Chocolate buckwheat crêpes and a chat with Sarah Graham

Sugar free pancake recipe.

 

I have a special treat for you today as not only am I sharing a new recipe but we are also chatting to fabulous local foodie Sarah Graham! A born and bred Zimbabwean now living in Joburg Sarah started a food blog in 2010 which launched her into the food world’s limelight, but her foodie journey started long before that (more about that in the interview!).

 

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Spicy chicken burritos

Home made chicken burritos.


A few years ago I watched a movie called “Chef”. It was about a, you guessed it, chef who quits his restaurant job and embarks on a journey across the U.S. in a food truck that he has fixed up, selling his food at various stops along the way. Since then it seems as though the food truck trend is continuing to explode, and it got me thinking about what it is that we find so appealing about them. Is it being able to watch your meal being created in front of you – or simply having a friendly chat with the person preparing it? With so many unique food offerings there is bound to be something for everyone, and what a pleasure to be able to try something new and support a small business at the same time. Bring it on I say!

 

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Sasko hamper giveaway

Sasko hamper giveaway.

 

**This competition is now closed**

Christmas is just around the corner (yes, I said it) but no need to panic because I have teamed up with the foodies at Sasko to give two lucky readers the chance to WIN a baking hamper worth R1,000! The hampers are filled with all the goodies you need to whip up loads of delicious holiday treats for your loved ones these holidays, like these chai latte muffins with pistachio glaze or this chocolate and orange bread pudding, delish!

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Classic gourmet beef burgers

Home made beef burgers.

 

Today I am sharing a classic beef burger recipe you can really sink your teeth into, but before we get into that I wanted to share an eating out experience from the weekend. On Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary (yay!), so we dropped the kids off with their grandparents and headed out to Paarl for a day out at Spice Route.

The weather was gorgeous and we had the perfect table at Bertus Basson, under the shade of a huge oak tree and overlooking the vineyards. We received complimentary vetkoek with roasted pear and pecan nut butter on arrival which we enjoyed as we looked over the menu. I had a starter of chicken liver parfait with toasted bread and onion marmalade while hubby enjoyed the beef samosas. For mains I had fish and chips (huge portion size but very tasty) and my husband had the lamb bredie. It was all so tasty, beautifully presented and served with a smile – definitely one to try! After lunch we wandered through the estate to see what else was happening. The pizzeria and burger bars were buzzing, as was the CBC tasting room (we will definitely get to that next time!). Of course we could not leave without a visit to De Villiers Chocolate where we did a very cool chocolate tasting. Needless to say, after all that feasting we did not need any supper that night!

 

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Recipe round up: 15 chocolate recipes you need to try!

Top 15 chocolate recipes

 

It’s no secret that I am a chocoholic, and chocolate recipes are always very popular with my lovely Cupcakes and Couscous readers. So I decided that I would round up fifteen of the best chocolate recipes all in one post, yum! I have included something chocolatey to suit everyone, whether you are avoiding refined sugar, vegan or up for a fully loaded, indulgent treat. (Don’t forget to let me know which is your fave!) Without further ado let’s jump in. Continue reading “Recipe round up: 15 chocolate recipes you need to try!”

Mini tomato and chevin tarts (with video)

Chevin tomato tartlets


Following on from our puff pastry theme from last week, these moreish savoury tartlets are incredibly easy to put together and totally delicious! Yet another way to use puff pastry and I am not ashamed to say that I always keep a roll of the ready made stuff in the freezer for quick snacks like this.

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Spiced walnut palmiers (with video)

Walnut palmier cookies

I put this recipe together for the Expresso Show as part of their frugal feasting feature last month. Puff pastry was our star ingredient and we made mini chocolate and almond croissants, tomato and chevin tarts (look out for the recipe next week) and these spiced walnut palmiers. They look like a bit of a fiddle but it is actually easy to make palmiers from scratch, and they are oh so moreish!

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Choc nut energy balls (refined sugar free)

Chocolate balls with nuts and coconut.

 

As the mom of two rapidly sprouting munchkins I feel like I hear the words “I’m hungry” constantly. And it’s not as though they are not eating well at meal times, they just seem to burn it all off in no time and before I know it they are back for more. I also have to say that I am getting rather bored of our regular snack repertoire, so I wanted to come up with a delicious nibble that would taste great but also keep them powered up for a while. Enter the energy ball! Continue reading “Choc nut energy balls (refined sugar free)”