Buckwheat Salad

500 grams Raw Buckwheat (Kasha) 8-10 Button Mushrooms (thinly sliced) 2 Large Brown Onions (thinly sliced) 700 grams Japanese Pumpkin (Kent Pumpkin) 100 grams of Baby Spinach 7 Cups of Vegetable Stock Extra Virgin Olive Oil (4-5 tablespoons) Salt & Pepper to taste Serves:                  8-10 Preparation Time:   1 hour (approximately) Wash and pat dry the… Continue reading Buckwheat Salad

Pariser Salad

300grams Sliced Pariser 1/2 Small Spanish Onion (finely chopped) 2 Small Gherkins (finely chopped) 1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh Dill 2 Tablespoons of good quality Mayonnaise 2 Tablespoons of Yoghurt Juice of 1/2 Lemon Salt & Pepper to taste Serves:   4 Preparation time:   15-20 minutes Slice the Pariser into small pieces and place… Continue reading Pariser Salad


A classic Italian dessert which translates into pick me up.  This wonderful dessert can be served in a serving bowl or individual glasses. 250 gram pack of Savoiardi biscuits (Sponge finger biscuits) 250 grams Marscapone Cheese (very soft Italian cream cheese) 1/2 cup Castor Sugar 4 eggs (separated) 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence 5 cups… Continue reading Tiramisu

Date, Chocolate & Coconut Balls

These are easy treats to make and require no cooking. 1 Cup of Almond Meal 1 Cup of Pitted Dates 4 Pitted Prunes 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 1/3 Cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 1/3 Teaspoon of orange zest 2/3 Cup of Dessicated Coconut Preparation… Continue reading Date, Chocolate & Coconut Balls

Simple Tomato Salad With Basil

2 punnets of Cherry Tomatoes (Red & Yellow) 1/2 cup of Basil leaves thinly sliced 2-3 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 3-4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt & Pepper to taste Preparation Time:  10-15 minutes Serves:  4  (As an accompaniment with meat) Wash and drain the Cherry Tomatoes.  Cut them in half and… Continue reading Simple Tomato Salad With Basil

Eggplant Parmigiana

This is one of my familie’s favourite Italian dishes.  It can be served hot or at room temperature.  Goes wonderfully well with crusty Italian bread. 3 Eggplants (thinly sliced lengthways) 1 cup of Olive Oil (for frying) 300 grams of Tomato Paste 1/2 cup of  Marjoram 1 Spanish Onion (finely chopped) 1 clove Garlic (finely… Continue reading Eggplant Parmigiana

Simple Christmas Gifts

For so many of us it can be a burden when it comes to Christmas as to what to give to family, friends, neighbours, teachers and the list goes on. I enjoy making something rather than buying from the shop/stores.  These items do not have to be expensive to put together however, they can be… Continue reading Simple Christmas Gifts

Thai Chicken & Peanut Mini Burgers

I made these wonderful mini burgers for my friend’s 60th birthday party. They have a wonderful fresh spicy flavour and I served them with a peanut sauce which works well and infuses all the aromatic Thai ingredients. Ingredients 500 grams of mince chicken 1/2 cup toasted peanuts (chopped) 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 2 Kaffir Lime Leaves… Continue reading Thai Chicken & Peanut Mini Burgers

Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls  make a great  snack, easy lunch or you may wish to serve them as a starter, when friends drop in.  They are light and easy to eat and you won’t be stopping at just one. 150 grams Rice Paper Wrappers (1 pack) 1 Cooked Chicken Breast (thinly sliced) 1/2 Continental Cucumber (thinly… Continue reading Rice Paper Rolls

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is a wonderful rich chocolate cake that can be dressed up as a dessert for a dinner party or simply enjoyed as a treat. Preparation Time:      20-30 minutes Cooking Time:      45-50 minutes Serves:     10-12 people 250 Grams Unsalted Butter 375 Grams Dark Cooking Chocolate (Buttons) 7 Eggs  (separated) 1 Teaspoon… Continue reading Flourless Chocolate Cake