Date and cinnamon granola

 

Granola is an absolute cupboard and breakfast staple around here, and I love trying out different ingredients and making each batch a little different. Dates are a fabulous addition to homemade granola – after half an hour in the oven they’ll be chewy and caramelly, yum! There are the usual nuts and seeds included here (use whichever ones you like but pecans and pumpkin seeds are particularly good in this recipe) and I’ve added a good helping of coconut flakes to the mix too. Breakfast is served!

 

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Tomato bredie

Tomato and lamb bredie

 

While Cape Town still decides whether it is actually spring or not (and I sit and type at my desk watching the clouds gather outside) I thought I’d sneak in a cooler weather dish. Tomato bredie is a South African family pleaser and has the marvellous combination of lamb, fragrant spices and tomatoes that we know and love. Once all of the ingredients are in the pot you can leave it to work its magic until its time to serve up. Scrumptious!

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Apple and cinnamon fritters with butterscotch sauce

 

I’ve made this recipe quite a few times for the family over the last few weeks – this is lockdown comfort food to the max! The fritters are very easy to whip up and my kids love getting involved and making the recipe themselves. (Batter everywhere but hey, it’s worth it.) It’s a lovely treat for the family, especially on weekends, and sure to bring sugar coated smiles to their faces.

 

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Cranberry cookies

 

I’ve been on the cookie train since lockdown started in March, and this is just one of the many recipes I’ve been playing around with recently. It’s been a while since I last posted a  recipe – the last few weeks have been a blur of school work and moving house (I know, superb timing) whilst keeping on top of my freelance projects. I’m sure many of you are also still finding your way in this new and strange reality. One thing we’ve all been reminded of though is that life is uncertain, so bake cookies with reckless abandon I say!

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Mexican hot chocolate cookies

 

Lockdown baking is my jam right now. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed because of our current lockdown situation I know that I can head into the kitchen, grab a handful of ingredients and simply whip, stir and bake my stress away – for a little while at least! For instant baking gratification you can’t beat a batch of cookies and they are my go-to treats at the moment. (If you see a lot of cookie recipes popping up on the blog over the next few months you’ll know why!)

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Spiced apple crumble cheesecake with salted caramel sauce + GIVEAWAY

 

Your week is about to get better, thanks to this showstopper dessert! As I mentioned in my last post I will be sharing a few recipes from some of the newest additions to my cookbook collection over the coming weeks. Today’s drool-worthy recipe for spiced apple crumble cheesecake with salted caramel sauce is by my friend Astrid Field of The Sweet Rebellion and comes from her first recipe book “High Tea at Home”.

 

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Apple, cinnamon and granola breakfast tarts

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This week I’m teaming up once again with Nature’s Source to bring you another fabulous recipe. Granola is, of course, the hero and these apple, cinnamon and granola breakfast tarts are simply perfect for adding the wow factor to your next brunch or to enjoy as a light dessert. The best part is that they are deceptively simple to whip together!

 

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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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