Recipes

Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Gosh it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that spring in my step. A new shop opened in town, Nibbly Bits. As the name suggests they stock all sorts of delicious nibbly bits. I went all out and got us some treats. After my spree I met up with friends en-route to Prince Albert in the Karoo and...


Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup

Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup

Posted in Recipes / Soups

Before I do another thing I simply must share this delicious Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup. I made it in a jiffy last week and we all agreed this is the one everyone can do. It’s suitable at any time of the year. For those living in cold climes it will bring back happy memories of...


12  Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

12 Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

Here are my 12 fun things to do during a wet spell. Bragging rights in the car industry are earned when your new VW outguns the competition and goes from 0-60 in 2 seconds. Our summer went from balmy sunshine days to cloudy and wet overnight and kept Autumn up for 7 days.  All of a sudden we had...


Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

A Spanish Paella packed with punch, traditional spices and ingredients. A conversation piece that looks more complicated than it is and tastes sensational In a previous life I was a caterer and this Paella recipe was a firm favourite with clients. It is fool-proof, easy and takes center stage...


Not Pie In The Sky - Old Fashioned Apple Pie With Nuts and Cranberries

Not Pie In The Sky - Old Fashioned Apple Pie With Nuts and Cranberries

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Fruit / Videos

Did you know?:  The apples we buy as fresh have been hermetically sealed in a cold storage facility for at least a year!  Cold Storage works something like this: Organic-Hermetic storage or “hermetic storage”, consists of a sealed storage system containing a modified atmosphere. This means that...


Cape Salmon Is Summer - Fish Cakes

Cape Salmon Is Summer - Fish Cakes

Posted in Recipes / Fish

There’s absolutely no sense in living at the sea and one never enjoys fresh fish. Ironically when we wanted to buy a Cape Salmon, caught at this time, we couldn’t find one in Hermanus.  Cape Salmon is the queen of the seas in my opinion and I'll always go for that option. So... we had to turn...


Comfort Food Prince Albert Style

Comfort Food Prince Albert Style

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Desserts

Whenever I think of the Karoo and food there is only one thing that comes to mind.  It has to be lamb. Karoo lamb with lots of Rosemary.  Of course at this time of the year you might imagine a roast leg of Springbok, that’ll do too.  Treat it as if its lamb and the results are spectacular....


Romancing the Mill Stone - Sandra's Easy Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread

Romancing the Mill Stone - Sandra's Easy Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Videos

Here is a divine vegan whole wheat loaf.  Please ensure you use Stone Ground Wheat which contains no additives, unhealthy preservatives, sugar or is so refined it resembles something one can make lines with and sniff.   If you’re wheat/gluten intolerant give this recipe a try, I am and I...


Scones, Simply Whey Too Easy

Scones, Simply Whey Too Easy

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Miscellaneous / Videos

My Mother-in-law was the Julia Childs of Karoo Kwezeen (Cuisine).  We were a good combination on the food front, she cooked it and I ate it, until I became quite poorly from over indulgence. Although very kind and patient I doubt she thought I had any mentionable talents and definitely not in...


Churning A-Whey Homemade Butter

Churning A-Whey Homemade Butter

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Miscellaneous / Videos

I am so excited. I made my own butter! It was simple to make and I can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t do it too.  Since most people are Banting or following Tim Noakes and his full dairy revolution cream and butter have become quite expensive.  A liter of cream still costs much less than 500g...


Keep Korma And Curry On

Keep Korma And Curry On

My new favourite quote, especially when my tiara slips fractionally.  Yes!  Sometimes it takes a change of heart, a change of attitude and courage to be in control of our minds and emotions.  It’s unlikely that we all wake up each morning and feel on top of the world.  Years ago someone said...


Dumpling Delicious

Dumpling Delicious

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

We don’t have central heating, so our homes are colder inside than outside sometimes.  This has advantages, we warm up our homes with huge log fires, burn candles, have heaps of blankets and throws, we wear pajamas and bed socks, we fill our hot water bottles and switch on heated blankets. ...


Don't Mind The Gap

Don't Mind The Gap

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Musings / Videos

Age gaps and generation gaps are getting narrower and narrower at my age.  I have a beautiful friend who turns 18 today and shares the day with another who turns 80, yet another BFF turned 70 last week, I’ll be celebrating my 40th for the 21st time in a few days, later on I’m going to enjoy...


I Can Conclude I'm No (Food) Prude

I Can Conclude I'm No (Food) Prude

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Soups / Fruit / Musings / Videos

My beloved, who eats anything and everything, never complains and always says “thank you that was a delicious meal” (even when, on the rare occasion, we have deli pies, accompanied by a good dose of salts, for lunch) decided he had a weekend menu; comfort food.  On the one hand I was delighted,...


