Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cheese & Rosemary Stars





As we hurtle towards Christmas I am once again left wondering where the time has gone! I always love spending time in my kitchen at this time of the year - preparing food for friends or edible gifts for the family. This time last year I was preparing to host a big family Christmas feast, but this year will be a lot more low-key.  

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Chocolate Crunchies





Hello friends, it has been a while! Are we counting down to Christmas already?
The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs as we welcomed our new little boy to the world. It has been an absolute joy to enjoy newborn cuddles, watch the beginnings of sibling bonding and see friends arriving at the door with a meal in their hands (a definite highlight)! Unfortunately though, we have also had to contend with an awful bug that has been hanging around us for weeks, on top of the expected sleep deprivation and exhaustion (what day is it?). Yet here we are, 6 weeks later and I can happily report that we are all adjusting and starting to settle into our new "normal".

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.