Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ok so I am on a mission with cauliflower at the moment. I am really enjoying inventing different substitutions for carbs that I would usually eat on a daily basis. When I get stuck into something, it often becomes a bit of an obsession so you will probably be seeing a few more cauliflower recipes.

This one is SO simple. 

What you will need:

1 head of cauliflower
2 eggs
1/3 cup pea flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste.
Toppings of your choice. I used salmon, greek yoghurt and avo topped with coriander.

1. Break the cauliflower florets into your blender. Blitz for about 20 secs to make your cauli rice
2. Measure +/- two cups of cauli rice into a microwavable bowl. Cover with cling film and cook in the microwave for 5 mins. This can be done ahead of time. Cauli rices keeps well for a few days in the fridge. Either way allow the cauli rice to cool before continuing.

3. For the next step I used my Bamix hand blender but any blender will do. Add the rest of the ingredients to your cooked and cooled cauli rice and blitz until everything is blended and it resembles the texture of a fritter (or a very thick soup).

4. Heat a non stick frying pan up, add a little butter and fry off spoonfuls of mixture at a time until lightly golden on each side. 

5. Once cooled, top with your topping of choice and enjoy.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

So this one is super easy and so delicious.

     What you will need...

       Serves 2
  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 2 pieces of celery (long) chopped
  • half a fennel bulb, with stalks, chopped
  • 1 large apple, diced,
  • 1 red onion, diced,
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 250ml full fat greek yoghurt
  • Mixed greens of your choice
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado

1. Start with your dressing. In a bowl combine the greek yoghurt with a few squeezes of lemon juice. 
2. Add the rest of your ingredients (except your avo and green leaves) and mix into the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3.Serve on your greens with chopped avo sprinkled liberally on top.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Ok so I am not going to go all 'banting crazy' here as I am not completely convinced... but I do think it is smart to limit carbs in general, especially at dinner time. I attempted cauliflour pizza's on the weekend (recipe to follow soon) and it was so tasty! I was craving stir fry today so thought I'd try cauli-rice instead of ordinary rice...


So Easy!! OK so for two people I used one small head of cauliflower. I broke off the florets and rinsed them in a colander. I then blitzed the florets in my food processor for about 20 seconds. It will look kind of like cous cous at this stage. 

The next step blew me away at how easy it was!! All I did was put my cauli rice into a microwavable bowl and covered the bowl with cling wrap. I set the microwave to 5 mins and THAT WAS IT! Perfectly cooked cauli-rice.

Thai Ginger Chicken Stir Fry (Pad Khing)

Serves 2

400g chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp chilli
Oil for frying (I used Sesame but ordinary canola is fine)
1 thumb of ginger, cut into match sticks- click here to learn how
4 spring onions, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 packet mushrooms (I used enoki mushrooms from woolworths)


2 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs soya sauce
1tsp sugar/honey
4 tbs water
-combine these ingredients in a bowl

How to

  • Heat oil in a suace pan with a lid. I used something like this.
  • Add garlic and fry for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add the chicken and fry until slightly brown.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken and allow to reduce a little bit - about 2 mins.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and give it stir. Cook for about a minute and then put the lid on for about 2-3 mins to 'steam' the vegetables.
  • Take the lid off and stir in some fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve with cauli-rice.
I am being good in the week with regards to drinking wine but if I wasn't- Alvi's Drift Viognier 2013 is the perfect partner to a good ginger based dish.


Monday, 18 August 2014

This is so simple and so delicious... even better the next day for lunch. 


1 cup of cooked red quinoa
250g baby rosa tomatoes
1 tablespoon of Pesto (your choice!)
200g feta
3 green onions
4 medium chicken breasts
Pumpkin seeds
1 avo, chopped
1 tin chickpeas, drained
Salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste
Olive Oil

First you prep the ingredients separately as follows:
  • Chicken- coat in salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon and place in a pre heated oven (200'C) for 15 mins. Check to see if they are cooked- the juices will run clear. Leave to cool and then chop into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl.
  • Baby rosa tomatoes- I like to roast these too. Coat in olive oil and place on a baking tray under your chicken in a preheated oven (200'C). These will also take about 15 mins depending on how 'roasted' you like them. Add these to the bowl with the cooled chicken.
  • Chop the spring onion and add to the bowl.
  • Add the drained chickpeas
  • Crumble in the feta.
  • Add your cooked red quinoa 
  • Add your pesto and then follow with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil to taste.
  • Finish off with chopped avo, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and ENJOY!!
Serve with a nice crisp white wine- we drank a La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

Monday, 17 February 2014

I am NOT a big meatball or burger kind of girl. I make wide circles around burger joints and pretend I can't hear people when they make suggestions like Spur burger special two for one. I just don't do them. 

That being said, I made an exception to the rule recently after coming across a similar recipe on the Taste website. It's a great summer dish and you can experiment with flavours. I used ostrich mince because its lean, tasty and easy to match with flavours. You could use any mince you like. 

(Makes 6 meat balls)

500g Ostrich mince
2 tablespoons chopped capers
1 chopped red onion
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 handful chopped coriander
2 teaspoons soya sauce
Pinch or 2 of Maldon salt
Grind of black pepper

To serve:

You can go to town here and use your imagination. Inspired by the Taste website I served mine with slices of nectarine and a Fennel and Cucumber Tzatziki. Here are a few more ideas:

  • Sweet potato fries or wedges (oven baked)
  • Simple Green salad
  • Fresh Steamed baby asparagus spears
  • Simple spinach and goats cheese salad with a squeeze of lemon juice.

How too...

  1. Mix ingredients together and roll into 6 balls. Place on a tray and into the fridge for an hour. 
  2. Pan fry in a little olive oil until brown and crisp. 10-15 minutes. Longer if you prefer your meatballs well done.

3. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite red. Pinotage works very well.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

So I have just returned from a long and relaxing holiday in Mauritius. I am completely in love with that place. The food is incredible. With Creole, French, Indian and Asian influences you are spoilt for choice! We ate our body weight in the freshest seafood known to man. I also tasted Sea Urchin for the very first time. The French cheese, charcuterie and wine was a real treat!

We were also fortunate, thanks to Cyclone Bejisa, to spend some time indoors cooking and sampling all the fresh produce Mauritius had to offer. I love pomegranate but its expensive and hard to find here in SA. Whilst my foodie friends prepared the main course, I was on salad duty. This is one of my new favourites. Its so easy to make.

Pomegranate, feta and rocket salad

Serves 4
4 large handfuls of fresh rocket, washed.
200g of feta, cubed
1 small red onion, finely sliced.
Small handful of mint, chopped
I large pomegranate's worth of seeds (don't know how to seed a pomegranate? Look here)

Juice of one or two limes- depending on size
1 tablespoon of honey
Vinegar of your choice ( I used Tarragon infused but a red wine vinegar works really well)
Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all of the ingredients together and drizzle with dressing just before serving.

Serve with a crisp and fruity rose - Ours was French of course.