Mushroom pasta with bacon crumbs

Wednesday, 19 November 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , |

I love, love, love pasta. Which is why I pretty much never order it in a restaurant. Because, honest to goodness, nine times out of ten they will muck it up. And then I just get annoyed (which isn’t pretty) because making good pasta is not rocket science. Pasta cooked until it’s just al dente, a kiss of intensely-flavoured sauce… […]

pasta with lamb ragu

Thursday, 24 April 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , |

People aren’t all the same and that’s probably a good thing. I can’t begin to image how epically boring a place the world would be if they were. Unfortunately this different-strokes-for-different-folks thing is a bit of pain when it comes to writing recipes.

Take my friend Betty (not her real name, as she would NOT be amused). She pecks […]

Pappardelle pasta with lemon and lamb

Friday, 22 November 2013|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

I’m a champion channel surfer. I’m sure this is an extremely irritating habit. Fortunately Merlot doesn’t mind. As long as she can sit on my lap, I can hop around like the Easter bunny.

I recently landed on a programme about American women who have the hots for blokes in prison. Now we all have our little oddities, so […]

Boerewors Pasta

Thursday, 10 October 2013|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Occasionally I get the chance to escape my office just shy of five. I close the door behind me and hit the streets for a gentle stroll with my imaginary dog (Merlot won’t tolerate a real one).

One notices many things on these lazy constitutionals. My neighbour’s sweet peas will be blooming soon. The people a few houses over […]

red velvet pasta sauce

Friday, 30 August 2013|Dinner|Tags: , |

There are few foods I find sexier than pasta. Possibly because images of a youthful Sophia Loren, clutching a bowl of spaghetti to her quite delightful bosom, come to mind whenever I think of pasta. Unlike us, Italians don’t drown their pasta in sauce. One of my 5-minute favourites is just garlic, red chilli and tons of flat leaf […]