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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Bun Cha with the Best Dipping Sauce Ever

Bun Cha are little meatballs served with noodles wrapped in lettuce and are a common Vietnamese street food.  I have never been to Vietnam, but if all food taste like this then I am going soon.  These little bites of heaven are a firm favourite in my repertoire of recipes.   Every time I make them, people love it and any ideas I may have had of leftovers go out the window.



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Coconut Milk Poached Chicken

I am sure there are many people out there, like me, who hate doing the dishes.  So, if you are short on time in the evening there is nothing better than a one-pot dinner.  Especially one that doesn’t require lots of prep, chopping and mixing.  Coconut Milk Poached Chicken is the perfect one-pot dinner.  Full on flavour, quick, easy, healthy and hardly any dishes! How good does that sound?


I got inspiration from the Woolworths Taste Magazine.  The poaching liquid was originally a dressing for a noodle and vegetable salad but I have had poached chicken on my mind for a while so adapted it to work with this dish.  It turned out even better than I could have hoped.   Continue reading “Coconut Milk Poached Chicken”

Cucumber Salad with Asian Dressing

It’s been a while since I have posted a recipe.  The last 3 weeks have been crazy! I have been to France and back and had the best time ever! Check out my Paris post of the best places I ate at.  After France I went up to the bush for a week to do some last minute field work for my thesis.

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Though I have to admit, it wasn’t all work and no play.  Doug and I relaxed a lot and caught up on some books and generally laziness.  But now I am back in Cape Town, ready to finish my thesis and get back into cooking, which I have missed. Continue reading “Cucumber Salad with Asian Dressing”

Chicken Satay

I have not posted in nearly a month! It’s been so busy since I came back from Mauritius.  Christmas was just around the corner and I had to plan and order food for 8 days in the Timbavati for 10 people over New Year.  Before I knew it it was a week into 2015 and I was back in Cape Town, ready to finish my thesis which is due in mid-February. IMG_5160 IMG_5167 Continue reading “Chicken Satay”

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

My little herb garden on my balcony is thriving! I only have mint, coriander and a chilli plant (the rocket never survived) but it is a start.  My chilli plant even has a few flowers so hopefully i will see some chilli’s soon.  One of the main reasons why I decided to do a herb garden is the amount of packaging grocery stores use to package herbs is amazing.  30 grams of basil, parsley or coriander comes in a plastic box, probably transported from across the country.  It seems like such as waste. IMG_4392

There is also nothing more satisfying than picking your own produce from your own garden.  Although I am only growing three things, it is a start and I have big plans for whenever I eventually move out of my flat and get a place with garden.  But for now, I am just going to expand my little balcony herb garden, with my next editions being parsley and basil.


Now, some exciting news.  I have finished my last exams EVER! Yay!  Such a great feeling waking up this morning and knowing that I don’t have to open any books and learning anything (until Monday when I have to start working on my thesis).   Continue reading “Asian Chicken Noodle Salad”