Provençal tomato salad

Wednesday, 28 September 2016|Salad|Tags: , |

Provençal tomato salad – it’s not actually a ‘real’ Provençal dish, not in the way that pissaladière, aïoli and ratatouille are. But for me this recipe encapsulates the essence of southern France. Ripe-red firm tomatoes, bursting with sunshine. Pungent, juicy rose garlic. Anchovies, salty, rich and deep. It makes me think of rolling purple fields, cicada song at […]

Heritage weekend September 2016, food and wine events

Monday, 12 September 2016|Wine tasting|

Fijnwyn Innie Lente
Shokran Events Venue, Pretoria, 24-25 September 2016
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Fijnwyn puts on its spring finery this Heritage weekend at the Shokran events venue in Pretoria. As always you’ll be able to taste wines from loads of top Cape estates – 40 of them to be precise. It’s not often you have the opportunity to taste wines spanning the […]

Tequila chicken flattie (Pollo Asado, my way)

Thursday, 8 September 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

The humble chicken is revered in Mexico. Not ever having been there, I didn’t really know this. Until I did some research recently for a job involving, well chicken. It’s massively popular street food over there with gigantic street barbeques laden with whole chickens in double-digit numbers dotted about the place. The Mexicans call it Pollo Asado. Recipes differ wildly […]

Souffléd welsh rarebit with Healey’s mature cheddar

Tuesday, 23 August 2016|Nibbles|Tags: , |

My introduction to Welsh rarebit was not exactly auspicious. We’re talking London many, many moons ago. I was slaving away in big kitchens for about two pence an hour. It involved hairnets and lots of frying. Enough said.

On this particular day in this particular kitchen in a VERY fancy department store (you know, the kind of place where Princess Di […]

5 winning ways with pulled pork

Thursday, 11 August 2016|Dinner|Tags: |

Pulled pork – it sounds a bit fancy, exotic even, and hard to make. It’s not, on all counts. Because what could be simpler than roasting a piece of pork real low and slow until the meat is so soft it can be pulled intro strands with two forks? That really is basically it folks.
Pulled pork is quintessential American barbeque […]

Herbed brown rice salad with feta and beetroot

Thursday, 28 July 2016|Salad|Tags: , , |

There are ping-pong balls secreted away under every bed, chair, cupboard and couch in my house. Do I have a fetish? No, I have a cat. Which means soccer games at odd times, day and night, up and down the passage. The floors are wooden. The racket is frightful. The excitement is fever pitch.

I can identify with this kind of […]