Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with red wine gravy

Friday, 14 August 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

Sunday lunch on the farm with gran meant only one thing – leg of lamb. She roasted it low and slow and did very little to it, other than add salt. Fast-forward a few decades and my approach to roasting a cut of anything is still pretty basic. I strongly believe in paying a bit extra for seriously good meat […]

Rolled brisket pot-roast with samp

Friday, 10 July 2020|Dinner|Tags: |

This isn’t really a recipe, it’s too simple to call it that. Think of it more as an idea. An idea about where you buy your meat, what you buy and what you do with it. Way back when I was a country kid, a supermarket was not the place one sourced meat. In fact, I can’t even remember whether […]

Silk handkerchief pasta with beef short rib ragu

Friday, 13 March 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

My slow-food slide into autumn continues. This week I’m whipping up a rich beef short rib ragu. With it I’m making silk handkerchief pasta – largish sheets of fresh pasta informally torn by hand. Once cooked they drape beautifully, just like silk. If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time. A pasta machine helps of course, but […]

Mushroom risotto with sage beurre noisette

Monday, 2 March 2020|Dinner|Tags: |

Yup folks, since yesterday it’s officially autumn. Now I know it’s still hot as Hades, but there is a decided nip in the early morning air. March and April are just my favourite, favourite months of year. Still some super sweet lush summer fruits like grapes on offer, but crisp apples are starting to make their appearance along with gorgeous […]

Lamb shanks in red wine

Friday, 4 October 2019|Dinner|Tags: , |

Spring has hit the Cape in all its floral glory. It’s my favourite Cape season because the days are cool, it’s still green and the dreaded South Easter hasn’t kicked in yet – well, not much. October is pretty much the last month that I can relish cling-to-your-ribs type food like lamb shank before it’s time for summer dresses and salads. The folks […]

Butternut ravioli with tomato cream sauce

Thursday, 29 August 2019|Dinner|Tags: |

If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time because it’s way easier than you think! Making stuffed little pasta pockets like ravioli, tortellini or panzerotti is a teeny step up, but once you have the basics under control you can play with shapes, fillings and sauces ’til the cows come home. Try this spiced butternut ravioli in […]