Sweet Corn Salsa and a Fried Egg

During the week breakfast is normally a rushed affair –  a quick bowl of oats, a smoothie or an egg of sorts. However, when the weekend comes I like to take my time over breakfast. It becomes a real leisurely affair.I enjoy the process of making a great breakfast on the weekend (though normally it is closer to bunch) – no rushing to work or gulping down a cup of coffee. Doug and I often freshly squeeze some orange juice and if the weather is good we sit out side in the morning sun. On Sundays we often make Doug’s famous crumpets or pancakes.

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Guacamole

There are very few people in the world who don’t like avocado, and the only benefit of knowing people who don’t love this creamy, green delight of a fruit is that there is more for you!

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Guacamole, is obviously a firm favourite for most avocado lovers. It is amazing on basically  everything ranging from Mexican tacos, toast, nachos to roast veg. My guacamole recipe has been evolving over time. A friend from Texas gave a few pointers (cayenne pepper and white pepper) and I adjusted it according to my tastes (limes juice definitely over lemon juice or other vinegars). Continue reading “Guacamole”

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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Tomato and Caper Salad

A Caprese salad is honestly one of my best things to eat, combing some of my favourite ingredients, flavours and cuisine.  Tomato and basil are obviously a classic combination and, unless you are a vegan, I doubt there is a person in the world who doesn’t like mozzarella. When I say mozzarella, I mean proper buffalo mozzarella in the whey, not that hard, tasteless stuff that comes in block like cheddar from a supermarket.

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In an attempt to retain to last vestiges of summer and coax the warm weather back to Cape Town (it worked a bit because this weekend was a stunner!), I changed up the traditional caprese salad recipe.

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Quinoa Fritters with a Poached Egg

People often ask where I get my ideas, recipes and general inspiration to cook different meals all time. Obviously recipes books play a huge part (and I have a considerable collection of recipe books) and food magazines are also great (I love the Woolworths Taste Magazine). Pinterest, however, is a never-ending gallery of  food inspiration. I often just scroll through until I see something that catches my eye. This is how today’s recipe came into being.

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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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Pork Rib Tacos with Quick Onion Pickle

Doug and I went through a serious taco phase, pork rib tacos, beef short rib tacos, steak with chimichurri in a taco and popcorn prawns with a lemon and coriander mayo in tacos.  There are in no way traditional or authentic but they tasted so good and will be put up on the blog over the next few weeks.  So if you love tacos and all the trimmings that go with them, you are in luck!

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Cheats Caramelised Onion and Tomato Tart

So I have been super busy the last week! I started my first job on the 1 April so my student days are officially over!  Then it was Easter which Doug and I spent in Elgin.  We ate so many Hot Cross Buns, braaied pork belly, potato and apple bake, the best sausages ever (they sell them at Gogo’s Deli in Newlands Village) and of course some Easter eggs.  It definitely was a weekend of indulgence!

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Coconut Oats with Grilled Peaches

Most mornings during the week I land up having a smoothie of sort or a boiled egg for breakfast.  The are quick and generally tasty.  However, the last few weeks I decided that it was time for a change and I needed to alter my usual breakfast routine.  So  I started experimenting with oats (I had a large packet of it in my cupboard) for breakfast.

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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?

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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”