Cheese Baker Cheese on toast with a twist

The Cheese Baker - cheese on toast with a twist We are having such fun with The Cheese Baker and creating recipes for it. A while ago, my wife, Madeleine wrote down some notes about a recipe for The Cheese Baker. I stuck them on my computer and we decided that this would be the

Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake & Snow Mountain Malbec 2016

The Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake When I was at Cookery School in London, they always made us peel Brie and Camembert. I always felt that this robbed the dish of flavour and texture. If you like, you can push it through a sieve, but I found that mashing it with a fork does

Chicken with bacon & baby tomatoes, with Willow Creek Olive Oils

Chicken with bacon & baby tomatoes Quite often Madeleine will play in the kitchen with what we have in the fridge.  The result is usually a once off and always delicious.  And I find a suitable wine, this time the Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2016. We love using the Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oils,

Willow Creek Lamb Shanks

The beautiful Nuy Valley home to Willow Creek Olives I must admit to being rather fond of Lamb Shanks – my son too.  Recently we procured some real Karoo Lamb Shanks which weighted about 500g each.  Preparing this dish in the simplest possible way and it resulted in a casserole with deeply dark flavours.  Added

Willow Creek Chicken Thighs with Onion & Mushrooms

Willow Creek Chicken Thighs with Onion & Mushrooms With summer upon us we tend to move away from the hearty beef, lamb, pork and venison dishes.  Though for me a chicken casserole always works well in the spring nights which are not always as warm as we would like them to be. Here is a

Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms & Chives – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms & Chives Anina says: “Dinnertime.  The time to feed the crowds.  This time, you don’t need to worry about dinner too much, since I already have you sorted. So let us shed some light on this amazing Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms and Chives. I love risotto.  From

Pak Choi & Tofu in a Spicy Peanut & Coconut Sauce – Kate Liquorish

Pak Choi & Tofu in a Spicy Peanut & Coconut Sauce – Kate Liquorish Kate says; " Simple, vegan, moreish and crunchy - gluten-free and wheat-free, but not fun-free." Pak Choi & Tofu in a Spicy Peanut & Coconut Sauce serves 2-3 without rice & 4 people with rice Ingredients 200g Baby Pak Choi (washed)

Pear Walnut & Brie Tart – Nadia Graves

Pear Walnut & Brie Tart by Nadia Graves Nadia says: "The flavour combination of these tarts is truly a match made in heaven. Sweet, soft pears, baked with honey and balsamic, with delicious, ripe, creamy brie, all piled on flaky puff pastry and scattered with crunchy walnuts. I serve these with a dollop of creamy,

Curried Lamb Ribbetjies with Mint Yoghurt – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Curried Lamb Ribbetjies with Mint Yoghurt – Jane-Anne Hobbs Jane-Anne says: "A braai is quintessentially South African, so for this week I’ve chosen lamb ribbetjies [riblets] because I love them (and their name!), and a Cape-Malay-style marinade based on a traditional curried lamb-sosatie soaking sauce. Drenched in a turmeric-yellow, sharp-sweet marinade, Malay sosaties of this

Chakalaka marinated Roast Chicken – Dianne Bibby

Chakalaka marinated Roast Chicken – Dianne Bibby Dianne says: “Roast chicken remains top of the most searched recipes on Google. I mean, who doesn’t love a succulent chicken roast? Chicken is also one of the easiest proteins to cook. There’s no guessing as to its doneness, like say red meat or duck. Rare, medium rare,

Pork Schnitzels with Rosemary & Lemon – Nina Timm

Pork Schnitzels with Rosemary & Lemon – Nina Timm Nina says: “Rosemary and lemon are perfect partners when it comes to cooking and especially in meat recipes, it just works. Lamb chops, grilled to perfection on the braai, seasoned with rosemary and lemon are just delicious and even with pork chops, the flavour combination is

Buckwheat Blinis – Justine Wall

Buckwheat Blinis – Justine Wall Justine says: “The blinis are best made just before serving: the batter can be made beforehand, and brought to room temperature before cooking, but please fry them just before you need them.” Buckwheat Blinis Makes 15 little blinis Ingredients To serve 200g smoked salmon Salmon roe, caviar or similar 150g

Parmesan Pecan Swirls – Justine Wall

Parmesan Pecan Swirls – Justine Wall Justine says: “….quantities will work based on a pack of 375g puff pastry here. You will be cutting the rectangle in half, then rolling each half up into a sausage type shape, then cutting the rolled sausage into pieces. Placed on their little whorled sides, sealed with melted butter

Nasi Goreng with Chicken & Broccoli – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Nasi Goreng with Chicken & Broccoli – Carey Boucher Erasmus Carey says: "What to do when you have left over rice? Make a spicy Nasi Goreng of course.  It’s basically a fried rice dish with Indonesian flavours. When splashing out, it’s delish with prawns but for a humble weeknight meal, I use chicken and broccoli.

