Basic Crepes

A lot of my recipes are scribbles on tiny pieces of paper. Usually a list of ingredients and not much else. Then there are a handful of recipes buried in the depths of my brain, somewhere. This filing system includes nothing more than ingredients coming together until they ‘feel’ right. This happens to be one…

Apple Pie Pancakes / Crepes

I have spent years refining the fillings for our pancakes (aka crepes) on Pancake Tuesday. I like to have a few savoury and some sweet, in addition to the usual lemon with sugar, cinnamon sugar and nutella with bananas which seem to be mandatory. Usually I like to have some sautéed mushrooms or sautéed spinach. I have…

Curried Meatloaf – Bobotie (South African Meatloaf)

When I was growing up, we were the kids who ate ‘different’ food. It wasn’t something I noticed or cared about, until we would have a friend for dinner and they would refuse to eat anything. Not even try it. In turn, I would go to their houses and have what I could call very…

Stuffed Peppers

Lately I have been on a quest to find some side dishes to accompany our main for dinner. I wanted something relatively easy to prepare in advance and didn’t include the usual meat filling. With our lives being incredibly busy at the moment, I am trying to simplify my life and as such, simplify the…

Açai Coco Smoothie

Not unlike so many others, I am still in a state of extreme like when it comes to açai. I have it as often as I can – which is not often enough I must add! I love berries and this just pulls them together so well.  Whilst the smoothie bowls are certainly my preferred…

Almond Jam Bars

Breakfast is quite easily the most challenging meal of the day for me. I am not overly keen on packaged cereals, which really limits the healthier options when you are in a rush. And I seem to be in a rush most mornings, these days. I am always on the look out for recipes the…

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Ever since my kids started sneaking Nakd Bars in the night and wee hours of the morning, I have been a little obsessed with finding worthy recipes to make at home. (Rosanna’s Kitchen has a great recipe) Thankfully we have been buying them in bulk packages, but you would be amazed how often I reach…

Crepes with Shrimp & Watercress

This recipe might be a little retro, but trust me it is worth being revisited again, and again. It is an obvious one for the upcoming Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday for all those inclined) in February – one of my favourite days ever! In fact, I cannot believe I lived so many years not…

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

Across the street from my parents place in Canada, is an Italian deli & cafe. They have a great selection of foods, but one of their most popular is the Banana Macadamia Nut Muffin. So much so, my parents have been on at me to make something similar for ages. This is quite the big…

Lentil & Bean Chilli

A few years ago, around this time of year, I planned a birthday get together with a group of mixed friends. I say mixed in the nicest way. I was relatively new to Edinburgh at the time and had developed friendships with different sets of friends from the different aspects of my life. As a…

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Things have been a little chaotic for us lately. Usually, the time between September and the build up to Christmas fills up surprisingly fast, and then suddenly we are thrust into full on Christmas preparation. Now, I love Christmas and all the fuss and baking, eating, and indulgence that comes with it. It is actually…

Chocolate Dipped Cardamom Fudge 

Cardamom is one of those spices I find quite polarizing. Most people either love it or hate it. I first tried it in a dish my mother used to make called Rasmalai. An Indian dish of sweet cheese balls served with a rich, flavoured milk. My diligent mother would make everything from scratch, even the…