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pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adpated from Donna Hay

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adapted from Donna Hay

There are times when you are cruising around the Internet and stumble across a recipe so enticing you simply have to make it as soon as possible. This actually happens to me ALL the time. I wasn’t on the internet as such but rather reading Donna Hays latest mag on my iPad which I subscribe to. She had me at halva and then pears, and then pecans, and the whole thing sounded so damn delicious I had to get busy. This pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans is absolutely phenomenal and a great base recipe to add a few tweaks to. Continue Reading →


pear and pickled butternut salad with goats cheese and honey pumpkin seeds

pear, pickled butternut and goats cheese salad with honey pumpkin seeds

I was given a box of beautiful Abate Fetel pears from Tru-Cape recently along with a card with this intriguing recipe. I had never tasted nor considered pickling butternut before so immediately wanted to give it a go.

pear, pickled butternut and goats cheese salad with honey pumpkin seeds

Lately I’ve been getting into more complex salad recipes with multiple ingredients, and I liked a lot of what was going on with this one. The pears were at their perfect ripeness, but still firm and very succulent. Continue Reading →


pear, blue cheese and walnut salad with a maple syrup vinaigrette

pear and blue cheese salad with a maple vinaigrette

This post has become my most well read post on Drizzle and Dip, and I simply could not leave it out of my cookbook which was published last year. This image is the image from the book.

Here is the post as it was originally published:

pear, blue cheese and walnut salad with a maple syrup vinaigrette

I would like to take this opportunity to honour the person that invented this salad, whoever you may be, because it is just perfect in its simplicity. I tried to google the origin of it, but was swamped with hundreds of recipes.

I had the pears, the walnuts and a lump of beautiful blue cheese and wanted to make something a bit different based on the fact that this is not new, and has been somewhat overdone, but it really is difficult to alter a dish that is already a symphony of flavour with lovely textural, crunchy bits.

beautiful crunchy texture in amongst salty and sweet

I decided to try a quick tortilla pizza bianco using these ingredients to see how that would work. And work, it most certainly did.

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easy tortilla pizza with blue cheese, pear, coppa and rocket


I got into making pizzas using tortilla’s as a base last year and find them to be the perfect way to get a pizza fix in a hurry.  I always have flour tortillas on hand either in my cupboard or in my freezer, so within 10 minutes you can knock up a delicious snack.  The thinner base means you just need a light smattering of toppings so there is none of the heavy, stodginess of an ordinary pizza base, but all the taste.


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oats with apple, pear, cinnamon and maple syrup

oats with pear, apple, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup

As the chilly temperatures arrive in Cape Town and the rain comes down, I start looking for the comfort of hot oats for breakfast. Low in GI and considered a super food, I really notice that when I eat them, my hunger is abated for that little bit longer. This is a real plus because in winter I seem to wonder around in a permanent state of hunger.

a warm and comforting winter breakfast

I’m quite partial to adding things to my oats and have enjoyed a shot of whiskey in them before. Honey, seeds, stewed fruit and banana’s are a regular feature, but this time I wanted to cook the fruit into them. So to my portion of oats that I was making (aprox 1 1 /2 cups) I grated an apple and a pear and mixed these in about 5 minutes into the cooking time. Remember to include a pinch of salt, and keep adding boiling water as you go, stirring it almost all the time. I then added about 1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract just before they were ready.  Continue Reading →


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