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.

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 [...]

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 [...]