Orange Polenta Cake with Chocolate Icing

I don’t really like cake.  I know, I am used to the look of shock on most peoples faces when I say that.  However, it is the truth.  Even as a young child, I always chose ice cream for my birthday over cake.IMG_4157  This is also coupled with the fact that I am a bang average baker, however I like the challenge of baking a cake so I am sure you will see more cakes in the future (successful or not). And the question of who is going to eat these cakes? Luckily I have a friend nearby who comes to taste test my cake attempts with me and she always leaves with at least 2 or 3 extra slices.  Doug is also a terrific eater so I can always count on him to have a couple of slices.

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Crispy Roast Lamb

A classic South African dish is Karoo Roast Lamb.  It is one of my favourite meats and is equally delicious hot out the oven or cold on a roast lamb sarmie. IMG_4066However, lamb has the highest greenhouse gas emissions followed by beef then cheese.  This is mainly because lamb is a ruminant animal that generates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, through the digestive process.  When buying meat it is important to consider what you are buying and how it can affect the planet. IMG_4079 Continue reading “Crispy Roast Lamb”

Summer “Green” Salad

I am so happy that summer has finally arrived in Cape Town! The days are getting longer and warmer, I can pack away my boots and coats and I can start making refreshing, tasty summer salads again!

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Many people slam salads for being boring, ‘rabbit’ or diet food or not fulling enough.  But, I totally disagree!  Salads can be a great meal or a side dish and you make so many varieties.   I recently made this Summer “Green” Salad.  It doesn’t contain any lettuce and is packed with green vegetables. Continue reading “Summer “Green” Salad”