Posted in Good Food, Sweets

Caramelised Pineapple with Dipping Yogurt


I actually feel incredibly guilty to publish this as a recipe, as it is not much of a recipe but rather an assembly of products. However during my travels to India I have found this street food so refreshing and tantalizing and I have used it at so many breakfasts and brunches that I thought I must publish it.

My Helpful Hint: You’ll need one large pineapple for every 6-8 guests. You can do this with other fresh fruit as well and to save time you don’t have to fry them.

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Recipe: Very Easy | Serve: 6

Products you’ll need:

  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • 100g Demerara Sugar
  • 20g Chili Flakes
  • 500ml Greek Yogurt
  • 200ml Sweet Chili Sauce (make your own or store bought is ok)
  • Bamboo forks

To Assemble/Make:

  • Peel the pineapple, cut into 1cm thick or 6 slices, lightly sprinkle both sides with a little demerara sugar and then quarter each slice.
  • Pan-fry the pineapple in a dry pan until caramelised on both sides – takes seconds to caramelised and take care not to burn the sugar too much.
  • Stick a bamboo fork in each, sprinkle with chili flakes and serve with 50ml Greek Yogurt topped with 25ml Sweet Chili Sauce.

Here I have done it with Melon & Dragon Fruit.

Posted in Good Food, Recipe

Glorious Gluten Free Mielie-Muffins


Whenever I have to cater a brunch of breakfast for a client and there is a food allergy – usually gluten intolerance – I revert to my grandmother’s delicious and glorious gluten free mieliebread (cornbread for my overseas readers) recipe which I have converted into a muffin for individual handling. Not only is the recipe gluten free, but also suitable for vegetarians (replace the bacon bits with mushrooms) and mielliepap (polenta for my overseas readers) being a staple food for most South Africans, it spans the cultural divide beautifully and successfully as well.

My Helpful Hint: Make them the day before you need them, they need to sit and set before serving them, you can always reheat in the oven or microwave the next day. If you serve them freshly baked from the oven and hot, you’ll destroy the muffin by the time you have peeled away the paper encasing.

Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 35 mins | Recipe: Easy | Yield: 24 muffins


  • 3 tins Creamed Sweetcorn
  • 270g Strong Cheddar Cheese
  • 190ml Milk
  • 190ml Cream
  • 6 Jumbo Eggs
  • 1Bunch of Chives, chopped
  • 10ml Salt
  • 2ml Black Pepper
  • 10ml Crushed Garlic
  • 20ml Baking Powder
  • 510g Mieliepap or Polenta

For the Frosting:

  • 230g Soft Cream Cheese
  • 2ml Smoked Parika
  • 250g Rindless Bacon – cut into bits and fried until crispy


  • Preheat oven to 180°C and spray 24 large paper cups with Cook ‘n Spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the mieliepap/polenta.
  • Once well mixed, add the mieliepap/polenta and mix well.
  • Pour 125g of batter in each paper cup and set into a large muffin tin.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until golden and brown, allow to cool a while, remove from the tins and allow to cool completely before serving.
  • Allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature, when soft add the paprika and mix well. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe a swirl on each muffin and sprinkle with crispy fried bacon bits.