Hearty barley soup with sausages

Hearty barley soup with sausages

A soup as a filling meal-in-one to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. The barley thickens the soup and gives it a lovely creaminess. I always get excited when everyday ingredients combine into such a hearty meal. The pork bangers add a delicious taste and a touch of sour cream brings it all together.

Dik boontjiesop

Dik boontjiesop

Boontjiesop is pure Suid-Afrikaanse kos. ’n Stomende bakkie sop vir die winter is genoeg om hart en siel (en jou maag) te vul. Dit verg so bietjie beplanning om die boontjies eers te week, maar die geurigheid van die sop is absoluut die moeite werd. Dis ’n eenvoudige kombinasie van bekende bestanddele, ‘n maaltyd op sy eie en regtig vullend.

Phyllo pie with bacon & butternut

Phyllo pie with bacon & butternut

A pie is the ultimate comfort food. In this recipe I use bacon, which is quite salty, but the rest of the seasonings are all natural. There isn’t a lot of sour cream in the sauce, but just enough to make it creamy and moreish. Keep moderation in mind when it comes to portion sizes and eat it with a big green salad!

Carrot stew with star anise

Carrot stew with star anise

The hearty stew uses basic ingredients, with the addition of whole star anise to give it an aromatic flair. Star anise is delicious with both carrots, cabbage and beef or pork. One could easily play with different spices to ring the changes. Cumin seeds or even whole cloves and all spice berries are good options, or use a Chinese five spice mixture instead.

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