Party Popcorn Treats

These popcorn treats are so easy to make and a delicious snack or party treat. Ingredients 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn 3 Tbsp salted butter 4 cups mini marshmallows 1 cup M&M’s or similar 1 cup of jelly tots or similar ½ cup sprinkles Method Pop 10 cups of popcorn and salt liberally. Line a…

Carrot and pecan cake with orange icing

This is my sister Mella’s most favourite cake of all and we make it all the time! Ingredients 1 cup of caster sugar 3 eggs 1½ cups flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarb ½ tsp salt 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ cup sunflower oil 2 cups of finely grated carrots…

Marmalade Loaf with Orange glaze

This beautiful, moist orangey cake with chunky marmalade is so delicious! Ingredients 150 g Unsalted butter, softened (Plus extra for greasing) 100 g caster sugar 100 g light brown sugar Zest of 2 oranges Juice from ½ orange (Reserve the remaining juice to use in the icing) 3 large eggs ¼ tsp salt 75 g…

Salted peanut butter ice-cream with home-made sugar cones

(Makes 1,5 liters of ice cream and 8 sugar cones) For the peanut butter ice-cream Ingredients 500 ml cream 500 ml milk 250 ml granulated white sugar 125 ml unsweetened peanut butter 5 ml vanilla paste 5 large egg yolks 5 ml freshly ground salt Method Chill your ice-cream maker bowl in the freezer for…

Classic salty-sweet Peanut Brittle

This recipe is so quick and easy to make. Delicious served as a dessert with coffee or tea, or a midday snack. You’ll have the kids queuing for more at your next Cake and Candy sale.   Ingredients Soft unsalted butter to grease the baking sheet 2 cups sugar ¼ cup water Pinch salt 1…

Pink salmon and tomato bisque

This delicious soup is very quick and easy to prepare but makes a great impression as a starter for any formal dinner party as well.

Pavlova

This recipe is one of my Aunty Judy’s and a firm family favourite. We often make it as dessert on a warm day for our South African Christmas lunch.

Orange and thyme Madeleines

There are many different variations on the basic madeleine recipe. My sister’s madeleines are almond flavoured with a tangy orange and thyme syrup drizzled over them.

Healthy apple muffins

These deliciously healthy apple and cinnamon muffins taste just like apple crumble. Perfect for leftover apples and a healthy snack.

Tiramisu

The word tiramisu means ‘cheer me up’ and how appropriate – I love this traditional italian layered dessert with a rich coffee flavour.

Green pea soup

This vibrant green pea soup is one of my favourites and it’s so easy to make. Perfect for all seasons.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Another family favourite and the perfect addition to any tea. My mom and I both love lemons and this lemon meringue pie recipe lets the lemony flavour come through

Chocolate cake

For all the chocolate cake lovers out there, this is so easy and so delicious. With the perfect texture and flavour balance – this recipe is a family favourite – original recipe from my Granny Hazel

Classic orange baked pudding:

This simple, comforting, baked citrus pudding is more often found using lemons but my mom makes a delicious orange version…

Chocolate log dessert

We often make this lovely dessert over the festive season – adapted from a recipe from Janet Roche

Judy’s crunchies

This is a delicious crunchie recipe from my aunt Judy – the perfect tea time snack and very much a family recipe.

Buckwheat and Chia bread

This healthy loaf is gluten-free and made from a blend of whole raw buckwheat groats and whole chia seed. It has a similar texture to rye bread.

Healthy chicken pie

If you are a fan of chicken pie, this hearty and delicious recipe is a new favourite – simple and easy, it leaves you wanting more

Sweet potato muffins

The delicious but healthy muffins by Jamie Oliver are made with my favourite ingredient – superfood sweet potato.

South African milk tart

A wonderful traditional milk tart recipe given to my mom by her friend, Sharon Spiers – absolutely delicious and easy to prepare.

Sugar cookies

A delicious and easy recipe for sugar cookies from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book – perfect for Valentines, birthdays, baby showers or Christmas…

Savoury mince

There must be something about a mom’s savoury mince. Phil won’t order this in a restaurant because his mom’s is the best and equally my mom’s mince is my absolute best which she always has on hand to welcome me home

Bobotie

This is my ouma’s recipe from Bobotie – a traditional South African Cape Malay dish with wonderful flavours.

Basil pesto

My mom’s fresh basil pesto – the perfect addition to any pasta or antipasti platter or as a topping to chicken, fish, pizza or bruschetta.

Oven-roast potatoes

Lovely as a side-dish with a roast or a braai, these potatoes are rather famous…

Caramel Sauce and salted caramels

Caramel is my weakness. Use this recipe for a delicious sauce to drizzle around chocolate puddings or over your favourite ice cream or for mouth watering, firm caramels to serve as after dinner treats.

Date and pecan nut tipsy tart

This “Tipsy Tart” is an old family recipe passed down the generations by my Granny Hazel and is basically a pecan nut and date tart with a rich orange brandied sauce.

Butternut and Orange salad with crispy bacon

This lovely, vibrant, fresh salad has delicious flavours of roasted butternut, orange segments, pine nuts and crispy bacon tossed in baby green salad leaves and served with a tangy orange vinaigrette dressing.

Duck l’Orange

Duck l’orange is on of my all time favourite meals and although I’m biased, my mom does make a delicious version and it’s easier than you think…