Is there anything better than an al fresco feast when the weather warms up? The new season is all about fresh flavours, with plenty of fruit and a healthy sprinkling of seeds and nuts. Professional chef Charmaine Lilje has created a menu just perfect for the summertime — start your day off with a zesty drink and some homemade granola, dine on dishes packed with green goodness, and try your hand at unfussy, delicious desserts.

Passion fruit smoothie – serves 1


  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 1 whole banana
  • 3 granadillas – pulped
  • ¼ of a large green apple
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Cinnamon to taste


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend with or without 3 ice cubes
  2. A sprinkle of cinnamon to taste
  3. Enjoy 


Homemade healthy baked granola – makes 1kg


  • 500g rolled oats
  • 600g honey
  • 250ml olive oil
  • 350g pecan nuts
  • 150g cashew nuts
  • 100g sesame seeds
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 100g desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C
  2. Grease a medium sized oven tray with a small edge to prevent granola from spilling off
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the desiccated coconut and mix well
  4. Pour out onto the oven tray and place in the oven
  5. Bake for approx. 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes
  6. Remove the granola from the oven once golden
  7. Pour into a large plastic bowl and allow to cool, once cold break it up into chunks. Add the coconut flakes
  8. Store in an airtight container (it keeps for about 2 months) 

Pesto pasta with courgette & cashew nuts


  • spaghetti500g cooked pasta of your choice
  • 2 large courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 100g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 50ml water or veg stock
  • 100g grated pecorino
  • A handful of toasted cashew nuts


  • 200g basil
  • 100g rocket
  • 100g grated pecorino
  • 100g cashew nuts – toasted
  • 200ml vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. For the pesto: combine basil, rocket, oil, nuts, and pecorino and blend until smooth
  2. Separately preheat a pan, add the butter and garlic. Once slightly browned add the sliced courgettes and sauté for 5 minutes
  3. Add the pesto and water/stock
  4. Add halved cherry tomatoes
  5. Add the pre-cooked pasta
  6. Stir and heat through
  7. Transfer to a bowl and top with extra toasted cashew nuts and extra grated pecorino

Raw chocolate & almond torte – serves 8-12


  • 750ml coconut oil
  • 400g cocoa
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 100g dates soaked in warm water
  • 5 ripe avos, de-piped and skinned
  • 6 tablespoons of honey 


  1. Prepare your dish, a round 20-30cm springform cake tin works well. Line with foil, and grease it
  2. Combine avo, dates (without the water it soaked in), honey and cocoa in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if you like it sweeter
  3. Separately combine the ground almonds and coconut oil and mix until it comes together, press into your prepared tin and place in the freezer for 10 minutes
  4. Take the base out the freezer and pour the chocolate mix on top of the base. Smooth the top and refrigerate overnight 

Located in beautiful Constantia, Chardonnay Deli is a farm stall, deli, and restaurant that stocks a wide range of locally-sourced products. Pick up homemade treats like freshly baked bread and cakes, free range eggs, jams, honey and organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh flowers, or pop in for a wholesome meal.Open for breakfast and lunch, meals are served outdoors on the lovely deck or inside in the cosy cafe. The menu changes daily, so there’s always something new to try, but expect healthy breakfast options like a raw energy bowl with cocoa nibs, coconut milk, dates and almond butter, or more indulgent dishes like French toast with berry compote, cream, honey, and nuts. The lunch menu always includes classics like soups, salads, homemade pies and quiches, but look out for delicious pasta dishes and gourmet sandwiches, like the chicken breast burger with cranberry sauce.

Find Chardonnay Deli at 87 Constantia Main Road. Visit for more information or call 021 795 0606 to make a reservation.