From the Kitchen

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.

Lamb Rogan Josh with Lentils

2021-08-07T11:10:55+02:00August 7th, 2021|From the Kitchen, Indian|

While the Western Cape is known for its magnificent restaurants we sadly lack good, authentic Indian Restaurants in my area so when I have a craving for Indian I start paging through my pile of recipe books. This week I felt like a favourite on Indian menus, Rogan Josh, also known as Roghan Ghosht. I [...]

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Warm Sticky Ginger Puddings with Whiskey Sauce

2021-07-28T12:53:13+02:00July 28th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Winter calls for decadent warm desserts. This time I combined ginger, tamarind and dark brown sugar to create a delicious warm pudding and it is finished off with a whiskey cream! WARNING: If you are frantically counting the calories you need to close this file now! Ginger is one of my favourite flavours to use [...]

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Hearty winter soup with delicious variations

2021-07-23T12:12:16+02:00July 23rd, 2021|From the Kitchen|

As soon as winter arrives I haul out my pressure cooker and it lives on my kitchen counter until springtime! In an effort to eat as healthily as possible and to avoid unnecessary carbs one of my favourites is a basic vegetable soup that becomes the backbone for a few more interesting heartier dishes. I [...]

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Beetroot with Orange and Jalapeño

2021-07-13T13:15:09+02:00July 15th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Cooked beetroot salad is quintessential South African. I think everyone who grew up here had sliced or grated beetroot salad at least once a week! My mom cooked beetroot in the pressure cooker and one of my early memories of helping in the kitchen was removing the squishy peels and having pink hands to show [...]

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Bao – steamed Chinese buns, with Barbeque Pork

2021-07-15T12:27:46+02:00July 15th, 2021|Asian, From the Kitchen|

Bao or Baozi (Chinese) are deliciously light steamed yeast buns that serve as a vehicle for various fillings. An ancient street food that is on trend today! With their origins in China they have spread throughout Asia and wherever there is an established Chinese community in the rest of the world. Bao are [...]

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Almond and Apple Cake – Gluten Free

2021-07-11T19:08:43+02:00July 11th, 2021|From the Kitchen, Gluten-Free Baking|

Frangipane....? I have a weakness for Frangipane this is a rich mixture of butter, sugar, eggs and ground almonds. It is usually used in tarts in combination with fruit. The tart base is usually a rich short crust. “The name Frangipane is attributed to a 16th century Italian nobleman Marquis Muzio Frangipane, who invented a [...]

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Cauliflower with Lime & Coriander Dressing

2021-06-12T12:29:59+02:00June 16th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

This is one of those recipes that evolved when I wanted something to cool down a rather spicy Portuguese Chicken Peri Peri and I didn’t feel like the proverbial green salad! I had bought beautiful young heads of cauliflower and so I simply cut them into wedges and steamed them for a few [...]

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Spiced Tipsy Cake

2021-06-06T12:15:46+02:00June 12th, 2021|Christmas, From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Wintery weather always brings out the craving for something spicy and boozy I love cakes that double as dessert so this year I have made a Spicy Tipsy Cake. The recipe is loosely based on the typical Cape Brandy Tart or Tipsy Tart. In a cake form it looks more glamorous and looks good on [...]

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Chicken Pad Thai

2021-06-05T12:44:50+02:00June 5th, 2021|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

Pad Thai or Phad Thai is a rice noodle dish that is commonly served as a street food and in most restaurants in Thailand. I was introduced to it long before I visited Thailand by Chef Pon who had a lovely Thai restaurant in Cape Town when he presented Thai cooking demos at my cookery [...]

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Tamarind Lamb Stew or Denningvleis

2021-05-27T13:11:00+02:00May 27th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

One of the memorable dishes that Cass Abrahams introduced to me was Denningvleis. In her recipe book she uses ‘stewing lamb’ but when she made this dish for me she used thinly cut lamb rib chops. She also used dry tamarind that needs to be hydrated in warm water and once softened, the pip are [...]

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