Bobotie – exotic for some, loved by all

Hello? Is it a meal you’re looking for? Well, good because I would like to introduce an absolute whopper! It’s hearty; it’s wholesome; it will warm you from the inside out. It’s ‘bobotie’ – pronounced ba-boo-tee (in my family, we affectionately refer to it as ‘bobbity’). Basically, it’s a curried mince dish of Cape Malay…

Decadent Comfort: Blue Cheese, Bacon and Mushroom Mac ‘n Cheese

What do we want? CHEESE! When do we want it? NOW! What did I promise? SINFULLY DELICIOUS INDULGENCE! Yes, and what could be more indulgent than the carb god itself: mac ‘n cheese… So, let me just clarify something – baked macaroni and cheese was the be all and end all in my house. “Mom,…

Easy Homemade Nougat

Remember that sweet tooth I keep telling you about? Well, it normally doesn’t include nougat. Have never been able to stomach the stuff….until I made my own. One of my favourite things about cooking and baking is that you can construct recipes to suit your own tastes and that is exactly what I did here:…

Poor Man’s Peking Duck (Peking Roast Chicken)

I absolutely adore Peking Duck. The crispy skin, the juicy meat and all the flavours that the Sichuan region of China have given us. Sadly, getting duck on a regular basis can be pretty darn taxing on the wallet. I wanted to make a Peking dish that would be cheap enough for me to do…

Durban Inspired Butter Chicken Bunny Chow

So last week, I visited Durban (for all my foreign readers, that’s in the province of KwaZulu-Natal here in South Africa) and I was just too damn excited to try my first ever, authentic Durban curry, more specifically in the form of a ‘bunny chow’. Now, for all of you sitting in the US thinking,…

The Ultimate Starter: Porky Pears

So exams are over and I am back in business! I have been looking to make a starter that meets two of my very basic needs: charcuterie and cheese (who’s with me?). So, I combined them into one delicious starter or snack! My wonderful boyfriend helped me assemble these beauties for a lunch the other…

Quick n Easy Chicken and Butternut Pot Pie

I have already posted my number one winter warmer for the season, but since I have been a bit behind on my posts lately, I thought I would just add my number 2! This Pot Pie is so easy and delicious. There is nothing fancy about it but rustic comfort! 1 onion, thinly sliced fennel…

#1 Winter Warmer: Lancashire Hotpot

I got the inspiration for this dish from a Masterclass on Australian Masterchef 2014. The flavours and ingredients of this meal are so delicious and comforting that it will thaw your body without a doubt! The Lancashire Hotpot is traditionally made with lamb chops and kidneys, but I am really not keen on organ meat,…

Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Cake with Nutella Icing

Okay, firstly, I would like to warn anyone with potential or pre-existing heart or diabetes problems….this cake is going to make your doctor angry. So, why would I post such a dangerous recipe online? Umm…it only has 4 ingredients and takes 15 minutes to make and will make all your dinner guests cry with happiness….

Pray for Mercy Chicken Tom Yum Soup!

Sweet, Sour, Salty and Spicy…no, not the ingredients for the Powerpuff Girls, but the 4 fundamental tastes of Thai cuisine. My personal favourite combination of these flavors has to be tom yum soup. I went to Thailand many years ago and unfortunately was too young to appreciate the spicy goodness that is Thai food, but…