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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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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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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The wine was paired perfectly with the different ice creams, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the unusual flavours. I am normally a classic chocolate ice cream person. If you are ever in the Stellenbosch area, do yourself a favour and give it a try. Continue reading “Lamb and Haloumi Salad”

Roasted Brinjal and White Bean Salad

My first Meat-Free Monday of the year could not have been any better.  I was browsing through the latest Woolworths Taste Magazine (one of my favourite food magazines) and came across this amazing salad recipe: Roasted brinjal (also called eggplant or aubergine) and yoghurt salad with white bean puree, coriander dressing and pomegranate molasses.

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Admittedly though, I was a bit sceptical about the pomegranate molasses.  Every element of this salad is delicious individually; the brinjals are beautifully roasted complementing the sumac, the white bean puree can be used as a dip or eaten right out the blender, the coriander dressing is refreshing and even the pomegranate molasses tasted good.

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Avocado and Jalapeño Dressing

I am back from the most relaxing and chilled holiday in Mauritius.  I basically just read my book in the sun, swam in the crystal clear water and just did nothing stressful for 8 days.  I also got to swim in dolphins which was absolutely amazing! It’s one of those experiences that really lives up to expectations.  The bottle-nose dolphins were super friendly and the spinners kept us entertained by playing around and jumping out the water.

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North African Salad

I am going to Mauritius tomorrow! I literally cannot wait for 10 days are sun, relaxing, reading and the beach (and a bit of thesis but we will see).  It has been such a busy year and this break is extremely welcome.  For those who don’t know, Mauritius is off the east coast of Southern Africa, a popular island holiday destination. IMG_2534_2 However, I do not know the internet situation while I am on the lovely island of Mauritius so Pinch of Salt may be a little quiet the next 10 days.  But when I get back I will make up for lost time before Christmas comes around.

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Sticky Pork Wrap with Spring Onion Yoghurt Dressing

Now that summer has finally arrived, there is nothing worse than spending hours slaving in front of a hot stove when you could be in the pool with a gin enjoying the lovely hot day.  I mean, I love cooking and food and I am happy to spend my time preparing a meal but when all my friends are outside having fun and cooling off I am not that exciting about being alone in a hot kitchen.  Quick, delicious summer meals that don’t require too much preparation and that can be enjoyed even if you are on a lilo in the pool are essential this summer.

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Char-grilled Baby Leeks

I have been a bit quiet the last few days, not because I have forgotten about cooking or Pinch of Salt but because I have had my wisdoms removed.  All four! So I have been feeling quite sorry for myself, all swollen, slightly bruised and sore.  I am also very tired of eating soup, smoothies, custard and yoghurt! Usually I love soup but now all I want is something crunchy or chewy and anything that requires me to chew.

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