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Mfino & Ricotta Quiche is ideal for a summer lunch or your picnic basket!

Mfino & Ricotta Quiche Recipe …. The Dinner Diva Semi-Finals Begin!

  I am an ardent fan of Kobus van der Merwe’s blog, Sardines on Toast.   I envy his ability, and more to the point, the opportunity he gets to create delicate and artistic plates of food anointed with what can only be described as ‘soupçons’ of exquisite flavours.  His use of indigenous plants and foraged […]

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Bruschetta topped with Braai'd Tomatoes, Peppers, Brinjal and Garlic

Bruschetta topped with Char GrilledVeggies for National Braai Day.

Have you heard the one about Italians braaing? No? So, why don’t Italians braai? Italians don’t braai because the spaghetti falls through the grill! Ha ha ha! With a plethora of beautiful and inspiring meaty dishes already hitting the blogosphere I thought that I would add my Italian flavour to our very South African, National […]

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Gnocchi al'Arrabiata.

Gnocchi with a Tomato and Chilli Sauce

A great gnocchi recipe is a must in your pasta arsenal.  This has to be the quintessential Italian winter soul warmer.  Commercial versions of this tend to feellike a squash ball bouncing around your tummy and leave you heavy and couch bound for six hours; but a plate of homemade gnocchi is like eating feather […]

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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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Crumbed Pork Chops, Peas and Potato Bake

The Three P’s : Crumbed Pork Chops, Rosemary Peas and Potato Bake.

Pork chops, peas and potato is one of those meals that rolls slowly like a golf ball and falls firmly into the hole marked with a flag with “Holy Trinity Man Food’ in that it’s the epitome of meat and two veg. MAN FOOD doesn’t attempt to seduce them into eating arty farty nouvelle cuisine […]

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Fresh Taglietelle with A Cherry Tomato and Mushroom Sauce

How To Make Fresh Taglietelle with a Cherry Tomato and Mushroom Sauce

  Kowabunga Dudes! The weather has been awesome these last few days. I am swimming in the mornings now and the water has the most calming effect on my soul. It’s a bit nippy when you first get in – but a lap or ten later I am huffing, puffing and sweating. I always allow […]

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Perfectly Pink Rack of Lamb with an Indian Spiced Crust

Spring Rack of Lamb with an Indian Spiced Crust and Baked Spiced Potatoes

Durban is still bouncing around enjoying the glory of spring. There is the faintest blush of humidity already taunting us but essentially the mornings and evenings are still effervescent and fresh. I have a whole host of tourist Cape Starlings, a dead give-away that spring is here, that have joined the myriad of bird species […]

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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 […]

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Sticky Sweet and Tender Pork Belly with Stir Fried Noodles and Bok choy

Asian Style Pork Belly with Stir Fried Bok Choy and Noodles

  Eish! Yesterday was one of those mornings after the night before days! A handful of painkillers, half a bottle of Schweden Bitters (my cure for EVERYTHING) and twenty cups of Chai and I kind of got my act together. I am back in Underberg with my sista from another mother – Carol. Tradition dictates […]

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Surf and Turf Fillet Steaks a la Tripepi

Surf and Turf Fillet Steak with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Mash

Summer is around the corner me beauties – and while little miss sunshine flirts shamelessly with us, flashing her sexy long legged rays knowing full well that she’s working us up into a vitamin D challenged frenzy, we are starting to stock up on summer accoutrements. We braai’d last Sunday – we just couldn’t actually […]

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