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Dhal

Dhal

Dal or dahl or even dhal is an Indian word for dried pulses that don’t need soaking before cooking. However you spell it dhal dishes are one of my favourites, easy to cook, lots of goodness and perfect as a main or side dish on a curry evening. This sweet potato and spinach dahl is […]

Durban Curry

Durban Curry

Every South African has a favourite Durban curry recipe, closely guarded spice blends and secret ingredients. Served with rice or as bunny chow, no rabbits involved, merely a hollowed out loaf of bread, used to serve the curry in. Durban curry is sometimes served with sliced bananas and desiccated coconut on top. I am not […]

Honey Cake

Honey Cake

Many years ago I had a lovely Jewish friend, whose mother was happy to entertain us in her kitchen and answer my multitude of cooking questions. This recipe was one of hers. I haven’t made this in many years, in all honesty I had forgotten it until I came across it tucked into the back […]

Stroganoff

Stroganoff

With half the household now being vegetarian I end up cooking two suppers every evening. This tasty stroganoff is very simple and for us meat eaters, I simply added 500g of stir fry beef, which I browned before adding the garlic and paprika, the rest of the recipe was the same. Two pots of equally […]

Crunchies

Crunchies are a South African treat that we grew up with. Everyone had a their own closely guarded recipe, usually on a recipe card, that had been shared through the generations. The recipe was also printed on the Jungle Oats box. To make these gluten free you will need to make sure you use gluten […]

Sausages

Sausages

John is a huge fan of sausages, me, not so much. While we have been in lock down I have been experimenting with making sausages. Boerewors for my South African roots and some pork and apple sausages. I have about six kilograms of sausages taking up space in the freezer now! This dish is a […]

Barbecue pork ribs and a side of coleslaw

Barbecue pork ribs and a side of coleslaw

Fall from the bone, melt in your mouth pork ribs are a favourite with John and the barbarian boys. Even the one that is now vegetarian looked wistful when I made these and commented that they had been a favourite! These are easy enough to do, even for a busy weekday, as they can be […]

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

I am sure you all know the old adage, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, well life gave us lots of strawberries. As things slowly open up again I took the barbarian boys strawberry picking. 7 kilograms of strawberries later, I needed to find ways to use them up. This strawberry lemonade takes minutes […]

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