Top 10 recipes for October 2023

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Top 10 recipes for October 2023

This is an October we’ll never forget! After a nail-biting series of matches, the Springboks made history as the only team in the world to win the Rugby World Cup four times. And clearly you were watching every step of the way – braaiing and snacking! The most popular recipes of the month include lekker braai sides, easy midweek meals and a sensational pudding we made in honour of Siya Kolisi and the Bokke!

10. Classic alfredo pasta

A good classic pasta will hit the spot every time! Jacqueline Burgess’s alfredo pasta needs just seven ingredients and is ready in 35 minutes, making it the perfect midweek meal. You can make it with smoked ham or gammon, so save this one for December to use up any leftover gammon.


Find the recipe for classic alfredo pasta here.

9. The Springbokkie (Peppermint Crisp trifle)

We posted this recipe on social media on 28 October, a.k.a. the day the Springboks won their fourth Rugby World Cup! Clearly, the gees, nostalgia and local flavours made you flock to this recipe. Hannah Lewry created this in honour of captain Siya Kolisi’s favourite pudding, Peppermint Crisp tart, back in 2018 ahead of our previous win. We’re not saying that this pudding is a lucky charm, but this makes two wins since its creation.

Peppermint Crisp trifle

Find the recipe for the Springbokkie here. 

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8. Tuna pasta salad

Khanya Mzongwana’s tuna pasta salad is the first of many braai-related recipes on this list. The secret to this salad is the super-easy, herby green mayonnaise that also works well in sandwiches. Plus, it’s made with affordable ingredients, most of which you likely have in your kitchen right now.

Tuna pasta salad

Find the recipe for tuna pasta salad here.

7. Tenderstem broccoli braai salad

The star of this braai salad is… you’ve guessed it: Tenderstem broccoli! And we know there’s a host of superfans out there for this gorgeous green. Brita du Plessis charrs the broccoli on the braai and adds it to fusilli pasta and cherry tomatoes. Basil pesto and toasted pumpkin seeds complete the salad.

Find the recipe for Tenderstem broccoli braai salad here.

6. Biltong jam

Move over bacon jam, we’re all about biltong jam. Clearly, you are too! This lekker jam can be spread on toast, added to cheese or charcuterie boards or spread on burgers and boerie rolls. The possibilities are endless! Plus, it’s easier to make than you think, thanks to Brita du Plessis’s recipe.

Biltong Jam

Find the recipe for biltong jam here. 

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5. Biltong roosterkoek

Jam is not the only biltong recipe you loved in October. This biltong roosterkoek has been tagged non-stop since we posted it on social media. We get it. Two local favourites rolled into one with a braai element: this is definitely an instant classic!

Find the recipe for biltong roosterkoek here.

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4. Cheese toasties: 3 ways

Speaking of classics, cheese toasties are a firm favourite and we’ve upgraded them in three ways. Options include Caprese, spicy chicken, and garlic butter toasted cheese with harissa. Plus, Brita du Plessis shares a hack to ensure you get perfectly melted cheese every time. Spoiler: adding a few tablespoons of water to the pan and covering it with a lid will create steam when you make your toastie.

Find the recipe for cheese toasties: 3 ways here.

3. Amarula cinnamon hot chocolate

Winter may be over, but hot chocolate can be enjoyed any time! Especially when it’s spiked with something as lekker as Amarula! We’re sure this drink kept you cosy during all those 9 pm kick-offs during the Rugby World Cup.

Find the recipe for Amarula cinnamon hot chocolate here.

2. Mexican bake

This is one of our most popular recipes ever. Every time we post Abigail Donnelly’s Mexican bake on social media it gets a phenomenal response. The fact that it’s so high up on this top 10 recipe list is proof of that. To quote one satisfied reader: “Yummy outcome. My son loved it 😋”

Find the recipe for Mexican bake here.

1. Hake-and-vegetable bake

In these tough economic times, quality food at a good price point reigns supreme. And this hake-and-vegetable bake by Clement Pedro comes in at under R50 per person. It’s one of the recipes on our Everyday Wlist™ great value hub, which features a range of budget-friendly lunch and dinner recipes.

Find the recipe for hake-and-vegetable bake here.

Check out the Everyday Wlist™ great value hub here. 

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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