Balsamic-apricot glazed pork neck sosaties

2021-03-10T12:40:22+02:00Wednesday, 10 March 2021|Dinner|Tags: , |

The mornings have a definite chill in the air and the frightfully territorial squirrels in my garden have burst into a flurry of activity, gathering acorns and digging up my flowerbeds to use as a larder. Yup folks, autumn is definitely here. It’s simply my favourite time of year in the Cape. The beastly South Easter doesn’t howl anymore [...]

At my table: With Du Toitskloof Chardonnay and my pork & fennel bolognese

2021-02-11T09:58:47+02:00Thursday, 11 February 2021|Dinner|Tags: , |

I’m not gonna lie, 2020 was not my year. But then I guess that spending a considerable amount of time on the couch in one's trackie pants and slippers, whining about the ‘so-many-eth’ wine ban, is hardly conducive to being in the best frame of mind or particularly creative in the kitchen. I’m back with a New Year vengeance [...]

Isabella’s oven roasted mussels

2021-01-08T08:51:20+02:00Friday, 8 January 2021|Dinner|

Just after Christmas the fabulous Isabella Niehaus stopped at my door with the most amazing gift – two kilograms of plump West Coast mussels, so fresh I figured they’d still been clinging to a rock that very morning. Isabella is one of my local food heroes. The meals she serves at the long table in her gorgeous Langebaan home overlooking [...]

Lamb kidneys in red wine

2020-09-30T08:18:35+02:00Tuesday, 1 September 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

You’re either going to love this recipe or hate it. Because that’s the way it is with liver and kidneys – no fence sitting allowed. On the farm we ate every part of the animal, so organ days happened. I considered it a unique form of child abuse as an eight-year-old. My relationship with liver and kidneys changed when I became a [...]

Rolled brisket pot-roast with samp

2020-09-30T08:18:36+02:00Friday, 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 [...]