recipes
July 6, 2022

UPSIDE-DOWN PEAR CAKE

INGREDIENTS 3 ripe pears, 2 sliced into approx. eighths, 1 diced 240 g buckwheat flour 120 g coconut flour 2 t baking powder 165 ...
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May 13, 2022

Fields of gold

FIELDS OF GOLD (fine dining restaurants) I have a very special friend who annually presents me with a somewhere-new voucher for my birthday. The deal ...
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August 28, 2021

MELON WITH RAW CAPE BREAM

INGREDIENTS 1 sweet melon 1 Cape Bream from Fish With A Story by ABALOBI garlic cloves milk salt, to season Gremolata ...
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August 6, 2021

Waterford Estate

WATERFORD ESTATE  A SATURDAY WELL SPENT It was truly magical to head off to the winelands for our first wine tasting and lunch in a ...
Blog
July 26, 2021

A night of decadence on our doorstep

A NIGHT OF DECADENCE ON OUR DOORSTEP The Winter Warmer at the Belmond Mount Nelson brought the two-part, stay-at-home, His & Hers anniversary celebration to ...
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April 30, 2021

Babylonstoren, for all seasons

BABYLONSTOREN, FOR ALL SEASONS Many moons ago, when my sons were at pre-primary school, I met two fabulous moms. They were the ones who helped ...
Blog
March 26, 2021

Authentic Overberg dining

AUTHENTIC OVERBERG DINING As the seasons change it gives me unbridled joy to drive to the Overberg, settle into Stanford Valley Guest Farm and ‘work’ ...
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March 19, 2021

HOT CROSS BUNS

INGREDIENTS The buns 150g raisins, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes 25g dried citrus peel, chopped 450g flour 125g sourdough mother ...
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March 19, 2021

Beyond birthdays

BEYOND BIRTHDAYS When I produced my older son only three days after my birthday, I realised then that I would need to draw a ...
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March 9, 2021

OXTAIL STEW

INGREDIENTS 75ml extra virgin olive oil 1T butter 2kg oxtail, cut in portions 2C white wine 6 shallots, peeled and ...
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March 5, 2021

PELMENI, SHIITAKE AND KOMBU BROTH

INGREDIENTS Mushroom stock  1kg brown mushrooms, peeled and diced (dry the mushroom peels and add as well)  100g shiitake mushrooms, sliced   1 ...
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March 5, 2021

SLOW-BRAISED BEEF SHORT-RIB PASTA

INGREDIENTS 400g beef short rib  1.5t each salt and pepper  cake flour for dusting  2T olive oil  1 large onion, sliced  2 medium leeks, chopped  3 garlic cloves, ...
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February 18, 2021

TZANEEN ORANGE AND WALNUT CAKE

INGREDIENTS ½C butter  1¼C sugar  2 eggs  2C cake flour (or all-purpose flour)  1t bicarbonate of soda  1t baking powder  1t salt  1½C buttermilk  rind of 2 ...
Blog
February 5, 2021

Back on track

BACK ON TRACK We too are breathing a sigh of relief as the restaurants and wineries can limp back to business with fewer restrictions, and ...
Blog
December 21, 2020

Farewell 2020

FAREWELL 2020 It is with relief that we approach the end of 2020, a year that has had enormous impact globally. In our world, we ...
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November 30, 2020

LITTLE LUXURIES

INGREDIENTS Lobster mousseline 1 large lobster 200ml cold, fresh cream 3 egg yolks Maldon salt to taste fresh orange zest ...
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November 23, 2020

ROOSTERKOEK BRAAIBROODJIES

INGREDIENTS 2t instant yeast 1T sugar 300g plain flour 1t salt 2T sunflower oil 180-200ml warm water 80g butter 4T ...
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November 6, 2020

Pride and patriotism…on a plate

PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM…ON A PLATE I was honoured to be invited to judge the restaurant category in the Western Cape for the Great Wine Capitals ...
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March 13, 2020

GUAVAS AND CUSTARD DESSERT

INGREDIENTS Brown-bread burnt-butter ice cream 2C cream 2C full-cream milk 2 slices sourdough bread, toasted 1C ...
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March 13, 2020

PICKLED FISH TACOS

INGREDIENTS Salsa 150g tomatoes, chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 25g coriander, chopped 1T olive ...
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March 12, 2020

PANEER WITH SPICED SPINACH SAUCE

INGREDIENTS Spiced spinach sauce 200g brown onion, sliced 100g garlic, sliced 75g ginger, chopped 25g green chilli, sliced 1 bay leaf 20g ...
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March 12, 2020

PAN-FRIED CAPE BREAM

INGREDIENTS Sautéed new potatoes 300g waxy new potatoes 120ml sunflower or olive oil salt to taste Lemon beurre blanc ½C dry ...
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February 12, 2020

CHOCOLATE TART

INGREDIENTS Tart: 1 packet Tennis biscuits / gluten-free biscuits 1t NOMU smoked chipotle salt 50g dark chocolate 75g butter Filling: 100g dark chocolate 25g ...