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.
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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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.
Continue reading “Poached Chicken Broth with Spring Greens”
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!
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).
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”
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.
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”
One of my favourite things to eat is fish. Apart from a fish curry, I like my fish simple and uncomplicated, coupled with a light fresh sauce and maybe a simple salad on the side. Nothing fancy.
Continue reading “Pan-fried Trout with Dill and Caper Dressing”
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.
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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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.
Continue reading “Avocado and Jalapeño Dressing”
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. 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.
Continue reading “North African Salad”
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.
Continue reading “Sticky Pork Wrap with Spring Onion Yoghurt Dressing”
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.
Continue reading “Char-grilled Baby Leeks”