Winter Leafy Veg

May 20, 2024 2:29 pm Published by

Full of flavour, easy to grow and good for you – let us sow some green, winter leafy veg! While…

Sun-dried Tomatoes

March 21, 2024 1:00 pm Published by

Preserve summer with your own sun-dried tomatoes! Preserving a summer harvest of tomatoes is simple if you have the time.…

Durban Curries

February 17, 2024 5:24 pm Published by

From humble beginnings to internationally famous, Durban curries are considered some of the best in the world and unique to…

Spicy Hot Drinks

February 17, 2024 12:23 pm Published by

Warm wintery cocktails, usually served in the Northern Hemisphere at Christmas time, are amazing! As we head towards our winter…

Bread and Soup

February 17, 2024 11:05 am Published by

A steamy bowl of soup with freshly baked bread is sublime on a cold wintery day. There are many choices…

Lemon Pattypan Bread

October 25, 2023 12:28 pm Published by

Pattypans are not one of the first vegetables you think of including in a dessert. They are mostly used in…

Recipes with Nasturtiums

October 3, 2023 2:08 pm Published by

They may look sweet, but nasturtiums have a surprisingly peppery taste, similar to mustard or watercress. This makes them great…

Tom Kha Gai

July 10, 2023 9:57 am Published by

This spicy, creamy coconut-based soup is a popular Thai dish packed with flavour and easy to make. The words translate…

Pesto With A Twist

Pesto with a Twist

January 26, 2023 11:11 am Published by

In Italy, pesto would mean a specific pesto originating in Genoa, Pesto alla Genovese. This fragrant sauce is made slowly…

Summer Squashes

Summer Squashes

January 26, 2023 10:48 am Published by

Squeeze these squashes into your garden this summer. Squashes might not be the first thing you think about when you…

Hardy Millet

Hardy Millet

January 23, 2023 3:33 pm Published by

There are certain foods that immediately spring to mind when thinking of the grain craze of the health industry –…

Traditional Shakshouka

Traditional Shakshuka

January 23, 2023 3:19 pm Published by

Gone are the days of cramming our five-a-day veggies into one dinner meal. Use some of your home-grown healthy delights…

Luscious Litchis

Luscious Litchis

January 23, 2023 3:08 pm Published by

South African summers are incomplete without litchis. Whether sitting on the patio or by the pool, we all have fond…

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

January 23, 2023 1:53 pm Published by

If you love potatoes and artichokes, you simply have to give Jerusalem artichokes a try! You’d think that the name…

Turkish Orange Brinjal

Turkish Orange Brinjal

January 23, 2023 1:02 pm Published by

Orange is the new black Even more beautiful than the brinjal you’re used to, the Turkish orange brinjal is a…

Sizzling horseradish

December 13, 2022 2:41 pm Published by

Your mental image of horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is probably that strange jar containing a mysterious white substance that lived at…

preserving lemons

Preserving Lemons

November 25, 2022 10:38 am Published by

Lemons are very useful in the kitchen, and not only for baking. Throw the bits left over after cooking in…

homemade hash browns

Homemade Hash Browns

November 23, 2022 3:37 pm Published by

A fondness for pre-made hash browns, fried until crispy and served with bacon, poached egg and lemony hollandaise sauce, prompted…

pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread

November 22, 2022 3:16 pm Published by

An Irish myth about a stingy person called Jack who ended up as a wandering soul started the craze of…

rhubarb and strawberry crumble

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

October 31, 2022 10:57 am Published by

Rhubarb and strawberries make a wonderful combination for a sweet, zesty and delicious crumble. Ingredients for Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble…

