Freshly baked bread

Is there anything more comforting than having the rich smell of freshly baked bread waft through the house?

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Homemade Tomato Sauce for Pizza

Homemade pizza with homemade tomato pizza sauce

No pizza is complete without a little red sauce to pave the way to a culinary taste explosion – here is my version… Read More

Homemade pizza dough

Homemade pizza

Can you smell it yet?  That rich bready smell that wafts through the air as scorching heat gradually transforms it into a crisp golden hue of forbidden deliciousness…

Can you hear it yet?  The shove of the peel as it slides effortlessly under the golden circle; the  crackling of the crust as the cutter scratches against it in a bid to pry the circle apart to form slices that will ooze of cheesy delight as you pick it up…

Can you taste it yet?  Probably not.  You’ll have to make it first!  Read More

My top six eateries in London

Oscar Wilde said:

The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world.

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Minty potato salad

Minted potato salad

I once posed a question to my students: What would you do if potatoes become extinct? Read More

Watermelon, feta and mint salad

Watermelon, feta and mint salad

With summer time I’m always on the prowl for something that is light, but tasty at the same time. With an abundance of mint in our garden it is inevitable that I have to incorporate it into my cooking. Read More

Buttermilk Lasagna

Buttermilk Lasagna

I had a glitch with my online shopping today.  The result?  I had to be very resourceful with what I had in the fridge, freezer and cupboard when it came to making dinner tonight!

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A Pasta Lesson at Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School

Filled Pasta with Italian-inspired nail art at Jamie Oliver's Cookery School

Our best neighbour’s moved.  Far away.  Now we actually have to make appointments to see each other!  Today was one such get together; we decided that it would be really a lot of fun to do a cookery class together at Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School.  It really was a lot of fun!

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Buttermilk Chicken Katsu Curry

Buttermilk Chicken Katsu Curry

I am sure that there are as many recipes for Chicken Katsu Curry as there are people in this world.   Read More

The Ultimate Potato Salad

My Ultimate potato salad

There are a few staples that you will always find at a South African braai: pap, sous, greek salad, garlic bread and potato salad.  This is my ultimate potato salad recipe.  Even my German friend loves this and we all know that Germans know a thing or two about a great potato salad!

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Sweet potato bake

Creamy Sweet Potato bake

Summer is upon us!  And with great weather, comes spending a lot of time outdoors.  If you are like me, you love a good summer time braai (Afrikaans for BBQ) with lots of salads and quick side dishes.  My sister-in-law’s sweet potato bake hits just the right spot!

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Chicken Pasta bake with Cream of Tomato Soup

Chicken pasta bake with Cream of Tomato Soup

This used to be my most favourite Tuna and Spinach tagliatelle dish of all time.  Then I became allergic to fish and moved to the UK where spinach tagliatelle are hard to come by so I had to adapt…

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Nail fail: Now 3 years later…

MoYou Polishes

I’m a Numbers girl.  I loved accounting so much that I got a degree in it.  Then the teaching bug bit and I became a Maths teacher.  It is only natural that, as a Maths teacher and nail art enthusiast, I combine the two for an art explosion that is literally at the tip of my fingers.

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Unconventional Spaghetti Carbonara

Unconventional Spaghetti Carbonara

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

Sophia Loren


I feel the same way.  I can (and often do!) eat spaghetti for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Quote for the day: Thursday 20 September


I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… And I also know that I’m not blonde.

Dolly Parton.

Quote for the day: Wednesday 19 September


Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.

Orson Welles.

Quote for the day: Tuesday 18 September


Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Marthe Troly-Curtin.

Quote for the day: Monday 17 September


You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr Seuss.

Quote for the day: Sunday 16 September


Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

Bruce Lee.

Quote of the day: Saturday 15 September


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain.

Quote of the day: Friday 14 September


Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music, and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

Henny Youngman.

Quote for the day: Thursday 13 September


I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers.

Quote for the day: Wednesday 12 September


I love you like a fat kid loves cake!

Scott Adams.

Quote for the day: Tuesday 11 September


Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln.

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