Cherry-almond chocolate truffles

Thursday, 6 December 2018|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Frippery – such a lovely English word. My dictionary describes it as a showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture or dress, a tawdry or frivolous thing. Well, these cherry and almond truffles are all that and more!

Shop-bought truffles are ridiculously expensive. I absolutely refuse to pay someone else outrageous amounts for doing something I can so easily do myself. At […]

Neil Ellis, Pesto & Wine Play, Summer 2018/19

Wednesday, 5 December 2018|Wine tasting|

As one leaves Stellenbosch, heading to Franschhoek on the R310, one encounters Helshoogte Pass. Now for my foreign readers, the literal translation of Helshoogte is hell’s heights. And hellish it is. As I know only too well from cycling up it more times than I care to remember.

All I did on these occasions was look down at the tar and […]

Pork and green fig terrine

Thursday, 29 November 2018|Nibbles|Tags: , |

I cannot believe how the year is rushing to an end. I feel completely unprepared for the coming festivities. In fact, I am. I haven’t made my Christmas cake yet and now it may be too late – I like giving it at least a month of brandy love in the dark before I eat it. But […]

Fryer’s Cove Vineyards

Wednesday, 28 November 2018|Wine tasting|

If ever there were an example of what can happen when imagination meets determination, Fryer’s Cove Vineyards would be it. Located about 300km from Cape Town up the West Coast, this is a vineyard that never should have been. Why? Well, because pretty much everything counted against it. For starters, it’s incredibly small – as in only four […]

Tuna salad with a French twist

Friday, 23 November 2018|Salad|

Weather wise the Cape always lags behind the rest of the country by a good month. So while everybody upcountry is swimming, I’m still turning my electric blankie on at night. But now summer has finally made its way to Cape Town too, and I’m thrilled as a 10-year-old on the last day of school.

Gone is my craving for stodge […]

Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now […]