Fabulously retro beef stroganoff

Wednesday, 31 July 2019|Dinner|Tags: |

Wonderful bottles of wine frequently come knocking on my door. Like last week, when Voor-Paardeberg’s Vondeling Wines dropped in to say hi. In the box? A bottle of their flagship, premium Rhône-style blend, Monsonia. But that wasn’t all. Snuggled up next to this beauty I found an onion, garlic, a lemon, a tin of mushrooms and a […]

4-course pairing dinner, The Vault at Taj Hotel, Cape Town

Friday, 5 July 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

All my friends know by now, if you want to see me, invite me for lunch. Because being the exceptionally glamorous person that I am, I prefer to spend my evenings in slouchy pants, on a slouchy couch, with a cat on my lap and a remote in my hand. These frightfully unsociable instincts are multiplied a hundred times over […]

Sauvignon saffron pears with yoghurt cream

Monday, 1 July 2019|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Impossible to describe and, once tasted, impossible to forget – that’s saffron for you. It’s brilliant in any savoury rice-based dish like paella or risotto; gobsmackingly good with seafood and tomato-based stews or soups; a treat in biscuits and even ideal for custards. Of course it’s not just the flavour of saffron that makes it such a kitchen star, there’s […]

Cornflake chilli chicken schnitzel with 3-cheese fondue sauce

Friday, 21 June 2019|Dinner|Tags: |

Chicken is a marvellously versatile protein. I love it in pie. I love it in a casserole. I love it on the braai. Having said that, I am really just not a chicken breast kind of girl. For starters there’s the texture that, unlike that of the breast or thigh, is […]

New 2019 winter menu at Anthonij Rupert wine estate

Tuesday, 18 June 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

Folks often ask me to recommend Cape wine estates to visit. Places that offer good wine in a lovely tasting environment, PLUS good food, PLUS preferably something else on top of all that. We are of course spoilt for choice, but Franschhoek’s Anthonij Rupert Wines is one that I often suggest because, after numerous visits, I know […]

Kunjani boutique winery, Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 5 June 2019|Wine tasting|

There are hundreds of wineries in our beautiful Cape. I figure if I hit one a month for the rest of my life (a girl does have to work you know), I’ll be about 654 years old when I am finally done. Of course my task would be made all the harder by the fact that new wine gems are constantly […]