Pasta Primavera

October 28, 2022 2:10 pm Published by

Pasta primavera is a celebration of everything that is light and fresh about spring. Pasta primavera is an ‘Italian’ dish…

radish ideas

Radish Ideas

May 12, 2022 10:55 am Published by

Radishes are one of those fast-growing crops in the garden that can also be sown throughout the year, so with…

hummus recipes

5 Hummus Recipes

April 13, 2022 3:38 pm Published by

While the versatile chickpea is the main traditional ingredient of hummus recipes, we have taken liberties and expanded the thinking…

plant a soup garden

Plant a Soup Garden

April 7, 2022 4:41 pm Published by

Soup is winter’s best treat, and whether you like your soup thick and chunky, consommé or as a tangy Asian…

easy overnight oats

Easy Overnight Oats

March 18, 2022 4:38 pm Published by

Most of us run out of time every morning while we try to get ready for the day. Something that…

preserving melon

Preserving Melons

January 25, 2022 5:05 pm Published by

If you’re lucky enough to have enough space to grow spanspek or cantaloupe, or sweet melons, you are bound to…

iced herb teas

Iced Herb Teas

January 24, 2022 4:19 pm Published by

A healthy way to beat the thirst February is the hottest month of the year, and there’s nothing more refreshing…

diy dog treats

DIY Dog Treats

January 20, 2022 8:07 am Published by

These peanut butter-based DIY dog treats are easy to make and a good source of protein and healthy fats for…

Curry Trees

January 18, 2022 4:36 pm Published by

This aromatic evergreen curry tree, Murraya koenigii, is the perfect accompaniment to your next curry. What’s even more of a…


Pickling cucumbers

January 18, 2022 4:16 pm Published by

Pickling cucumbers is a quick and easy way to store mini cucumbers, or cukes, for a longer time than the…

Herbs for Shellfish

October 12, 2021 9:48 am Published by

What is the ultimate foodie treat? This is subjective of course, but a safe bet would be a platter of…

apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

May 13, 2021 10:27 pm Published by

Apple cider vinegar is reputed to have magical properties and be the cure for all ails. But is it really…

Thai Tom Yum

Thai Tom Yum

April 20, 2021 8:23 pm Published by

Thai Tom Yum is a well-loved dish in Thailand and is hot and sour, usually cooked with shrimp or prawns…

chive dinner rolls

Chive Dinner Rolls

March 23, 2021 9:38 pm Published by

What’s nice about chives is that they usually grow through winter and provide a constant supply. Just cut off the…

celery salt

Celery Salt

January 29, 2021 7:47 pm Published by

Seeing expensive celery salt in the store may make it seem like a luxury item but making it yourself is…

basil sorbet herbs for summer fruits

Herbs For Summer Fruits

November 24, 2020 9:46 pm Published by

What is the taste of summer? Cool watermelon, juicy and refreshing; pineapple, sweet and tart; slivers of golden mangoes and…


Rewarding Zucchini

November 9, 2020 9:21 pm Published by

The zucchini, also known as baby marrow or courgette, is the most rewarding plant for the home veggie gardener to…

herb biscuits

Herbs For Biscuits

November 6, 2020 8:57 am Published by

Herbs can elevate a plain old boring biscuit to something better and prettier to display (and eat!). Herbs for biscuits…

Tamarillo – Tree Tomato

November 5, 2020 8:36 pm Published by

The trusty tomato is a household staple and doesn’t necessarily scream ‘exotic’. However, there is one tomato that stands out…


August 13, 2020 12:18 pm Published by

A favourite in the ornamental garden, nasturtiums also have a host of culinary and ornamental uses. On seed shelves, you’ll…

Salad Harvest

January 23, 2020 2:35 pm Published by

Growing edible plants near your kitchen makes for easy use while cooking. But having a grow to eat planter in…


Red Curry Paste

May 20, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Herbs are the major ingredient in Thai curry paste, which forms the base of vegetarian curries as well as chicken,…

Peach Cobbler

December 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by

Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert made in various ways, but usually using fruit that is seasonal. This recipe…

Watermelon Ice Lollies

November 21, 2018 3:32 pm Published by

On hot days, especially at the beach or around the pool, there is nothing better. Artisanal popsicles are homemade ices…

Stuffed Sweet Peppers

October 26, 2018 1:26 pm Published by

This quick and easy recipe will provide you with the perfect appetizer at your next family meal or a tasty…


Sweet Potatoes

October 25, 2018 11:01 am Published by

Sweet potatoes are not a run-of-the- mill veggie where you just buy a packet of seeds, sow them and watch…

