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IMG_3895 red lentils & butternut curry

This simple recipe is an adaptation from an already quick and easy one, but  the way I cooked it, it is even more super fast and super easy, yet delicious – real comfort food for a cold winter’s day. I was late starting to cook, and I was tired, but it took me no more than 30 minutes to rustle this curry up. It really lifted my spirits when I tucked in. Ingredients: 1 butternut, cut into bite-sized cubes (save the seeds & roast over low heat or in the oven with a little […] Continue reading →

IMG_3890 Aubergines & Pomegranates

I found this delicious Persian inspired recipe in an old magazine and adapted it somewhat. It is easy and quick to rustle up and a great change when brinjals are in season and one has run out of ideas of what to do with them. When I first made the recipe, I did not have enough brinjals, so I just baked some butternut wheels and dressed them with the same sauce and toppings. The result was just as tasty. So play around and use different vegetables. Any left over sauce can be used as salad […] Continue reading →

Nutty millet breakfast cookies I was recently visiting a friend who has a pretty cookbook called Wholegrain Mornings. Not being much of a breakfast eater I didn’t think there’d be much for me in the book until I tasted the breakfast cookies my friend had just made. A wonderful invention… a dessert item healthy enough to eat for breakfast, I was sold! I photographed the recipe in the book but because it’s a blurry picture and I’m awful at sticking to recipes, which is not […] Continue reading →

melondrink

I recently made this wonderfully refreshing drink as a pre-dinner drink on one of the first warm spring evenings of the season. We sat outside and enjoyed the balmy air, even my little ‘almost’ five year old guest Lexi loved it. If you like this drink with a little alcoholic pizzazz, just add a tot of ice cold vodka. Ingredients: 1/4 of a large watermelon, cooled in the fridge for at least 2 hours juice of one lemon grated ginger to taste 1/2 cup of ice cubes optional: a tot of […] Continue reading →

Sweet Potato - Spinach bake

The kale and spinach in my vegetable box outside my kitchen door is growing at an amazing rate, so I have to come up with new ways to eat them in order to not get bored. Here is a yummy and easy recipe I pulled out of my own hat last week, which I will definitely be making regularly in future, as it turned out to be delicious.   SWEET POTATO & SPINACH/KALE BAKE Ingredients for 4 people 2 large or 4 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed (no need to peel) 1 large bunch of spinach, kale or […] Continue reading →

Peanut Butter Bars - the healthy version

If you like Reese’s chocolate peanut butter cups as much as I do, then I have good news for you: here is a super quick and healthy alternative that tastes at least as good without the harmful ingredients. Ingredients:  for the peanut butter base: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I used rye vita crisp bread – 100 % rye) 8 Tablespoons butter or organic coconut oil – melted (I used coconut oil) 1 cup icing sugar (I used half organic coconut blossom sugar and half erythritol) 1 […] Continue reading →

oat-cacao-truffels

This recipe is super quick if you have a power blender or good food processor. You can shape it into balls or press it into a baking tray and cut it into squares or bars once set. It is healthy, so excellent for guilt free snacking or great to offer your guests as an after dinner treat with tea and coffee. Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats (preferably organic, gluten free if necessary) 1 cup finely chopped, pitted dates 1/4 cup raw, organic cacao powder 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut or […] Continue reading →

seed-crackers

These crackers are dead easy to prepare without any equipment and are a great stand-by for those snack attacks. They are delicious on their own, but also go with dips, humus, vegan cheeses,  as an accompaniment to soups or salads, cheeses and even with sweet toppings. They are nutrient dense, providing ample essential fatty acids and are very satisfying – so much better and healthier than plain old potato crisps. Ingredients 200 g sunflower seeds 60 g flax seeds (coarsely crushed in […] Continue reading →

Kuerbisgemuese

My late mother-in-law Milli was a cooking and handicraft teacher. She often cooked traditional foods from the most eastern federal state in Austria, Burgenland (at the Hungarian border), where she lived all her life. Many dishes in that area have a strong Hungarian influence. But she was also ahead of her time, as long before it became fashionable, she started using whole grains instead of white wheat flour, to make meals more nutritious. Whenever Milli visited us in South Africa, she […] Continue reading →

IMG_20160513_184713

I got the original version of this recipe from my daughter Sara, who has a great collection of vegetarian cook books. I am proud to say that both my daughters have become really good cooks. We seem to have inherited this trait from  my grandmother on my mother’s side, who was always able to make the most delicious meals out of nothing. My mother (whose biggest hobby is cooking, even at age 85) told me that  in the WW II  and post-war years, when starvation was common in […] Continue reading →