Milk Tart

The Pastry Traditionally Puff Pastry is used. Buy a sheet of good quality frozen puff pastry and roll it out to about 3mm thick. I personally prefer using 4 sheets of phyllo pastry painted generously [...]


Italian Lemon Cream chicken

Pollo al Limone or Italian Chicken in Creamy Lemon Sauce For 6-8 portions you need 1 chicken breast per person 150ml flour 5ml salt 3ml ground black pepper 5ml dried oregano or marjoram 10 ml [...]


Oatmeal crust for meat pies

For a pie dish approximately  20 x 30cm or 8 individual pies You need 200ml oats, not instant 200ml cake flour 10ml baking powder 1ml salt 1ml black pepper Optional: 5ml chopped fresh herbs e.g. [...]


Red Lentil Dahl

Dahl is a very 'un-photographic' dish..... it is merely a pale beige mush with texture, but the flavour and nutritional value makes up for this 'ugly duckling' ! HEAT LEVEL - LOW TO MEDIUM [...]


Korma sauce

This sauce is pale and creamy. It is used with vegetables, chicken, pork or lamb. For a 4 person serving of chicken or lamb or 8 person vegetable accompaniment you need: Green Cardamom pods [...]


Apple Tart Tatin

You need 1 packet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted 3-4 small cooking apples e.g. Granny Smith or pears, peeled 200g light brown sugar 150ml warm water 150g butter Optional: A few sprigs of lemon thyme [...]


Mandarin Tart Tatin

Mandarin or Naartjie? In South Africa most Mandarin or Tangerine varieties of citrus are known by their Afrikaans name, Naartjies. The Afrikaans word apparently originates from the Tamil narattai citrus. It is pronounced na'ki or [...]


Orange Marmalade Cake

You need Oven 180°C 23cm spring form cake pan Seeing this Steamed Pudding in Jan's Journal motivated me to make this cake 200g butter, at room temp 4 small oranges, otherwise 2 large [...]



Allow one shank per person For 6-8 shanks you need:   200g cubed bacon, select fatty bacon if possible 200ml cake flour seasoned with salt and pepper 2 medium white or red onions 2 cloves [...]


Lemon or orange curd

Lemon Curd 500ml lemon juice  Orange Curd 375ml orange juice 125ml lemon juice   3 extra large eggs or 4 large eggs 2 egg yolks for lemon, 3 for orange curd 15ml potato flour or [...]


Chai and Honey Apple Cake

You need 180g butter 180ml light brown sugar, ground in food processor to golden castor sugar Grated zest of 1 orange 2 eggs, lightly beaten 20ml baking powder 1ml salt 5ml ground cinnamon 5ml [...]


Mushroom Sauce

This makes a generous quantity. It freezes very well. Add extra vegetable or mushroom stock to dilute the sauce to make a very special mushroom soup. You need 250g black or white mushrooms, finely [...]


Roast chicken with Mandarins

Use need 1 free range chicken, approximately 1,5kg or larger For the roasting pan 2 red onions, peeled, cut into wedges 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced About 6 slices fresh ginger root 3 star [...]