Carrot Cake

September 27, 2018 3:43 pm Published by

Carrot cake is a delicious dessert that captivated the taste buds of many across generations. It is renowned for its…

Watermelon and Herb Salad

March 14, 2018 6:15 pm Published by

Watermelon and Herb Salad Watermelon and herbs make the idea complement to any summer braai. The freshness of the herbs…

Baby Cabbages

February 5, 2018 10:23 am Published by

Like all things miniature, baby cabbages have an appeal all of their own. They don’t take up as much growing…

Cherry Tart

February 5, 2018 9:31 am Published by

Cherry Tart To show off the cherries – the stars in this dessert – assemble the servings individually in elegant…


Spanspek Salsa

February 5, 2018 8:59 am Published by

Spanspek Salsa This delicious salsa, which is spicy, sweet, hot and sour, is a perfect accompaniment to seared tuna or…


Perfect Peaches

January 29, 2018 2:22 pm Published by

Perfect Peaches Imagine the taste of a juicy peach, picked straight off the tree that you have nurtured through the…


Noble Bay

January 29, 2018 11:53 am Published by

Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long association…


Dilly for Dill

January 29, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is an…


Rosemary Bath Smoothie

January 29, 2018 8:35 am Published by

Herb Project: Rosemary Bath Smoothie A long, soaking bath is one of the rituals of winter. A strong infusion of…

Lovage and Potato Soup

January 26, 2018 3:05 pm Published by

Lovage is a lesser-known and underrated Mediterranean herb. It is an indispensable culinary herb that adds depth to slow-cooked food.…


Cabbage Salad

January 26, 2018 8:34 am Published by

Cabbage salad with apples, walnuts and pecorino This recipe is also delicious with uncooked Brussels sprouts. 200 g baby cabbage…



January 25, 2018 2:04 pm Published by

Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, chopped2 egg yolks1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon Dijon mustard½ cup light olive oil½ cup sunflower oil2…

pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup

January 25, 2018 11:56 am Published by

Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin season is a great time to produce an impressive yet easy-to-make soup for your guests. 1 kg…


Cherry Tomato Crumpets

January 25, 2018 11:45 am Published by

Cherry Tomato Crumpets Great for snacks or a breakfast treat 115 g self-raising flour A pinch of bicarbonate of soda…


Sweet Potato Soufflé

January 25, 2018 11:10 am Published by

Sweet potato soufflé Double-baked sweet potato soufflé with bacon, pecans and orange zest 400 g cooked sweet potato flesh (bake…


Goji berry balls

January 24, 2018 9:36 am Published by

Goji berry balls These simple date balls are packed with goodness, and are free of added sugar. You can mix…


Making Apple Cider

January 24, 2018 9:17 am Published by

Making Your Own Apple Cider An apple a day, the doctor’s way… When it comes to apple season there’s always…


Deconstructed Apple Crumble

January 24, 2018 8:38 am Published by

Deconstructed Apple Crumble with Butterscotch Sauce 8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into eighths 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon…

Trio of Carrots

January 23, 2018 1:43 pm Published by

This trio of carrots strives to celebrate a simple veggie. Get the most out of carrots by cooking them in…

Noodles with bok choy

January 23, 2018 10:26 am Published by

These noodles are a delicious blend of seafood, chicken, mushrooms, vegetables and Asian flavourings. This dish a hearty, healthy meal,…


French Onion Soup

January 23, 2018 9:59 am Published by

French Onion Soup This classic French soup is easy to make and will satisfy hungry tummies. For the soup 500g…


Eat your Veggies

January 22, 2018 3:25 pm Published by

How to get kids to eat veggies It’s great to grow your own veggies and enjoy the taste of fresh…


Hot and Spicy Oregano

January 22, 2018 2:19 pm Published by

This herb can take the heat There’s no place for mild herbs in Mexico’s hot and spicy food. Herbs have…


Cape Gooseberry Trifle

January 22, 2018 11:18 am Published by

Cape Gooseberry Trifle Enough for a crowd, this dessert will have them coming back for more. 400g fresh Cape gooseberries…


