Pinotage and plum pavlova

Thursday, 16 March 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

So the Argus has come and gone. It may not have been much of an event this year, what with the South Easter howling at up to 100km an hour and the cycle race being cancelled about an hour in. Cancelled or not, for me the Argus is my line in the sand. My signal that the soul-destroyingly, […]

Raspberry ‘bazaar’ pudding

Monday, 9 January 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Church fêtes were a big deal back when I was a kid. Pretty much the biggest deal other than the annual Boswell Wilkie circus visit to town. You must understand that the era I’m referring to predates DStv, computer games, malls of any kind except in the ‘big city’ and whatever the heck else kids these days do for fun. […]

Chocolate salami with cherries, nuts and brandy

Friday, 11 November 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Yes, yes, I know it’s 6 weeks plus a bit to go, but on my planet I’ve been wearing my elf hat since September. Because that’s how lead times work with this food styling gig and because, frankly, I adore Christmas. Giddy as a 5-year-old at the thought, that’s me. So here […]

Apple malva pudding

Wednesday, 8 June 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Stirring memories of people, places and things long gone – for some it’s sound, for some smells. For me, it’s food. Chicken pie with feather-light pastry, flaky from the real farm butter I churned myself on gran’s back stoep, chasing the rays of a weak winter sun. ’Putu’ with real milk that just came up from the dairy, the kind […]

10-minute raspberry fool

Monday, 9 May 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

FOOL: “A person who acts imprudently or unwisely. A silly person.” We are of course exhaustingly familiar with those in this country, especially when we turn our heads in the direction of our revered National Assembly. But that’s not the kind of fool I’m referring to here. Nope, the fool in question is one of the simplest, fastest, most comforting […]

Dutch Easter stollen (Paasstol)

Thursday, 24 March 2016|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Say stollen and I immediately think Christmas and German. But the Dutch also have a strong stollen tradition, both at Christmas and Easter. For me stollen has always been rather like push-up bras and the utterings of politicians just before an election – big on promise, short on follow through. But a recent commission to churn out a couple of […]