Whole roast lamb neck

Friday, 29 June 2018|Dinner|Tags: , |

There’s a whole lot of stuff that gran’s generation knew how to do that we have forgotten. For some of them I don’t have much use – how to turn animal fat into soap, for instance. Or crocheting covers for clothes hangers. But when it comes to food, boy did they get it right. Gran knew that beef ‘drippings’ kept […]

Liver patties (lewerkoekies)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

This recipe for what I’ve decided to call liver patties caused some consternation amongst my English family and friends. In Afrikaans these patties of minced liver, grated onion and a few other things are called ‘lewerkoekies’. They’re as quintessentially South African as a recipe can be.

I hadn’t given these morsels any thought for a couple of decades because, to be […]

Rosemary lamb chops with green olive salsa verde

Tuesday, 18 October 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

Salsa verde, or as the French call it sauce verte, sounds very fancy. It is. But in a good way – fancy on the tongue, easy on the prep. Because salsa verde or sauce vert simply means a green sauce. Recipes differ wildly, but they all have one thing in common – loads of fresh herbs. To give backbone to […]

Green bean bredie

Thursday, 14 July 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Green bean bredie – of course one has to call it a bredie, for nothing this soul satisfying could possibly be called a mere stew. What makes this a true South African bredie? The addition of marvellous old-fashioned boerekos spices along with liberal lashings of lard.

This is gran’s green bean bredie recipe, but I’ve given it a modern twist. I […]

Lamb kebabs with fruity couscous & pomegranate raita

Friday, 10 April 2015|Dinner|Tags: |

Pomegranates. They’re probably as trendy as a fruit can be. Open a food mag or check out food packaging and chances are these ruby jewels will feature – on pretty much anything, from chocolate cupcakes to raw boerewors. (I get the former, the latter is a bit weird.)

My memory of pomegranates is a nostalgic one that goes way […]

Moroccan spiced lamb with raspberry-mint sauce

Tuesday, 10 February 2015|Dinner|Tags: |

See a woman amble aimlessly around a fashion store for hours on end and nobody bats an eyelid. Try doing the same thing in a supermarket, and security guards get downright twitchy. None of this picking up stuff, checking it out and putting it back. That’s OK for a dress, but apparently not for a bottle of pickles. But here’s […]