Leek and potato soup

Wednesday, 5 July 2017|Soup|Tags: , |

Scandinavians may be some of the happiest people in the world, but boy am I glad to be African. Because the cold and I are simply not pals. I loathe but absolutely loathe winter with a passion I normally reserve for minibus taxi drivers and dentists.

About the only things that get me through it are warming traditional bredies […]

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 […]

Oxtail tomato bredie with gnocchi

Friday, 19 June 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday I posted my first recipe using the wonderful goodies in my ZZ2 Mouthwatering Box. My surprise box contained garlic, onions, avo and pretty much every kind of tomato I can think of. In my first recipe I featured garlic and tomato as equal co-stars (get the recipe here). But this next episode has space […]

curried sweet potato soup with poppadom ribbons

Friday, 23 May 2014|Soup|Tags: , |

I love a good curry. Not the sissy stuff Capetonians generally try to pass off as curry (sorry!). I mean Durban-style – a curry with ‘tude that burns you just by looking at it. It has to hurt and it absolutely has to come with a truckload of interesting side bits – raita, sambal, chutney, achar, poppadoms, Mrs Ball’s […]

Roasted pork loin with brown-butter sweet potato

Thursday, 27 March 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

I sometimes worry about the amount of time I spend contemplating totally pointless things. Like wondering what animal I would prefer to have with me if I were marooned, Robinson Crusoe-style, and had to fend for myself for the rest of time. The answer is pig. I simply cannot think of any meat more versatile than pork. Think bacon, German […]

Dauphinoise potato bake

Friday, 15 November 2013|Dinner|Tags: |

Getting older is wonderful. I tell myself this because the alternative – wistfully longing for the days when everything was just a touch higher, firmer and smoother – is about as productive as trying to convince cats and dogs not to lick and sniff each other’s impolite bits.

It’s not much, but Mother Nature does seem to give one […]