All posts by Tanya Kotze

Belgian Date Night – Moules Frites

One of Belgium’s classic dishes is Moules Frites – mussels steamed in a white wine sauce with fries.  Adrienne makes a great mussel potjie in a garlic cream sauce, so the challenge was on to see whether I could make a mussel dish that would measure up.

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Chicken Mole Poblano

I have always wanted to make a proper Mexican mole sauce (a rich blend of chillies, spices, and chocolate).  Alas I could not source the  proper Mexican chillies you need for this dish in SA so never made it.

Then I came across a company called Mexican Imports SA in Plettenberg Bay that imports all kinds of goodies from Mexico.  As luck would have it I had friends going to Plett that weekend and they were kind enough to bring me back some Ancho and Guajillo chillies.

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Turkish Meze Platter

We love meze platters and after a visit to one of our favourite restaurants – Anatoli – I was inspired to do a Turkish meze platter for this week’s date night.

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Kefir – what is it and how do you make it ?

Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains” (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter).

It is a powerful probiotic and has numerous health benefits.  Benefits include relieving intestinal disorders, contributing to a healthy immune system and restoring the balance of friendly bacteria in the gut to name a few.

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Date Night – Haddock Fish Cakes with Hollandaise Sauce, Beef Wellington, Lemon Posset

I wanted to redeem myself after overcooking the beef fillet at the girls’ lunch in June, so I decided to make  Beef Wellington for date night.  Keeping in line with the  English theme, I made Haddock Fish Cakes for a starter and Lemon Posset for dessert.

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Burmese Semolina Cake with a Low Carb Coconut Ice Cream

I needed a Burmese recipe and a dessert recipe for my South East Asian date night menu so was very excited when I came across a Burmese Semolina Cake by the Spice Island Tea House.  I paired it with a Low Carb Coconut Ice Cream which I am happy to say turned out to be my best attempt at ice cream making so far.

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South East Asian Date Night – Part 2. Indonesian Oxtail Soup (Sop Buntut), Thai Coconut Fish and Filipino Pork Adobo

For the second part of the South East Asian date night menu I made an Indonesian Oxtail Soup (who knew they ate oxtail in Indonesia), a Thai Coconut Fish dish (always a favourite) and a Filipino Pork Adobo which is a dish I’ve been wanting to make for ages.

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South East Asian Date Night Menu – Part 1. Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls, Malaysian Chicken Satay and Cambodian Papaya Salad

I could not decide which country’s cuisine to make for my South East Asian Date Night menu, so I decided to make a few favourites from different countries and a few new dishes never tried before.  I ended up with quite a lot of dishes, so I’m doing this in three separate posts.

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