Wine, market and festival news December 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017|Markets, News, Wine tasting|

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ presented by Mastercard, 2 & 3 December 2017

Nothing but nothing says Time To Celebrate! quite like Champagne. Which is why it’s so nice to kick off the festive season celebrations with the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. With the iconic Huguenot Monument providing a spectacular backdrop, you’ll have […]

Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs

Tuesday, 21 November 2017|Dinner|Tags: , |

Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs – it sounds utterly nuts, but bear with me. If any one idiom describes what happens in my kitchen, it would be necessity is the mother of invention. I loathe throwing anything away. Even if there is only one tablespoon of cream left, it needs to be used. I guess the lessons from my gran – who […]

Windmeul Cellar, Paarl

Tuesday, 14 November 2017|Markets, Wine tasting|

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – the Paarl wine region is a favourite of mine. But it’s the modest wineries of the Agter-Paarl that are the real gem, the open secret you really should know about because in this area it’s not about the 300-year-old manor houses and perfectly manicured landscapes, it’s all about the wine. […]

Springtime moules mariniere with sorrel

Friday, 27 October 2017|Dinner|

To quote Hannibal Smith from that 80s show, the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. And so it was a few days ago. The people from Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek had sent me a bottle of their 2017 Protea Sauvignon Blanc along with a gorgeous tea candle holder made from an up-cycled […]

How to make sourdough bread – a masterclass with Ciska Rossouw of Loaves on Long

Tuesday, 10 October 2017|Baking|

Few things put me in touch with my inner earth mother/domestic goddess quite like baking bread does. When I’m in a hurry a basic white loaf made with a sachet of store yeast does the trick nicely. When I’m really, really in a hurry, Irish soda bread is my go-to. Nice enough to be […]

Herby sourdough mozzarella braai toastie

Friday, 29 September 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

Braai Day was a damp squib at M&M. Grey clouds and chilly winds don’t exactly make me want to reach for the charcoal. A fire was made to be sure – in my teeny Victorian fireplace in the lounge. By the second glass of red, I was no longer minding so much about missing out. Summer is around the corner […]