how to make hollandaise – 3 foolproof methods

Wednesday, 22 June 2016|Basic recipes|Tags: , |

About the most sinful thing you can do with fat and eggs… Yup folks, that would be those three charming French culinary cousins mayonnaise, béarnaise and hollandaise. Mayonnaise is the odd one out in this party as the fat content is provided by oil, whereas béarnaise and hollandaise use, you guessed it, butter.

I’ve seen many a competent cook blanch at […]

Apple malva pudding

Wednesday, 8 June 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Stirring memories of people, places and things long gone – for some it’s sound, for some smells. For me, it’s food. Chicken pie with feather-light pastry, flaky from the real farm butter I churned myself on gran’s back stoep, chasing the rays of a weak winter sun. ’Putu’ with real milk that just came up from the dairy, the kind […]

Traditional frikkadels

Tuesday, 31 May 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Frikkadels or frikadelle – my dictionary offers meatballs or rissoles as an alternative. Now I don’t readily disagree with lofty tomes but, well, balderdash. Because for me a meatball can be any size, made of any meat, and contain pretty much anything in addition to the meat. And that folks, is not a frikkadel.

Nope, to be a true frikkadel, it […]

Chakalaka, a must-make South African braai classic

Monday, 23 May 2016|Basic recipes|Tags: , |

Chakalaka – it’s as fun to say as it is to eat. Now if you’re a halfway self-respecting South African, you’ll know what this is. But for the benefit of my readers in farflung places, it can best be described as an African relish, eaten most especially with ‘pap’ (kinda like polenta) and meat at a ‘braai’ (barbeque). Chakalaka recipes […]

10-minute raspberry fool

Monday, 9 May 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

FOOL: “A person who acts imprudently or unwisely. A silly person.” We are of course exhaustingly familiar with those in this country, especially when we turn our heads in the direction of our revered National Assembly. But that’s not the kind of fool I’m referring to here. Nope, the fool in question is one of the simplest, fastest, most comforting […]

Wine and food events, April-May 2016

Monday, 25 April 2016|Wine tasting|

Finjwyn Food and Wine Festival, Pretoria, 30 April and 1 May 2016

This weekend sees the 7th annual Fijnwyn Food and Wine Festival taking place in Pretoria East. As the name suggests, Fijnwyn brings the finest the Cape winelands has to offer to Gauteng with no fewer than 30 estates taking part, including the likes of Hermanuspietersfontein, Vrede & Lust, Graham […]