Getting through January…

Happy 2016 everybody and compliments. All the best to you and yours for the new year.

It is said January is the longest month mostly because companies pay salaries mid-December and then only at the end of January.


For me it’s a little different. Am usually exhausted in January. Mainly because during the holidays I have to do makoti duties. Am usually on my feet before everyone wakes up and only hit the sack once everyone has gone to sleep.


Long story short, in January I make quick and easy meals to ensure am out of the kitchen as soon as possible.

I also make sure they are cost effective. That they save me money. LOL remember what I said about the salaries?

One of those meals was my Creamy chicken livers with garlic and white wine vinegar.

My husband is a lover of pap. To this end, when I prepare my meat dishes I make sure they can work with more than one starch product.


So, yes I served the livers on pap and then made mini chicken liver pies with the same livers for the non-pap lovers, Me.

This meal cost me less than R50 to make. LOL I know it doesn’t look like it right? Thanks. 🙂

Some of my meal ideas for this month include:

  • Pork Fillet with roasted veggies Under R100 to make.
  • Pap, sheba sauce and grilled Pork chops Under R70 to make
  • Spagetti and Meatballs Under R60 to make.

I will soon post pictures and later on recipes of these.

That, y’all, is nearly a quarter of my January meal planning.

May the year be beautiful and productive.




Meal planning

I love planning and managing events. I successfully planned a few weddings in the last five years including my own.

I am no different when it comes to food. I plan every meal that comes out of my kitchen. By Monday morning I already know what will be for supper on Thursday.

My home made pie with fresh salad.

It’s a habit I inherited from my mother.

In the days leading up to my wedding anniversary I served food that is light and filling at the same time. The intention was to eat myself stupid on the actual day which didn’t happen – After a piece of steak and veggies I just could not carry on.

One of those meals was a (deconstructed) sausage pie.

No, I didn’t make my own pastry. I took a shortcut.

There is always a Fresh salad on my plate. I don’t always eat it, but it always makes its way way onto my plates. After all, salad does make for pretty presentation and that’s what I like, a great-looking plate.

Lettuce is my least favourite thing so I keep coming up with ways to make salad without it and I think I have succeeded.

Some carrot, red onion, fresh parsley are just some of the ingredients that gave me this fresh salad.

My 18-year-old little sister has beef with one thing when it comes to my cooking, the dishing up.

She says I take too long. In fact, she refuses to wait for me to make the plate look pretty. She just wants her food on the plate. No “styling or stacking”, which according to her, is what I do. No truth in that by the way. Well, at least I don’t think so.

Hope this inspires you to try out something new in your kitchen tonight, or tomorrow.

xoxo, D