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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Twice Baked Soufflés

If I had a restaurant this dish would be on my menu all year and be available for breakfast lunch and dinner! Soufflés have a stigma of being difficult to make, but these twice baked [...]

Middle Eastern Spinach Soup

I am sure that there are many versions of Middle Eastern Spinach soup as there is Minestrone in Italy! I have roughly based mine on a combination of the Persian Ash Reshteh and Ottolenghi’s Spinach [...]

Watermelon Granita or Sorbet

Watermelon is one of my favourite summer fruits! For a light dessert I made this quick Watermelon Sorbet. What makes it unique is that it is PURE FRUIT, egg free, dairy free and the only [...]

Fig Tart Tatin

At least once a year I need to make a Tart Tatin! It is usually my go to dessert in autumn when apples and pears are at their best. This time I had to use [...]

Pickled Pears

I love the concept of slightly ‘savoury’ fruit flavours with salads or as an accompaniment to cheese. For this recipe you can use any pear variety, but I always prefer the Beurre Bosc for cooking [...]

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Twice Baked Cheese Soufflés

For 8-10 starters or 4 main course soufflés You need 40g butter ½ onion finely chopped 40g cake flour 480ml milk 3ml salt 1ml coarsely ground black pepper 7ml Dijon or hot English mustard 15ml finely chopped parsley 5ml finely chopped chives 100g Gruyere or Cheddar cheese, grated 80g blue cheese, grated 20g Parmesan cheese, [...]


Middle Eastern Spinach Soup

For 6-8 portions you need 20ml olive or canola oil 2-3 medium white onions, finely chopped 2 fat cloves of garlic crushed 30ml ground turmeric 15ml ground cinnamon 5ml paprika 3ml ground black pepper 20ml ground ginger or 3cm fresh ginger root finely grated 1 small mild red chilli such as cayenne or Thai, finely [...]

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