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Gammon – how to cook and some yummy ideas!

2018-12-06T15:19:19+00:00December 7th, 2018|Christmas|

One of the most frequently asked questions I am asked at this time of the year is ..... How do I cook the gammon? Gammon is cooked in 2 stages The first, to cook the meat, and thereafter to glaze the gammon. If you do not want the sticky coating you may simply follow the [...]

Salted Caramel Mustard

2018-11-30T14:05:37+00:00December 2nd, 2018|Christmas, From the Kitchen|

Last Christmas I gave you the recipe for the Traditional South African sweet mustard that we enjoy with smoked and cured meats. Traditional Mustard Recipe I love that mustard but this year thought I would try something different, hence my new creation, Salted Caramel Mustard. I made it a few days ago and last night [...]

Festive dessert – Rolled Fruit Pavlova

2018-11-30T13:46:12+00:00November 30th, 2018|Christmas, From the Kitchen|

Christmas and Festive Feasting is less than a month away! I am sure you have also starting scribbling down a few menu ideas. Every year my menus are becoming lighter and less ‘traditional’ in the European sense. My Mother always made a Traditional Christmas Pud that simmered for hours and was prepared months ahead so [...]

Artichoke, Avo & Chick Pea Salad

2018-11-17T13:42:59+00:00November 17th, 2018|From the Kitchen|

A couple of nights ago friends popped around for a light supper. The weather was uncomfortably hot so I decided to keep the meal really light. Mark grilled a few chicken kebabs on the braai and I opted to make just one side dish, a salad. It was so delicious that I simply have to [...]

Blueberry galette, inspired by my visit to the US.

2018-11-15T12:48:17+00:00November 15th, 2018|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures, Uncategorized|

Blue berries are native to the US On our recent holiday to the United States we spent some time in Maine, New England and Vermont. Seeing the ‘fall’ (the autumn) has been a bucket list item for some time. The autumn colours were breathtakingly beautiful. It is mainly the maple trees that turn spectacular shades [...]

Cape Brandy Pudding

2018-08-02T14:52:04+00:00August 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Cape Brandy Pudding or Tipsy Tart? Both names are appropriate. When I was a kid I rather liked the ‘naughty’ idea of eating Tipsy Tart. Needless to say the dash of brandy had no ill effect, other than me now having a liking for a good brandy after dinner! Nobody has a clear answer of [...]

Italian Lemon Cream Chicken

2018-08-02T14:14:17+00:00August 2nd, 2018|From the Kitchen|

When we visit our local Italian restaurant one of my favourite dishes is veal al limone. In South Africa we seldom find good veal so I often make this dish using pork or chicken. The same recipe applies to all three, the watch point being not to overcook the meat. The meat is really the [...]

Oatmeal meat pie crust

2018-07-19T14:14:20+00:00July 24th, 2018|From the Kitchen|

I have never been in favour of heavy pastry pie crusts but this one is my favourite as it ticks so many boxes! Nostalgia My Mother always used this recipe on her Springbok and Lamb pies. Every time I make it, it evokes all those delicious flavours and memories. I make it several times in [...]