Instructions for opening a young drinking coconut

Easy way of getting into a drinking coconut

You don’t need special tools or special skills to open a young drinking coconut – just a knife and a minute or so. Put the coconut on its side. Cut slices off the wide end until you see the ‘eyes’ – they look like bowling ball holes. You are only looking for the ‘soft’ eye,…

Yoda cake

It’s a Star Wars party!

Everything was Star Wars for Cameron’s fifth birthday party. The cake: Yoda, lime flavoured as requested by the birthday boy. I tried a white chocolate and fondant mix to cover the cake. It was nice, but it didn’t go that well with the lime cake (a white chocolate mud cake would be a perfect match…

Chewbacca cake

Easy Chewbacca birthday cake

If you need to make a quick but effective Star Wars cake, try something like this Chewbacca cake. It’s a rectangle cake, with the top corners rounded off. I covered  it with a chocolate butter cream (I used the Crabapple Bakery’s chocolate fudge frosting). It’s a simple outwards motion with a cake spatula or butter knife for…

Mee kola

Mee kola

I love food like this. I love how it reminds me of mum’s cooking, and the mix of Cambodian and Vietnamese elements (although it originates from Burma). Mee kola is not hard to make, but you need to have all the right ingredients. There are different ways to make mee kola, but it’s traditionally vegetarian.…

Cabbage and smoked sausage soup

Cabbage and smoked sausage soup

Ahh, the only redeeming thing about winter is the soups. Cabbage with a smoky sausage like rookworst makes for a fantastic soup. With some potato and beans, you have a one pot meal. Another delicious, cheap and easy option for a cold and hungry bunch. Something I might try next time is maybe some buttery…

Chicken tagine with couscous

Chicken (or lamb) tagine

Who doesn’t love something hot, saucy, steamy and exotic, especially on a cold night? When it comes to food, chicken tagine will do nicely. This is one of my favourite winter dishes. The flavours of preserved lemon, with spices like ginger and cardamom all slow cooked with chicken make it wonderfully exciting. This version of…

Pumpkin risotto with crispy sage

Pumpkin risotto with crispy sage

When you have pumpkin and you’ve had enough of making soup, try some pumpkin risotto. We usually have a whole lot of sage at this time of year also, so this version of pumpkin risotto is perfect for using what’s in season. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 Tbs olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 12…

Pumpkin and tomato soup

Pumpkin and tomato soup

A  pumpkin soup that’s cheap, delicious and filling. With a hint of tomato and curry powder, served with feta and pumpkin seeds for bursts of flavour, and crusty buttered rye bread makes it a more than a satisfying meal. The original recipe is from my mother-in-law who got it from a friend. I have tweaked…

Chocolate banana cake

Chocolate banana cake

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe, and it’s so fail proof and delicious that I’ve made it many times since. Even people who don’t like banana cake will like this chocolate banana cake. Don’t forget the icing – you can’t skip on that!   I’ve tweaked the recipe a little – you can use oil…