Archive | April, 2012
Serve in a wrap or roti with hummus, crunchy salad and fresh coriander.

Meat Free Monday Spicy Falafel Wraps.

I had one of those days yesterday! As rare as crows’ teeth it was! And I just loved it. I watched an entire season of Nikita and ‘het myself amper seer gele! With my puppies, Bubbles and Feenix installed at my feet and Tino-the-claw-Tripepi, plonked triumphantly on top of my tummy like a plump cherry […]

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Pork  & Prawn Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls Two Ways … Fresh and Fried.

  Durbanites are experiencing what could almost be described as an autumn. If only the palm trees would change into beautiful shades of red or yellow. HO Hum! I am very excited with the two packets of fresh chestnuts that I bought at our local fruit and veg shop yesterday! I shall have them in […]

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Minestrone topped with Basil Peso & Parmesan Cheese

Meatfree Monday: Italian Minestrone della Nonna.

Nothing swells this Mamma’s heart more than a request for one of my recipes. Daniele has just given up smoking and is on a health and fitness drive.   His darling of a girlfriend Suzanne, is mindful of eating too much meat, doesn’t smoke and is the gentle and supportive hand that is holding his […]

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Pesche Affogate ... peaches poached in Italian Sparkling Wine, Lambrusco.

Lights, Camera, Action … Cooking up a Storm with I Love Cooking.

I don’t know why I bothered to go to bed really.  I hardly slept a wink, switching the television off and on several times in an effort to hypnotise myself into Lalla Land with some benign late night news.  I must have nodded off from sheer exhaustion at around 3.30 am and at 4.00am was […]

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Salsicce and Polenta

Salsiccia e Polenta .. A Romantic Venetian Dinner.

As our water taxi chugged and puffed its way around the last corner she came into full view and my heart leapt, it honestly nearly leapt right out of my chest. I must have stopped breathing for a few seconds as I remember catching my breath in a dizzying gasp, and from that very moment […]

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Finishing Salts - 3 flavoured Salts 103 (425x640)

Take it with a Pinch of Salt, 3 Special Flavoured Salts For Your Kitchen.

Ask most cooks or chefs what the one ingredient is that they cannot do without, and most of them will answer salt. Now I know that nature provides this in her usual abundant way but I really do cherish this snowy bounty. Finishing any dish off with a sprinkling of homemade flavoured salts guarantees that […]

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Spaghetti all'Amatriciana!

Spaghetti Amatriciana … Cheers, to your Jolly Good Health!

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana!   This year my home has been blessed with so many visitors and house guests. Our nephew, George and his dynamic and sparklingly awesome wife Maddy, together with their son George Jnr have visited on a number of occasions. I am now churning out bracelets, necklaces and angels as a result of these. […]

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Membry Maphanga's Bush Biscuits

Bush Biscuits … Membry’s Walnut and Choc Chip Biscuits.

  A lone duck carves a liquid v in the water with her wake, hippo’s yawn with mouth so wide one could easily deposit a hundred Chomps in her chops and as the sun peeps one eye over the hillside, illuminating all of 22 000 hectares of the Nambiti plains, my mug of hot coffee […]

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