Rocket and goats cheese pesto pasta

 

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been drowning in admin and feeling like I’m being pulled in ten different directions all the time – it’s been hectic! The busy year end season has definitely started and now more than ever I need recipes that I can get on the table fast. Did I mention that they need to deliver on flavour too? A quick pesto pasta is definitely a great option for those crazy days (plus pasta = comfort food = happiness).

 

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Rooibos biscotti

Rooibos and orange biscotti recipe

This tea time treat includes a classic South African flavour – rooibos! Not only is it the beverage of choice for many of us (me included) but it can be used in baking and cooking to add a delicate, sweet and earthy taste. I have been wanting to play around with this flavour for a while and decided that I’d start with biscotti.

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Raw Turkish delight doughnuts

 

Inspiration for today’s bite-sized treats comes from Donna Hay’s recipe for raw Turkish delight doughnuts. I adapted her original recipe and was so happy with how they turned out. They’re deliciously nutty and chewy, yum! The doughnuts are topped with dark chocolate which makes them extra decadent, but you could leave this off if you prefer. The Turkish delight element comes from a dash of rosewater which is added to the dark chocolate, giving it a delicate floral flavour.

 

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Nutty buttermilk rusks

 

A perfect cup of tea with fresh rusks is one of life’s most wonderful simple pleasures, and you can’t beat a batch that has been home made. With lockdown still firmly in place and many of us continuing to work from home there really is no reason not to whip up a batch and pop them in the oven to dry for a few hours while you go about your business around the house (well, if load shedding allows, bah humbug!)

 

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Marzipan and pistachio truffles

 

Let’s make something Christmassy shall we? Marzipan is very traditional at this time of the year, but did you know how easy it is to make your own marzipan at home? Not to mention the fact that homemade marzipan tastes amazing!

 

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Coconut, almond and blueberry cake

 

It’s been a while since we had a cake recipe on the blog and this one is such a treat! I made it a few weeks ago for a school picnic and it disappeared in no time. The cake is lovely and moist with a delicious flavour, and is very easy to prepare.

 

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Easy dukkah

 

There is something so enticing about this particular blend of nuts, seeds and spices that makes me want to sprinkle Egyptian dukkah on just about everything! Dukkah is one of those things that I just have to have in my pantry, and because it’s so quick and easy to put together there really is no excuse not to make it myself.

 

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Hot cross bun bliss balls

Date balls with dark chocolate

 

If the walls of boxes filled with marshmallow eggs and armies of foil wrapped Easter bunnies piled high in the shops weren’t enough of a reminder, Easter is just around the corner! Autumn is probably my favourite season of the year, and Easter is definitely a highlight. I love the weather, the autumn colours of the trees, the cooler evenings, and of course – the food!

 

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