Taco Party Salad

January 19, 2018 12:20 pm Published by

Take all the ingredients of a taco dinner and turn it into a party salad for a crowd. Let your…


Winter Ways with Rosemary

January 18, 2018 11:14 am Published by

Frost-hardy rosemary is a boon in winter: it makes the perfect protective, edible hedge, infuses a steamy bath with its…


Beetroot and Nut Brownies

January 18, 2018 9:47 am Published by

Beetroot and Nut Brownies Easy to make, this unusual combination is absolutely delicious! 500g cooked beetroot 200g walnuts or pecan…


Chilli Kale Stir Fry

January 18, 2018 9:22 am Published by

Chilli Kale Stir Fry Make kale the hero of your veggie side dishes with this easy and healthy stir-fry. 1…


Radish Tzatziki

January 18, 2018 8:52 am Published by

Radish Tzatziki 1 medium-sized bunch of radishes 1-2 cloves of garlic Lemon juice 250ml Greek yoghurt (full or low fat)…

Leek and Potato Bake

January 18, 2018 8:40 am Published by

Leeks are a quintessential winter vegetable that is an ideal nutrient-packed addition to soups or stews to keep you warm…

Cauliflower-based bites

January 17, 2018 3:43 pm Published by

The craze of ricing cauliflower as a substitute for flour for those that are on gluten-free diets has meant that…


Peanut Tips

January 17, 2018 11:35 am Published by

Tips on Growing Peanuts ● Keep the peanuts in their shells until ready to plant, to keep them fresh and…


Rhubarb Fool

January 17, 2018 11:12 am Published by

Rhubarb Fool This easy recipe makes a refreshing dessert. Ingredients: 600g rhubarb 170g brown sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Juice…


Fish Pie

January 17, 2018 10:53 am Published by

Fish Pie With tarragon going so well with fish, potatoes and creamy filling, it should be standard in a simple…


Pink Lemonade Cordial

January 17, 2018 9:57 am Published by

Homemade Pink Lemonade Cordial Recipe by Erica Brown of Sōlfood. 1 litre freshly squeezed lemon juice 850g sugar 2-3 thinly…


Stuffed Pumpkins Flowers

January 15, 2018 2:19 pm Published by

Rice and veggie stuffed pumpkin flowers 10 freshly picked pumpkin flowers (Use the male flowers with the long stems, and…


Super Smoothies

January 15, 2018 1:35 pm Published by

Super Smoothies Smoothies are a great way to use your home-grown fruit and veggies, and to get your daily requirement…



January 15, 2018 11:30 am Published by

Papoutsakia – ‘little brinjal shoes’ This traditional Greek recipe uses brinjals or eggplants as the stars of the show. Papoutsakia…


Beetroot panna cotta

January 15, 2018 10:57 am Published by

Beetroot panna cotta with dukkah-dusted goat’s cheese and pickled beetroot Panna cotta: 4 medium beets 2½ cups water ½ cup…


Mashed Potato Puffs

January 15, 2018 10:34 am Published by

Mashed Potato Puffs 3 large potatoes (540g), mashed with skin (2 cups) 3 large eggs, beaten 180g reduced-fat feta cheese,…


Korean Kimchi

January 15, 2018 9:51 am Published by

Korean Kimchi Kimchi, South Korea’s national dish, was developed in the days before refrigeration, to best make use of seasonal…


September 2, 2015 9:15 am Published by

This spicy relish or pickle is a great way to use up extra cauliflower and it is delicious with meat…

Herb and Onion Bread

July 29, 2015 7:18 am Published by

Ingredients 1 cup self-raising flour 1 cup Nutty Wheat 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup grated cheese (use a strong…

Fried Green Tomatoes

July 14, 2015 8:16 am Published by

If you watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes and wondered what this delicious Southern dish tastes like, try this recipe…

Edible arrangement

June 1, 2015 8:09 am Published by

This arrangement is easy to put together. Start by melting a bar of lovely dark chocolate (2-3 minutes in a…

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