Mooching In My Flannel Pajamas On Sundays

Mooching In My Flannel Pajamas On Sundays

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Fruit / Bread / Videos

On Sundays, as the good book commands, I take a day off.  Late out of bed, I enjoy my coffee and a rusk made by Butch, it’s too cold for my tootsies to shuffle downstairs to make coffee.  I read, catch up with friends on Social Media, read messages from my children and watch the short videos...


Giving Chicken A Spicy Pineapple Kick

Giving Chicken A Spicy Pineapple Kick

Posted in Recipes / Poultry - Chicken / Videos

Sweet and spicy are always a winner and go so well with chicken.  We decided to spice up our Sunday roast with a curried pineapple stuffing.  Chickens tend to be rather thick skinned and flavours don’t penetrate the skin so we loosened the membrane beneath the skin and popped our stuffing...


Easy Brinjal, Bacon Bake For Autumn Luncheons

Easy Brinjal, Bacon Bake For Autumn Luncheons

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Videos

Aubergine, brinjal or egg plant must be the king of versatility.  Nothing could be easier than this Brinjal bake, so perfect for long lunches on the veranda when leaves turn and days become shorter and cooler.  No one wants to spend hours indoors now.  I see beautiful Mouse birds are very busy...


Tantalizing Tomato Teazer

Tantalizing Tomato Teazer

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Fish / Videos

Last week we treated ourselves to a Fine Dining experience at the Conservatory, a pop-up restaurant Lekkerlek by Likoke (Lick Okay) inspired by the renowned Belgium Michelin Starred chef Piet Huysentruyt, who is rounding off his world tour in Franschoek.   The taster menu, inspired by...


BUCEANDO TORTE DE CHOCOLATE MEXICANO

BUCEANDO TORTE DE CHOCOLATE MEXICANO

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Travel

Best chocolate cake in Mexico.  Carla and I can attest to that. On a recent visit to Mexico we enjoyed this magnificent chocolate cake.  Moist, packed with chocolate, yet light and not overly rich.  It certainly ticked all the boxes after a night out when one needed a Caffè and Torte....


What's Cooking Good Looking?

What's Cooking Good Looking?

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Videos

A few weeks ago Butch went off to the butcher to see what we could braai (barbecue), we regularly enjoy a steak, especially on Fridays. This time he returned with a Brazilian cut, PICANHA, recommended by the butcher.  Tender, packed with flavour.  Really hard to beat. Picanha is a cut of...


Greeky Portuguesy Chicken Espetadas

Greeky Portuguesy Chicken Espetadas

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Poultry - Chicken

On Sundays, if we're at home and have a desire to take things easy we do chicken. Ring the changes by smothering large Espetadas in a delicious easy to prepare Greek-style yogurt dressing.  Of course one can also use ordinary kebab or sosatie skewers too.  Just soak the skewers in cold...


Suffusing My Senses In Siena

Suffusing My Senses In Siena

Posted in Photography / Review / Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Travel

Most weekends, in fine weather, I enjoy a long walk along the cliff path in Onrus, I’m always touched by the names imprinted on plaques carefully laid in tiles dotted along the way.  These tiles of remembrance are mostly dedicated to loved ones or pets.  Sometimes it can be just a poem or...


Celebrating Effortless Summer Fare

Celebrating Effortless Summer Fare

I am so inclined to repeat my menus that it takes a luncheon with friends to inspire me to delve into old recipe books, files and faded food magazines, those I hoard. I always find inspiration as the clock ticks ever nearer and my “to do” list gets longer.  Our guests arrived dressed to the...


Bang! My Bubble Burst

Bang! My Bubble Burst

Like a shot in the dark. Unexpected, frightening and loud. That’s how 2017 set the standard. And look! A twelfth has almost gone, right before our very eyes. Fortunately I have no guilt feelings about not accomplishing one New Year’s resolution last year, I didn’t even try compiling a list for...


Simple Summer Salads With A Twist

Simple Summer Salads With A Twist

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Desserts / Salads / Fruit

When the sun beats down on the top of my head and I feel the need of a hat and sunnies know it’s time to dust off the platters and large salad bowls.  I find pleasure in digging in the napery drawer, flinging out the florals, stripes and coloured linens, the worn check napkins in shades of...


Winning Winter Warmers

Winning Winter Warmers

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Baking and Cakes

While we wallow with winter weather we wish-wash with water, wet, when willowy wind whistles.When we wake, winter withholds wondrously, while we wish weather would warm. Yes.I know. I'm trying my hand at alliteration. Reminds me of poetry slams with my son. This is the best I can do believe...


Stocking Up

Stocking Up

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

In December all roads lead to Cape Town, Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay. But, in July, we take revenge and as soon as the school bags slam shut we flip our lids and head north to warmer climes, crossing the Orange River in droves as we migrate. Planning and packing the Engel (camping fridge) is...


