Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Spicy Mushroom Nachos

We have reached the end of the #JoinTheBlendTrend series and I thought I would finish up with a dish that reminds me of fun times with friends, feasting and general merriment. I actually remember the last time I ate nachos at a Mexican restaurant with friends - it was a rainy Cape Town evening a very, very long time ago (note to self: arrange a Mexican dinner soon!). Luckily nachos are pretty easy to whip up and enjoy at home and I am sure you will enjoy these ones! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Macadamia & Cranberry Chocolate Squares

I made these sumptuous squares of chocolatey goodness over the weekend and they were just too good not to share! The original recipe comes from "Ottolenghi - The Cookbook" and I adapted it to use ingredients that I had to hand. In the Ottolenghi version they included chestnuts and dried figs (which sounds utterly delicious!), but I opted for creamy macadamias and tart cranberries as these also taste fantastic with white chocolate. I also used chocolate coated digestives instead of the regular ones just to up the chocolate even more - go big or go home, right?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Spaghetti Bolognese

There are probably as many variations of this dish as there are families who enjoy it. Or perhaps even more! I love making this dish but dear husband is usually the Spag Bol King in our house and even he and I have our own different ways of preparing it. Bottom line though - it does not matter who the chef is, spaghetti bolognese is a firm favourite on the menu, and one thing is always the same - we both love to pile in the mushrooms! 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake & October Cake Round Up

November already and it feels as though we are hurtling towards the end of the year now. Hearing Christmas jingles on the radio, seeing mince pies on the shelves and receiving school newsletters reminding us that there are only five weeks (what?!?) left of this term do nothing to help quell the hysteria!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Ginger Mushroom & Chicken Stir Fry

This week I am diving deep into my recipe collection. All the way back to the 90's in fact - they seem like forever ago! Today's dish is adapted from a stir fry recipe I made in my high school Home Economics class, nearly 20 years ago. I even have the original (rather yellowed) handout from that class, on it a handwritten recipe that was copied on the old "rolio machine", which then made its way from a school ring binder all the way to my current recipe book shelf.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Lemon & Pistachio Cupcakes

Spring seems to have settled in properly now, in fact it feels more like summer this week. Sunny skies, short sleeves and (ah-choo!) hay fever - happy days! Except for that last point, hay fever - feel free to be on your way any time now. That biting morning chill that we became accustomed to in the winter months has all but gone and the promise of a glorious summer is quite literally in the air. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mushroom Moussaka

Mmmm-moussaka! Mushrooms, mince and melty cheese, what's not to love? Even the most staunch anti-auberginers (those poor berated brinjals) will be tempted by this dish.

This is my latest recipe in the #JoinTheBlendTrend series, and the amazing thing about it is that you would never guess that the filling was 50% mince and 50% mushrooms. Thanks to their flavour and texture the mushrooms blend perfectly with the mince, lowering the calorie content of the dish while stretching it into more portions and giving it a fantastic flavour. This moussaka is very delicately flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg and I would gladly tuck into a bowl of it any day!