Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Oat & Raisin Cookies





Things are seriously slowing down here at Cupcakes and Couscous HQ as we prepare to welcome our newest little cupcake to the family! And I think we are as ready as we will ever be - after a frantic last minute dash the nursery has been prepared, the baby clothes have been washed and sorted and my hospital bag is ready and waiting. Those who know me well will tell you that baking is one of my favourite things to do, and so while we count down the last few days until d-day I have managed fit in some baking time... and another recipe for you, hooray!


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Honeycomb Cheesecake Frozen Yoghurt




"Ooh, cheesecake, munching on a cheesecake, munching on a cheesecake. Cheesecake!
Cheesecake, munching on a cheesecake, munching on a cheesecake. Cheesecake!
Cheesecake, gobble gobble cheesecake, gobble gobble cheesecake. Cheesecake!
Cheesecake, gobble gobble cheesecake, crazy over cheesecake. Cheesecake!"

Louis Armstrong, lyrics to "Cheesecake" 1966.

A dessert so fantastic there is even a song about it, and deservedly so. Good on ya, Louis! Today's recipe is inspired by cheesecake, but in a slightly different format.... 


Monday, 22 September 2014

Steak Sarmies with Chunky Tomato Ginger Chutney




Summer is well on its way (hooray!) and we can look forward to plenty of sunshine, outdoor time around the braai and some fresh and summery flavours! Wednesday the 24th of September is National Heritage Day, also known as National Braai Day around South Africa, and I was inspired to make these easy and delicious steak sarmies topped with homemade tomato and ginger chutney. 


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Out & About: Sedgefield and Wild Oats Market




The last few weeks have flown by and I have found myself up to my ears in all sorts of preparation - organising the nursery, stocking up on newborn nappies and cooking extra meals for the freezer. Are you noticing a theme here? Last week though we managed to escape for a long weekend in Sedgefield with the family, just the relaxing, sun-kissed and sand-coated short break we needed! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Apple & Raisin Oaty Crumble with Vanilla Custard




This is a little something I whipped up over the weekend and an absolute classic as I am sure you will agree! There is something very comforting and homely about preparing and eating this particular dessert and I love the heavenly combination of spiced apple, crunchy oat crumble and creamy vanilla custard.  

Monday, 25 August 2014

Orange Drizzle Cake with Lavender





Oranges are in abundance at the moment and I love including citrus flavours in my baking. Particularly at the moment as I have been craving all things citrus for the past few months. Sneak a peak in my fruit drawer and you will find it packed with oranges, grapefruit and naartjies, I must have them! The inspiration for this recipe came a few weeks ago when I was at a family celebration. They served a delicious orange cake for dessert and, given my current citrus obsession, I have been looking forward to making one ever since.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mielie Bread with Sundried Tomatoes





Today's recipe is going against the current trend somewhat. It seems that every other restaurant I visit has a new banting section on their menu, or is advertising dishes that would make Tim Noakes proud. While I applaud anyone making an effort to eat less sugar and more cauliflower (if you can get your hands on one that is!) I for one will not be cutting out my grains anytime soon. And I am sure that there are many readers out there who feel the same.