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 [...]

Silk handkerchief pasta with beef short rib ragu

2020-09-30T08:18:37+02:00Friday, 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

2020-09-30T08:18:37+02:00Monday, 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 [...]