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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LATEST FROM THE BLOG

JAN’S CREAMY BAKED CHEESECAKE

..... WITH A HINT OF ORANGE! A few months ago JAN one of my ‘food heroes’ posted a competition on his blog. The prize was a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I had every intention of entering, [...]

Curried Roast Chicken

The dilemma was I had a craving for roast chicken and curry! And so this recipe was born: Curried Roast Chicken For roasting, I usually spatchcock the chicken. The advantages being: Nearly all the shin [...]

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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 [...]

LATEST RECIPES

2019-09-05T13:03:50+02:00

JAN’S CREAMY BAKED CHEESECAKE

WITH MY VARIATIONS .... For the biscuit base you need 1 packet (200 g) digestive biscuits or half digestives and half ginger biscuits; you can use gluten free biscuits if you wish 50 g (60 ml) light brown sugar 100 g (110 ml) butter, melted Optional 5ml ground ginger and 5ml ground cinnamon For the [...]

2019-08-02T15:30:47+02:00

Curried Roast Chicken

For 4-6 people you need 1 large fresh chicken 1 can coconut milk 5-7 cm piece of root ginger, peeled 3 large garlic cloves, peeled 2-3 chillies, deseeded (I used long red cayenne chillies) A handful of fresh coriander 15 ml turmeric 5ml cumin 5ml black peppercorns 15ml powdered chicken stock 2 medium onion sliced [...]