Coconut Thai curry with chickpeas (vegan)

Thai vegetable curry with butternut


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!

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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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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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Bacon and mushroom quiche (with the tastiest quiche crust ever!)

Bacon and mushroom quiche with cheese crust.
What’s for dinner tonight foodies? Today I am sharing one of my favourite week night supper recipes. It is a delicious and easy quiche recipe that can be adapted to include any of your favourite fillings. If I have a few spare minutes during the day I sometimes prepare the crust or filling in advance and simply add the egg and milk mixture just before baking, but it is quick enough to put together in the evening making it a brilliant weekday option. 

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Saffron, hazelnut and honey roasted chicken

Chicken roasted with onions, honey and hazelnuts
The past two weeks have been fraught with activity including birthdays, a school fair, dog sitting, a deadline or two, sick kiddies (and a sick me!) as well as the usual busy routine. As a result it has taken me a little longer than usual to get this post up. I made this roast chicken a few weeks ago and I know I have found a new favourite in this recipe. This dish would not be out of place at a dinner party with friends but works equally well as a weeknight supper – I hope you will love it too! It’s a good ‘un…

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Thin crust spelt flour pizza

Spelt flour pizza base.
It’s a new month and time to get back to normal after all of the school and public holidays which have had many of us wandering around much of the time scratching our heads and trying to work out what day it is! (Or maybe that was just me?) Last week I took a little break and the family headed to beautiful Knysna for a couple of wonderfully chilled days. Well, as chilled as you can be with two small children running about. We had a brilliant time and I so enjoyed being out of the normal routine, free from the usual daily chores and away from my laptop screen! Just what the doctor ordered. 

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Low carb chilli beef and vegetable stir fry

 Low carb beef and vegetable stir fry

It is time for another “dinner in a flash” recipe  – we love those right? And this one will also, I think, be met with nods of approval from the banting crowd. This beef and veggie stir fry is a very simple but delicious meal that works well for supper or lunch. (Or both if you have leftovers.) I say simple because I usually prepare my stir fries with a homemade sauce, or at the very least a splash of soy sauce but in this recipe I have simply used a couple of aromatics to give the dish its tasty flavour with the added bonus of making it sugar free.

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