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 […]

Breakfast rusks, packed with goodness

Friday, 22 July 2016|Baking, Breakfast|Tags: , |

My friend, Eats-like-a-bird, is a darling heart. No favour is too big for her, no effort too great. She’s pretty much a 10 too, so I think it says a lot about me that I am willing to be seen in public with her. I find solace in the fact that she’s not a terribly keen cook. So when she saw […]

Green bean bredie

Thursday, 14 July 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Green bean bredie – of course one has to call it a bredie, for nothing this soul satisfying could possibly be called a mere stew. What makes this a true South African bredie? The addition of marvellous old-fashioned boerekos spices along with liberal lashings of lard.

This is gran’s green bean bredie recipe, but I’ve given it a modern twist. I […]

Spiced red cabbage and apple salad with warm maple vinaigrette

Thursday, 7 July 2016|Salad|Tags: |

Just because loads of people do something, does not automatically make it a good idea. Take tanning. When I was a teenager, my mates and I all slapped on the old Johnson’s Baby Oil and bared our pink bottoms to the merciless African sun for hours on end. Turns out it wasn’t the best idea. All I can say in […]

Cape food and wine events, July 2016

Tuesday, 5 July 2016|News, Wine tasting|

Winter may have its beastly claws out, but there’s always food and wine for comfort. Here are a few spoils for mid winter in the Cape. Eat, drink and be cosy at Maison estate, Franschhoek

A visit to Franschhoek is always a good idea, even more so when it involves a long lazy lunch in front of a fire. A spot in […]

Cauliflower-cheese soup with parmesan ciabatta croutons

Thursday, 30 June 2016|Soup|Tags: |

Back when I was a kid (OK way, way back) veggies were fairly basic. You had your carrots, your peas, gems, potatoes, beans and cauliflower. That was pretty much it. Oh and beetroot, which was always bottled in vinegar. Asparagus and mushrooms were only available in a tin – hauled out strictly for very big occasions, like when the fancy church […]