Souffléd welsh rarebit with Healey’s mature cheddar

Tuesday, 23 August 2016|Nibbles|Tags: , |

My introduction to Welsh rarebit was not exactly auspicious. We’re talking London many, many moons ago. I was slaving away in big kitchens for about two pence an hour. It involved hairnets and lots of frying. Enough said.

On this particular day in this particular kitchen in a VERY fancy department store (you know, the kind of place where Princess Di […]

5 winning ways with pulled pork

Thursday, 11 August 2016|Dinner|Tags: |

Pulled pork – it sounds a bit fancy, exotic even, and hard to make. It’s not, on all counts. Because what could be simpler than roasting a piece of pork real low and slow until the meat is so soft it can be pulled intro strands with two forks? That really is basically it folks.
Pulled pork is quintessential American barbeque […]

Herbed brown rice salad with feta and beetroot

Thursday, 28 July 2016|Salad|Tags: , , |

There are ping-pong balls secreted away under every bed, chair, cupboard and couch in my house. Do I have a fetish? No, I have a cat. Which means soccer games at odd times, day and night, up and down the passage. The floors are wooden. The racket is frightful. The excitement is fever pitch.

I can identify with this kind of […]

Breakfast rusks, packed with goodness

Friday, 22 July 2016|Baking, Breakfast|Tags: , |

My friend, Eats-like-a-bird, is a darling heart. No favour is too big for her, no effort too great. She’s pretty much a 10 too, so I think it says a lot about me that I am willing to be seen in public with her. I find solace in the fact that she’s not a terribly keen cook. So when she saw […]

Green bean bredie

Thursday, 14 July 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Green bean bredie – of course one has to call it a bredie, for nothing this soul satisfying could possibly be called a mere stew. What makes this a true South African bredie? The addition of marvellous old-fashioned boerekos spices along with liberal lashings of lard.

This is gran’s green bean bredie recipe, but I’ve given it a modern twist. I […]

Spiced red cabbage and apple salad with warm maple vinaigrette

Thursday, 7 July 2016|Salad|Tags: |

Just because loads of people do something, does not automatically make it a good idea. Take tanning. When I was a teenager, my mates and I all slapped on the old Johnson’s Baby Oil and bared our pink bottoms to the merciless African sun for hours on end. Turns out it wasn’t the best idea. All I can say in […]