Green beans with pine nuts

Green beans should have a bright, strong colour, with crisp pods with a satin-like sheen. They should not look wilted, discoloured or brown. They are best eaten when young and tender. To More »

Lamb koftas in yogurt with cinnamon and chilli

Lamb koftas are one of the classics of Indian cuisine, well adopted by Westerners around the world. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, More »

Deep-fried zucchini flowers

Deep-fried zucchini flowers are Italian speciality and it becoming recently much wider popular. The flowers have a subtle flavour, reminiscent of young zucchinis, and can be eaten even raw. The flowers can More »

Croque senor

Croque senor is actually sandwich of Cheddar cheese and ham given a Mexican flavour with salsa of tomatoes, chilli and red pepper. It is a version of the croque-monsieur, that originated in French More »

Courgettes on garlic bread

Courgettes on garlic bread are delicious choice for quick lunch or light dinner, or even a party bite. Easy to make and with ingredients that may be found in any shop, this More »

 

Bobotie

Bobotie

Bobotie is a Cape Town specialty and one of South Africa’s best-known dishes, it generally consists of spiced meat—normally beef, sometimes lamb—mixed with chutney and tamarind paste and milk-soaked bread, poured into a dish, topped with a custard of egg and milk, and baked until it’s golden on top. The dish’s origins go back to the mid-17th century, when the first Malay slaves were brought to the Cape of Good Hope, and with them, their cooking. At the same time Dutch colonizers brought a taste for sweet things—hence the golden raisins mixed in with the meat; Indian immigrants, who began arriving in the late 19th century, contributed warming curry spices, giving rise to the classically Cape Malay balancing act between sour, spicy, sweet, and savory flavors that makes bobotie so satisfying. Often almonds are part of the recipe, and even bananas, but there are limits to what you can do and still call it bobotie.

Grilled kippers with lemon butter

Grilled kippers with lemon butter

A kipper is a whole herring, a small, oily fish, that has been split in butterfly fashion from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold smoked over smouldering woodchips (typically oak). “Cold smoked” fish, that have not been salted for preservation, need to be cooked before being eaten safely (they can be boiled, fried, grilled, jugged or roasted, for instance). “Kipper snacks,” (see below) are precooked and may be eaten without further preparation. In the United Kingdom, kippers are often served for breakfast, tea or dinner. In the United States, where kippers are less commonly eaten than in the UK, they are almost always sold as either canned “kipper snacks” or in jars found in the refrigerated foods section. As an oily fish high in Omega 3, kippers are quick and easy to cook, whether frozen, “in the bag” or chilled. They have been out of favour for decades, shunned by consumers as the breakfast of the war generation and difficult to eat – if easy to smell.

Warm mushroom salad

Warm mushroom salad

Warm mushroom salad with toasted walnuts and Stilton cheese is a real pleasure for everyone who loves a rich and delicate food. Hot, buttery mushrooms and baby spinach are tossed with garlic croûtes in this warm salad. The bread can be made ahead and then warmed through and topped with the garlic butter just before serving. Clean the mushrooms with the brush or wipe with damp kitchen paper.  Stilton cheese is made from pasteurised whole cows’ milk, it has a rich, piquant flavour and a moist, crumbly texture. Stilton is at its best between November and April. Blue Stilton should have a ivory-coloured interior with blue-green veining. More mature versions will have a mellow, creamier taste, and will be slightly darker yellow in colour. This is perfect salad that can be a light meal, accompanied by a nice fruity red wine.

Chocolate syrup cake

Chocolate syrup cake

This chocolate syrup cake is very simple, sweet dish that will satisfy any chocolate lover. It is perfectly sweet and it looks simple but elegant and delicious. A rich, moist cake drenched with the wonderful flavour of golden syrup. No  baking, no fuss, it is a perfect cake for any cooking beginner. Also it is a great solution if you are not sure what dessert to make. Excellent for any occasion – birthday parties, afternoon tea with friends and family, Valentine day or Christmas. The simplicity may be the best thing with this cake, but the decoration can be added with chocolate shavings, chocolate cream or even some crushed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.

Focus your diet on well being

Focus your diet on well being

You are what you eat. By eating a healthy diet, you will enjoy good health and an abundance of vitality. Naturally occurring foods contain all the nutrients that we require for continued good health, providing high energy levels, mental clarity, emotional balance and even disease prevention and longevity. Eating nutrient-rich foods provides optimum nutrition that will enchance your lifestyle and well being. Here are some really simple dietary changes that will have a positive effect upon your body and on the way that you feel. Make these changes for a great start.