Minted spring pea soup

Friday, 17 July 2015|Soup|Tags: |

I know that calling this minted pea soup recipe ‘spring’ pea soup is optimistic – what with at least another six weeks of bitter cold weather waiting for us before spring is ‘officially’ here. But all around me I am starting to see signs that winter is on its way out. Jasmin shrubs spilling over fences in my neighbourhood are […]

Shortcut old-fashioned chicken pie

Wednesday, 18 February 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , |

My gran – in the way of so many women of her generation I suppose – was a kitchen whizz on the quiet. Dress a 300kg carcass in under an hour? No problem. Whip up a four-tier wedding cake with marzipan and delicate OTT floral sugarwork by Monday? Sure sweetie. I wish I had learnt more from her while I […]

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 – […]

broad bean, pea and mint spring salad

Friday, 13 September 2013|Salad|Tags: , |

Cats, sadly, do not tolerate lazy lie-ins hy humans, not even on weekends. Which is rather surprising, given that they sleep away something like 80% of their lives. No matter what time I poured myself into bed or how fragile I may be feeling, come 6am on Saturdays, it’s showtime.

Let Me Out. Cuddle Me. Feed Me. In that […]

smokey ham and split pea soup

Monday, 19 August 2013|Soup|Tags: , |

I’m not sure who loathes winter more, Merlot or me. I figure she gets the prize, what with having to dodge the Cape rain to go ‘do her business’ outside. (It’s amazing how quick a cat can be when she needs to.) Nonetheless, it’s a close call. A steaming bowl of thick split pea soup packed with smokey, meaty […]