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 [...]

Sauvignon saffron pears with yoghurt cream

Monday, 1 July 2019|Sweet tooth|

Impossible to describe and, once tasted, impossible to forget – that’s saffron for you. It’s brilliant in any savoury rice-based dish like paella or risotto; gobsmackingly good with seafood and tomato-based stews or soups; a treat in biscuits and even ideal for custards. Of course it’s not just the flavour of saffron that makes it such a kitchen star, there’s [...]

Cornflake chilli chicken schnitzel with 3-cheese fondue sauce

Friday, 21 June 2019|Dinner|

Chicken is a marvellously versatile protein. I love it in pie. I love it in a casserole. I love it on the braai. Having said that, I am really just not a chicken breast kind of girl. For starters there’s the texture that, unlike that of the breast or thigh, is stringy. And it tends to be dry, like Cape [...]