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 […]

Banana milk panna cotta

Tuesday, 12 September 2017|Sweet tooth|

I’m not going to kid you, developing recipes and taking pictures of food is a pretty fun way to make a living. But sometimes it’s even more fun than usual. Like when the folks from Clover and the Expresso morning show recently asked me to rustle something up using Clover Super M banana milk. I used to adore […]

Oxtail ragu with saffron linguine

Tuesday, 22 August 2017|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Oxtail – it positively, definitely, decidedly has to be one of my ultimate cuts for a warming stew. My love of it goes way back, to my childhood spent in part on a dairy farm. A whole oxtail is a substantial thing – you get a lot from one bovine. But even back then I remember wishing cows came with […]

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 […]