From the Kitchen

Preparing food in my home has been my foremost passion. I thrive on reading and researching what is fresh, locally produced and delicious, designing a menu, preparing it and serving it in the most beautiful and appetizing way possible. The joy that I have in sharing beautiful and delicious food with our friends and family cannot always be expressed in words….. but, I will try to do so!

I will include what is new and on trend in both ingredients and equipment, and of course who is influencing and tantalizing my palate via books, blogs or restaurants. There is so much to share and write about.

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Dining In & Out

Enjoying food prepared by others is part of our pleasurable indulgences! We are privileged to be surrounded by some of the best restaurants in South Africa, but we don’t only dine out at so-called fine dining establishments. I am always seeking the best we can find, be it a burger, fish and chips or a hearty curry. I am not an enthusiastic baker, but a cozy coffee shop with unusual pastries and delicious cakes attracts my attention.

This is not a forum for reviewing occasions or restaurants, but it is one for sharing new experiences, flavours, textures and environments that inspire.

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Travel & Adventure

The joy of retirement is that we are able to often slip away to local places of interest for a few days. At least once a year we try to get away to an interesting international location. Gourmet tourism fascinates us. Our trips are carefully planned to explore the food and wine of the area. We also enjoy the environment and cultural experiences, and of course these factors often impact on the local cuisine.

I usually bring my travel taste experiences back home and they often impact on my cooking style.

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Wine & Accessories

My husband Mark, and I share an interest in wine. We both have independently completed various Certificates and Diplomas in Wine and only recently reduced our wine book library to about 1600 books!

We belong to a number of wine tasting groups, where we have the opportunity to formally taste and explore many wines and styles. We regularly spend a few informal hours tasting what is new in the magnificent Cape Winelands. In addition to this, we always taste and study the wines wherever we travel. We even found a rather delicious Chenin Blanc in Thailand!

Here I will share some of these vineous adventures with you.

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From the Garden

My inspiration in the kitchen often comes from the garden. I am motivated to start cooking when I harvest a bowl of freshly picked tomatoes or a handful of crisp spinach, herb or kale leaves, but more about that as the seasons progress.

The flower garden also impacts on our meals as I always stroll around the garden to see what is available before I plan my table setting. Other than on the roses, I do not use insecticides, so edible flowers are used.

I love visiting gardens on my travels. The formal gardens of Europe and the exotic Asian gardens fascinate me.

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Green Vegetable Miso Soup

When my husband is away my fridge and pantry stock becomes low and limited to ‘single girl’ foods….. veggies, cheese and bacon are my staples! Oh, yes, and of course there are a couple of [...]

Ginger & Lime, self saucing, baked pudding

Self saucing puddings have been around for years. Every year new flavour combinations are featured and they are often subjects in TV baking competitions. When I was given a bowl of fresh limes and looked [...]

Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscany is calling .... I am busy researching our trip to Italy later this year and of course this naturally includes food! Suddenly my repertoire is including more Italian dishes. One of my distinct food [...]

Lesley’s Healthy Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Healthy chocolate indulgence! I always struggle to find delicious desserts to serve in winter that are not packed with ‘wicked carbs’ and that are not too heavy. When I came across Lesley’s Healthy Beetroot Chocolate [...]

Broccoli and Hummus Soup

I love experimenting with soup flavours in the winter months. Sometimes I come up with a real winner, this week was one of those! Lamb Rendang (recipe here) was the main course and I needed [...]

Lesley’s Lemon & Limoncello Mousse

I have been eyeing Lesley Orr’s Lemon and Limoncello Mousse for a while and thought it would be ideal for a ladies’ supper party last week and then I made it again a few days [...]

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Shallot, Mushroom and Sherry Sauce

For 6-8 servings you need 12 -16 shallots or small onions 250ml stock, depending what meat you are serving it with 200g small brown mushrooms (portabello), cleaned. Halved or quartered 20ml butter 200ml cream 50ml sherry (medium cream or dry) To prepare Peel the shallots or onions and leave them whole. The shallots should be [...]


Green Vegetable Miso Soup

For 8-10 servings you need The following measurements are approximate. If you have more than one veg than another it does not matter as long as you end up with about 1 litre to 1.5 litres of roughly chopped veggies 2 cups cauliflower 2 cups broccoli 1 cup courgette 1 cup green beans 50ml vegetable [...]

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