Thursday, October 28, 2010

This is what we want for dinner tonight!

Treat your family or friends to this delicious (and easy!) pasta dish. 

Bacon & Blue Cheese Fusilli Pasta with Roasted Baby Tomatoes
(Serves 4 -6) 

Shopping List
360g (about) Baby Rosa Tomatoes
300g Fusilli Pasta
125g Blue Cheese
125g Cream Cheese
200g Baby Spinach Leaves
125g Bacon Bits
1 cup Parmesan (grated)
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Brown Treacle Sugar
Black Pepper

How to make it
Heat oven to 180 degrees.
Wash Rosa Tomatoes - place in roasting pan.
Season tomatoes with salt and black pepper, sprinkle with half a hand full of brown treacle sugar, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Roast until they are sort of soft and slightly wrinkled and sauce starts to caramelize - toss every now and then.
Keep warm or reheat in your microwave once ready to serve.

In the meantime bring big pot of water to the boil - when bubbling add pasta and a shot of salt.
Cook until just tender - drain (if they stick together drizzle with olive oil and toss).
Fry bacon in nice big pan with a dash of olive oil or butter until just cooked.
Add crumbled blue cheese, cream cheese, spinach and half the parmesan to the fried bacon.
Heat slowly until blended - add pasta and toss gently.

Place the pasta mixture in oiled shallow dish, sprinkle with remaining parmesan, drizzle with a wee bit of olive oil and grill until the top browns slightly.

Open a bottle of red wine and serve your pasta with the yummy roasted tomatoes.

  • For a vegetarian option, leave out the bacon.
  • Use Penne instead of Fusilli.
  • If you don't like blue cheese, use mozzarella chopped into little pieces (it does not melt as well).
  • Use smooth Low Fat Cottage Cheese for a lighter option.
  • Spinach us one of the healthiest ingredients around - so use as much as you like.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Woolworths Living Wall

We just love this initiative by Woolies! Visit this site (, choose a Strawberry, Spinach, Basil or Tomato seedling and plant it on the virtual garden wall. Woolworths will match the virtual plant contributions by donating real life plants to South African Schools with premaculture food gardens. It’s fun, easy and free – do it!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mexican Fresh

We get very excited when a restaurant opens that offers something different to the usual take out fare, and Mexican Fresh is exactly that. The general perception around Mexican food is that it is very spicy and often oily, but this new fast food venture is putting Mexican cuisine on the South African map as flavoursome and healthy.

The concept is simple, you can choose from STYLES & FILLINGS. Burrito, Crunchy Taco, Soft Taco, Fajita, Nachos and Quesadilla filled/topped with Grilled Veg, Chicken, Beef or Prawn.

It’s more of a fast food outlet than a restaurant, but there is ample seating to enjoy your meal there, with the added bonus that the Fajita is served in a hot steel pan! Even though the food isn’t very spicy, they supply you with a selection of chilli sauces to turn up the heat should you wish. The service is also very friendly and attentive – pity it’s on such a busy road.

A very enjoyable meal indeed – we will definitely be back to try some new combinations.

Visit for more info.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Basil Mania

We are so chuffed with our little basil plants! We started from seeds, and now have juvenile plants almost 10 cm high - we just can’t wait to use those fragrant leaves in some of our dishes!

The progress of our basil plants so far…

Here is a simple and quick recipe using fresh basil:

Torn Basil Salad

Fresh Basil Leaves (a handful)
Fresh Baby tomatoes (a handful)
Black or green olives (to your taste)
Olive Oil (optional)
Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
Salt & Pepper

Tear the baby tomatoes, basil leaves and pitted olives into bite size pieces. Toss lightly. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil & balsamic vinegar to taste