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Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

This bright, crunchy cucumber and tomato salad, which is loosely adapted from Naomi Duguid’s brilliant book, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, is the perfect accompaniment to summer meals and barbecued meats.  It’s both refreshing and cooling, and takes […]

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer treats.  It is a delicious, cooling, satisfying soup for summer’s hottest days. Best of all, it takes 15 minutes to make and there’s no cooking involved! On hot days, my family craves cold foods.  Even I yearn to […]

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself scrounging around for interesting salads.  As much as we all love meats off the braai, they require some light, crunchy veg to balance it all out. Since it looks as if we’re in for some lovely, warm […]

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

This classic, Italian tomato salad comes together in a matter of minutes.  Best of all, it’s a real crowd pleaser and is easy to make in big batches.  This is an ideal side dish for family gatherings or outdoor entertaining. Sometimes, the simplest dishes are […]

Pico de Gallo, Mexican Salsa

Pico de Gallo, Mexican Salsa

Pico de Gallo (rooster’s beak in Spanish) is probably the most common Mexican sauce.  There is good reason for its popularity, because this salsa is both easy to make and totally addictive. Nobody knows why pico de gallo was originally named for a rooster’s beak. […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Mexican Flavours

Roasted Tomato Soup with Mexican Flavours

When it’s chilly outside, I vastly prefer a warming soup to a cold salad.  So, I tend to start preparing soups and broths the moment the first cold-snap arrives. The Mexican-inspired flavors of cumin and jalapeño pepper in this soup will warm both your palate […]