Robertson Winery’s new dry non-alcoholic sparkler!

Friday, 24 January 2020|Wine tasting|

Dinner without wine is like food without salt, unthinkable. I am not, however, totally unaware of my blood pressure and liver, which is why I am such a fan of the non-alcohol wine trend. Indeed, the alcohol-free drinks category is currently the fastest growing beverage sector in South Africa.

We have millennials to thank for this – them and the generation […]

Apricot rosemary tarte tatin

Thursday, 16 January 2020|Baking|

When it comes to French cooking, there are two schools. There’s the Escoffier 20-step/3-day frightfully involved kinda cooking. Totally fabulous – as long as you can afford to pay someone else to do it. And then there’s the kind that every French maman practices – stonkingly good food whipped up in hardly any time, using very few ingredients of the […]

Tomato Kiri cream cheese crostata

Tuesday, 10 December 2019|Baking|Tags: |

Step aside quiche, the crostata is in town. Kiri Cream Cheese shows its versatility in this pretty open-faced savoury veggie tart with a custardy base which keeps the tomato juices from turning the flaky crust soggy. The recipe was deveveloped by Errieda du Toit (the creative mastermind behind Kokkedoor and Koekedoor cooking programmes) for Kiri to celebrate that Kiri is […]

Kiri cream cheese brownies

Tuesday, 10 December 2019|Baking|Tags: |

It’s been a hectic, hectic few weeks of recipe development, styling and photography – of course all of it for clients and none of it for M&M. My silence has been deafening and I apologise, but bills need to be paid.

You have Kiri cream cheese and the creative mastermind behind cooking programmes Koekedoor and Kokkedoor, Errieda du Toit, to thank […]

Piekenierskloof launches its old vine wines

Tuesday, 29 October 2019|Wine tasting|

A few weeks ago, on a gloriously sunny spring morning, I made rather more of an effort than usual – I put on a dress and, shock horror, make-up. I should probably not admit this, but working mostly from home means I’m a bit of a wreck most days. After all, it’s not like the cat minds. But this was […]

Tannie du Toit’s standard pudding

Monday, 7 October 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|

I don’t know Tannie du Toit, could not have, because this standard pudding (that’s it’s name) recipe of hers dates back to the early 50s. I discovered it in one of the precious handwritten recipe books I inherited from my gran. I think of it as the pound cake of puddings because it has one of everything – one cup […]