Cheat’s rosemary pizza bread with pink peppered goat’s cheese, bresaola and figs

Friday, 22 February 2019|Baking, Dinner, Nibbles|

My search for the perfect fig for a TV commercial led me to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay last Saturday. If you are remotely a foodie and have never been, this market next to the V&A Waterfront is an absolute must-visit. The quality of their produce is just stupendous, but more about this market in a separate [...]

Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that's mostly guarded [...]

Watermelon rooibos granita

Monday, 21 January 2019|Sweet tooth|

The big eat of Christmas is over, the holiday tan fading. And if everything I read in the papers is to be believed, folks are fairly depressed in Januworry. But it’s a twelfth of the year people, so I refuse to hate January. Instead I choose to celebrate high summer with an icy indulgence that puts a smile on my [...]

Date devils on horseback pork pops

Tuesday, 18 December 2018|Nibbles|

This is not so much a recipe as an idea for a super duper easy festive season snackie treat. We all know devils on horseback – stoned prunes wrapped in bacon and baked. They are so ridiculously simple to make and always such a treat. With devils on horseback firmly in mind, I decided to have a bit of festive [...]

Cherry-almond chocolate truffles

Thursday, 6 December 2018|Sweet tooth|

Frippery – such a lovely English word. My dictionary describes it as a showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture or dress, a tawdry or frivolous thing. Well, these cherry and almond truffles are all that and more! Shop-bought truffles are ridiculously expensive. I absolutely refuse to pay someone else outrageous amounts for doing something I can so easily do myself. [...]

Pork and green fig terrine

Thursday, 29 November 2018|Nibbles|

I cannot believe how the year is rushing to an end. I feel completely unprepared for the coming festivities. In fact, I am. I haven’t made my Christmas cake yet and now it may be too late – I like giving it at least a month of brandy love in the dark before I eat it. But I’m not bothered. [...]