Best shortbread biscuits

Now, who doesn’t like a recipe that is not only quick and easy to make but turns out to be the best tasting recipe out there?  If you are a shortbread person then you must try these Arabic shortbread biscuits, also known as Ghraybe! The recipe is straight from  Suzanne Husseini’s cookbook  Modern Flavours of Arabia. Continue reading

Mousse de Maracujà or Passion fruit Mousse

I can’t believe we are already in June!  Three weeks left before school ends and everybody flies home..well not exactly everybody.  Most hubbies will have to return earlier to hold the fort while others rejoice somewhere in this beautiful world!

Well, before I leave for summer I wanted to organise a party, more precisely a tapas evening.  I have loads of Spanish cheese and chorizo and with the temperatures being really enjoyable at night, I thought it would be a great idea to organise a last get together around some finger nibbles and wine.  In my quest for tapas desserts (I cannot imagine having different tapas and then ONE dessert) I thought of making one of Angola’s traditional desserts which is Mousse de Maracujà (Passion fruit Mousse). It’s very easy and quick to make and only requires THREE ingredients!  Continue reading

Coriander Hummus

Fifty shades of hummus!! Why stick to the basic taste when you can indulge in different variations that are just as delicious and mouth-watering?

Growing up in Africa, I was only exposed to the basic chickpeas and tahini hummus which was an essential of all Lebanese restaurants. Now, that I am back in Africa, I can confirm that the classic flavour is the only true flavour available.  But, why stick to plain and simple when you can be a bit crazy with your hummus?? Don’t get me wrong, a good simple hummus can be all you need, but start playing around with it and add some herbs, some roasted peppers, dried tomatoes, olives, a bit of this and a bit of that and before you know you could be eating a different hummus every day of the week! Continue reading

Cinnamon and Apple Cake

“I ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Pie, tart, cake, fondant… English, French, Dutch, American, South African, Swiss, Italian. I’ve tried them all and either way, they were all special and delicious!  I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply love apple desserts!  Today, I would like to share this very easy and delicious apple cake recipe.   Continue reading

Double Choc Chop Cookie

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!

I don’t know who invents these things but it was a great excuse to make some chocolate chip cookies today! This is our family favourite: it has a double of chocolate in the form of cocoa powder and big yummy chunks of chocolate and chocolate chips!  They are chewy in the centre, the taste is comparable to that of a brownie and they keep really well… well, that is if the little cookie monsters living the house haven’t devoured them!  Continue reading

Mediterrenean Frittata

The holidays are over and we’re back to running around trying to get everything done in 24 hours. I love cooking but sometimes I want to be able to do my own things and not worry about what’s for dinner and how long it’s going to take to prepare. I’ve decided to be a bit more organised (not sure how long it will last!) and do most of the cooking before I go to the gym every evening. That way when I come home, I just need to put together a quick side-salad or simply reheat what I’ve made earlier. Frittata is the perfect meal for this type of situation: you can make it ahead of time and usually it tastes even better cold. Continue reading