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Almost fat-free chips
  • Time: 30-40 minute baking time
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  • Origin: Afrikaans

Almost fat-free chips

Serve with your favorite meal for a healthy alternative.
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Anise

Anice is the sweet seeds of a flowering herb.  It bears a strong family resemblance to the members of the carrot family, that includes dill, fennel, coriander, cumin and caraway with its fine feathery leaves. Many of these relatives have been described as having a licorice flavour, to some extent, but anise is the true taste of licorice— its oils are distilled into the flavouring for licorice candy (not from the herb licorice, which has a different taste).
Avocado salsa

Avocado salsa

This salsa  goes well with many dishes, grilled or braaied chicken, wraps, fish, and curries. A must for mexican dishes.
Beef and broccoli stir-fry
  • Time: 10 min cooking time
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  • Origin: Asian

Beef and broccoli stir-fry

Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients – with good preparation this meal will be ready in minutes.
Chives
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Chives

It is one of the most common herbs that is grown in every herb garden! They are more pleasing in taste!
Cloves

Cloves

The word ‘clove’ is from the Latin word for ‘nail’. Cloves are the immature unopened flower buds of a tropical tree; they resemble small nails, with a tapered stem. The large end of the clove is the four-pointed flower bud.  It has a warm, pungent, and aromatic bouquet. Its flavour is sweetly pungent, astringent, and strongly aromatic, providing a anesthetic feel to the mouth when bitten on.

Dill

The plant is grown in the herb garden towards the back for it grows to be about 2-3 feet with ferny type leaves which makes for a pretty background to other herbs. It is an annual plant grown mostly from seed which produces heads of tiny yellow flowers. It does prefer full sun and will re-seed itself if you let the flowers go to seed in the fall.
Fish in spicy tomato

Fish in spicy tomato

This is so delicious you won’t even miss the fat.
Serve with almost fat-free chips.
Grilled fish with avocado salsa

Grilled fish with avocado salsa

Any type of fish, filleted or whole, may be used in this recipe. This salsa also goes well with grilled or braaied chicken.
Jaco's Relish

Jaco's Relish

My father-in-law makes this delicious 'concoction' with chillies and onions that they preserve and eat with most savoury dishes.  It will really spice-up sandwiches as well.  The amount of heat you get depends on the type of chilli you use, and the amount can easily be adjusted accordingly. 
Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

A simple yet delicious salad for good health.
No-cook Tomato Sauce for Pizza

No-cook Tomato Sauce for Pizza

I make this sauce for pizza which we apply liberally to the base of the pizza.  It requires no cooking as I use tinned tomato products only.
Parsley
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Parsley

Welcome parsley into your kitchen!  It is a great all around herb. It quickly adds a touch of color and texture to any recipe. The aroma and taste of parsley is very distinctive for a herb that is generally described as being mild and non obtrusive.
It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.
Salmon Fish Cakes
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Afrikaans

Salmon Fish Cakes

Use tuna instead of salmon, but if you do, swop the dill for parsley. These fish cakes are delicious hot or cold.  Prepare ahead of time.
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Thyme

Fresh garden thyme is an herb that has thin grayish green leaves and a subtle lemon, yet minty aroma and taste. Thyme is used in a wide variety of cuisine, but is most closely associated with French cuisine.  It also has medicinal value.