recipes
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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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July 17, 2020

Jobs save lives

JOBS SAVE LIVES I am proud to be part of the restaurant industry. It is filled with talented, passionate, dedicated people who love what they ...
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July 1, 2020

Restaurants step up to the plate

RESTAURANTS STEP UP TO THE PLATE As restaurants begin to re-open, valiantly and differently, we need to continue to support them. I for one hope ...
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June 23, 2020

A fine Father’s Day weekend

A FINE FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND It was a real ‘hygge’ weekend, roaring fire, my lap covered by a cashmere rug and my cat – exactly ...
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June 5, 2020

Friday night fabulous

FRIDAY NIGHT FABULOUS FROM HANDBRAKE TO HERO In our family foursome, the men are known as Handbrake, Handsome and Handful. I’m known as Hands-on. Very. ...
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April 30, 2020

The golden hues of Autumn

THE GOLDEN HUES OF AUTUMN I’m convinced that Mother Nature granted display rights for autumn in the Western Cape to the winelands, and in Cape ...
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April 30, 2020

SUNCHOKE, APPLE, THYME

INGREDIENTS Jerusalem artichoke elixir 250g Jerusalem artichokes, roughly sliced 650ml good vegetable stock 1T molasses Artichoke soup 2 ...
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April 28, 2020

SMOKED HAKE CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS Gruberg-cheese crust 200g butter 200g finely-grated Gruberg cheese 200g cake flour 30g melted butter Cheesecake filling 3 gelatine ...
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April 24, 2020

A table at noma

A TABLE AT NOMA Another week’s trials of a cook in captivity. Today is the day of my much-awaited, bucket-list reservation of a table for two ...
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April 22, 2020

SPICED POACHED PEARS

INGREDIENTS Spiced poached pear 750ml (1 bottle) white wine 200ml water 20g star anise 20g fennel seeds 3 cinnamon sticks or ...
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April 16, 2020

VICHYSSOISE

INGREDIENTS Potato soufflé 2 large potatoes 2 egg whites 2T cornflour 1L frying oil Leek espuma 20g butter 500g white ...
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April 9, 2020

From the table to the plate

FROM THE TABLE TO THE PLATE CELEBRATING THE SIMPLER THINGS IN LIFE I am happy in these times to be accused of sunshine journalism, writing about ...
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April 9, 2020

CAPE MALAY FISH PICKLE

INGREDIENTS Pickle 1 white onion, sliced 50ml vegetable oil 1t salt 1T curry powder 1T turmeric 1t ground allspice 2t ...
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April 7, 2020

WARM SALAD

INGREDIENTS Tempura waterblommetjies 50g cake flour 50g corn starch 5g yeast salt and pepper 100ml sparkling water or bicarb ...
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April 3, 2020

Another week at my table

ANOTHER WEEK AT MY TABLE LOCKING DOWN TO COOKING, READING It’s been a week since lockdown in South Africa. An interesting one, and yes, a lot ...
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March 26, 2020

Another seat at my table

ANOTHER SEAT AT MY TABLE This was going to be such a good year. I loved the balance of the numbers 2020, so started the ...
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March 17, 2020

Risk and resilience

RISK AND RESILIENCE  “Resilience is the ability to recover or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Online dictionary definition RESILIENCE South Africans are nothing, if not resourceful ...
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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 ...