Our Italian Adventure – Venice!

2019-10-09T19:35:18+02:00October 9th, 2019|Italy, Travel & Adventures|

Why Italy they asked? You’ve been before! Yes, I have been several times, but I simply had to feel and ‘taste’ the exciting Italian vibe again! Our good friends, who also enjoy food and wine, John and Sue joined us on our 3 week holiday to Venice, Bologna, Tuscany and Rome. Over the next few [...]

Curried Roast Chicken

2019-08-02T15:36:33+02:00August 2nd, 2019|From the Kitchen|

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 is exposed on the top, resulting in even browning. (flabby chicken skin gives me the creeps!) The chicken cooks quicker [...]

Pear and Chocolate Tart – 4 ingredients!

2019-07-26T13:22:49+02:00July 26th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

French inspired, but rustic When I peer through the windows of French Pastry shop it’s always the range of tarts that catch my eye! Nothing quite beats the crisp pastry and the beautiful fillings and the precision of each piece. My skills with never be able to replicate that, so I usually opt for the [...]

Perfect Winter’s Supper- Pork Sausages With Spiced Sweet Potato Mash

2019-07-19T13:47:31+02:00July 19th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

A winters night supper: Sage flavoured Pork Sausages Orange Sweet potato Mash with Orange and Spices Onions with Chilli Sage Butter Steamed Broccoli  This delicious supper all started with the humble pork sausage. My local butcher had none in stock; the 2nd shop had these beautiful sausages flavoured with fresh sage.  There is a secret [...]

Shallot, Mushroom and Sherry Sauce

2019-06-23T12:37:32+02:00June 27th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Shallots ..... At last we are able to buy packs of shallots more frequently in South Africa! I love the delicate sweetness of shallots versus onions and understand why most French recipes favour them. We all love a mushroom sauce, but this recipe simply elevates a simple sauce to another level with the addition of [...]