beetroot falafel on toasted pita

beetroot falafel on toasted pita

Falafel in pita is one of my favourite street food snacks, and I adore the flavour of the aromatic chickpea balls slathered in sauce and packed into a toasty pita bread with tons of crunchy salad. Here I have added beetroot to the mix and popped it onto toasted mini pitas with a spicy mayo and slaw. Just like they do it at Lefty’s, my favourite dive bar in Cape Town. They do other dive bar food like ribs and fried chicken on waffles, but their beetroot falafel is by far my best.

beetroot falafel on toasted pita

I grated the beetroot in my Breville Whizz Pro because who wants to grate beetroot by hand. It took me about 10 seconds to do. I then swapped out the grater attachment with the blades and added all the other ingredients.  I had fried the onions before. I kept a third of the raw beetroot, and half a tin of chickpeas aside so that I could add it right at the end to give the falafel balls some texture. When everything was processed, I added the chickpeas and gave it a quick pulse. I then added the remaining beetroot and mixed it for a second and then removed the blade. A quick stir through by hand ensures that everything is incorporated. Continue Reading →

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mango split with passionfruit, berries and coconut

mango split with passionfruit, berries and coconut

Mangoes are in full season and I’m loving everything about them. Maybe I’m eating more than I normally do at this time of year, but I’m finding them extra delicious somehow. I made a mango, passionfruit and yoghurt brûlée recently which is a wonderful dessert or sweet treat at a brunch. Here I’ve made them into a split with vanilla ice cream, fresh berries, passionfruit, a drizzle of melted white chocolate and coconut shavings. Tropical fruity flavours with a scoop of decadence.

mango split with passionfruit, berries and coconut

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stout hot cross buns

stout hot cross buns

spiced stout hot cross buns

I adore hot cross buns and have always been quite happy to buy them. Admittedly, I am fussy about where I get them though, hot cross buns are not all made equal in the mainstream retail environment. I always try to find the extra fruity and spicy ones too.

That has now all changed. Continue Reading →

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lime marshmallows

lime marshmallows

The zesty lime flavour offsets the sweetness of these pillowy soft marshmallows perfectly making them utterly irresistable. Once you’ve started making your own, you will never want to eat a store-bought one again.

lime marshmallows

In my new cookbook - which has just been launched, I included a fabulous egg free recipe from my friend Meg Pascoe that is fool-proof and super easy to make. I have however always wanted to make one with egg whites and the idea of lime totally appealed to me.

It is essential to have a stand mixer to do all the beating, and my Breville 800 Class Stand Mixer totally rocks at this. It has a built-in timer so you can see exactly how long things are beating for and can stop and start accordingly. It also beats at a super high-speed to get the relevent aeration and cooling into the marshies. Continue Reading →

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orange cake with orange buttercream + my new cookbook + a give-away

Orange cake with orange buttercrem from Sweet - By Sam Linsell

I figured it was finally time to talk about my new cookbook since its busy rolling into stores around South Africa as I type . It’s very exciting. Less frightening than the first time I will admit, and I’m feeling proud and happy that I have put this body of work out there. Its called Sweet, and is loaded with delectable vanilla, caramel, chocolate and fruit treats. It’s also very close to my heart.

Sam Linsell Sweet

Sweet is a collection of recipes that swings the pendulum from desserts and puddings, across confectionary, to baked treats at the other end. I’ve tried to include a little bit of everything I love; to cover them all I would need a second (and probably a third) book! I have a chronic sweet tooth that has steered me towards my passion for baking and dessert making, both of which are a source of comfort and great pleasure in my life. Continue Reading →

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