Healthy Dinner Starters To Impress Your Guests

Tooke Tots:



  • 3 matooke fingers, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt
  • vegetable oil for deep frying



  1. Place matooke fingers, garlic and salt in a pan of water and boil till matooke is soft enough to split when you insert a fork
  2. Strain out the water and mash the matooke and garlic with a fork
  3. Form into balls that fit in the palm of your hand
  4. Deep fry till golden
  5. Serve warm with a honey mustard dip


(Makes 5 Tooke tots)


Butternut Squash Soup:



  • 1 medium butternut squash, chopped
  • One large onion, sliced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium finger Ginger, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 400ml Coconut milk
  • 200ml water
  • Salt
  • Chilli powder (optional)



  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add onions and fry till translucent
  2. Add garlic and ginger and fry for 1 minute
  3. Add chopped butternut squash and add salt. Fry for 3 minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk and water and bring to the boil, covered
  5. Reduce heat and cook till butternut squash is soft enough to blend
  6. Remove squash from pan and place in a blender with some of the liquid and blend. If using a small blender, do it in batches.
  7. Keep adding the liquid till you have a smooth and silky soup
  8. Return blended soup to a pan and add some chilli powder (optional)
  9. Serve soup hot with croutons or a bread roll


Courtesy of Mark Kaheru

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