Bush pig and porcini lasagna – memories of Tuscany

Friday, 17 August 2018|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Sprawling in the shadows of the majestic Groot Drakenstein mountains in the Franschhoek valley, you’ll find Anthonij Rupert Wines. Their wine range is a favourite of mine, especially their incredibly pocket-friendly Protea range and equally budget-conscious Terra Del Capo range. What I really love, other than the quality offered at the price, is that they flirt with […]

Beef neck and marrow ragu for pasta

Friday, 1 June 2018|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Winter is well and truly here. I know this because of three things. I know it because I finally relented and hauled my down duvet out the cupboard. I also know it because my cat is WAY friendlier than normal. As in I will sleep on top of you all night long and make you seriously uncomfortable in my search […]

Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs

Tuesday, 21 November 2017|Dinner|Tags: , |

Beef stroganoff spaghetti meatballs – it sounds utterly nuts, but bear with me. If any one idiom describes what happens in my kitchen, it would be necessity is the mother of invention. I loathe throwing anything away. Even if there is only one tablespoon of cream left, it needs to be used. I guess the lessons from my gran – who […]

Oxtail ragu with saffron linguine

Tuesday, 22 August 2017|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Oxtail – it positively, definitely, decidedly has to be one of my ultimate cuts for a warming stew. My love of it goes way back, to my childhood spent in part on a dairy farm. A whole oxtail is a substantial thing – you get a lot from one bovine. But even back then I remember wishing cows came with […]

Everything-and-the-kitchen-sink minestrone

Monday, 24 April 2017|Soup|Tags: , , , |

Easter is gone and May beckons. Yup folks, soup season is upon us. Not the stick-to-your-ribs kind packed with truckloads of meaty bones quite yet. That’s for June. The in-between evenings of May call for something altogether lighter I think. Lighter, yet still comforting. Minestrone is the answer.

Now minestrone is one of those jolly fabulous recipes that can be adapted […]

Pork shank ragu with white wine and fennel

Friday, 10 February 2017|Dinner|Tags: , |

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 with […]