Hot cross crumpets

Wednesday, 12 April 2017|Breakfast, Nibbles, Sweet tooth|

I’m a bit stunned that a quarter of the year is gone and Easter is mere days away. My response to this freakishly quick passage of time is the same as my response to the scale on the infrequent occasions I bother to get on it – how the heck did it happen? But Easter it is and something Easter-themed [...]

5-spice pork spare ribs

Tuesday, 4 April 2017|Dinner|

Pork spare ribs – they have to be one of my ultimate braai time treats, but only if they are done right. That means they are melt-in-the-mouth, fall-off-the-bone soft, yet smokey and charred at the same time. The secret to getting it right? An initial cook followed by a super hot bit of braai love at the end. Now you [...]

Smoked salmon paté

Monday, 27 March 2017|Nibbles|

Champagne taste on a beer budget… That’s pretty much my biggest culinary challenge. Take smoked salmon. I love it. Do I get to dig into the prime stuff often? Not often, no. Actually, more like not at all. It’s just too expensive. Instead I feed my smoked salmon inner beast with smoked salmon off-cuts. It’s not pretty to look at [...]

Pinotage and plum pavlova

Thursday, 16 March 2017|Sweet tooth|

So the Argus has come and gone. It may not have been much of an event this year, what with the South Easter howling at up to 100km an hour and the cycle race being cancelled about an hour in. Cancelled or not, for me the Argus is my line in the sand. My signal that the soul-destroyingly, pulse-slittingly endless [...]

Pork shank ragu with white wine and fennel

Friday, 10 February 2017|Dinner|

Heart palpitations are not foreign to me. I get them every time I go into a supermarket. Now I used to get them when I saw ingredients that excited me. Sadly these days the ever-increasing prices of those ingredients are the cause. I don’t like it one bit, but it is what it is. The only solution is coming up [...]

southern fried chicken

Tuesday, 17 January 2017|Dinner|

Reality TV has been a lot of fun lately. Shock developments, scandals, threats, petty fights, claims of unseemly behaviour with women-not-your-wife... Such interesting characters with such interesting names. Names like Reince. Reince Priebus. I am of course talking about the American presidential election. Our boy Reince is the incoming White House chief of staff. Now I may not care much [...]