Gibson’s Burger Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Thursday, 20 December 2018|Restaurants|

Living in Cape Town, I’m in the fortunate position of being able to go the Waterfront for a bit of retail and restaurant R&R rather often. But in all these years (and I am not saying how many for fear of age stamping) I’ve never, ever eaten a burger at the Waterfront. All that changed recently, when I was invited […]

Date devils on horseback pork pops

Tuesday, 18 December 2018|Nibbles|Tags: , |

This is not so much a recipe as an idea for a super duper easy festive season snackie treat. We all know devils on horseback – stoned prunes wrapped in bacon and baked. They are so ridiculously simple to make and always such a treat. With devils on horseback firmly in mind, I decided to have a bit of festive […]

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 […]