Ultimate mushroom mozzarella toastie

Friday, 23 June 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

I’ve given this some thought and have concluded that people can essentially be distilled into two groups. In the first you’ll find organised folks, those with neat cupboards and even neater fridges. They own shares in Tupperware and everything in their kitchen is neatly colour-coded, lined up like Westpoint graduates on parade.

Then there’s the other kind, those of us who […]

Souffléd welsh rarebit with Healey’s mature cheddar

Tuesday, 23 August 2016|Nibbles|Tags: , |

My introduction to Welsh rarebit was not exactly auspicious. We’re talking London many, many moons ago. I was slaving away in big kitchens for about two pence an hour. It involved hairnets and lots of frying. Enough said.

On this particular day in this particular kitchen in a VERY fancy department store (you know, the kind of place where Princess Di […]

Herbed brown rice salad with feta and beetroot

Thursday, 28 July 2016|Salad|Tags: , , |

There are ping-pong balls secreted away under every bed, chair, cupboard and couch in my house. Do I have a fetish? No, I have a cat. Which means soccer games at odd times, day and night, up and down the passage. The floors are wooden. The racket is frightful. The excitement is fever pitch.

I can identify with this kind of […]

Cauliflower-cheese soup with parmesan ciabatta croutons

Thursday, 30 June 2016|Soup|Tags: |

Back when I was a kid (OK way, way back) veggies were fairly basic. You had your carrots, your peas, gems, potatoes, beans and cauliflower. That was pretty much it. Oh and beetroot, which was always bottled in vinegar. Asparagus and mushrooms were only available in a tin – hauled out strictly for very big occasions, like when the fancy church […]

Oven roasted tomato and spinach pie

Monday, 11 April 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

Health has been a bit of a buzzword in the Melkkos & Merlot kitchen of late. Coming from the queen of butter and cream, this is strange I know. What triggered the madness? First, I was invited to the launch of Parmalat’s new range of cottage cheese. Already the biggest cheese brand in the country, Parlamat has now […]

Crazy-day haddock bake

Friday, 26 February 2016|Dinner|Tags: |

HARRIED: ‘Feeling strained as a result of having demands persistently made on one.’ And that folks in a word is what I’ve been lately – harried. Which explains why there was no recipe last week. What there was, was total chaos at Chez Melkkos & Merlot. Because why? Because roof.

A week ago I had a roof and now, R100 000,00 […]