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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. ...
recipes
May 11, 2020

SAMP AND BEANS

INGREDIENTS Samp and beans 1L water 20g salt 10g sugar 1C samp 1C beans Roast-garlic cream (makes enough ...
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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 ...
recipes
April 30, 2020

SUNCHOKE, APPLE, THYME

INGREDIENTS Jerusalem artichoke elixir 250g Jerusalem artichokes, roughly sliced 650ml good vegetable stock 1T molasses Artichoke soup 2 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
April 20, 2020

TERIYAKI-GLAZED OCTOPUS

INGREDIENTS Octopus 1 small vulgaris octopus 1 lemon 1 orange 1 lime 2 sticks lemongrass Teriyaki glaze 50ml soya sauce 100ml hoisin sauce 100ml sweet ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
March 13, 2020

PICKLED FISH TACOS

INGREDIENTS Salsa 150g tomatoes, chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 25g coriander, chopped 1T olive ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
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 ...
recipes
March 10, 2020

TUNA TARTARE

INGREDIENTS White gazpacho 6 cloves garlic 125g sour dough bread (crusts removed) 150ml pomace-blend oil 1 Granny Smith ...
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February 21, 2020

Alternatarian cooking demo

ALTERNATARIAN COOKING DEMO It was an exciting moment when a group of gourmets gathered to be inspired by alternative options in our Alternatarian cooking demo. ...
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December 13, 2019

From casual restaurants to roof tops

FROM CASUAL RESTAURANTS TO ROOF TOPS HEARTFELT THANKS Restaurants and chefs continue to inspire us. We wish to thank them for their loyal support. They remain ...
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December 3, 2019

Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic

Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic accepts another honour CONGRATULATIONS TO... chef Chantel Dartnall, the team at three-plated Restaurant Mosaic, and South Africa, for this well-deserved award ...
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November 29, 2019

Celebrate this time, come on!

CELEBRATE THIS TIME, COME ON! LOU-LOU'S Every Friday is a reason to celebrate. Last Friday I met a fellow food-lover for a light bite at the ...
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November 8, 2019

Casual in the Cape

TASTE THE GOURMET GUIDE'S WEEK QUENTIN AT OAKHURST After a whirlwind time, last week it was time to find downtime. Sunday provided free time in which ...
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November 1, 2019

From city to island

ULTRA LUXURY ALL THE WAY SPACIOUS, SECLUDED, SENSATIONAL Sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean witnessed over the rim of a glass of Moët & Chandon, what ...
recipes
October 30, 2019

PINEAPPLE-FENNEL PARFAIT

INGREDIENTS Caramelized pineapple 1 fresh pineapple cut into 3cm cubes 45ml bourbon 200g brown sugar 1 vanilla bean pinch salt Coconut cream 500g ...
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September 27, 2019

Cavalli

FROM SOIL TO SOUL ONE-PLATED RESTAURANT When a special friend, born a Virgo, still a filly, requested the perfect place at which to celebrate her milestone ...
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September 13, 2019

TRYN

A RESTAURANT WITH LEGACY AND NEW LIFEts in It was with a glass of Steenberg’s prestige cuvee, 1682 Brut Chardonnay MCC, that we toasted the ...
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August 27, 2019

Ye olde pub lunch

THE TEST KITCHEN My man loves fine dining, but, when push comes to shove, may say ‘yay’ to pub grub over refined fare, with the ...
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August 6, 2019

A family affair

IN MEMORY OF MARGARET Let’s celebrate all women this week, perhaps with a pink gin? When my son mentioned that his micro-brewery and nano-distillery were making ...
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July 19, 2019

A heartful of feast and family

A HEARTFELT FEAST AND FAMILY SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA You can check out, but you may never (want to) leave… Checking into the award-winning Saxon Hotel ...
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June 21, 2019

Rust en Vrede

RUST EN VREDE I’m not sure that waking up, in eager anticipation of dinner that night, is normal? Chef Fabio Daniel at Rust en Vrede ...
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June 7, 2019

Sandwiched between the covers…

Sandwiched between the covers… This week we celebrated the start of Winter and the downpours that are filling our dams in the Cape. We also ...
Awarded restaurants

HAUTE PASSION

REUBEN RIFFEL OF REUBEN’S 'humility and passion' Reuben is a much-loved, well-respected and popular celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality, yet remains humble. Having played a ...
Awarded restaurants

HAUTE PEOPLE

FABER 'showcasing Mother Nature' When the team is led by Mother Nature, and all parts operate in perfect harmony, the results show on a plate. Avondale ...
Cape Town

SALSIFY

'secondary ingredients make the hero sing' Chef Ryan Cole, after four years of flexing his culinary muscles with prowess ...
Awarded restaurants

HAUTE PRIDE

GILES EDWARDS OF LA TÊTE  'focusing on the ingredient' When you are welcomed into the stark restaurant you will immediately be inspired by the sense of ...
Awarded restaurants

HAUTE PROMISE

CAROLIZE COETZEE OF TOKARA RESTAURANT 'the shape of things to come' At Tokara Restaurant in Stellenbosch there is a young chef who is embracing the opportunity ...