Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs

Tuesday, 21 November 2017|Dinner|

Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs – it sounds utterly nuts, but bear with me. If any one idiom describes what happens in my kitchen, it would be necessity is the mother of invention. I loathe throwing anything away. Even if there is only one tablespoon of cream left, it needs to be used. I guess the lessons from my gran – who [...]

Springtime moules mariniere with sorrel

Friday, 27 October 2017|Dinner|

To quote Hannibal Smith from that 80s show, the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. And so it was a few days ago. The people from Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek had sent me a bottle of their 2017 Protea Sauvignon Blanc along with a gorgeous tea candle holder made from an up-cycled Protea bottle. It’s [...]

Herby sourdough mozzarella braai toastie

Friday, 29 September 2017|Nibbles|

Braai Day was a damp squib at M&M. Grey clouds and chilly winds don’t exactly make me want to reach for the charcoal. A fire was made to be sure – in my teeny Victorian fireplace in the lounge. By the second glass of red, I was no longer minding so much about missing out. Summer is around the corner [...]

Banana milk panna cotta

Tuesday, 12 September 2017|Sweet tooth|

I’m not going to kid you, developing recipes and taking pictures of food is a pretty fun way to make a living. But sometimes it’s even more fun than usual. Like when the folks from Clover and the Expresso morning show recently asked me to rustle something up using Clover Super M banana milk. I used to adore flavoured milk [...]

Oxtail ragu with saffron linguine

Tuesday, 22 August 2017|Dinner|

Oxtail – it positively, definitely, decidedly has to be one of my ultimate cuts for a warming stew. My love of it goes way back, to my childhood spent in part on a dairy farm. A whole oxtail is a substantial thing – you get a lot from one bovine. But even back then I remember wishing cows came with [...]

Old-fashioned baked sago pudding

Thursday, 3 August 2017|Sweet tooth|

Baked sago pudding with apricot jam and a feather light meringue topping… Hmmm. This is the stuff of my childhood – when Sunday lunch on gran’s farm was by far the biggest treat of the week. Out would come the snow-white crocheted tablecloth, big enough for a table that would seat grandma, grandpa, 9 kids and their offspring. She must [...]