Baked Eggs with Porcini Mushrooms

2020-11-03T10:40:26+02:00November 3rd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

A seasonal treat Porcini mushrooms (boletus edulis) not easily cultivated so they are fairly rare. You seldom find them in supermarkets and usually in delis or farmer’s markets. The season is limited as they appear in pine forests after the first rains. In South Africa they are foraged in the Western Cape in autumn and [...]

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Octopus, a Mediterranean Speciality

2020-10-04T11:01:25+02:00October 4th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

I love octopus dishes and it’s one of those specialities that reminds me of delicious meals I have enjoyed on Mediterranean holidays. I have never eaten tough octopus despite its reputation of resembling shoe leather! It is said to be very tough if not prepared correctly and if you research the recipes the methods for [...]

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Herenbone, the Cape’s Heirloom Bean

2020-09-28T12:57:57+02:00September 28th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

When a friend found Herenbone in local shops, I immediately said, please buy some for me! I have since found them at a number of country town delis. Look out for them up the West Coast or the Joostenburg Deli. As they are dried and have a long shelf life I now stock up whenever [...]

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Lemon, Ginger & Yoghurt Topped Bobotie

2020-09-17T13:07:46+02:00September 17th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

In my mind the only thing that spoils Traditional Bobotie is the egg custard topping! When I make a batch of Bobotie I usually start with 2kg mince. I portion it into serving sizes and freeze it. After defrosting I add the topping and bake. Bobotie Recipe Here This week I made the best topping [...]

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Asian Vegetable Salad

2020-09-17T12:59:54+02:00September 17th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Most of our country is experiencing warmer weather as spring approaches. In my kitchen the signs of spring is obvious in my style of serving vegetables. Right now I’m craving fresh salads. When we had one sunny day last week I could not wait to prepare steak and salad. You can really play around with [...]

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Mushroom Miso Soup

2020-08-24T14:16:08+02:00August 24th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

On the lighter side Winter soups can be really hearty and filling. I love the comfort of enjoying a warm soup in the cold weather, but often they are packed with hidden calories. My Mushroom Miso soup is light and tasty and if you omit the yoghurt or cream it is probably the lightest soup [...]

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Pork Goulash

2020-06-22T18:28:39+02:00June 22nd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

A hearty stew for winter! With winter weather in full swing and not being at all partial to stews and casseroles I sometimes have to dig deep to find suitable recipes. The complex, deep flavours of paprika fascinate me and so a few days ago I made pork goulash. I love the little tins that [...]

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Apple Cake with Blueberries and Thyme

2020-05-29T13:00:19+02:00May 29th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Nostalgia...... Apple tarts, cakes and tarts are close to my heart. When I stood peeling these apples I went on a memory trip to my childhood. I was very young when I sat on the covered ‘stoep’ (veranda) of our Karroo farmhouse ‘assisting’ with peeling of baskets of apples. My Mother bottled apple pie filling [...]

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Mushroom Miso Soup

2020-05-22T15:58:46+02:00May 22nd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

As the days are becoming cooler my appetite for hearty soups increases. Soups can easily be a source of hidden calories in the form of rib sticking carbs or lashings of cream so I’m always seeking out the healthier option. My Miso Mushroom Soup both delicious and low calorie. And to boot it’s so easy [...]

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