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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.

Pineapple fluff – a retro dessert

2019-02-12T15:28:10+00:00February 12th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Do you day dream about nostalgic foods from your past? I do! During the past 2 weeks I have had a stream of house guests, including two sets of cousins visiting from the UK. As we are a family of food lovers, when planning some menus my thoughts floated back to my Mother’s kitchen. I [...]

Grilled grapes for your cheese platter

2019-01-28T11:08:28+00:00January 28th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

You simply have to try Grilled Grapes at least once! It was a cool evening and needed to add something interesting to the cheese board. I had read about baked grapes, but not wanting to heat my oven, I decided to try grilling them.  All I did was cut the grapes into smaller bunches, toss [...]

Watermelon feast time!

2019-01-17T13:18:28+00:00January 17th, 2019|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

Versatile watermelon to celebrate summer! I always feel that summer is in full swing when there is an abundance of watermelons in the shops and markets! We buy mainly from supermarkets, especially when you can choose a quarter or half fruit. But when our local little market stall has melons directly from the farm we [...]

Singaporean Laksa, a delicious light meal

2019-01-12T13:08:48+00:00January 12th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

We are in the second week of January and it was simply a matter of time before my palate started craving a hint of spice and Asian flavours. I do love my salads and barbeques, grills and roasts but ........ Laksa-style soups are served all over South East Asia. We enjoyed the versions most in [...]

Salad days are here again….. 3 great salads!

2019-01-06T11:16:16+00:00January 6th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

The Cape weather is warm and my repertoire does not stray far from salads, chilled soups and grilled protein. This week’s favourite three salads that I need to share with you differ. The roasted Indian Cauliflower with Cashews and the other Pear and Fennel Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese Dressing are delicious. Thirdly, easiest [...]

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 [...]