Raspberry ‘bazaar’ pudding

Monday, 9 January 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Church fêtes were a big deal back when I was a kid. Pretty much the biggest deal other than the annual Boswell Wilkie circus visit to town. You must understand that the era I’m referring to predates DStv, computer games, malls of any kind except in the ‘big city’ and whatever the heck else kids these days do for fun. […]

Liver patties (lewerkoekies)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

This recipe for what I’ve decided to call liver patties caused some consternation amongst my English family and friends. In Afrikaans these patties of minced liver, grated onion and a few other things are called ‘lewerkoekies’. They’re as quintessentially South African as a recipe can be.

I hadn’t given these morsels any thought for a couple of decades because, to be […]

Sweet pot bread, a south african braai classic

Friday, 2 December 2016|Baking|Tags: |

Pot bread is as South African as rugby, braai, and brandy and Coke. This recipe for sweet pot bread is so simple, it can’t really be called a recipe. It’s also not my creation, but a well-known braai favourite. If this is not yet in your traditional South African food repertoire, here it is.

All you need is…

1kg store-bought […]

Classic daiquiri, perfect party icebreaker

Thursday, 24 November 2016|Drinks|

My cocktail philosophy is rather basic. I like the classics and I don’t like them too sweet. A good old whiskey sour fits this bill. So does a daiquiri. I didn’t always think so, because the start of my relationship with the humble daiquiri was rather rocky.

It involved wooden pub benches sticky with someone else’s spilled drinks and […]

Chocolate salami with cherries, nuts and brandy

Friday, 11 November 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Yes, yes, I know it’s 6 weeks plus a bit to go, but on my planet I’ve been wearing my elf hat since September. Because that’s how lead times work with this food styling gig and because, frankly, I adore Christmas. Giddy as a 5-year-old at the thought, that’s me. So here […]

Polpette in a parmesan cream sauce

Thursday, 3 November 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Polpette – that’s what the Italians call small meatballs. Now you could say ‘small meatballs’ when you serve this up, but it’s a lot more fun to give it your best Italian inflection and shout ‘polpette’!

Recipes for polpette are legion, with each Italian nonna or mamma giving it her own special twist. Some add herbs, some garlic, some chilli, […]