From the Kitchen

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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 & appetizing way possible. The joy that I have in sharing beautiful 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.

Many people ask me questions about food safety, food labeling and nutrition. I still consult in this field and keep updated via Technical Journals and networking. I have found that the average consumer is often misinformed, therefore I aim to inform or dispel some myths on various interesting topics in an easily ‘digestible’ manner. Questions from and discussions with friends and family have already provided me with a list of topics. You are welcome to email me any topics that you would like me to cover in this forum.

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 [...]

Green Vegetable Miso Soup

2019-06-23T11:27:40+02:00June 23rd, 2019|From the Kitchen|

When my husband is away my fridge and pantry stock becomes low and limited to ‘single girl’ foods….. veggies, cheese and bacon are my staples! Oh, yes, and of course there are a couple of bottles of good vino! It’s cold and rainy and I feel like a hearty soup so my ‘mystery recipe’ mode [...]

Ginger & Lime, self saucing, baked pudding

2019-06-11T13:38:18+02:00June 14th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Self saucing puddings have been around for years. Every year new flavour combinations are featured and they are often subjects in TV baking competitions. When I was given a bowl of fresh limes and looked across at the huge root of ginger on my kitchen counter, one of my favourite flavour combos sprang to mind.... [...]