Pasta Shells with Roasted Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Fennel

16 07 2012

Yes, I do rather love beetroot. Sorry if you are feeling somewhat un-enamoured by that fact (it’s a word on this blog it is), and sorry too if you think I should change my blog’s name to ‘afoodieliveshere, and she only eats beetroot’. You see, I keep buying these bulk bags of it, and well there’s just always MORE. But this, well this dish is just beautifully simple and the earthiness of the beetroot lends a whole new dimension to the end result.
Also, with it being meat-free Monday and all, that means that I can once again point a surreptitious finger in the general direction of my soap box, and my MFMonday ramblings… Read the rest of this entry »

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Spiced Fig Ice-Cream

10 07 2012

Yip, hear me say figs poached in red wine and spices and then, yes, mixed into a light and fluffy ice cream. And the result? Our sublimely summery best friend, the voluptuous anti-depressant that we all know and love that is ice cream, takes on a whole new persona, and you’re left with a symphony in your mouth. In short, fresh-faced and pretty fabulous. Read the rest of this entry »





Red-pepper Pesto Chicken Strips with Barley & Feta Salad

6 07 2012

This isn’t necessarily a ‘knock your socks off’ kind of meal, it’s not necessarily going to be something that you suddenly want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, but it’s beautiful in its simplicity, unassuming and un-fussy, and packs a generous punch in the flavour department, so what’s not to love? Oh, and besides being almost über healthy, barley is one of the cheapest staples out there, so if you’re feeding a crowd, this is where it’s at. Read the rest of this entry »





Eat (gorgeous) Pizza, Help Save Lives

4 07 2012

The 2012 Col’Cacchio pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series, in support of Children’s Hospital Trust, is now entering its third month. The deal is that R5 is donated per Celeb Chef pizza sold, and there’s a new Pizza special each month, and so far over R85,000 has already made its way over to the needy children at the Red Cross Hospital.

The Celebrity Chef Pizza for July is the lip-smacking Liplekker Ribbetjie from renowned Pierneef Head Chef, Chris Erasmus. And if the name alone hasn’t set your tongue dancing, imagine a bechamel-style base, with roasted garlic and rosemary, topped with mozzarella, smoked and braised lamb soutribbetjie, caramelised onion, pears poached in port, fresh rocket and a sprinkling of rosemary salt. It is a unique and delicious combination that has to be sampled and savoured, and you’re lucky I’m here to tell you more instead of already in line waiting to place my order. Thank me later. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »