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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pinotage and plum pavlova

Thursday, 16 March 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

So the Argus has come and gone. It may not have been much of an event this year, what with the South Easter howling at up to 100km an hour and the cycle race being cancelled about an hour in. Cancelled or not, for me the Argus is my line in the sand. My signal that the soul-destroyingly, […]

Bordelaise – the ultimate red wine sauce for steak

Monday, 30 January 2017|Basic recipes|Tags: , , |

Quite simply the ultimate red wine sauce for steak, that’s Bordelaise folks. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Bordelaise sauce is one of those classical sauces every keen cook should have in their repertoire. Now you may serve Bordelaise on a great manly hunk of steak, but for me this sauce is essentially feminine. The Parisian woman of sauces […]