Balsamic-apricot glazed pork neck sosaties

2021-03-10T12:40:22+02:00Wednesday, 10 March 2021|Dinner|Tags: , |

The mornings have a definite chill in the air and the frightfully territorial squirrels in my garden have burst into a flurry of activity, gathering acorns and digging up my flowerbeds to use as a larder. Yup folks, autumn is definitely here. It’s simply my favourite time of year in the Cape. The beastly South Easter doesn’t howl anymore [...]

At my table: With Du Toitskloof Chardonnay and my pork & fennel bolognese

2021-02-11T09:58:47+02:00Thursday, 11 February 2021|Dinner|Tags: , |

I’m not gonna lie, 2020 was not my year. But then I guess that spending a considerable amount of time on the couch in one's trackie pants and slippers, whining about the ‘so-many-eth’ wine ban, is hardly conducive to being in the best frame of mind or particularly creative in the kitchen. I’m back with a New Year vengeance [...]

Isabella’s oven roasted mussels

2021-01-08T08:51:20+02:00Friday, 8 January 2021|Dinner|

Just after Christmas the fabulous Isabella Niehaus stopped at my door with the most amazing gift – two kilograms of plump West Coast mussels, so fresh I figured they’d still been clinging to a rock that very morning. Isabella is one of my local food heroes. The meals she serves at the long table in her gorgeous Langebaan home overlooking [...]

Muratie wine estate, Stellenbosch

2020-12-08T12:45:29+02:00Tuesday, 8 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Situated in the Knorhoek Valley at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain, a mere 10km outside of Stellenbosch, you’ll find Muratie – a wine estate with a history and heritage that’s quite unusual. The story of Muratie is essentially a love story. One that goes back many years – all the way back to 1685, when the then Governor [...]

A visit to Elgin Vintners

2020-12-03T17:48:28+02:00Thursday, 3 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Hit the N2 out of Cape Town and if the traffic is good (which these days is a pretty big if) you get to Sir Lowry’s Pass in under an hour. In mere minutes you climb over 400m above sea level and, once you get to the top, a whole different world unfolds before you. You’re in the Overberg (which [...]