Chickpea Quinoa Salad

A very boring title for a salad packed with nutrients. I know I could have opted for yet another Mediteranean Power Packed Salad or something else, I didn’t. My husband made this salad for us some months back and I really enjoyed it and wished I had added it to this blog then and there. So here it is, Chickpeas & Quinoa Salad. It is great as … Continue reading Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Miso Grilled Saba / Saikyo-yaki Saba

Saba or Spanish Mackerel is high in Omega-3 fats, contains selenium, niacin and Vitamins B6 and B12 ( 13Dec2019). This humble fish, packed with health benefits, also packs a strong smell during cooking.  My combination of Japanese miso with shreds of ginger & spring onions helps to mask the smell and helps to enhance the flavour of this fish.   Continue reading Miso Grilled Saba / Saikyo-yaki Saba

Lotus Root & Wing Bean Salad

This is my take of the Thai salad – Yam Tua Poo, no spice but very nice. Why Lotus Root and Wing Bean ? Both contain loads of essential vitamins and are gaining more popularity as more persons become aware of these foods. Too much might not be good for you, so do be aware of some possible side effects from the consumption of these foods as … Continue reading Lotus Root & Wing Bean Salad

Black Garlic & Feta meets Vegetables Quiche

A very unusual combination, at least for me. The new health food or trend of using Black Garlic in foods due to new findings of health benefits derived from it had made me curious on it’s taste and combinations in different food groups. I’ve also used Garland Chrysanthemum or Shingjiku (Japanese) or Tang Oh (Chinese) instead of my usual spinach. If you are not able to get … Continue reading Black Garlic & Feta meets Vegetables Quiche


An easy dip to make for when you have company or just because you enjoy hummus. Chickpeas make a great food source and this recipe is suitable for vegans. Ingredients:  1 can (434 gm) chickpeas 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoon sesame oil pinch of salt juice from 1 lemon paprika chopped parsley Method: Drain the chickpeas and place in a food processor with the garlic … Continue reading Hummus

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Tomato Jam

Yes, tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable. Something that was in the pipeline and on the T0-Make list for many years. A craving that my South African husband had, something from his growing up years and something that was available from the cottage industry there. I am very thankful of a wedding gift – Cook And Enjoy It by S.J.A. de Villiers (revised edition). Mrs … Continue reading Tomato Jam


No, this is not about the Disney movie but the recipe for a French influenced vegetable stew. It can be served as a main or a side or with pasta. The main ingredients are the eggplant and zucchini. The Eggplant or aubergine or brinjal as it is known in South East Asia are from the same family of nightshades. Health Benefits of Eggplant? Absolutely! My most … Continue reading Ratatouille

Curried Pumpkin Soup

A twist to the usual pumpkin soup with the addition of curry leaves & turmeric and a great ‘soft food’ for someone who is not feeling too great. Curry leaves are known to have many health benefits for us, likewise with turmeric. These 2 ingredients have been added to my usual pumpkin soup to assist my dear husband who had the runs. I would have added ginger … Continue reading Curried Pumpkin Soup

Mofongo (mashed plaintains)

Thinking back on the days when we used to live in the Caribbean and hopping on a plane to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our favourite place to stay was the El Convento which was converted from a convent to a luxury hotel. Restaurants within the hotel served really good food, service was superb. A beautiful place set with Old San Juan and within walking distance to the … Continue reading Mofongo (mashed plaintains)