Perdeberg wines, Paarl wine route, South Africa

Tuesday, 15 August 2017|Wine tasting|

Taking the N1 north out of Cape Town is always a bit of a treat. Granted, the first few kilometres can be a challenge, with normally dense urban traffic raised to near chaos level by seemingly permanent road works. But then round about the 30km mark something magical happens – malls and suburbia make way for tranquil countryside with almost […]

Old-fashioned baked sago pudding

Thursday, 3 August 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Baked sago pudding with apricot jam and a feather light meringue topping… Hmmm. This is the stuff of my childhood – when Sunday lunch on gran’s farm was by far the biggest treat of the week. Out would come the snow-white crocheted tablecloth, big enough for a table that would seat grandma, grandpa, 9 kids and their offspring. She must […]

Spiced Toffee Clemengolds

Friday, 14 July 2017|Sweet tooth|

As my waistline sadly attests, eating by far tops my list of favourite things to do. But recipe development is up there too. I see it as legit playing with your food. Made all the better because I get paid for it. Of course with money changing hands clients have expectations, so this is pretty serious stuff most of the […]

Leek and potato soup

Wednesday, 5 July 2017|Soup|Tags: , |

Scandinavians may be some of the happiest people in the world, but boy am I glad to be African. Because the cold and I are simply not pals. I loathe but absolutely loathe winter with a passion I normally reserve for minibus taxi drivers and dentists.

About the only things that get me through it are warming traditional bredies […]

Ultimate mushroom mozzarella toastie

Friday, 23 June 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

I’ve given this some thought and have concluded that people can essentially be distilled into two groups. In the first you’ll find organised folks, those with neat cupboards and even neater fridges. They own shares in Tupperware and everything in their kitchen is neatly colour-coded, lined up like Westpoint graduates on parade.

Then there’s the other kind, those of us who […]

Heavenly lemony French Madeleine

Thursday, 25 May 2017|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

My silence the last 2-3 weeks has been thunderous to say the least. I apologise for this and can offer as an excuse only that I have been working my little heart out. Developing recipes, making food pretty and taking piccies. A girl’s gotta live after all. And then I had the cheek to go and look for some well-deserved […]