Beef and Guinness stew with herb dumplings

Thursday, 21 August 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , |

The best laid plans of mice and men… I had a starring role in things going contrary to scheme this past weekend.

I’d been contemplating a nice little beef and Guinness pie for a while. The Guinness had been lurking in my fridge for at least a month, but I just didn’t get around to posting it – […]

Bobotie samoosas with apricot dipping sauce

Wednesday, 6 August 2014|Nibbles|Tags: , , |

In my experience, bobotie is a little bit like opera. Few folks seem to be neutral about it. They either love it or loathe it. I happen to be rather partial to both.

Growing up, bobotie was very much a ‘special occasion’ dish – for high days, holidays and, rather bizarrely, funerals. And that’s just silly because few things could […]

Seared beef salad

Friday, 17 January 2014|Salad|Tags: , |

They may have become completely passé in a world that embraces fascinating new words like apols, derp, jorts and phablet (I kid you not, Google it), but I’m just nuts about charming old idioms.

Take my tendency of not wanting to deal with a roasting tray after a huge lunch or dinner. I stick it in the oven with […]

short rib and red wine casserole

Friday, 23 August 2013|Dinner|Tags: , , |

I adore any cut of beef, but I’m especially fond of the ones that need a long time in the oven, and emerge fall-off-the-bone soft and lip-smackingly luscious – cuts like oxtail and short rib. I make this casserole on lazy Saturday afternoons, when there’s rugby on the tele and the world seems like a fine place. The flavour […]