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spicy buttercrunch brittle with roasted nuts

spicy buttercrunch brittle with roasted nuts

The lead up to Christmas is always the best time to make confectionary and sweet treats that can be packaged and given as gifts. With this recipe, I’ve taken my buttercrunch brittle with salted peanut recipe from my book Sweet and added the spice from my spicy caramel corn to give it that festive vibe. It was delicious. I used a mix of almonds, cashews, hazel and brazil nuts to make this a little more special but any nut of your choice will do.  Continue Reading →


spicy kale chips with tahini and sesame

kale chips with tanini and sesame seeds

So since I got back from my unbelievable trip to Israel in January, I’ve been all over tahini. It’s a stalwart ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine and it swings across the savoury and sweet spectrum with its bitter, nutty flavour. It’s a key component in hummus, the main part of halva and as far as I’m concerned we need to be using it a LOT more. With a consistency of runny nut butter, it really is fantastic to add to dips, sauces and desserts.  Continue Reading →


spicy pumpkin and apple cake with cream cheese and maple frosting

spicy pumpkin and apple cake with cream cheese and maple frosting

Its October and the food internet is awash with orange and everything pumpkin. It happens every year and I see recipes with pumpkin as an ingredient where it shouldn’t be an ingredient, but what can you do? It’s just a crazy mixed up time of year and I’m jumping straight onto that bandwagon to bring you this spicy pumpkin and apple cake with my favorite cream cheese buttercream frosting to which I’ve added just a hint of maple syrup. If you are wanting a stronger maple syrup flavour then I highly recommend this maple cream cheese frosting. Continue Reading →


baked yoghurt with spicy brandy oranges

baked yoghurt with spicy oranges

I was introduced to baked yoghurt at a recent lunch at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town and fell instantly head over heals in love. So simple and so creamy, I couldn’t believe this wonderous and super-simple recipe was not more widely adopted. Chef Harpreet Longani of the Bombay Brasserie restaurant – a fine dining Indian restaurant, gave us an inspiring cooking class before the lunch and her baked yoghurt dessert was our grand finale to end off the most delicious of meals.

Bombay Brasserie, Taj Hotel, Cape Town

I’ve wanted to learn how to cook Indian food for the longest time, it re-occured on my new years resolution list for so many years I finally gave up on it. It’s a cuisine I adore but feel intimidated by so this cooking class had me in raptures. Making our own breads, using a tandoor and then eating the most delicious curries. I was blown away by the incredible layers of flavour complexity out of this kitchen and I cannot wait to go back for more.

Here are a few of the pics from our lunch and class. Continue Reading →


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