Archive of ‘recipes’ category

Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

There are so many recipes out there for carrot ginger soup, and I have probably tried the majority of them! The following recipe is one of my favourite variations and incorporates everything I like most about this lovely nutritious bowl of goodness: Indian spices, sweet potato, lemon, yogurt, and coriander. It’s comforting, yet light and […]

Gluten-Free Apple Nut Butter Loaf

Baking bread at home has always struck me as something that would be too much of a hassle without a bread machine (not to mention I rarely eat gluten). I have therefore never been too interested in baking bread-like things. But this gluten-free Apple Nut Butter Loaf really is the next best thing to freshly […]

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal with Coconut Flakes

This is such a comforting breakfast, with all the warmth of baked oatmeal and cinnamon scented carrot cake flavours… finished off with a crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds and walnuts and light flakes of tropical coconut. If you have the chance to work from home on a rainy morning, or want something different for your […]

Zucchini & Grains Salad

This is a nice light and healthy dish that can be served warm or cold as a side or main salad. Once again, I’m using millet (I tend to obsess with an ingredient until I either run out of it or get sick of it…). Millet has a really nice nutty flavour, especially when toasted […]

Middle Eastern Millet with Sesame Chicken

Cape Town has the most amazing running trails. Every Sunday, we head out in the afternoon to run in the wonderland that is the Western Cape. On this particular Sunday, we drove along the M3 to Newlands Forest, which made me feel as though I was in some kind of cartoon. The greens are florescent, the […]

My Daily Breakfast: Fruit & Nut Yogurt Bowl

This is a breakfast recipe that I make some variation of on almost a daily basis. For weeks in Vancouver I ate the exact same breakfast every day (Greek yogurt topped with diced apple, blueberries, raspberries, and toasted hemp seeds, almonds and pumpkin seeds), sometimes working it into my day as a snack instead of […]

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Sometimes it’s nice to go into denial. It was practically snowing last night in Cape Town, meanwhile it’s 30+ degrees in other parts of the country. Well, raining/hailing, and it felt for a moment like I had never left Vancouver. I was still there, on False Creek, unable to see the mountains through the rain […]

A Pesto Chicken Bowl

I’m sort of obsessed with pesto right now. Homemade basil & almond pesto. This pesto recipe uses slightly less olive oil than usual, and adds more lemon juice and a bit of hot water, making it super healthy and still amazingly delicious. Most pestos use pine nuts but I really love the subtlety of raw […]

Fresh Spring Frittata Recipe

In the spirit of spring arriving in Cape Town, I thought I’d share a fresh and healthy new breakfast recipe. Following an early-morning weekend jog (which was forced upon me against my will by my over-zealous boyfriend), I felt surprisingly energized (given the amount of red wine consumed the night before) and was inspired to […]

My Favourite Little Drop Cookies

If you love carrot cake and oatmeal cookies then you will love these easy and versatile little drop cookies as much as I do. They take no time at all to make, and are packed with healthy goodness, not to mention they’re gluten- and dairy-free. Actually, they’re vegan. This was not the goal, but a […]

Cold Front Cottage Cheese

In the last week, a cold front has brought a series of storms across the Western Cape. Looking out the window, the rain is falling sideways and palm trees swing wildly. I heard August was generally a bad “winter” month here, but it was hard to believe when I was walking around over the weekend […]

Hopefield Farmhouse Cheddar – Part 2

I mentioned a month ago in a post on how to make Cheddar (Hopefield Farmhouse Cheddar – Part 1) that the cheese would need to age for at least one month. Well folks, here we are. The plan was to leave my three little cheese wheels to age slightly longer, since I prefer sharper cheddar. […]

July Book Review: Freedom & Peppadew Muffins

There is nothing quite like the feeling of finishing a good story, reflecting upon that last sentence – those words that seem to carry more meaning than any other sentence contained within the pages of the book – and allowing it to wash over you with a wave of emotions. There is always a subtle […]

Hopefield Farmhouse Cheddar – Part 1

Ever since the cheese course ended in June, I have wanted to try out my new skills at home, but haven’t quite had a chance. Mostly because I have been house-sitting in lovely Camps Bay with distractions that include taking the very naughty dogs to the beach, spending too much time outdoors in this warm […]

Ricotta Magic

Fresh ricotta is one of life’s greatest little miracles. Transforming that horrible-looking yellowish liquid (whey) into a delicious soft white cheese is truly magical. And ridiculously easy: I will never throw out whey ever again! There are other things you can do with the whey, such as feeding it to houseplants or pets, but ricotta […]

Curds & the Cape Whey

There is a constant, underlying sense of fear that one must acknowledge exists while in Cape Town, or anywhere in South Africa for that matter. It’s not quite paranoia, and sometimes you don’t even realize that you are in imminent danger when you are, but it’s there: a threat that lives on the edge of […]

Raspberry Bircher Muesli

Let’s just say that being back in Cape Town has been a bit of an adjustment coming from the farm. No more running with the dogs or riding horses, and back to cars, crowds, and construction noise. But also back to the ocean! And Cape Town is an incredibly beautiful city with so much to […]

Caramelized Apple & Pecan Crumble

Being out in the country, with a chill in the autumn air, surrounded by golden leaves and apple and cabbage farms, means one thing: comfort food. And with all of the lovely ripe apples around, an apple crumble is in order. I decided to add roasted pecans for extra comfort, and the key with this […]

Homemade Greek Yogurt

As my yogurt and cheese-making dreams are running wild, I have at least turned the yogurt-making part into a reality. Yesterday I made my first batch of Greek yogurt with Jersey milk from the dairy. I started with 3 litres of milk (which produces about 1.5 litres of Greek yogurt after straining). It is unbelievably […]

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