Food, Recipes & Best Buys

Hayley Koita

Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker Chicken

I have a thing for heat!!!! I can eat chillies with most foods (although chili chocolate can miss me) . I even make my own chili sauce, and I always appreciate a freshly chopped chili or crushed...

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Get some crab meat, pre-made wonton wrappers (Happy Belly brand is available in superstores in the frozen section) and make some of theeeese!!!! This simple starter comes together effortlessly, and...

Sushi Bake

Sushi Bake

If you’re feeling like sushi but don’t mind fusion or sticking to the rules, I definitely recommend this sushi bake! It’s like lasagna, but with sushi ingredients. Give it a spin of your own and...

Winter Lamb Potjie

Winter Lamb Potjie

Ladies, get comfortable with your roots and make a potjie! Stun your family with your cooking-in-the-wild prowess! What is great about cooking on fire is you can control the heat with the coals, as...

Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta

Because of my husband’s seafood allergies I usually make sure to get in lots when he’s not home.  I wanted prawns but also pasta, and my mom had made a seafood lasagna so I decided to put my own...

Bacon Pasta

Bacon Pasta

Let me put you onto something - Benguella Butchery Bacon!  I have been trying to find bacon as delicious and smokey, and have been unable to.  On weeknights when I’m pressed for time, I like doing...

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

This pot pie I make using leftover turkey breast but you can use chicken breast. I like making use of Christmas turkey but recently discovered a grocery store selling turkey breast cutlets - similar...

Rouladen

Rouladen

I have always loved German cooking, and I think this homemade rouladen is a simple way to cook something tastily German and well-worth the effort. I serve the rouladen with quick-make sides and...

Quick weekday pasta

Quick weekday pasta

Fam, I get the most amazing bacon from Benguella Butchery. Although I don’t live in Swakopmund, where they are stationed, it gets delivered to me on Fridays (among others, like their small batch...

Picking up the pieces after a career disappointment

Picking up the pieces after a career disappointment

In 2020 and thereafter, the economy took several knocks and we saw many businesses suffering financially after COVID-19. If businesses are under strain, the employees eventually carry the...

Clam Pasta

Clam Pasta

For my recent wedding anniversary, I wanted seafood but I am also limited to what I can give my husband due to his shellfish allergies.  I also wanted pasta and I also wanted to spend quality time...

Hayley’s Dinner Ideas

Hayley’s Dinner Ideas

Here’s my go to week day meals Pasta alla puttanesca  Veggie stir fry/chow mein  Minty lamb kidneys and crispy french loaf Air fried chicken wings and “roast” veggies (2 different foil “buckets” in...

Francesinha

Francesinha

This beast of a sandwich is not for the faint hearted!  I genuinely need a break from meat once I’ve had it, because it packs quite a punch. Make some fries on the side and don’t tell me I didn’t...

Cornish Pasty

Cornish Pasty

These little hand pies are easier than they look!  Use store bought puff pastry (heaven knows I am not making that myself!!) and put the beef in the pressure cooker for a yummy Friday night meal,...

Weeknight pasta recipe

Weeknight pasta recipe

This pasta is quick, easy and a definite crowd pleaser!  You can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes if you boil the pasta water as you start making the sauce.  My only advice is to cook enough...

Butternut Soup

Butternut Soup

What makes this soup extra yum is oven roasting the butternut.  It comes together quite quickly after that, and a good blend makes it creamy. Ingredients 4 cups of Chopped or sliced butternut Salt...

COVID-19 and our emotions

COVID-19 and our emotions

How intensely we reacted when there were two “foreigners” in our country who had tested positive - we knew COVID-19 was dangerous, but it seemed distant, “not our problem”. We had no idea of what...

Skaapstertjies

Skaapstertjies

This is true Southern African soul food.  While many people enjoy braaiing their “skaapstertjies” (sheep’s tail), I like them in a stew.  Mutton and green beans are a real thing for me, although my...

A healthier breyani

A healthier breyani

Healthier Breyani This is a nice little health-conscious version of the Breyani I posted some time back.  All you need are a few substitutes, and you can very much still enjoy the amazing flavours...

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Father’s Day with the “Afstammelinge” A few years ago, I created a whatsapp group for my dad, his children and our spouses, and the name “Afstammelinge” stuck, since he’s more Afrikaans than he is...