• Joined April, 2005
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I come from Cleveland Ohio and the foods I am used to being able to get cheaply and conveniently, either in restaurants or the grocery store just aren't available to me here in Johannesburg.  Hence I've had to learn how to cook a few of them.  I am one of those overly organised people that likes to have a place for everything and everything in its place and as a result, once a week, I spend an evening preparing and freezing dinners and lunches for the week - not for every meal - but for a lot of them.  There is something so wonderful about chasing everyone out of the kitchen and spending a few hours with a few glasses of wine and your favourite recipes.

I have 2 very small boys, 16 months apart, both under 5 years old. Felix is tall and skinny and only picks at food that isn't chicken or chocolate. Oscar is short and fat and destined to stay that way as he can't help stuffing himself 24 hours a day on any food that is within reach (including the cats' food and playdough).

When I'm not cooking (which is most of the time) I enjoy knitting, finding new music, watching the same movies over and over (which I also do when cooking) and I'm way past half way on a novel I've been writing. Oh yeah, I work for an agency that represents photographers, fashion stylists, and makeup and hair artists for the fashion, film and advertising industries.  My job is probably the coolest job on the planet - seriously.
Mexican, Cajun and verticle fusion food are my favorites, but I do venture off a little in to "Southern" soul food and modern British cuisine (thank you very much BBC Food).

My Most Recent Ratings

No Can Beato This Taquito

No Can Beato This Taquito

This was excellent. I fell in love completely... Though, in fairness, I did make a few changes including one rather significant one. I used pork fillet instead of chicken. Rather than slicing it into strips and cooking it with the vegetables, I covered it with the spices and roasted it first. I only shredded it and added it to the pan when it was time to deglaze it. This is going to be a regular fixture at my table - whether it's with chicken, pork or beef. — jlburgart 3/11/2014
Tuscan Chicken Lentil Stew

Tuscan Chicken Lentil Stew

Fantastic. Everyone loved it. — susanrachelle 11/3/2013
Pierogies

Pierogies

Pierogies are favourites of mine. I added some onions to this and it was yum. But lots of prep time - of course that was expected! Nice one! — mstanco 1/2/2013
Cornbread with Honey Butter

Cornbread with Honey Butter

I finally got around to making this. It is definitely a Southern cornbread recipe, and scrumptious at that. Of course, I have a feeling the honey butter is going to become a staple in my world, though I think the peel was a bit too strong for the kids. — cleverkt 1/2/2013
Cinnamon Apple Bars

Cinnamon Apple Bars

I've made this a few times, though for some reason, it only just took off with the kids. Now, it's a keeper. — cleverkt 1/2/2013
Chicken and Corn Soup

Chicken and Corn Soup

My 9 year old is the resident chicken and corn soup expert. If it is on the menu, he will order it. He was the tester on this and pronounced it perfect. In fact, he had me portion out freezer portions just to suit him! This one is a keeper. — cleverkt 1/2/2013
Applesauce

Applesauce

Nice holiday taste on this. I think next time I will add the brown sugar when I add the apples and water, because it took too long for the apples to break down. Otherwise delicious. — kathybat 1/2/2013
Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

This is really fantastic. Everyone loved it - especially me. This is going into the favourites section of my life. Also, it freezes surprisingly well, so I would use fresh meat and make a double batch for another day. — Firebyrd 12/30/2012
All In One Casserole

All In One Casserole

This just might be the easiest thing to make ever. It is a lot like cabbage rolls without the work (or the rice). It's really cheap to make and rather delicious too. I felt it needed a bit of a kick and added Tabasco, but the kids felt it was fine without it (of course). We'll make it again. — cleverkt 12/30/2012
All Day Crockpot Delight 2

All Day Crockpot Delight 2

This is very delicious. Better still, you can use the cheapest cuts of beef to make it, making the recipe one of the most inexpensive you'll find. Noodles are indeed excellent with this, and I would serve with a side of green beans. Perfect for making and freezing. We'll make and eat this again! — cleverkt 12/30/2012
30-Minute Country Captain

30-Minute Country Captain

This has such an interesting flavour to it. Despite the amount of curry powder (I used a rather pure Masala), the kids both remarked that it was nice. There are definite Indian overtones to the dish, so I will serve it with poppadoms or naan next time. — cleverkt 12/30/2012
Baked Eggs with Croissants and Jam

Baked Eggs with Croissants and Jam

I'm not sure why I waited so long until I made this again. It is utterly marvelous. Now that the kids are bigger this is something they can make with very little supervision (making it a great idea for breakfast in bed on Mother's Day). It's also perfect for a snack. You can prepare the croissants and jam the day before and simply whip up the eggs on the day to save time when you are hosting a brunch (or before heading off to school). This is moving overt to favourites. — cleverkt 12/30/2012
Giant Cinnamon Rolls

Giant Cinnamon Rolls

These are really wonderful. Just a note that the gluten is mentioned in the ingredient list, but not in the instructions. Which is fine, as I wasn't about to go out to buy just that. In any case - delicious and will certainly add to the rotation. — melarky 10/9/2011
Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Terrific and easy. Only wish I had a pasta machine to make rolling it out quicker. — DCooper 10/8/2011
Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are fantastic. My kids and I love them! — CrystalAnne 10/5/2011
Perogies with Potato-Cheese Filling

Perogies with Potato-Cheese Filling

Okay, it was kind of hard to make heads or tails of this recipe, but I needed a perogie dough that didn't use sour cream (as there was none in the house). Dough is really stretchy and when it says rest it, that's what you need to do. In any case, kids loved it, I liked it and I will make again - though I have had to write down my own notes on what is what. 5/17/2011
Skillet Pizza Potatoes

Skillet Pizza Potatoes

This is great. Very addictive. I used fresh potatoes (and onions) so that I could make to freeze for later in the month when I know I have no time, so it took a bit longer. But I am a convert and want it tonight! — cleverkt 8/24/2010
Cranberry Gravy

Cranberry Gravy

[I posted this recipe.] — cleverkt 8/21/2010
Mini Pear and Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

Mini Pear and Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

[I posted this recipe.] — cleverkt 8/1/2010
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

So good. I left the chili powder out for most of the cooking because of the kids. I added in somefresh chilies right at the end (after scooping out the kids'' portion) and it was great. Will make this again and again. — dustyh 8/1/2010

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How come the Banana Muffins recipe you have listed as your post was submitted by someone else?

2 years ago    Firebyrd

Hi are you still around ? :)

2 years ago    CayleeGrey

Thank you so much for the medal...I am glad you liked the photo. I really enjoy taking photos...even better it 's related to food:).

3 years ago    ellie36

Your baked potato soup looks delicious. I'm hoping to try it soon.

3 years ago    shannsgirl

wow you sound like quite the busy woman, just sayin hi and i invited you as my foodie friend, im gona have to start cooking some of your recipes, they all look good, where do i start,lol, have a great day, CCheryl

4 years ago    CCheryl

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