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 [...]

Muratie wine estate, Stellenbosch

2020-12-08T12:45:29+02:00Tuesday, 8 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Situated in the Knorhoek Valley at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain, a mere 10km outside of Stellenbosch, you’ll find Muratie – a wine estate with a history and heritage that’s quite unusual. The story of Muratie is essentially a love story. One that goes back many years – all the way back to 1685, when the then Governor [...]

A visit to Elgin Vintners

2020-12-03T17:48:28+02:00Thursday, 3 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Hit the N2 out of Cape Town and if the traffic is good (which these days is a pretty big if) you get to Sir Lowry’s Pass in under an hour. In mere minutes you climb over 400m above sea level and, once you get to the top, a whole different world unfolds before you. You’re in the Overberg (which [...]

Prosciutto and melon Christmas wreath

2020-11-13T14:11:18+02:00Friday, 13 November 2020|Nibbles, Salad|

I don’t know about you but I am more than ready to kiss 2020 goodbye. And I’m going to do it with extra festive season cheer this year, because that’s what I need. So this Christmas it’s loads of fairy lights, absolutely everywhere. Loads of white Iceberg roses and masses of blue hydrangeas in giant glass vases, absolutely everywhere. [...]

A Four Cousins for every occasion

2020-11-04T12:12:47+02:00Wednesday, 4 November 2020|Wine tasting|

Say ‘Four Cousins’ and quaffable everyday wines at pocket-friendly prices immediately come to mind. But what many may not know is that this range is actually part of the Van Loveren stable – and that it was launched by four real-life cousins! Van Loveren, in the beautiful Robertson Valley, has been in the Retief family since 1937. The first [...]