• treats
  • Better-for-You Banana Fritters

    Fritters are one of the treats that were perfected and popularised by the Cape Malay community. These simple hot cakes are so comforting, and for me, the aroma alone, brings back a flood of memories from a different time in my life. Like with many comfort foods, fritters are often quite greasy, and made with […]

  • soup
  • Creamy, Dairy-Free Butternut Soup

    Growing up, having a mother who cooked, meant that many memories and/or feelings were formed around different dishes. One such memory was related to the weather. As soon as the sky turned grey, and there was an unexpected chill in the air, I could smell my mother’s soup. It’s not that anyone felt overly cold, […]

  • dessert
  • Fluffy Vegan Chocolate-Coconut Pancakes

    Pancakes, crumpets, flapjacks, hot cakes. These pan-fried wonders have so many names, depending on where you are in the world. We’ve always referred to these as crumpets growing up, while the term pancakes was reserved for larger, flat cakes that more closely resembled crêpes. Lately however, I’ve been seeing similar variations to these being referred to […]

  • dessert
  • Funky Monkey Bowls

    Fair warning: this post contains a deliciously indulgent recipe. Proceed with caution. I should probably start off by saying that we don’t have Ben & Jerry’s in South Africa, so when the sudden explosion of homemade Chunky Monkey bowls appeared on my Instagram feed, I took to Google to check what all the fuss was about. For […]

  • Breakfast
  • Ultra Toasty Homemade Maple Granola

    There are a few foods that are universally known to be addictive: nuts, popcorn, slangetjies (my Cape Malay folk will relate), and… muesli. Muesli versus Granola South Africans typically relate to and recognise the word muesli more than they do granola. While the word muesli originated in Europe, granola has its origins in North America. However, etymology is not the beginning and end of their […]

  • main course
  • Lean, Green, Veggie Tacos

    Many of us in western countries grew up eating sandwiches for lunch. And while the great thing about that is that we came to enjoy various kinds of bread, we all know that all breads are not created equally. The bread we buy at supermarkets are often so processed and made with ingredients we rather should avoid. […]

  • dips and spreads
  • Luxurious Basil-Cashew Mayo

    Do you know the feeling of trying something new, and it just…works? That’s what happened here. I felt like trying something exciting. All of the nut or seed mayos I’d previously seen were made with lemon juice for taste. But I wanted something different: flavourful and creamy, without trying too hard to be a ‘veganised’ […]

  • Breakfast
  • Homely Coco-Caramel Oats

    Of all the fruits known to man, dates remind me of my childhood and upbringing the most, and it’s still one of my favourite things. George on the other hand, was persuaded of the matter, with a gentle nudge in the right direction. 😉 Not surprising then, that ever since our date caramel came into existence, […]

  • main course
  • 15-minute Whatever’s-in-the-Pantry Stir-Fry

    This quick and easy, delicous stir-fry is one of my husband’s favourite meals. We often have it for lunch, or if we’re pressed for time and are not in the mood for cooking, we have it for dinner. It’s a tasty, fool proof meal that comes together with little effort or planning. No fuss stir-fry I’ve written […]

  • Breakfast
  • Guilt-free Banana Bread Oatmeal

    Banana bread is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s not fancy or complicated. But the fragrance, sweetness and moistness of a good banana bread, makes it an all-time favourite for many of us. This recipe was an accidental development. Last week, while making our vanilla oatmeal for breakfast, thought about switching it up a little. […]

  • curry
  • Warm Indian-Spiced Vegetable Curry

    Measurements and abundance I have a confession to make. I’m not a fan of recipes. Eek! I grew up watching my mom – who was a cook by trade – toss spices and salt into 60 litre pots, by hand. Her measuring system was a combination of eye tracking, prayer and instinct. And so my siblings I […]