Cheese scones

by Lena Kuppens

350 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1½ tsp mustard powder
pinch salt
fresh black pepper
120 g grated cheddar cheese
50 g melted butter
1 tbsp yogurt
1 cup/250 ml cold milk

Preheat the oven to 220° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb powder, mustard powder, salt and pepper in a big bowl. Add 100 g … Read more »

Savoury Nibbles

A couple of savoury nibbles to have on hand over the festive season.  Or you can place them in small jars and give them as gifts.

Tapenade
Ingredients
1 cup Kalamata olives
2 cloves garlic
½ cup raisins
2 tbs fresh oregano
Juice 1 lemon
2 tbs olive oil
Black pepper

Process all except the oregano then pulse it in at the end. 

Marinated Olives and Feta
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Globe artichokes

Globe artichokes are in season. For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, they are the bud of a member of the thistle family, harvested when they’re still tightly closed, then cooked in a variety of ways. The simplest way to prepare them may be the best. Trim the thorns from the tips of the leaves, then cut off the top with a sharp knife. Rinse under running water. Cut the stem pretty close to the base (it’s bitter), or if the artichoke is young and tender, peel it to … Read more »

Asparagus dip

Ingredients

1 bunch of asparagus, blanched
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
1/2 bunch of parsley
1/2 – 3/4 cup of olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

Method

Put everything in the food processor and blend until creamy.

Broad Bean Falafel

Ingredients

1 kg shelled broad beans
1 cup couscous soaked in 1 cup water
½ cup flour
4 eggs
1 tablespoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground pepper
pinch of chilli pepper (optional)
8 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped spring onions
1 cup chopped herbs (parsley, coriander, mint)
1/4 cup lemon juice
sesame seeds (optional)

Method

Frying oil to … Read more »

Soft-boiled eggs with tender, fresh asparagus spears 

Angela Marshall

Because spring is here, the asparagus is just starting to appear and the chooks are outdoing themselves … so start the day with the healthiest of breakfast indulgences: Soft-boiled eggs with tender, fresh asparagus spears (for dipping into the eggs). No recipe needed because it’s all in the name! You can add a sprinkle of sea salt, some fresh ground black pepper (to your eggs), a squeeze of lemon juice and/or shaved parmesan (to your asparagus).