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.

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.... [...]

Tuscan Bean Soup

2019-06-11T13:30:58+02:00June 8th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Tuscany is calling .... I am busy researching our trip to Italy later this year and of course this naturally includes food! Suddenly my repertoire is including more Italian dishes. One of my distinct food memories of my previous visit to Tuscany was that I was surprised by the number of dishes based on dried [...]

Broccoli and Hummus Soup

2019-06-01T10:58:14+02:00June 1st, 2019|From the Kitchen|

I love experimenting with soup flavours in the winter months. Sometimes I come up with a real winner, this week was one of those! Lamb Rendang (recipe here) was the main course and I needed a starter that will carry the Asian theme. I had a pack of broccoli florets and a tub of humus [...]

Lamb Rendang

2019-05-23T12:41:21+02:00May 23rd, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Rendang curry has been on my radar screen for some time now, so when the first winter chills hit Cape Town it was on my priority list! This Indonesian speciality, Rendang, I first tasted in Singapore a few years back. What appealed to me was the interesting combination of ingredients, including desiccated coconut and plenty [...]

My version of Hummingbird Cake, with carrots, banana, pineapple and pecans

2019-03-25T13:10:42+02:00March 25th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

I have always been fascinated by the name Hummingbird Cake. It apparently gets its name from a colourful hummingbird found in the Caribbean and Southern America. The bright yellow of the pineapple and bananas remind one of the bird’s yellow feathers. Not quite the true Hummingbird..... The main ingredients I researched several recipes and as [...]