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 &…

Seven Vegetable Couscous – Couscous Bidaoui

This is such a showstopping dish and although there are several parts to it, it is simple enough to make. The Tfaya topping is optional but recommended and the couscous itself can be made 10 minutes before serving. Please read the instructions thoroughly first here so you know the stages and process. There are no…

Muhammara – Syrian Red Pepper Dip

This flavoursome roasted red pepper dip originally from the Levant is enjoyed across the Middle East and is naturally vegan and a wonderful alternative to the usual hummus. It’s great as part of a mezze feast or addition to a BBQ or even as a starter with some warmed pitta or fatbreads. Everyone is always…

Flavourbomb Salad

I have been on the search for the perfect salad for a while – one that ticks all the boxes of texture and taste and is a veritable party in your mouth. Despite the fact we are going into winter I still enjoy a nice crunchy and crispy salad to accompany a stew or pie…

Kalam polo – Persian fragrant pilaf with cabbage & lamb

Kalam polo is a type of delicious Persian rice pilaf originating from Shiraz.  Kalam means cabbage and polo is rice in Farsi hence the title “Kalam Polo” however it often contains meat of some kind. Like many Persian recipes there are many different versions of this dish which are all equally as tasty. Sometimes even…

Lemon & Olive Chicken Tagine

A Tagine is a Moroccan stew that is cooked and served in a “Tagine” which is where it gets its name from. It doesn’t mean you need to have a Tagine to make one – a decent heavy based saucepan will do – however I feel that clay material that a tagine is made from…

Tuscan Kale Salad

Kale is one of those vegetables that you know you are supposed to eat – being so nutritious and all – but you don’t necessarily look forward to it. However this recipe will allow you to wear your healthy eating halo and for your tastebuds to dance simultaneously! The combination of the sharp italian hard…

Fragrant Coconut Dhal

This dhal is one of the most comforting, economical and delicious dishes I know of and we enjoy it almost every week. Dhal is a ubiquitous term for a dish that can look completely different depending on where in India you might eat it and each state in India has its favourite version. While all…

Saag Paneer

Paneer is a type of fresh cheese used often in Indian & Afgan cooking and which is happily much more readily available these days! It is made in a similar way to ricotta and then pressed into a slab so it’s a light and healthy way to get protein into your diet. It is often…