Pork shank ragu with white wine and fennel

Friday, 10 February 2017|Dinner|Tags: , |

Heart palpitations are not foreign to me. I get them every time I go into a supermarket. Now I used to get them when I saw ingredients that excited me. Sadly these days the ever-increasing prices of those ingredients are the cause.

I don’t like it one bit, but it is what it is. The only solution is coming up with […]

Cape wine events, February 2017

Friday, 3 February 2017|Wine tasting|

Summer’s hotting up with loads happening in the Cape winelands this February. Here’s a pick of some of the top events you can look forward to.

Franschhoek Summer Wines, Leopards’s Leap 4 FEBRUARY 2017

Get ready for a high summer celebration at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines taking place this Saturday, 4 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Come and taste […]

Bordelaise – the ultimate red wine sauce for steak

Monday, 30 January 2017|Basic recipes|Tags: , , |

Quite simply the ultimate red wine sauce for steak, that’s Bordelaise folks. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Bordelaise sauce is one of those classical sauces every keen cook should have in their repertoire. Now you may serve Bordelaise on a great manly hunk of steak, but for me this sauce is essentially feminine. The Parisian woman of sauces […]

southern fried chicken

Tuesday, 17 January 2017|Dinner|Tags: |

Reality TV has been a lot of fun lately. Shock developments, scandals, threats, petty fights, claims of unseemly behaviour with women-not-your-wife… Such interesting characters with such interesting names. Names like Reince. Reince Priebus. I am of course talking about the American presidential election. Our boy Reince is the incoming White House chief of staff. Now I may not care much […]

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 […]