Mushroom & mascarpone pasta with lemon and thyme

Tuesday, 28 May 2019|Dinner|

What do food stylists/food photographers eat at the end of a long day working with food? Someone asked me that recently and my answer, possibly shamefully, was 2-minute noodles. You see boiling a kettle and adding a sachet of MSG to noodles is pretty much all I am capable of on particularly hectic days when I have been on my [...]

Roast chicken French grandma style – with bacon, sage and chicken liver stuffing

Monday, 6 May 2019|Dinner|

ROAST CHICKEN. Done properly, it has to be one of my all-time favourite things to eat. The trick of course is the ‘done properly’ part of this statement. It’s incredibly easy to stuff up roast chicken. Having said that, it’s also incredibly easy to get it right – as long as you follow just two basic rules: 1) use the [...]

Pork chops with mushrooms and cider cream sauce

Wednesday, 24 April 2019|Dinner|

Autumn is well and truly here. My driveway is covered in leaves that need raking every second day; the squirrels are super active, busily burying acorns in my lawn; and the cat is starting to look like one of those fancy outdoor puffer jackets. I wish I could magically grow a dense coat to get me through winter! As I’m [...]

Cocoa nib fudge

Monday, 8 April 2019|Sweet tooth|

I love fudge as much as the next person. At least, I used to. But with every 365 days I add to my life, my sweet tooth seems to be just a little bit less sweet. As if it’s not enough that one has to contend with sagging and spreading, one’s palate apparently also develops ideas of its own. Increasingly [...]

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 [...]