Green bean bredie

Thursday, 14 July 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Green bean bredie – of course one has to call it a bredie, for nothing this soul satisfying could possibly be called a mere stew. What makes this a true South African bredie? The addition of marvellous old-fashioned boerekos spices along with liberal lashings of lard.

This is gran’s green bean bredie recipe, but I’ve given it a modern twist. I […]

Pulled beef shin chilli con carne

Wednesday, 16 March 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Chilli con carne – if Wikipedia is to be believed (and that’s a big IF), this dish traces its roots back to the Texas of 1850. According to the same dodgy source, they smaak it so much down South that it was designated the official dish of Texas by ‘House Concurrent Resolution Number 18’ of the 65th Texas Legislature in […]

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 […]

Beef and bean stew

Thursday, 19 March 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

Cats are singular creatures indeed. It’s all about them. I know some people like that – it’s not pretty. But for some reason I not only tolerate this quality in cats, I find it rather endearing.

I understand that when my four-legged child stops being snooty and starts snuggling up to me in the wee hours, it’s only because it’s starting […]

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 – […]

short rib and red wine casserole

Friday, 23 August 2013|Dinner|Tags: , , |

I adore any cut of beef, but I’m especially fond of the ones that need a long time in the oven, and emerge fall-off-the-bone soft and lip-smackingly luscious – cuts like oxtail and short rib. I make this casserole on lazy Saturday afternoons, when there’s rugby on the tele and the world seems like a fine place. The flavour […]