Blackberry and apple galette with citrus chantilly

Friday, 7 August 2015|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , , |

I love the transforming power of words – how just a few syllables can make things seem fancy and make you want them more. Take handbags. Say Vuitton and we go ‘ooh’. But if you think about it, it really is just a bag – somewhere to keep your cell phone and lippy, and the place where those nasty complimentary […]

smoked salmon cheesecake

Wednesday, 29 October 2014|Baking|Tags: , , |

It’s no secret that I’m partial to a touch of pink. So when a cheeky little Roodeberg rosé came knocking on my door the other day, care of the fine folks at KWV, well, obviously I had to invite it in. And open it. And taste it. And then taste some more – just […]

Cheat’s apple strudel with salted caramel sauce

Monday, 8 September 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

I had something cheesy planned for this post, but then the lovely folks from SABC 3’s Expresso morning show asked if I’d come bake something sweet for them.

The pace of live TV is exhilarating to say the least, even more so when one has just a few minutes to conjure up something fabulous. Hmmm. What can […]

Pear and marzipan tartlets with chocolate ganache

Wednesday, 11 June 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , , |

The thing about spending the amount of time in the kitchen that I do, is things can get a bit lonely. Merlot is an excellent conversationalist, to be sure. But as I don’t actually speak ‘cat’, her incessant chatter isn’t exactly what I would call spell binding.

So when the inimitable Nina Timm from

cheese tart with drunken sultanas

Friday, 16 August 2013|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

There are few things I love more than a decent French apple tart, with the possible exception of a proper ’tarte au fromage blanc’ – a sophisticated little cheese tart number made with fromage blanc (a soft white French cheese), raisins and candied fruit. So I decided to recreate it, but give it a seriously South African twist. Instead […]