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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.

Pork Goulash

2020-06-22T18:28:39+02:00June 22nd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

A hearty stew for winter! With winter weather in full swing and not being at all partial to stews and casseroles I sometimes have to dig deep to find suitable recipes. The complex, deep flavours of paprika fascinate me and so a few days ago I made pork goulash. I love the little tins that [...]

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Apple Cake with Blueberries and Thyme

2020-05-29T13:00:19+02:00May 29th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Nostalgia...... Apple tarts, cakes and tarts are close to my heart. When I stood peeling these apples I went on a memory trip to my childhood. I was very young when I sat on the covered ‘stoep’ (veranda) of our Karroo farmhouse ‘assisting’ with peeling of baskets of apples. My Mother bottled apple pie filling [...]

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Mushroom Miso Soup

2020-05-22T15:58:46+02:00May 22nd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

As the days are becoming cooler my appetite for hearty soups increases. Soups can easily be a source of hidden calories in the form of rib sticking carbs or lashings of cream so I’m always seeking out the healthier option. My Miso Mushroom Soup both delicious and low calorie. And to boot it’s so easy [...]

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Biscotti with Pecans and Chai Spices

2020-05-18T13:51:54+02:00May 18th, 2020|From the Kitchen, Italy, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

It’s a complete fluke that I took to baking on Sunday 17th May 2020…. World Baking Day! Biscotti, another memory from Italy. These crisp biscuits originated in Tuscany where they are traditionally dipped in a wine, Vin Santo. When we were enjoying a wine pairing at a neighbouring property on our Tuscan Foodie holiday in [...]

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Grilled Tuna Steak with Sauce Vierge

2020-05-16T13:20:59+02:00May 16th, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

Light, fresh and healthy! I feel that oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, yellowtail or tuna all deserve a fresh light sauce. As you know my choice of flavour usually veers towards Asian which does also marry well with oily fish, but for a change I chose Sauce Vierge. I think the [...]

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It’s time to harvest your olives!

2020-05-08T16:20:05+02:00May 8th, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

In April / May we harvest olives in the Southern Hemisphere! When I designed my Mediterranean style garden 20 years ago I enthusiastically planted 3 olive trees. They do look beautiful and with the pencil cypresses, citrus trees and rosemary they do frame my vegetable and herb garden perfectly! Olive trees are slow [...]

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Lemon Curd Cake

2020-05-06T13:22:21+02:00May 6th, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

It’s citrus season and everyone is looking for lemon recipes! This is one of my favourite cakes as it bridges the boundaries of cake and dessert. It is super moist with a delicious curd-like layer with a light cake layer on top. I also am not crazy about cakes that call for sugary frostings. This [...]

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Creamy Rice Pudding with Indian Flavours

2020-05-02T15:04:34+02:00May 3rd, 2020|From the Kitchen, Indian|

Perfect for cooler weather..... I happened to have an extra cup of cooked white rice so I threw the calorie counter out and made rice pudding! This recipe is far from the traditional ‘English’ style rice pudding and my in house ‘quality controller’ declared it the best he has ever tasted. The choice of rice [...]