Tuna salad with a French twist

Friday, 23 November 2018|Salad|

Weather wise the Cape always lags behind the rest of the country by a good month. So while everybody upcountry is swimming, I’m still turning my electric blankie on at night. But now summer has finally made its way to Cape Town too, and I’m thrilled as a 10-year-old on the last day of school. Gone is my craving for [...]

Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now [...]

Rabbit with white wine Dijon cream sauce and pancetta crisps

Tuesday, 16 October 2018|Dinner|

I’ve been sitting on this rabbit recipe for a while – since March to be precise – because I know that rabbit is a bit unusual. Not in France, Italy or England, there they understand the delight that is rabbit meat. But in SA it’s a touch, well, exotic I guess. Add to that the fact that many folks see [...]

Milk tart macarons

Tuesday, 28 August 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Milk tart macarons – yes you heard me right, I’m making them a thing. For bite-sized morsels of yumminess with loads of Parisian elegance, few things beat macarons. Possibly Madeleines, but then Madeleines are what I enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. In my book macarons beg for Champagne, so not really much of a contest now, is [...]

Bush pig and porcini lasagna – memories of Tuscany

Friday, 17 August 2018|Dinner|

Sprawling in the shadows of the majestic Groot Drakenstein mountains in the Franschhoek valley, you’ll find Anthonij Rupert Wines. Their wine range is a favourite of mine, especially their incredibly pocket-friendly Protea range and equally budget-conscious Terra Del Capo range. What I really love, other than the quality offered at the price, is that they flirt with the more unusual [...]

Whole roast lamb neck

Friday, 29 June 2018|Dinner|

There’s a whole lot of stuff that gran’s generation knew how to do that we have forgotten. For some of them I don’t have much use – how to turn animal fat into soap, for instance. Or crocheting covers for clothes hangers. But when it comes to food, boy did they get it right. Gran knew that beef ‘drippings’ kept [...]