Groot Phesantekraal boutique winery, Durbanville

Thursday, 5 September 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

Of all the Cape wine regions that I have relatively easy access to, it’s the one practically on my doorstep that I neglect most – Durbanville. I was reminded just how special the wines from this region are last week, when Groot Phesantekraal invited me to come visit.

Just 20km or so north of Cape Town centre, the wines of the […]

Butternut ravioli with tomato cream sauce

Thursday, 29 August 2019|Dinner|Tags: |

If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time because it’s way easier than you think! Making stuffed little pasta pockets like ravioli, tortellini or panzerotti is a teeny step up, but once you have the basics under control you can play with shapes, fillings and sauces ’til the cows come home. Try this spiced butternut ravioli in […]

Van Loveren Almost Zero rosé and red

Friday, 2 August 2019|Wine tasting|

I’m a fan. That’s it. Just three words are needed to sum up how I feel about Van Loveren’s Almost Zero range. Well, maybe I’ll add the adjective ‘huge’ into that sentence. Following on from their release last year of Wonderful White – a white ‘wine’ with pretty much no alcohol (as in less than 0,4%) – […]

Fabulously retro beef stroganoff

Wednesday, 31 July 2019|Dinner|Tags: |

Wonderful bottles of wine frequently come knocking on my door. Like last week, when Voor-Paardeberg’s Vondeling Wines dropped in to say hi. In the box? A bottle of their flagship, premium Rhône-style blend, Monsonia. But that wasn’t all. Snuggled up next to this beauty I found an onion, garlic, a lemon, a tin of mushrooms and a […]

4-course pairing dinner, The Vault at Taj Hotel, Cape Town

Friday, 5 July 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

All my friends know by now, if you want to see me, invite me for lunch. Because being the exceptionally glamorous person that I am, I prefer to spend my evenings in slouchy pants, on a slouchy couch, with a cat on my lap and a remote in my hand. These frightfully unsociable instincts are multiplied a hundred times over […]

Sauvignon saffron pears with yoghurt cream

Monday, 1 July 2019|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Impossible to describe and, once tasted, impossible to forget – that’s saffron for you. It’s brilliant in any savoury rice-based dish like paella or risotto; gobsmackingly good with seafood and tomato-based stews or soups; a treat in biscuits and even ideal for custards. Of course it’s not just the flavour of saffron that makes it such a kitchen star, there’s […]