Buckwheat Pancakes with an Orange & Cinnamon Butter Sauce

The weekends always seem to involve pancakes of some kind and these Buckwheat crepe style pancakes are a family favourite. I have always preferred the French style, lacy and crisp-edged style pancakes to the more doughy bouncy ones we tend to find in SA and I enjoy them with savoury fillings (smoked salmon, avo &…

Danish Apple Cake (Æblekage)

I don’t often cook food from my Danish heritage. Partly because my mother fell in love with the Middle East and my fathers culture and we were raised mostly with those exotic dishes and partly because I am not really a fan of pickled herring and mayonnaisey salads. Okay so maybe I am being a…

Whole Orange Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

This classic Passover dessert draws on the Sephardic traditions of the Mediterranean, Morocco and the Middle East. In this recipe whole oranges are boiled for two hours and then pureed skin and all making it quite an unusual but simple recipe. Not only is it incredibly moreish and moist, it is also gluten and dairy-free…

Apricot & Lemon Morrocan Chicken

Fewer dishes please me more than this one and I have made it more times than I care to mention. It is hands-down one of my favourite feast-like chicken dishes. It’s humble enough for a midweek family meal but also exotic and impressive enough to serve up to a discerning foodie crowd. It epitomises the…

Lentil & Herb Stuffed Vine Leaves (Dolmas)

Dolmas epitomise everything I love about Mediterranean food. Simple peasant-style fare that is often made using left-overs from other dishes in order not to waste, but doesn’t feel, look or taste like peasant food at all. I have always loved Dolmas, and some of my earliest vital memories of food are watching my grandmother stuff…

Banana & Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

We all know that starting the day with energy sets the tempo for your mood and brain power, but sometimes chewing through a hearty bowl of muesli or tackling a plate of scrambled eggs just feels like too much work. Especially those early morning school starts with my boys. I bought some very cute smoothie/shake…

Fluffy Protein Breakfast Pancakes

I am calling these pancakes but I guess REALLY they are hotcakes, and oat hotcakes at that. This recipe is so incredibly versatile and these little oaty fluffy bites work well with both savoury and sweet toppings depending on your preference. They happen to be gluten free (if you use GF oats) and really only…

Almond, Coconut & Cinnamon Toast

When I was sent a parcel of goodies from Crede containing their new Almond meal the first thing I started thinking about making was some cake/pastry sweet yumminess. But then I thought that instead it would be more useful to make something that would be more of a regular staple on the table than just…