6 Brilliant premium wines to give dad this Father’s Day

2021-06-17T12:47:03+02:00Thursday, 17 June 2021|Wine tasting|

#1: QUOIN ROCK Chardonnay 2018 Regarded as ‘Winter’s white wine of choice’, this perfect all-year-round wine from Quoin Rock is a beautiful straw colour with hints of green, alluding to its youthfulness and vibrancy. ‘The attractive nose showcases ripe citrus and orange peel aromas which carry through to hints of vanilla spice oak and toasted brioche,’ says winemaker [...]

Short rib tomato bredie

2021-06-14T14:14:44+02:00Monday, 14 June 2021|Dinner|Tags: , |

What makes a bredie a bredie and not just a plain old casserole or stew? It’s all in the spices. Tomato bredie is traditionally made with lamb and, as the name suggests, loads of tomato. But the aromatics are what makes it the real deal – perfumed ginger and cardamom, earthy cloves, heady cinnamon and a bit of chilli [...]

Black Forest Trifle

2021-05-06T12:08:55+02:00Thursday, 6 May 2021|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Sunday is Mother’s Day. In a calendar packed with ‘days’ commemorating anything from The Pancake to The Voting Rights of the Lesser Spotted Purple Possum, this is one of the few that I actually do agree with. Mothers are special. They deserve it. My mum has sadly been gone for ten years, but if she were at my table [...]

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 [...]