broad bean, pea and mint spring salad

2020-09-30T08:20:25+02:00Friday, 13 September 2013|Salad, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Cats, sadly, do not tolerate lazy lie-ins hy humans, not even on weekends. Which is rather surprising, given that they sleep away something like 80% of their lives. No matter what time I poured myself into bed or how fragile I may be feeling, come 6am on Saturdays, it’s showtime. Let Me Out. Cuddle Me. Feed Me. In that order. [...]

roasted fennel and pork burgers

2020-09-30T08:20:25+02:00Friday, 6 September 2013|Dinner, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

I have a thing for sweet with meat – it’s a particularly South African thing. Take sweet potatoes. They aren’t sweet enough the way nature made them. Oh no, we have to add truckloads of butter and sugar, and roast them slowly to glistening, treacly perfection. So I’m constanty looking for new sweet-with-meat combinations. My latest obsession is fennel. [...]

red velvet pasta sauce

2020-09-30T08:20:26+02:00Friday, 30 August 2013|Dinner, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

There are few foods I find sexier than pasta. Possibly because images of a youthful Sophia Loren, clutching a bowl of spaghetti to her quite delightful bosom, come to mind whenever I think of pasta. Unlike us, Italians don’t drown their pasta in sauce. One of my 5-minute favourites is just garlic, red chilli and tons of flat leaf parsley, [...]

short rib and red wine casserole

2020-09-30T08:20:26+02:00Friday, 23 August 2013|Dinner, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

I adore any cut of beef, but I’m especially fond of the ones that need a long time in the oven, and emerge fall-off-the-bone soft and lip-smackingly luscious – cuts like oxtail and short rib. I make this casserole on lazy Saturday afternoons, when there’s rugby on the tele and the world seems like a fine place. The flavour follows [...]

baked goat’s cheese ‘fondue’

2020-09-30T08:20:26+02:00Monday, 19 August 2013|Nibbles, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

There are some things that were just made for each other… Merlot and me, chocolate and orange, tomatoes and basil and, of course, goat’s cheese and beetroot. I’m getting a bit bored of seeing the two combined in a salad though. Bored is dangerous in my kitchen, as that’s when I go into ‘what if’ mode. What if I [...]

smokey ham and split pea soup

2020-09-30T08:20:27+02:00Monday, 19 August 2013|Soup, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

I’m not sure who loathes winter more, Merlot or me. I figure she gets the prize, what with having to dodge the Cape rain to go ‘do her business’ outside. (It’s amazing how quick a cat can be when she needs to.) Nonetheless, it’s a close call. A steaming bowl of thick split pea soup packed with smokey, meaty flavour [...]