Lamb kidneys in red wine

Tuesday, 1 September 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

You’re either going to love this recipe or hate it. Because that’s the way it is with liver and kidneys – no fence sitting allowed. On the farm we ate every part of the animal, so organ days happened. I considered it a unique form of child abuse as an eight-year-old. My relationship with liver and kidneys changed when I became a […]

Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with red wine gravy

Friday, 14 August 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

Sunday lunch on the farm with gran meant only one thing – leg of lamb. She roasted it low and slow and did very little to it, other than add salt. Fast-forward a few decades and my approach to roasting a cut of anything is still pretty basic. I strongly believe in paying a bit extra for seriously good meat […]

Silk handkerchief pasta with beef short rib ragu

Friday, 13 March 2020|Dinner|Tags: , |

My slow-food slide into autumn continues. This week I’m whipping up a rich beef short rib ragu. With it I’m making silk handkerchief pasta – largish sheets of fresh pasta informally torn by hand. Once cooked they drape beautifully, just like silk. If you’ve never made fresh pasta before, now is the time. A pasta machine helps of course, but […]

Lamb shanks in red wine

Friday, 4 October 2019|Dinner|Tags: , |

Spring has hit the Cape in all its floral glory. It’s my favourite Cape season because the days are cool, it’s still green and the dreaded South Easter hasn’t kicked in yet – well, not much. October is pretty much the last month that I can relish cling-to-your-ribs type food like lamb shank before it’s time for summer dresses and salads. The folks […]

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 […]

Glühwein, such a lovely winter treat

Friday, 13 July 2018|Drinks|Tags: |

Phew – half of winter gone! Only another six weeks left before it’s officially spring folks. I can’t believe how it’s rushing by. But six weeks is still plenty of time to indulge in the finer things winter offers – like the chance to cosy up in front of the fire with glühwein. For its ability to warm you up […]