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 [...]


Split pea and ham soup

You need 500g pack of dried split peas 2 large white onions 1 grated carrot 10ml dried oregano 1 medium sized ham hock or raw Eisbein 1,5 liters cold water 4 tablespoons good quality vegetable [...]


Beef Brisket with Fennel and Orzo

Serves 8 I have divided this recipe into 4 Sections: The meat (cooked in oven or pressure cooker) The orzo Finishing the dish and Serving! 1. For the meat component you need 2 kg [...]


Moist Chocolate and Buttermilk Cake

Hilary Biller’s Chocolate Buttermilk Cake You need 240g (2 cups) cake flour 200g (2 cups) castor sugar Pinch of salt 5ml (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda 125g butter 250ml (1 cup) water 125ml (½ [...]


Stuffed Squid

For two servings you need 1 approximately 20cm long squid (body length) or 2 to 3 smaller ones 250ml cooked rice 20ml canola or sunflower oil 1 small red onion or shallot, finely chopped [...]


Basic tomato sauce

This is the basic tomato sauce that I use in many recipes. If there is a profusion of tomatoes in my garden I make a batch and freeze 250ml quantities to use throughout the year. [...]


Basil Pesto

You need 2 cups basil leaves 2-3 cloves garlic 1ml salt 125ml olive oil, good quality, extra virgin 125ml grated parmesan or pecorino cheese 125ml nuts. Traditionally pine nuts are used, but may be [...]


Lemon Tart

For the Sweet shortcrust pastry you need (1 cup = 250ml) 1 ½ cups plain cake flour 125g butter, refrigerated and cut into cubes ½ cup icing sugar 2 egg yolks About 30ml cold [...]