Two scrumptious side dishes: carrot salad and roasted cauliflower

I am keeping it simple this week with two good all-year-round side dish recipes that I hope you will love as much as I do. And by simple I mean easy – these dishes may not require much effort but they are not at all lacking in the flavour department!

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Mielie bread with sun dried tomatoes (with video)

 

Today’s recipe is going against the current trend somewhat. It seems that every other restaurant I visit has a new banting section on their menu, or is advertising dishes that would make Tim Noakes proud. While I applaud anyone making an effort to eat less sugar and more cauliflower (if you can get your hands on one that is!) I for one will not be cutting out my grains anytime soon. And I am sure that there are many readers out there who feel the same.

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Rainbow nation quinoa salad

 

Hello lovely readers, it’s good to be back! There have been lots of exciting things going on recently – I have been very busy juggling the launch of a new business along with home and family life. All whilst enjoying the ups and downs of my first trimester! (Imagine my thrilled, albeit slightly green face here.)

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Grilled veggies with za’atar yoghurt

This last month seems to have flown by in a flurry of activity, and I have popped my head up to find that we are in November already with the weather warming up and Christmas trees springing up all around! It has been a very busy month and I was lucky enough to attend some wonderful events including the launch of the stunning new NoMU Baking Kit range, a fun “Cook With Spice” workshop and a delightful evening at Sinns Restaurant with the Come Wine With Me bunch. My family and I also managed a very short but lovely trip up the east coast to Hermanus. This in between all of the usual running around and family commitments – I am sure you know how it goes!

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Tapas à la Miro

Just over a week ago I received the details of the 8th challenge in the Freshly Blogged competition which I have been participating in since June. Each week the contestants are given a list of ingredients and a few days to create, cook and photograph a dish using these ingredients. The public have a chance to view the recipes online and vote for their favourites, and each week a panel of judges send a few of the contestants to the chopping block, as it were.

Week 8’s challenge entitled “Eat Your Art Out” had me scratching my head for a while. The ingredients we were given were superb and well suited – a whole chicken, chorizo sausage, potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and sherry. We were told, however, that the recipe and styling had to be inspired by art – an interesting twist!

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