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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.

Courgette Fritters

2020-04-29T17:33:55+02:00April 29th, 2020|From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Courgette Fritters (gluten free), a delicious vegetable side dish, breakfast or brunch base! Or an excellent vegetarian cocktail snack. I am not crazy about courgettes so when the ‘designated shopper’ returned with two packs this week I had to think on my feet. Ah, fritters and an interesting alternative for brunch! I find that I’m [...]

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Kimchi, a Korean Pickle

2020-04-18T14:36:23+02:00April 19th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Korea is one of the Asian destinations on my bucket list, mainly because the cuisine fascinates me. Korean restaurants have been popular in the US for decades but only reached South Africa a less than a decade ago. I must admit it is really an area that I have not explored and we don’t even [...]

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Chicken Biryani

2020-04-14T17:09:21+02:00April 16th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

As soon as the weather cools down in autumn I start paging through my Indian cookbooks. One the day that I discovered a pack of deboned chicken thighs in the freezer the page fell open on a Biryani recipe! Biryani is a spicy rice dish that forms the base for various proteins, with lamb (or [...]

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Roast whole cauliflower with Indian spices

2020-04-14T16:35:13+02:00April 14th, 2020|From the Kitchen, Indian|

While I love a decadently cheesy traditionally English cauliflower I find that I have recently been serving more Indian influenced cauliflower dishes. Particularly when you are watching the calories a fat free curried yoghurt topping ticks all the boxes. This is an interesting accompaniment or as a vegetarian main course when the addition [...]

Chicken Melanzane Parmigiano

2020-04-09T18:15:24+02:00April 9th, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

Today our taste buds are travelling back to Italy! Previously I have posted a recipe for the vegetarian dish, Melanzane Parmigiana. This is very similar, just with the addition of a layer of chicken breast. It's super healthy! The recipe consiste of 4 easy components Baked or fried aubergine slices A yummy tomato ragu (stew!) Flash [...]

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Spinach Roulade with Smoked Trout Cream Filling

2020-04-08T18:01:28+02:00April 8th, 2020|From the Kitchen, Gluten-Free Baking|

I have always enjoyed a traditional French egg based roulade, especially the spinach one. I know it’s very 60’s & 70’s retro, but it makes a lovely starter or light meal. It looks quite exotic, but is really very easy to prepare. I love the lovely vibrant green colour and the fact that it is [...]

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Coq au Vin Rouge

2020-04-05T13:23:34+02:00April 5th, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Coq au Vin Rouge originates in France. It is said to come from Burgundy, the home of Pinot Noir, but I prefer use a red wine with more body. For this recipe I used a delicious fruit driven Shiraz , but a good Cab, Merlot or a blend will also be suitable. Certainly serve it [...]

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Scandinavian Tuna Salad

2020-04-03T19:36:30+02:00April 3rd, 2020|From the Kitchen|

Tuna salad can be such a mundane meal option as it reminds many of us of boring ‘diet food’! Lock down during Covid19 does make one stretch the imagination when looking into the grocery cupboard and thinking what’s for the next healthy lunch. I also undertook to create a delicious meal every day! So how [...]

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Brinjal Pickle, a great antipasto or salad

2020-03-31T14:03:14+02:00March 31st, 2020|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Italy, Uncategorized|

At the end of the summer the brinjal crop is always excellent and as they mound up on the kitchen counter it’s time to create some delicious food. Most of my recipes originate in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Today’s recipe hails from Italy. The Italians make the most delicious pickled vegetables that form [...]

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