Pan-seared Salmon with Beetroot Fritters & Horseradish Sauce

2 07 2012

This has kept me awake for 3 nights in a row now. Ever since I went grocery shopping the other day, and stopped in at my favourite fruit and veg store (The Carrera Centre in Randburg), and added another bag of beetroot to the trolley, and vowed on the spot that I would not let this bag go mouldy in the vegetable drawer (like its very numerous forbears). Don’t get me wrong, beetroot is never neglected in my house because it’s unloved, but rather because it can be a bit of a faff before it ends up on our plates. All that pink-fingeredness usually makes me turn up my nose and reach for the butternut instead. Though, of course, there are many occasions when said faffing has been completely worth it, like this Baked Beetroot & Goats Cheese Risotto, or this Beef Fillet and Warm Beetroot Salad. And, now, I am rather pleased to add this little number to the list. I have no idea why the beetroot demanded to be turned into fritters, but it just did, and rather loudly at that. And since beetroot and horseradish are the best of friends, and salmon and horseradish are also a happy couple, I figured that all three would mean a veritable party on a plate. And it did. Read the rest of this entry »





FOUR Pizza Recipes Worth Writing Home About

27 06 2012

Oh how we have laboured. And chopped and kneaded and floured and tasted, and tasted, and tasted. And how we loved every minute of it. And there was no plan for it to turn into a competition, but 5 minutes in we found ourselves chopping, kneading, flouring and tasting with much out-of-corner-of-eye peering and snarling and smirking. And what, pray tell, was IT? And who, the heck, are we? IT was Pizza taste-testing, for the better part of a lazy Sunday, and WE are Rob and I, who were once on perfectly amicable terms until this little epicurean adventure came between us. Read the rest of this entry »





Quick & Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms and Tarragon

20 06 2012

I think that tarragon is definitely one of the unsung heroes of the food world – well, certainly in South Africa anyway. It’s definitely my pet herb of the moment (just like chorizo was my best friend a little while ago, see this Slow Cooked Chicken with Chorizo & Cider), and this is one of my favourite finds so far… Call it an updated twist on your good old classic chicken casserole if you like, but with the added elegance that this favourite French herb adds to everything it meets. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »