Hi foodie friends. Anyone else feeling slightly panicked at how quickly this month is going? The kids have just started their final term of school for the year, and it’s always jam packed so I’m bracing myself for that. Between school, recipe testing and book writing, house guests and two family birthdays (and I haven’t even thought about Halloween) there is a LOT going on right now, and I’m leaning on my repertoire of easy week night suppers more than ever to keep the troops fed and happy.
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!
I like to think that over the years I have gotten into some really good eating habits. Like breakfast – I always try to start the day off right with something wholesome and filling. Likewise in the evening I look forward to making a healthy home cooked meal to enjoy after the long day. But when it comes to lunch, well, that is when the wheels fall off. In between the afternoon school run, extra murals and the never ending daily to do list my lunch often takes a back seat. Last year I got into a bad habit of snacking on the go during the day, but of course the snacks never filled me up and I was always tempted to reach for something sugary in the late afternoon when I was feeling low on energy. Not ideal. This is where salad bowls, like the recipe I am sharing today, have been a lifesaver!
A few posts back I mentioned a fantastic new recipe book I had bought for myself. “Deliciously Ella” by Ella Woodward is a must have for your collection if you are following a vegan diet or simply looking for more plant-based inspiration when it comes to your meals. The book is filled with tons of tasty ideas and her recipes are simple and easy to follow Although I have only had a chance to try a handful of her recipes this simple vegan Thai curry with chickpeas is definitely my favourite so far!
This recipe went down a treat when I made it at home. Even my Little Miss (who finds the teensiest smidge of black pepper in any meal unbearably exotic) enjoyed it! These rich enchiladas are flavoured with Mexican inspired spices, topped with a double layer of sauce and baked to cheesy perfection in the oven. Get in my belly! As part of the #JoinTheBlendTrend series this recipe is also about blendability and that fabulous ingredient: mushrooms!
My friends and family will tell you that I love receiving foodie gifts, particularly new and interesting products that I have not see before. A few weeks ago my parents returned from a weekend away with two such items – large tortilla baskets and smaller canapé shells from a local company called Kari Foods. Today I am going to show you how to make happiness in a mouthful with two recipes that I created using the canapé shells.
My husband and I were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to Mauritius for our honeymoon. The minute you land on this small island in the Indian Ocean you really feel as though you have reached tropical territory – stifling heat, humidity, sugar cane fields and leafy green vegetation as far as the eye can see.
Mauritian cuisine is as diverse as its people, with influences from France, China and India to name a few. We enjoyed incredible curries, seafood, beef chop suey and samoosas. Whatever it is that your tastebuds fancy you are likely to find it here!
I am always on the look out for new supper recipes that can be rustled up in almost no time at all (anything under 30 minutes is ideal!). This is one of my favourites adapted from a recipe I picked up out of Olive Magazine U.K. a few years ago.