Elgin CRUNCH! Pinot Noir 2019

Known for producing outstanding certified biodynamic and organic wines, Elgin Ridge Wines’ CRUNCH! Pinot Noir 2019 adds further endorsement to what the dynamic duo, Brian and Marion Smith are all about. Grounded humans and enlightened grapes equal honest wines. Made with whole bunch natural ferments (50%), the wine was left to age in concrete eggs…

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Midweek meals can be a challenge.  We’ve whipped up some mini meatballs, cooked in a tomato sauce, serving them with a side salad and Hasselback Potatoes. These meatballs are cooked in the sauce, in the oven, for approximately 20 minutes. Leaving you enough time to throw together a quick dessert.   MISE EN PLACE (preparation):…

Stirring things up with Nini Jerman

STIR! it UP is the brainchild of Stellenbosch-based Nini Jerman who two years ago embarked on a journey to develop a healthy alternative to those ready-made sauces that were loaded with ingredients which, she says, “read more like a science lab experiment than something I wanted to put into my children’s tummies.” After much experimenting…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Comforting pillows of starch, drenched in a sage-butter sauce is enough to keep the winter at bay.  Here’s another Meat Free Monday winner! MISE EN PLACE (preparation): Prepare all the ingredients prior to starting to cook. Measuring cups and spoons. Large mixing bowl. Steamer (alternatively bring a pan to a rolling boil and then place…

Lip-smacking Ginger Snaps

Longing for the smell of home-baked biscuits dunked in warm coffee as there is a crisp chill in the air?  These simple Ginger biscuits are the perfect mix of sweet and spice to warm the crevices of your heart. Make a batch of these and I dare you to wait until they are completely cool…

South African Vetkoek

Balls of dough deep-fried until golden brown and puffed. Whether you prefer them savoury or sweet; everybody has a preference according to how they grew up. We filled our warm vetkoek with savoury mince and topped with cheese; all-in-one-meal. You only need a warm spot for the dough to do a double proving – we…

Hasselback beauts

Looking for an alternative side dish to your braai? Since lock-down the braai fires have been plentiful in our neighbourhood;  smells of burning charcoal and wood followed by the charred meat make its way into our living room on “school nights”. The South-African norm of braai broodjies, potato salad and potato-bake as side dishes must…

Decadent Chocolate Mousse

Celebrate the end of another week in #lockdownSA with a devilishly decadent Chocolate Mousse. One of the most fickle chocolate creations is the Chocolate Mousse; will it be grainy, stiff, sloppy, rich or just a flop? There’s a plethora of chocolate mousse recipes out there, some of which you have to go to great lengths…

The Lock-down Shandy

The lock-down Shandy is a twist on the traditional Rock Shandy. With the lock-down making the procurement of alcohol very difficult, here’s a refreshing alternative, sit back and enjoy the last days of spring/summer at home. YOU WILL NEED: Large balloon glass / highball Ice cubes Ingredients Measuring cup and spoon INGREDIENTS: Ice (for mixing,…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stocking up the pantry with home-made snacks are easier now than ever.  The smell of freshly-baked cookies will waft through the house and greet you like a warm hug. These cookies were produced by the batches back in the day.  We would bake sheets and sheets of these cookies in the hotel to fill huge…

World Chaîne Day 2020

April 25, 2020 ” Be active and be creative, raising the spirits at this time is especially important “ Nobody would have believed in February that in April we are in the middle of the biggest tragedy of modern history. Everything has changed in few weeks! However World Chaîne Day can offer us a channel…

Raspberry Smoothie

During lock-down we need to boost our immune systems and the last few days left me feeling sluggish and drained. With a packet of potent Raspberry powder in the back of the cupboard, I’ve rustled up a refreshing, raspberry kick-in-your-face drink. MISE EN PLACE (preparation) You will need: Ice cubes Measuring spoons and cups A…

Tangled Tree raises eco-awareness with Earth Day creativity campaign

The Tangled Tree wine bottle has a carbon footprint that is 60% less than standard glass equivalents. This fact will be highlighted this April – the month in which Earth Day takes place – when Tangled Tree reduces its impact on the environment even more by highlighting creative ways the bottles can be re-used. The…

Talking Wine with Charlie Stein

Charlie Stein, youngest son of acclaimed British chef and restaurateur Rick Stein admits he probably has one of the best jobs in the world – tasting and selecting the wines that will feature on the wine lists of his fathers’ eight England-based restaurants. Charlie also gets to travel extensively, as the guest of winemakers the…

Smothered Fries

The only question should be; what CAN’T you add to fries? Whether they are named “loaded fries, cheese fries, cheesy chips or pub fries“, I am a lover of it!  Loaded fries is comfort food, fattening and indulgent. What do you eat them with?  Anything! Some research has indicated they are popular with Chicken Wings,…

Meat-free Monday Pasta

Another week of lock down in South Africa and the accessibility to “pop out to the shop” is limited.  Refraining from bi-weekly (or even more) visits to the local store has us thinking of ways to create delicious food with odd bits and pieces from the fridge. Here’s a left over veggie pasta dish from…

Cheesy, eggy Shakshuka

Go on! Treat yourself!  Build a brunch-brêkkie to start the week off on a great start. Originating in the Middle East, this popular brunch dish combines perfectly cooked eggs nested into an aromatically spiced stew of tomatoes and capsicum. For an extra-special spin, this version includes slices of oozing mozzarella. MISE EN PLACE (preparation) Serves:…

Mis famosos churros *

MY FAMOUS CHURROS I’ve pretty much “nailed” the first chouw pastry I’ve ever made (back in the day at chefs’ school) and have this basic recipe below which churns out amazing fried sticks of goodness over and over again. I’ve changed the accompaniments and sauces, but the crispy fried stick is perfect for thick rich…

Passion fruit Cremora Tart

A quintessential South-African ingredient, Cremora, is given a new lease in individual servings.   And we put a new fruity spin on it as well. This traditional South-African creation takes me back to sunlit patios where aunts and uncles would gather for the family reunion, each with a dainty cup of tea (or coffee) as Granma…