Confessions of a cookaholic – September

Someone special got engaged and her fiancé requested a Chinese dinner after the proposal. So in preparation I tried a few favourite Chinese recipes. Since we were going to have spring rolls for starters, we needed some dipping sauces. Manchurian Chicken Sweet and Sour Pork Chinese Cashew Chicken Honestly, I watched this and Kung Pao…

Supper in 15 minutes or less

We all have those days when we wish for dinner to be ready quickly and with minimal effort. Two constants seemed to come up when asking friends what their quick meal options are: spaghetti/pasta in various forms and eggs with everything. The easiest salad in the world is a tomato salad, or a tomato and…

Confessions of a cookaholic – August

For some there’s therapy, for the rest of us there’s cooking. Here are some recipes that I made in August. Spanish Omelette When cooking this dish, I did not know what I was expecting. However, once it was ready, I realized that it is almost the same idea as “chips mayai”. The other realization was…

Apple Tart

Tarts are really elegant. When I started making tarts, they were truly a labour of love. Simply slicing the apples thin and overlapping them into a pretty rose easily took more than half an hour. However, what I noticed was when you slice apples very thin, the moisture/juices evaporate while baking and it doesn’t taste…

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Wondering what to do with that leftover pumpkin your mum packed for you to take home? Or are you craving a warm moist spiced cake? If you can get your hands on some pumpkin or butternut, boil, steam, or roast it and then blend it into a puree and bake. What’s the name of that…

Confessions of a cookaholic – July

In this year of covid-19, cooking meal after meal has us all looking for new ideas or inspiration for a fresh twist on an old favourite. Below are a few meals I enjoyed cooking in the month of July. Please take good care of yourselves and take what you need. Thank you for stopping by….

Red Velvet Cake

Ok, granted, my pictures don’t do this cake justice, but let’s take a moment and talk about the red velvet cake. Even its name is seductive: Red Velvet. It’s not one of those that just sits by the sidelines waiting to be noticed. It is pretty and dramatic. This in-your-face deep-red cake contrasts beautifully with…

Confessions of a cookaholic – June

Hi, my name is Sandi and I am a cookaholic. According to the internet, I am not alone. Richard Atkins writes, “Now you may already be able to guess what cookaholism is but, like many other addictions, there are some clear symptoms that can be used both as warning signs of emerging cookaholism, and to…

Mahamris, Coconut Cardamom Doughnuts

History of mahamri This pastry has its origins along the East African Coast and is part of Swahili cuisine. It is believed that Swahili has been spoken along the East African Coast for a thousand years. Swahili culture is a mix of African and Arabic cultures, but also has influences from the Turkish Ottoman, Portuguese…