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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.

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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JAN’S CREAMY BAKED CHEESECAKE

2019-09-05T13:12:36+02:00September 5th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Gluten-Free Baking|

..... WITH A HINT OF ORANGE! A few months ago JAN one of my ‘food heroes’ posted a competition on his blog. The prize was a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I had every intention of entering, but I simply ‘ran out of time’! The competition was to add a variation / serving suggestion to his basic [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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