Tomato Kiri cream cheese crostata

Tuesday, 10 December 2019|Baking|Tags: |

Step aside quiche, the crostata is in town. Kiri Cream Cheese shows its versatility in this pretty open-faced savoury veggie tart with a custardy base which keeps the tomato juices from turning the flaky crust soggy. The recipe was deveveloped by Errieda du Toit (the creative mastermind behind Kokkedoor and Koekedoor cooking programmes) for Kiri to celebrate that Kiri is […]

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 […]

Spanish-inspired mussels with chorizo, saffron and sherry

Tuesday, 23 January 2018|Dinner, Nibbles|Tags: , |

It’s high summer and one of my greatest joys is eating in the dappled shade of the gigantic Cape Ash right outside my kitchen door. (That’s when the sodding Cape South-Easter is not howling, but let’s not go there.) Mussels are always a good idea, even more so when combined with plump, juicy red tomatoes at their summer peak. But […]

Everything-and-the-kitchen-sink minestrone

Monday, 24 April 2017|Soup|Tags: , , , |

Easter is gone and May beckons. Yup folks, soup season is upon us. Not the stick-to-your-ribs kind packed with truckloads of meaty bones quite yet. That’s for June. The in-between evenings of May call for something altogether lighter I think. Lighter, yet still comforting. Minestrone is the answer.

Now minestrone is one of those jolly fabulous recipes that can be adapted […]

Provençal tomato salad

Wednesday, 28 September 2016|Salad|Tags: , |

Provençal tomato salad – it’s not actually a ‘real’ Provençal dish, not in the way that pissaladière, aïoli and ratatouille are. But for me this recipe encapsulates the essence of southern France. Ripe-red firm tomatoes, bursting with sunshine. Pungent, juicy rose garlic. Anchovies, salty, rich and deep. It makes me think of rolling purple fields, cicada song at […]

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole

Thursday, 21 April 2016|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Burgers, done properly, are a thing of beauty. They’re super easy and cheap to make. Best of all? They’re actually quite healthy. Now before the fast food insults start flying, let me qualify. A burger is healthy IF you make it yourself, because you’re in control of what goes in.

Use good beef mince, and not much more than a dash […]