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Tuna and Potato Puffers


This is affectionately known as puff pastry samosas, but I decided to give it a new name.  I have been making this forever and it is definitely a crowd pleaser.



  • 425g canned tuna in brine
  • 6 Ready rolled puff sheetsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • 2 large potato peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 1 small brown onion diced finely
  • Handful fresh coriander
  • 3 Birdseye chilli – diced finely
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masalaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup water


Take Puff pastry sheets out of the freezer to thaw.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan or wok.  Add mustard and cumin seeds to oil and fry for 30 seconds.  Added diced onion and chillies, and fry till onion softens. Add coriander stalks, garlic, ginger,turmeric, ground coriander and cumin. Fry for another minute, then add potatoes, and salt, give it a good mix add water and bring to boil  lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 7 – 10 mins  or until potatoes are tender.  Add garam masala and tuna to the potato mix and cook for another 7 mins. Mix through chopped fresh coriander leaves.  Allow tuna and potato mixture to cool.

Cut each pastry sheet into 9 squares.  Ensure that you keep the sheets covered with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out. Place a teaspoon of mixture onto each square. Take two corners of the square and bring it together to form a triangle. Seal edges by pressing it together.

Brush each triangle with oil and bake in a hot oven 200 deg C  for 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with mint chutney or whipped natural yoghurt.


Devika’s Sangria


This is a my version of Sangria, with less alcohol and fruit. I use Shiraz for this and you can make it for one or for many – it is a great summer beverage.


  • 1  part red wine
  • 1 part Schweppes Agrum Citrus Blend
  • 1/2 part Soda Water or Tonic Water
  • 1 OrangeDSCN6175
  • Few Mint Leaves


Mix Red Wine, Agrum and Soda water in a jug with ice, pop in sliced orange and garnish with mint leaves.

Onion Focaccia


I made this last weekend for lunch.  We had it as a sandwich but it can be served with dips.  You can change the toppings to your liking. This is also from my bread book which is called the The Bread and Bread Machine Bible.Onion Focaccia 2


  • 1 cup waterOnion Focaccia 1
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups unbleached white bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugarOnion Focaccia 4
  • 7g/1 sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion

For the topping

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 5 Fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • coarsely ground black pepper


Place flour, salt, sugar and dried yeast in a large bowl: mix.  Add water and oil and mix into a dough. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a floured surface and knead for 4 mins.  Shape the dough into a ball and cover with oiled plastic and leave for 5 mins. Meanwhile  lightly oil a shallow 25-28 cm shallow round tin.

Knock the dough back (punch it down)and flatten it slightly. Sprinkle over sage and onion and knead gently to incorporate. Shape the dough into a ball, flatten it and roll into a round of about 25-28 cm. Place in prepared tin, cover with oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for 20 mins.

Preheat oven to 200 Deg C. Uncover the focaccia, and using your fingertips poke the dough to make deep dimples. Cover and leave to rise for another 10 mins or until it has doubled in bulk.

Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with sage and onions, sea salt and pepper.

Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Serve warm.