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At least once a year we try to get away to an interesting location locally and internationally. Our trips are carefully planned to explore the food and wine of the area. We also enjoy the environment and cultural experiences, and of course these factors often impact on the local cuisine. Gourmet tourism fascinates me.

I usually bring my travel taste experiences back home and they often impact on my cooking style.

Tiramisu with a twist, perfect celebration dessert!

2019-12-14T12:10:56+02:00December 14th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Italy, Travel & Adventures|

Tiramisu, one of Italy’s favourite desserts! Most of Italy’s traditional recipes date back for centuries, but this iconic dessert is fairly young. In the 1960’s a chef in the Veneto region prepared it and it was an instant hit! In fact, so much so that the name tiramisu translates as ‘pick me up’ or ‘cheer [...]

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A Taste of Tuscany – food, wine & friends!

2019-11-20T15:01:07+02:00November 20th, 2019|Italy, Travel & Adventures, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

We have frequently visited France where we always choose to spend time in a self catering establishment where we can shop at the local markets and cook our own meals. When we planned our Italian adventure this year I was determined to spend as much time as possible in rural Tuscany, doing the same. Many [...]

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Our Italian Adventure – Venice!

2019-10-09T19:35:18+02:00October 9th, 2019|Italy, Travel & Adventures|

Why Italy they asked? You’ve been before! Yes, I have been several times, but I simply had to feel and ‘taste’ the exciting Italian vibe again! Our good friends, who also enjoy food and wine, John and Sue joined us on our 3 week holiday to Venice, Bologna, Tuscany and Rome. Over the next few [...]

Spanish Paella, a delicious one pot meal

2019-02-16T11:24:07+02:00February 20th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

Paella (pronounced pa-ee-ya) One of the joys of travelling is eating traditional dishes. Once I have experienced a dish in its original environment it is often difficult to replicate the flavours and textures. In Spain we feasted on several versions of Paella. Some were rather unimpressive and obviously catering for the mass tourist market. Then [...]

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SALAD NIÇOISE, PERFECT FOR A SUMMER PARTY

2018-12-17T12:59:04+02:00December 17th, 2018|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

From a traditional Nice Menu! A traditional salad from the city of Nice, Niçoise pronounced nee-suahz It is said that the salad was actually invented by a chef from Los Angles, but the Niçoise have adopted it as one of their traditional dishes. When we visited Nice last year I was determined to [...]

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Blueberry galette, inspired by my visit to the US.

2018-11-15T12:48:17+02:00November 15th, 2018|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures, Uncategorized|

Blue berries are native to the US On our recent holiday to the United States we spent some time in Maine, New England and Vermont. Seeing the ‘fall’ (the autumn) has been a bucket list item for some time. The autumn colours were breathtakingly beautiful. It is mainly the maple trees that turn spectacular shades [...]

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An Indian Meal – Inspirtion for winter dining!

2018-07-16T17:18:33+02:00July 20th, 2018|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

A mid-winter’s day and a warming curry meal are synonymous! Family and friends gathered around our table to enjoy and North Indian meal. Today I will bring you a bit of a travelogue blended with some inspiration for a meal. It all started in the '70's... My first introduction to Indian foods was eating at [...]

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Aligot – the creamiest, cheesy mashed potato

2018-07-18T12:49:16+02:00July 18th, 2018|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

Something French? Bastille Day week end and the French in the Football World Cup finals, and it’s a chilly winter’s day in South Africa! What should I prepare? Ahhh this is the moment for Aligot! It was on a visit to France in 2016 when I was introduced to Aligot! Part of my yearning to [...]

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Larb Gai- The national dish of Laos

2018-02-03T14:13:06+02:00February 8th, 2018|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures, Uncategorized|

A National Dish When we visited Laos 3 years ago I had to try their National dish, Larb Gai. I tried several versions and soon became hooked on this delicious meat salad. Chicken, pork or fish is usually used. Sometimes raw fish is used resulting in a service-style dish, but I was wary of eating [...]

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