Simple, Adaptable Tomato Sauce Recipe

This is the kind of recipe that is perfect if you have a glut of tomatoes. I highly recommend making a lot of it and freezing batches as it’s easy to adapt for different uses. The biggest thing with this recipe is to cook it low and slow – it tastes way better if you…

Lavender Earl Grey Shortbread Biscuits!

Everything I love – lavender, Earl Grey, vanilla PLUS easy to make – all in one tasty, shortbready biscuit. Yes please! Note: the dough needs to sit in the fridge for 1/2 an hour, so factor this in to your timing, but the prep and baking time is minimal. You’ll also need a food processor,…

Crispy Outside Soft Inside Roast Potato Recipe

There seem to be a million different suggestions for how to make good roast potatoes. These worked out really well for Christmas, and I reckon will make an excellent side dish for any dinner party or event or a cold night that needs some carb crayness. Ingredients peeled potatoes (I used yellow flesh; one potato…

Fancy but Easy Roasted Eggplant & Shallot Parmesan Galette

Impress your friends! Satisfy your tastebuds! Wow the in-laws! With just one easy recipe! 🙂 For Christmas, I adapted a recipe for a butternut sage galette (galette = essentially a “rustic” pie) and made a different filling using roast eggplant and tomato, with shallots. Because that’s how I roll. It was my first proper time…

Wintery Red Kidney Bean & Veggie Soup Recipe

This is an excellent winter recipe (if I may say so myself). It’s so easy because you can pretty much add any veggies you like AND when you get sick of it as soup, you can thicken it up and make a stew out of it. You can also make a large amount or small…

Never-Fail Risotto with Peppers & Pine Nuts

I think the reason risotto is an Italian dish is that it takes the patience and stirring power of a small Italian grandmother to get it right. However, this never-fail risotto recipe is surprisingly easy and quick, even without said Italian granny. It’s also super easy to adapt depending on your taste in veggies. I…

Roasted Eggplant & Red Pepper Tostadas

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy appetizer recipe, look no further. This tostada recipe is very similar to a bruschetta but I find it more tasty. The best part, though,  (besides the rave reviews you’ll get from hungry devourers) is that it is very quick to make and can be made the…

Dad’s Sinfully Delicious Raspberry Lemon Tart Recipe

One of the best things about some recipes is how you end up with maximum bang for your buck. This is a recipe that is sinfully delicious but incredibly easy to make, doesn’t require any baking, and has very few ingredients.  Perfect for holiday entertaining for sure. Note: The base of this as well as…

Granny Nel’s Ginger Biscuits

I remember making these often with my dad (and of course getting to lick the bowl). Preheat the oven to 180°C/350ºF. Mix together: 150-176g butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 unbeaten egg 2 table spoons golden syrup Sift and then stir in: 2 cups cake flour 2 tsps baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp…

Banana Butterscotch Pecan Muffin Recipe. Yeah.

I gussied up a recipe that is an old favourite (banana choc chip muffins) with butterscotch chips and crushed pecans. It’s as good as it sounds, if not better… Ingredients 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of…