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,…

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins!!

I can’t even begin to describe how sinfully delicious and moist these are. And just think, they have vegetables in them, so they must be good for you, right? Ingredients (makes 12) 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 tsp baking soda/bicarb 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2…

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic & Butter

Because I currently have an abundance of amazing fresh veggies from our garden, I’ve been making various side dishes and experimenting with different ways to prepare the same veggies. My new favourite side dish is sauteed chard. It’s super quick and works well with anything. I’ve had it with zucchini and corn fritters, fish, and…

Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Red Kidney Beans

What do you do when you end up growing zucchinis this size? Why, you make zucchini and corn fritters of course (and double chocolate zucchini muffins, but that’s for another post)! Ingredients (for fritters): 2 cups shredded/grated zukes (probably 1 1/2 large zukes) 1 small can whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup all purpose flour…

Easy Peasy Mac & Cheesy

Looking for comfort food? Look no further. This is a super easy dish that also makes excellent left overs. Ingredients macaroni noodles 1 jar alfredo sauce (I like a roasted garlic one) dash of milk 2 cups grated cheese (a mix of cheddar and mozarella is good) garlic salt pepper to taste Method Boil the…

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…

Kitchen Essentials: “Pantry” Must-Haves & Recipe Suggestions

So unlike Gwyneth Paltrow, I won’t suggest you stock up on rare Norwegian quail’s teeth or free range zebra livers, or whatever outrageous kitchen “staple” she suggests for her recipes, but here are a few of my kitchen pantry must-haves. And by pantry, I mean kitchen cupboard, the freezer, and/or  the vegetable drawer… canned tomatoes (make…

Easy Peasy 2-in-1 Vegan Stew/Soup

Yeah, yeah, we all have one – that vegan friend who you’re terrified to invite for dinner lest you accidentally slip them some animal byproduct like tripe. Well fear no more, friend of the vegan! Here’s a super easy vegan stew that is ridiculously good, quick, and sure to impress. Ingredients olive oil 1/2 red…

Advice for When Cooking in the Rain.

Don’t.    Camping in the rain makes me miserable, and trying to cook under these circumstances is just plain horrible. My solution: don’t cook. Simply get enough food that you can eat cold – cream cheese lasts unrefrigerated for a few days if it’s mild and you’re without a cooler; most grocery stores have pre-made salads…

Redonkulously Healthy Quinoa Salad with Black Beans Recipe

My adaptation today is from the Eat Yourself Skinny blog and is my version of their Summer Quinoa Salad. As usual, I decided to make something before I’d really double-checked if I had everything and so I adapted as I went. My own version of the recipe is lovingly recorded below. Ingredients 1 cup quinoa (cooked…