Mushroom Bourguignon

Today is Mandela Day, where we celebrate the life of the great man and spend 67 minutes giving back to those in need. I spent the day planting a food garden for a educare centre in Masiphumelele. The WWF Interns (myself included) organised the day and together with all the amazing volunteers we managed to plant turnips, beetroot, spinach, cauliflower and carrots. Mint and marigolds were used as natural pest repellents and the volunteers went over and above and fixed the broken fence around the property. We also played some educational games with the kids, teaching them about nutrition and healthy eating.

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Chipotle Adobo Steak Tacos

Following on from my last post about guacamole, my post today is about tacos! Specifically steak tacos and probably not authentic at all, but delicious none the less. The flavours of Mexican food are some of my favourite – spicy from chillies, fresh from coriander, lime and tomato and creamy from a dollop or two of sour cream.

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The key ingredient in this recipe is Chipotle in Adobo. Difficult to find in South Africa but luckily I stumbled across El Burro’s chipotle in adobo on YuppieChef.

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Chipotle in adobo is a smoky, spicy sauce with juicy chillies – so yum! In this recipe, it is  blended up the adobo and is used as sauce/marinade for the steak. These tacos are obviously accompanied by salsa, guacamole and refried beans! Continue reading “Chipotle Adobo Steak Tacos”

Rainbow Noodle Salad with Mapled Chicken

I am a huge vegetable fan and I love the rainbow on my plate. When I saw this recipe the colours really caught my eye! In fact, the whole recipe book, called Bowl + Spoon, is filled with colourful, vegetable packed recipes. I think I cooked 5 things out of it in 2 weeks.

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I did however change this recipe to suit my pantry and taste. The original recipe uses tofu instead of chicken. I am not a huge fan of tofu, so this swop was essential! However, if you are vegetarian or vegan the recipes uses 400g of extra-firm tofu. The dressing for the salad also calls for yellow miso – unfortunately I couldn’t find yellow miso, or miso in general, for that matter in the shops (though I have bought it from Pick ‘n Pay since and I have seen in Woolworths), so I just left it out of the dressing.

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Poached Chicken Broth with Spring Greens

Pinch of Salt is now back! After a hiatus due to the fact that I ran out of space on the free version of WordPress and then the exchange rate rocketed up to over R16 to the dollar, things have not been posted. But now I am back with lots of good food to come!

I got this amazing new cookbook for my birthday, In the Mood for Healthy Mood. It has such delicious recipes, with lots of vegetables! The first thing, I tried out the book was this poached chicken soup.

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Shakshouka with Baby Marrow

About 2 weeks ago I was in London for a short trip. I haven’t been to London in about 10 years so it was great to go back and it was during the Rugby World Cup so there was a great atmosphere! I was also super excited to try some new and different restaurants, the food scene in London is very exciting.

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 My first stop was the Borough Market, which was so good I went back for a second time. The produce, meat, cheese and seafood there is amazing and the small stalls sell delicious food. I had the best scotch egg I have ever had with crispy perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. Continue reading “Shakshouka with Baby Marrow”

Lemon-thyme Roast Chicken Salad with Red Pepper Pesto-Tomato Dressing

Pinch of Salt is now a year old! Can’t believe how quickly the last year has flown by! I know haven’t posted in a while, the last month or so have been so incredibly busy!

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Doug and I did a long weekend road trip to a wedding in the Karoo, I have been to London and back, I turned 25 (EEK!) and I hosted a Cuppa for Cansa (http://www.cuppa.org.za).

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The Cuppa for Cansa is an amazing event where individuals  or organisations can host a ‘cuppa’ to raise money for the CANSA foundation! There was so panic just before everyone arrived because I was still prepping food and cooking bran muffins in the oven but everything went off smoothly. I am so proud to say the Cuppa I host raised over R 4 000! So a big thanks to everyone who donated! Continue reading “Lemon-thyme Roast Chicken Salad with Red Pepper Pesto-Tomato Dressing”

Lamb and Haloumi Salad

Two weekends ago I went to a kitchen tea in Stellenbosch. We went to Clos Malverne Wine farm for a wine and ice cream tasting, two of my favourite things. The  ice creams came in such interesting flavour combinations: beetroot ice cream with  candied nuts, rosemary and dark chocolate with prune and guava.

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Very UnAuthentic Pad Thai

Last week Doug and I, with a few friends, went to the Elgin Barn Dance for a long night of Line Dancing (there is a move called the Dosey Doe haha) and drinking good wine! The next day, we made the best breakfast to have after a big night out – Egg and Bacon Rolls! YUM!!

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Warm Winter Salad

Winter hit Cape Town this weekend, it is absolutely freezing cold (there is definitely snow somewhere).  Although a stew or curry can cure the winter blues, I do tend to crave vegetables.  Salad is such an uninspiring meal to make during the cold months – cold lettuce, cold cucumber, cold feta….its all too summery and conducive to hot, sunny day.

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Tomato-Tamarind Fish Curry

I love fish, it is one of my favourite meats.  But fresh fish can be super expensive and unfortunately I don’t have it has often I as would like (which would be like 4 times a week).  Frozen fish is slightly more affordable, but it doesn’t taste nearly as good as a piece of fresh fish.  However frozen fish works really well in curries and stews.

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