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”

Mexican Quinoa Bowl

The last few weeks have been super busy and I have been slack about posting.  But I am back and today I am posting a recipe from my new favourite recipe book: Deliciously Ella.  I have wanted the Deliciously Ella recipe book for ages and FINALLY have it (thanks mom!).

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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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I have taken some inspiration from Deliciously Ella, however the main driver is the fact that I am obsessed with anything to do with coconut and wanted to incorporate it into my daily breakfast.  This oats I am posting about today was one of my absolute favourites! Continue reading “Coconut Oats with Grilled Peaches”

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”

Chicken and Leek Stroganoff

Before I went off to university when I was 18 my parents gave me Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cook book.  The intent was for me to practice a few dishes from before I started my first year.  In the end I only made one dish: Chicken and Leek Stroganoff.

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Cumin Carrots

So when this post gets uploaded on to Pinch of Salt I will be somewhere in the sky between Durban, South Africa and Geneva, Switzerland.  I am going skiing in Val Thorens, France for a week then Paris for 3 days! I am so super excited, although the max temperature while I am there is like -3 C!  Despite the freezing cold I can’t wait for a week of skiing and of course eating!

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Basil Chilli Prawns

I am been a bit out of action on Pinch of Salt lately, thesis has been taking up a lot of my time!  Hardly done any cooking or anything actually.  Apart from First Thursday in Cape Town.  The first Thursday of every month all the art galleries in town open up late, and the restaurants are vibey, the food trucks of out and there is free drinks at some places.  I went to HQ (known for their steak) with some friends for half price tapas.  People in Cape Town go to HQ on a thursday for half price tapas! So reasonable AND delicious.

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Lemon Chicken Kebabs with Basil Pesto Yoghurt Dressing

It is another sunny weekend in Cape Town.  This morning after some freshly beetroot juice and a boiled egg on low GI toast with sliced tomato, basil and asparagus, Doug and I had a great hike from Rhodes Memorial up to the Block House.

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When you get to the Block House you have such an awesome view of Cape Town from Constantia all the way to Lions Head.  Such a great way to start a Saturday morning.

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Butter Bean Curry

Doug and I follow an 5/2 principle.  We eat very healthy food and exercise regularly during the week, but on the weekend we can let go a bit and indulge if we want.  So overall we live a very balanced, healthy lifestyle but if we want some ice cream or a nice cheesy pizza we don’t beat ourselves up about it.  This way we can enjoy the treats we allows ourselves without feeling guilty, because thats what the weekend is for.  That said, we don’t eat junk/fast ever and we rarely eat sugar or extremely processed food.  If I am going to indulge I want it to be quality food.

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