Polpette in a parmesan cream sauce

Thursday, 3 November 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Polpette – that’s what the Italians call small meatballs. Now you could say ‘small meatballs’ when you serve this up, but it’s a lot more fun to give it your best Italian inflection and shout ‘polpette’!

Recipes for polpette are legion, with each Italian nonna or mamma giving it her own special twist. Some add herbs, some garlic, some chilli, […]

Traditional frikkadels

Tuesday, 31 May 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Frikkadels or frikadelle – my dictionary offers meatballs or rissoles as an alternative. Now I don’t readily disagree with lofty tomes but, well, balderdash. Because for me a meatball can be any size, made of any meat, and contain pretty much anything in addition to the meat. And that folks, is not a frikkadel.

Nope, to be a true frikkadel, it […]

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole

Thursday, 21 April 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Burgers, done properly, are a thing of beauty. They’re super easy and cheap to make. Best of all? They’re actually quite healthy. Now before the fast food insults start flying, let me qualify. A burger is healthy IF you make it yourself, because you’re in control of what goes in.

Use good beef mince, and not much more than a dash […]

Sesame roast beef

Friday, 29 January 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

I was threatened with divorce towards the end of last year – 25 times. Turns out I have more male readers than I realised and pretty much none of them found my festive season bias toward all things sweet particularly pleasing. I admit it’s been a while since I’ve done a big old hunk of meat. So this roast beef […]

Walnut pizza with smoked beef and brie

Thursday, 22 October 2015|Baking, Dinner|Tags: , |

A worried reader contacted me a few days ago to enquire about my startling lack of a post last week. The explanation for my absence is simple. It goes like this: lipstick on a pig.

You see, like any other cook, I have bad days in the kitchen – especially when I’m originating recipes. When I’m on post deadline and a […]

Flank beef steak on the braai

Tuesday, 22 September 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Other than boerewors, beef is not something I braai very often. I simply think most cuts of beef respond better to other cooking methods. And at R140+ per kilo, beef steak – whether it be rump, sirloin or fillet – is not something I’m overly keen to feed the masses on.

But last time I checked, a cow consisted of more […]