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 […]

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 […]