Around The World In A Coffee Cup With A Storm Brewing

Around The World In A Coffee Cup With A Storm Brewing

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Desserts / Baking and Cakes / Fruit

A whirlwind weekend wandering is possible from home, one just needs to know how. When the seasons change as they do every Easter weekend we have four seasons in a day. It’s hard to pack considering the weather. The only certainty is that it’s time for comfort food. We travelled the world...


Hot Chick Spicing Up The Kitchen

Hot Chick Spicing Up The Kitchen

Winter food to spice up your life, add heat to your menu with colourful spices, bring out the tartness of Citrus with a saucy pudding, go tropical with a pod of Vanilla and pick up an exotic thread of Saffron.  Wrap up snugly in rice paper and fry up some Spring Rolls.  These multinational...


Lemons Lavender and Limoncello

Lemons Lavender and Limoncello

Lemons are abundant now.  Juicy, tart and full of goodness only knows how many Vitamins (I know C) to ward off winter coughs and colds.  I’ll squeeze them, cut them, peel them, store them, preserve them and our house will be filled with that fresh, lemony sweetness.  No garden should be without...


 Tittilating Tantilizing Teasers

Tittilating Tantilizing Teasers

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Salads / Fruit / Fish

Are the delicious dishes that came out of our kitchen this weekend.  Besides the spicy, fruity, home baked Hot cross buns I gobbled up as soon as the oven door opened and the dozens of Easter eggs that disappeared down the hatch we also enjoyed delicious starters, salads and desserts. Precious...


Beach Bunnies Make Waves

Beach Bunnies Make Waves

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Salads

The sparkling wine on tap which has just been installed in Breë Street is the one I like best. For some reason I don’t fall for it but, this year I fell hook, line and sinker for a few April Fools jokes.   Imagine the genius who could put DSTV out of business with his R99 subscriptions and...


Move Mundane to Make Magic

Move Mundane to Make Magic

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Soups / Salads / Drinks and Beverages

Easier said than done you may say. It takes a mind shift and will power to move something from mundane to magic, but it’s not impossible, look at the guy on stage, he uses a plain white handkerchief to produce a beautiful white dove.  It's all in the magic we hold in our hands. Just read...


Friday My Day

Friday My Day

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Desserts / Soups / Salads / Fruit / Drinks and Beverages

The clock ticks, January draws to a close, not a day too soon either. It’s been a long month. A fortnight ago my bank balance passed zero. My tan’s faded and I’m not as diligent about counting calories anymore. Thank goodness its Friday my favourite day. To celebrate we’ll have dessert....


Scintillating Sunny Salads

Scintillating Sunny Salads

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Salads / Fruit

It’s a mellow-yellow Saffron day, it’s hot, sticky and slightly sultry. I awoke with melons,  songs and nasturtiums on my mind a Yellow song and it was Coldplay! A good theme for Thursday. This is a pedicure and cafe day.  Provence is yellow, reminding me of Les Girls, pottery and...


Tuesdays are for no ordinary fish

Tuesdays are for no ordinary fish

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“I love the way the color lavender smells, and the way the color salmon tastes. And if there were a  color called “fur”, I’d like the way it feels”!–Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE Painting of Fishmonger at Fishmarket: Bartolomeo Passarotti - The fish stall If you’re a fisherman and...


Rhubarbs reign here, Miss Figgy and Aubergine

Rhubarbs reign here, Miss Figgy and Aubergine

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People very rarely change and our nearly neighbours moved after a lifetime on the corner, quietly without making a fuss, not the slightest ripple on the pond, the only sign of their departure is their absence and the sense of loss the stately old homestead has taken on! No one is doing Thai-Chi...


Figs, Frogs and Red Onions

Figs, Frogs and Red Onions

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The countdown has begun only seven sleepies to go! If the dining room is anything to go by we’re going to need a pantechnican to get us to Tofo. There's no doubt we're all fatigued at this time of the year, although it’s gone like a flash, and the year is just a memory we’ve all had our...


Ta-Ta-Ra-Ta Tarte Tartin

Ta-Ta-Ra-Ta Tarte Tartin

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“A party without cake is just a meeting” ― Julia Child. Tarte Tatin - a type of upside-down apple tart consisting of pastry baked over slices of fruit arranged in caramelised sugar, served fruit side up after cooking. Every cook should go to a cooking class at least once a year. Besides...


Open Secrets Closed Books and Fishy Tales

Open Secrets Closed Books and Fishy Tales

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Speckled eggs, peanuts and raisins with Mustard leaves and ginger are my new addictions; if I didn’t know better I’d think something fishy was going on! I juggle the three in no particular order while I make a salad and think about Village life on a Saturday morning.  I love the bunch of...