• Lime and Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf
    Lifestyle

    Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf

    If you are looking for ways to incorporate spelt flour into your baking, this Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf is a great place to start. Traditionally, the flavour that we all know from muffins is lemon and poppy seed, but limes are in season at the moment and so I decided to substitute the lemon with lime instead. The flavour the limes gave the loaf was slightly tart, but still sweet, and I think it helped make it quite a bit more tender during the baking process. What is Spelt Flour? Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, flavour that’s…

  • creamy tom yum soup
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Inspired by Street Food Netflix: Creamy Tom Yum Soup

    Over the weekend, I posted a picture of a Creamy Tom Yum soup I made after feeling inspired by Street Food Netflix and a lot of you guys asked for the recipe so, here it is. In case you didn’t see the post, Shaun and I were watching the first episode and were momentarily transported back to Thailand, as we watched the life & success of superstar Street Food Chef, Jay Fai. As the only street food eatery to be awarded a Michelin Star in the inaugural Bangkok Michelin Guide 2018, the no-frills street side venue has since catapulted to culinary fame for its crab omelette and drunken noodles. If…

  • Gluten Free

    French Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Mother’s Day is around the corner and I have another recipe for you to try out – Annie Bell’s French Flourless Chocolate Cake. This recipe from Annie Bell can be found in one of my favourite cooking books given to me by my sister many years ago, called the Baking Bible. Obviously, I am keen to try any alternative recipes available, especially those that are free from flour, with this one being no exception. You only need a few ingredients to make this fudgy cake, including butter, eggs, chocolate, coffee and caster sugar. French & Flourless Chocolate Cake Flourless chocolate cakes don’t tend to vary much in the ingredient department:…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    What to do in Clarens, Free State

    Today’s travel post is all about what to do in Clarens in the Free state. One of my favourite little towns in South Africa, Clarens is located between Bethlehem and Harrismith and is aptly titled ‘the Gem of the Free State’. Situated at the foothill of the Maloti Mountain, the location has pristine dams, rivers and streams, ideal for fly fishing which is, of course, (for Shaun and his dad) one of the major reasons we headed there… Our 4-day stay break split up into two stays –  Clarens on Collett and Sediba Lodge. Clarens on Collett Offering mountain views and crisp fresh air, Clarens on Collett has accommodation conveniently…

  • Mother's Day Quinoa Salad
    Gluten Free

    Mother’s Day Quinoa Salad

    This is a healthy recipe for my Mother’s Day Quinoa Salad. This salad combines’ protein-rich red quinoa, soft butternut, sweet cranberries, fresh coriander and pumpkin seeds, all brought together by a balsamic and maple vinaigrette. If you have not tried quinoa before, now is your chance as The Refillery stocks both the original and the red quinoa. Cooking with Red Quinoa Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. Red quinoa has an earthy and fruity flavour and it retains its shape even after cooking, making it ideal for use in cold salad recipes.…

  • Lifestyle

    Win a LUXURY dress fitting at The Wedding Boutique

    Want to win a luxury dress fitting experience at The Wedding Boutique in Sandton? Then read on… So, if you don’t know yet, I am getting married this year in November and in true Cat style, I have pretty much organised most of the wedding and its only May 🤣 Thing is, although I might sound like Monica from Friends, with a clipboard and a flip-file of cut out images of my dream wedding, I am not like that at all. I am pretty good at organising, but that’s about as far as it goes – I had no clue what my dream wedding would look like. So, Shaun and…

  • Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup

    This Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup is, as the name suggests, made with leafy, vitamin-rich swiss chard. A relative of beetroot, it’s high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. I find this leafy vegetable much easier to stomach than Kale, so I decided to use it in soup. My mom and stepfather Gerry have been visiting us since Easter and yesterday he got a very painful abscess. It is so bad that it has given him a fever! Luckily enough he was able to get an emergency appointment at the dentist, but the tooth had to be removed. He isn’t able to…

  • } Creamy Tomato Butter ‘Chicken’ Curry
    Vegan

    {Vegan} Creamy Tomato Butter ‘Chicken’ Curry

    Autumn is here there is a chill in the air and warm comfort food is a must. I am serving up this delish #MeatFreeMonday dish using ZZ2 Classic Round Tomatoes. The hearty and warming meal is packed with all the spices and flavours that go into a butter chicken, but without using any chicken. I think it is as good as the original dish. 😁 Usually, the sauce for butter chicken is loaded with butter and cream, but this version uses coconut milk, as it is a dairy-free alternative. Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil help to give this dish a creamy luxurious texture, further complemented by the use of ripe,…

  • Dairy Free

    Dairy-Free Ice Cream with Speckled Eggs

    Its the LONG weekend and I knew I had to get this Dairy-Free Ice Cream with Speckled Eggs recipe up just in time to celebrate Easter! This recipe uses an ice-cream machine and the one I have is a Krupps that I purchased from Yuppiechef a while back. What if I don’t have an ice cream machine? If you don’t have an ice cream maker, the other option is to freeze the ice cream and in intervals, remove and whisk vigorously. So once transferred to a container, place in the freezer, take it out every 45 minutes and whisk to make the mixture light and fluffy. Use an electric mixer if…

  • Lifestyle

    Eat Together at Plaka Restaurant 💙

    Have you ever visited Plaka? This Greek restaurant franchise is no newbie and has been around since 1993 and in that time, come to be known as one of the most authentic Greek restaurants in our city. Plaka’s namesake village Named after the famous village of Plaka in Athens, the restaurant takes a fresh approach to the best of traditional Greek dishes. While I haven’t yet been to Greece, it most definitely is on the bucket list for future travel plans. When I think of Greece, I think of blue and white houses, irresistible food, strong coffee, sweet biscuits, ancient ruins and high-spirited people. It is no secret that the…

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