was enjoyed against the backdrop of a sunny Saturday (did you know that Joburg comes close to the top of the list of most sunshine days in the world?) and that tapas-style eating-with-your-hands story just can’t be beaten somehow. Happy making food at its best. Read the rest of this entry »

Rose´-poached Nectarines with Mascarpone

16 03 2012

Fruit poached in wine and spices is just that, and yet it’s so much more. It always tastes like some kind of miracle the way the juices of the fruit ooze out so willingly and complement the sugared syrup of the wine and piquancy of the spices. It’s poetry to me. It’s also one of my favorite default desserts – you can poach figs, berries, pears, apples – the list is almost endless, and it’s the epitome of low maintenance. In this case it’s nectarines that take centre stage for an enchanting little post-dinner treat. Read the rest of this entry »