Quinoa Salad

April 13, 2014 in Lunch, Meals in minutes, Meatless Mondays, Salad, Salads, Side Dish, Supper, Vegetarian

Food media has been filled with news about quinoa, pronounced as ‘keen-wa’, over the last year or two. Quinoa is regarded as a miracle grain in food circles and rightly so, because it is an excellent source of protein, making it a great dish for vegetarians.

Quinoa is incredibly delicious, with a nutty taste and an unusual texture. Once cooked, the outside of quinoa becomes crunchy whilst the inside is soft.

Quinoa

I am really in love with this wonder food at the moment. For the Quinoa salad recipe, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood.

Quinoa salad

Herby tomato soup with frikadelle

April 1, 2014 in Beef, Herbs, Meat, Soup, Supper

I like nothing more on a cold winter’s day than a steaming bowl of hot soup. This herby soup with frikadelle reminds me of days gone by, as it’s a dish my mother often made.

This dish takes care of itself and gives you time to relax – in my case it means catching up with my family’s doing for the day over a glass of red wine, while the soup simmers away.

Herby tomato soup with frikadelle

The soup can be served on its own with some crusty bread or with garlic croutons. The frikadelle add some substance and is the perfect meal to feed a hungry family without spending hours in the kitchen.

For those that are not familiar with this South African favourite, frikadelle are South African meatballs.

Tomato soup with meatballs

For the recipe, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood.

Chilli Poppers

March 19, 2014 in Bacon, Starter, Vegetarian

Who does not like Chilli poppers? These little stuffed Jalapeno peppers are available on almost every restaurant’s menu, nowadays!

Since my family loves hot food I decided to recreate these at home and it is surprisingly easy to make. My version are stuffed with bacon and feta, but you can add cream cheese, mozzarella, a spicy beef mince mixture or even a chicken mixture.

Chilli poppers

Some people serve chilli poppers with a chilli sauce for extra hotness, but I served these with my delicious creamy dressing.

For the recipe, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood!

Jalapeno poppers

Spier Secret Festival Market

March 13, 2014 in Food events, Markets

Few things get me more excited about a weekend than the prospect of visiting a market! I love the vibe, the people and most of all I love the food. I always have this feeling that I will discover something new at a market that I have never eaten before – and most of the times I am right. Markets also serve as great inspiration for the produce I buy.

One of the best markets I’ve visited in recent memory was the Spier Secret Festival market in October 2013.

The lovely dam at Spier:

Dam at Spier

Some entertainment:

Spier Secret Festival Market

 

To read more about this event, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood!

In my Kitchen, March 2014

March 8, 2014 in In my kitchen

I have some lovely Willow Creek Flavoured Olive oils in my kitchen. These are available at Woolworths.

Willow Creek Olive oilsOne of the best things to have in my kitchen is Nina Timm’s recipe book!

Nina TimmTo read more about what is happening in my kitchen this month, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood!

Tomato stew with baby octopus

March 6, 2014 in Food events, Seafood, Supper

Finding seafood in a harbour city such as Cape Town is not always as easy as one would imagine. Fortunately, Pick and Pay, opened a new store in the Waterfront in December 2013. One of the things I love about this Pick and Pay is the wide variety of fish and seafood that is available.

V & A Pick n Pay Seafood

Fish at the V & A Waterfront Pick n Pay

 

I recently bought some baby octopus and cooked this tomato stew with the baby octopus and it was flavourful and delicious.

baby octopus stew

For the recipe, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood.

Octopus stew recipe

Herb crusted fish fillets with grilled gooseberries

February 27, 2014 in Fish, Fruit, Herbs, Lunch, Meals in minutes, Seafood, Supper

The tartness of Cape Gooseberries goes very well with fish. I discovered this recently, when I decided to serve grilled gooseberries with fish.

I bought the gooseberries with the intention to make a Fridge cheesecake. Estée, my daughter, however decided to bake a milktart, since it is National Milktart Day, today.

Gooseberries are available the whole year and they have great health benefits. Did you know that gooseberries contain more vitamins than oranges?

Herb crusted hake with gooseberries

For the recipe for herb crusted fish fillets with grilled gooseberries, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood.

herb crusted fish with cape gooseberries

Tomatoes stuffed with lamb mince and basil

February 24, 2014 in Herbs, Lamb, Lunch, Meat, Rice, Supper, Vegetables

Tomatoes are definitely my favourite vegetables. I enjoy cooking with tomatoes, but my preferred way of eating them is definitely still fresh in a salad or on a sandwich.

I think tomatoes can take a meal to a whole new level which is evident in this Roast beef with a spicy tomato sauce recipe and with this meatloaf cannelloni.

I often make stuffed tomatoes, sometimes stuffing them with scrambled eggs and bacon, like my Mother used to do and other times with a tuna mixture or mushroom mixture, but this lamb and basil stuffing is definitely a winner.

Tomatoes stuffed with lamb mince and basil

For the recipe, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood.

Stuffed tomatoes

Pork fillet stuffed with prunes

February 20, 2014 in Meat, Pork, Supper

At the moment, my favourite meat is pork. For a long time I did not enjoy pork and I think the main reason behind it was that it was always overcooked. I was always under the impression that pork must be cooked well, but when overcooked, pork becomes dry.

Today’s pork is much leaner than a couple of years ago, and it is much healthier and contains less fat than most meat, even chicken.

I prepared this pork fillet stuffed with prunes for a special occasion. I made individual fillets for each person and it looked like a gift parcel for each guest. Pork goes well with something sweet and the prune filling was a very good choice.

Prune stuffed pork fillet

Please go to PinkPolkaDotFood for the recipe.

Pork fillet stuffed with prunes

Chocolate Mousse Cake

February 17, 2014 in Baking, Cake

I don’t know many people that do not absolutely love chocolates in any form. I am totally in love with chocolate of any kind.

Chocolate cake also seems to be a firm favourite amongst virtually everyone. If you do a search online for chocolate cake recipes, you will find thousands of recipes.

This chocolate mousse cake takes a bit of time and effort to make, but it is definitely worth the effort. I made it recently for my daughter, Aimee’s, birthday and everyone loved it.

Bake it for a special occasion or just to tell someone that you love them!

For the recipe of the Chocolate mousse cake, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood.

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