Archive | Middle Eastern Magic RSS feed for this section
L&L Falafel & Beetroot Burger (120)

Light & Lean: Beetroot Falafel Burgers …. only 144 calories each!

I just LOVE Saturdays! TrickyRicky stops off at Essenwood Market in Musgrave Road and brings me a falafel and salad wrap home for lunch. It feels like such an indulgence when I sink my teeth into those spicy little balls! Last weekend Karmie and I decided to go and do a really long and intense […]

Continue Reading
Moroccan Style Pumpkin & Apple Soup with Beer & Cheese Bread

A Spicy Moroccan Pumpkin and Apple Soup! Come on baby light your fire!

On the weekend of the July Handicap, my girlfriend Kami and I decided to get out of Durban for the day. I have no affection for equestrian events such as the July Handicap and the throngs of mindless sheep that it attracts; so a trip up the hill past Pietermaritzburg to the fresh air of […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
Halvas Fourno served with Greek Yoghurt and Honey

Halva Fourno a Greek Orange and Semolina Cake

Well, that was the most fabulous weekend ever!  Karen and I took a slow drive up to Underberg via the Rotunda in Cedara where we stopped to buy lemons for the tequila that was waiting for us upon our arrival in Underberg.  It’s our traditional welcoming libation and cannot be consumed without juicy lemon wedges.  […]

Continue Reading
Kibbeh Bil Sanieh is Spiced Baked Lamb with Bulgur Wheat & Pine Nuts.

Spicy Baked Lamb Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

I have been chasing my own tail for the last few days.  So much is happening here around la casa Tripepi, not the least of which is a last minute trip to Underberg this weekend.  I haven’t been to the Midlands since last year so I am incredibly excited to be saying goodbye to Durban […]

Continue Reading
Lentil and Bulgur wheat fritters

Lentil and Bulgur Wheat Fritters

Last week my flavour buds seemed to go on a hormonal jive and I found myself craving all sorts of spicy food.  Resistance was futile and by Wednesday I could think of nothing else.  My taste buds were packed and on an aeroplane to the Middle East, there was just no going back.  I found […]

Continue Reading

A Tagine of Baby Chickens with Saffron, Green Olives and Preserved Lemons served with Couscous

Tino-the-claw-Tripepi has his ways. He is an impressive 14years old now and if he were to be kissed by a fairy tale princess he would *POEF *, turn into that grumpy old man, the late Walther Matthau. He is basically full of ‘kitty-kak’. I think that he has feline Alzheimer’s, for one moment he is […]

Continue Reading
Stuffed Vine Leaves

Theatre Legend Al Debbo’s Stuffed Vine Leaves ….. a Vegetarian D’Lite!

A few weeks ago we lost another one of South Africa’s much loved theatre legends. I remember Al Debbo’s golf ball googly eyes rolling around in their sockets from my childhood; and he always made me laugh. Back in the days when television was in its’ infancy – the days when families and neighbours piled […]

Continue Reading

Moroccan Spiced Spinach and Chick Peas in Tomato

Last Monday I posted my Moroccan Magic Carpet Stack of roasted red and yellow peppers with roasted brinjals – all dribbled with spicy yoghurt and pistachio nuts. As promised, this is the second dish that I served during my Moroccan meal – chick peas with spinach. The combination of spices results in the dish having […]

Continue Reading

Moroccan Grilled Brinjal and Red Pepper Stack with Yoghurt and Pistachio Topping Recipe

I tried to put this recipe up for Meat Free Monday last week but I was on the farm with Carol and life just wouldn’t stand aside for an hour or two to allow me the time to do this. The beautiful Underberg landscape is dotted with so many little jewels. This slice of African […]

Continue Reading