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 &…

Moroccan Orange & Lemon Roast Chicken

I think one of my earliest “pleasureful” memories of eating as a kid is one of eating roast chicken. My mother made the best, (of course) and it was a dish that brought us all together. I even remember her roasting a chicken and wrapping it in foil for long plane journeys so we could…

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes

These delectably spiced, soft and cloud like pancakes filled with butternut squash are (believe it or not!) originally from a northern area of Iran called Gilān. This area is quite close to Azerbaijan and the Turkish regions of Iran and has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere – it’s a place that often referred to…

Almond & Orange Delights

I guess this recipe could qualify as a florentine but not in the traditional sense as it has no butter in the recipe. The crisp texture and aromatic flavour of this delectable treat is redolent of the Middle East and its light enough to be enjoyed guilt free. They also happen to be gluten and…

Sabzi Kuku – Green Herb Frittata

Omelettes are often a forgotten meal – which is such a shame as they are so easy to make (my 13 year old is becoming an expert) and are really nutritious. A beautiful omelette packed with veg and other yummy morsels makes a perfect breakfast, brunch, quick lunch or even a simple supper – it’s…

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…

Prawn & Saffron Risotto

This is my favourite risotto hands down and the addition of these huge juicy prawns from Caught Online just took it to another level. Good quality prawns are not easy to find in Cape Town and I am often so disappointed with how the flesh falls to pieces when I am shelling them. These plump…

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…

Saffron & Prawn Fish Pie

Fewer foodie things offer more comfort then soft fluffy mash with a wholesome hearty filling, and with winter here and an apparent cold front with plenty of rain on the way I thought I would share my fish pie recipe with you all. Fish pie is of course quintessentially English but I have sneaked in…