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Chicken and Pork Terrine with Mango Salsa

2020-01-18T14:08:23+02:00January 22nd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Terrines and pâtés are some of my favourite foods, particularly in summer when they can be enjoyed al fresco with a glass of vino! My love affair with this style of food developed when we visited France. First of all the range of terrines and pâtés in the deli’s, supermarkets and markets are always fabulous. [...]

Tomatoes Provencale

2020-01-21T12:12:08+02:00January 21st, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

The most successful vegetable from my garden is tomatoes! Every time a tomato does not look as fresh as I would like it, I toss it into the garden. It either adds welcome organic matter to feed the soil or the seeds come up the following year. The cherry or cocktail varieties are most prolific [...]

Red Potato Salad

2020-01-12T11:49:00+02:00January 12th, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

A couple of years ago I found red and purple potatoes in our local supermarkets. At first I was intrigued by the exotic colours but what made them really special was the lovely buttery texture and the flavour. Red & Purple potatoes from a couple of years ago! Sadly we have not seen them [...]

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Gravalax update – Summer 2019 & 20!

2020-01-10T15:03:17+02:00January 10th, 2020|Dining in & out, From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

I can’t do the summer or the Festive Season without preparing a batch of Gravalax! I am not partial to smoked foods so this is my alternative to smoked salmon.  The texture and the uses are similar to smoked salmon, but the flavour is more delicious! Last year I brought you my Traditional Gravalax recipe (here) [...]

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Tiramisu with a twist, perfect celebration dessert!

2019-12-14T12:10:56+02:00December 14th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Italy, Travel & Adventures|

Tiramisu, one of Italy’s favourite desserts! Most of Italy’s traditional recipes date back for centuries, but this iconic dessert is fairly young. In the 1960’s a chef in the Veneto region prepared it and it was an instant hit! In fact, so much so that the name tiramisu translates as ‘pick me up’ or ‘cheer [...]

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A recipe from Tuscany – Gorgonzola Sauce

2019-12-07T13:48:20+02:00December 7th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Italy|

At last we have summer weather in the Cape! This dish was inspired Italy and easily be accommodated in a summer or winter menu.   When we were in Tuscany one of our closest villages was Lecchi. It’s a tiny picturesque village with just one coffee shop and one restaurant, Malborghetto, where we dined during [...]

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A Taste of Tuscany – food, wine & friends!

2019-11-20T15:01:07+02:00November 20th, 2019|Italy, Travel & Adventures, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

We have frequently visited France where we always choose to spend time in a self catering establishment where we can shop at the local markets and cook our own meals. When we planned our Italian adventure this year I was determined to spend as much time as possible in rural Tuscany, doing the same. Many [...]

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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 [...]