Silk handkerchief pasta with beef short rib ragu

Friday, 13 March 2020|Dinner|

My slow-food slide into autumn continues. This week I’m whipping up a rich beef short rib ragu. With it I’m making silk handkerchief pasta – largish sheets of fresh pasta informally torn by hand. Once cooked they drape beautifully, just like silk. If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time. A pasta machine helps of course, but [...]

Mushroom risotto with sage beurre noisette

Monday, 2 March 2020|Dinner|

Yup folks, since yesterday it’s officially autumn. Now I know it’s still hot as Hades, but there is a decided nip in the early morning air. March and April are just my favourite, favourite months of year. Still some super sweet lush summer fruits like grapes on offer, but crisp apples are starting to make their appearance along with gorgeous [...]

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 [...]

Lamb shanks in red wine

Friday, 4 October 2019|Dinner|

Spring has hit the Cape in all its floral glory. It’s my favourite Cape season because the days are cool, it’s still green and the dreaded South Easter hasn’t kicked in yet – well, not much. October is pretty much the last month that I can relish cling-to-your-ribs type food like lamb shank before it’s time for summer dresses and salads. The folks [...]

Butternut ravioli with tomato cream sauce

Thursday, 29 August 2019|Dinner|

If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time because it’s way easier than you think! Making stuffed little pasta pockets like ravioli, tortellini or panzerotti is a teeny step up, but once you have the basics under control you can play with shapes, fillings and sauces ’til the cows come home. Try this spiced butternut ravioli in [...]

Fabulously retro beef stroganoff

Wednesday, 31 July 2019|Dinner|

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 tin of cream [...]