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Butternut, Spinach and Feta Salad

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Butternut salad

It’s Meat Free Monday again and this Monday I thought I would share one of our favourites. It’s really easy to make but tasty, filling and healthy as well.

Ingredients: Butternut
1 whole butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
Olive oil
Ground cinnamon
15g pine nuts
100g spinach leaves
Balsamic vinegar
30g crumbed feta

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Place the butternut cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon and roast for 30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned. Toast pine nuts in a frying pan for about 2 mins, keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.

Toss the spinach leaves, warm butternut and pine nuts together in a large bowl, drizzling some balsamic vinegar over. Serve on a plate and top with the feta.


Cafe: The Freshwater Club

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It’s a dismal day outside with the kind of weather that makes you want to hide far beneath the duvet. But we’re hungry and my husband has the day off, we feel obliged to make the most of the day. We head out and face the elements making our way to brunch at a local spot (besides, we aren’t trekking too far in this weather, the closer the better).

There is a lovely spot on Lawrence Street called The Freshwater Club, and at 10.30 on a very rainy Friday morning, it’s almost full (this is always a good sign, I don’t like quiet cafes/restaurants – they make me suspicious). The phrase “Shabby Chic” is everywhere these days but I have to use it to describe the decor here and maybe I’ll add Beach to that phrase: Shabby Chic Beach style. I love it. The environment is relaxed, the waiters are friendly and chatty. Then the coffee arrives…


How. Do. They. Do. That?!?! A puppy on my coffee? Incredible! It tasted great too.

We ordered our meals, I had the Brekkie Wrap with bacon, spinach, avo, fried egg, cheddar cheese and green tomato jam. My husband had one of the Breakfast Specials: Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs with Spicy Avocado Salsa on Sourdough Bread. Yummy!! It was hard to decide what to have, there were loads of tempting choices. Perhaps we’ll try them the next time we come here, there most definitely will be a next time.

We then ordered another drink each, a flat white and a Dirty Chai (new experience for me – chai spice with a single shot of espresso, brilliant!). There was more amazement when they arrived:


How do they do that?

Unbelievable. These guys are talented!

The place was fun and we were really tickled by the patterns on the coffees. This may become our local brunch stop. Now, where is that sunshine Australia is famous for? I did not sign up for all this rain!


The Freshwater Club
7B Lawrence Street, Freshwater Village

Sweet Potato Cakes

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We have decided to try give meat a skip on Mondays and have (very originally) called it: Meat Free Mondays. This is a big ask for a Saffa man, so we are very proud of him. I do use the word “try” quite loosely as we aren’t going to be RIDICULOUS about the whole thing, but just do our best. We aren’t Eco Warriors or anything like that but obviously global warming and greenhouse gas emissions are real. Apparently methane gas, which mostly comes from livestock, is one of the largest pollutants to our environment. So if everyone gave up meat for just one day a week, it would make a massive difference. Okay, but enough lecturing, let’s get back to Meat Free Mondays.


I was given a gorgeous vegetarian recipe book as a birthday present a few years back. It’s called Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and yesterday (being a Monday) I attempted my first recipe out of it (shocker! I have had this book for a few years and am only using it now – London was busy, what can I say?!?).

1 sweet potato
1 tsp soya sauce
25g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp caster sugar
2 chopped spring onions
Chopped fresh chilli to taste

Peel and cut up the sweet potato then cook until softened (I steamed mine). Remove from pot and drain in a colander until most of the moisture has disappeared (approx 1 hr). Throw sweet potato and rest of the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl and mix until you get a smooth batter.

Using butter, grease a large heated frying pan. Spoon batter into frying pan and flatten to make a rounded shape (it def doesn’t have to be perfect). Fry on a medium heat for approx 6 mins a side and then remove from heat and place on kitchen towel to absorb excess butter.

I served mine on a simple green salad with sour cream.

Baked Camembert with Garlic & Thyme

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I am all for food that is quick and easy to make, but that looks and tastes like something out of a professional’s kitchen. So, when I came across this idea I just fell in love with it immediately and had to give it a go.

It’s a great way to impress your guests but takes little effort. So you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your friends.

Take one whole Camembert cheese and score slits into the top, peel and finely slice one garlic clove and insert the slices in the slits. Top the cheese with fresh thyme and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 C. I served mine with some water crackers and grapes. DELISH!