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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.

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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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LATEST FROM THE BLOG

Spiced Tipsy Cake

Wintery weather always brings out the craving for something spicy and boozy I love cakes that double as dessert so this year I have made a Spicy Tipsy Cake. The recipe is loosely based on [...]

Chicken Pad Thai

Pad Thai or Phad Thai is a rice noodle dish that is commonly served as a street food and in most restaurants in Thailand. I was introduced to it long before I visited Thailand by [...]

Tamarind Lamb Stew or Denningvleis

One of the memorable dishes that Cass Abrahams introduced to me was Denningvleis. In her recipe book she uses ‘stewing lamb’ but when she made this dish for me she used thinly cut lamb rib [...]

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 [...]

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LATEST RECIPES

2021-06-12T12:10:31+02:00

Coriander and Lime Dressing

For about 250ml dressing you need 1 small clove of garlic Zest of 1 lime 30ml lime juice About 125ml coriander leaves firmly packed 1ml salt 125ml good quality mayonnaise or full cream yoghurt 125ml olive oil Optional: 3ml chopped green chilli or 5ml chopped pickled green Jalapeño Limes give this dressing a unique [...]

2021-06-06T12:17:01+02:00

Tipsy Apple and Spice Cake

You need 250g dates, chopped 170ml boiling water 50ml butter, at room temperature 200ml dark brown sugar 1 extra large egg Zest of one orange 250 ml cake flour 5ml bicarbonate of soda 15ml baking powder 10ml ground cinnamon 1ml ground cloves 10ml ground ginger 5ml salt 50ml pecans, chopped For the syrup you need: [...]

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