Langostino Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon & Chives – Cheryl Bennett

Pook's Pantry Langostino Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon & Chives – Cheryl Bennett Cheryl says: ‘While I still enjoy plain macaroni and cheese (probably more than I should), I wanted to “fancy it up” a bit and add in sweet langostinos with a handful of crispy bacon.  (Langostinos look like tiny lobsters, but are

Mexican chicken soup with charred baby corn – Alida Ryder

Mexican chicken soup with charred baby corn – Alida Ryder Alida says: “What I love most about this soup is that it’s really easy to adjust according to what you have in the house. I’ve added courgette (zucchini), beans (although my kids aren’t big fans), frozen corn, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and chunks of sweet potato.

Puff Pastry Caprese Tart – Jackie Cameron

Jackie Cameron's Puff Pastry Caprese Tart Jackie Cameron has just published a book called 'Baking with Jackie Cameron'.  Published by Penguin, the excellent photography is by Myburgh du Plessis.  Jackie has kindly given permission for me to use this recipe. For more information - www.penguinbooks.co.za Puff Pastry Caprese Tart Makes 1 tart Puff pastry case

Old Fashioned Chicken Pie – Ina Paarman

Ina Paarman's Old Fashioned Chicken Pie Ina quotes Marcus Valerius Martialis, Roman poet and father of the epigram, who said, “He lives doubly who also enjoys the past," when talking of her Old Fashioned Chicken Pie.  She suggests making the pastry the day before and refrigerating overnight. It improves with chilling. The filling is also

Modernised Tshidzimba – Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido

Modernised Tshidzimba – Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido From their stunning new book Eat Ting, Mpho and Anna offer this their modern version of a traditional Venda recipe. Modernised Tshidzimba Serves 8 ½ cup dried sugar beans 1 cup samp 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup raw peanuts 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Crispy Pork Belly & Chocolate Hoisin Sauce – Tracy Foulkes

Crispy Pork Belly and Chocolate Hoisin Sauce – Tracy Foulkes Tracy Foulkes is one crafty lady.  She and her husband Paul Raphaely are owners of Nomu Foods. Tracy's unique approach to food has made her the princess of the pots beloved by many for the extraordinary flavours she brings to your kitchen with the fabulous

Green Bean Bredie – Lizet Hartley

Green Bean Bredie by Lizet Hartley Lizet says: "Green bean bredie [groenboontjiebredie] – of course one has to call it a bredie, for nothing this soul satisfying could possibly be called a mere stew. What makes this a true South African bredie? The addition of marvellous old-fashioned boerekos spices along with liberal lashings of lard.

Whole Roast Tandoori Chicken with Apricot & Coriander Chutney – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Whole Roast Tandoori Chicken with Apricot & Coriander Chutney Ever inventive and on the cutting edge of food, Tracy Foulkes offers this sublime dish using her NOMU products. Whole Roast Tandoori Chicken with Apricot & Coriander Chutney Marinade ½ C (125 ml) Greek style yoghurt 2 Tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste 1 Tbsp

Sorghum ‘Risotto’ with
 Mushrooms & Walnuts – Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido

Sorghum ‘Risotto’ with
 Mushrooms & Walnuts Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido  In a very exciting new book, Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido take us into new realms of rustic 'food of the people' South African Cuisine and its traditions.  A really interesting read let alone cookery book. Having tried a couple of the recipes, you

Slow Roast Pig’s Cheeks – Justine Wall

Justine Wall's Slow Roast Pig’s Cheeks Justine says: "Please don’t let the name put you off, although I do understand that it’s not immediately enticing. These, when slow cooked, are utterly delicious, and a very affordable cut of meat too. Serve with rice, or, if not using potatoes in the dish, with mashed potato. I

Tripe & Trotters Curry – Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido

Mpho Tshukudu & Anna Trapido's Tripe & Trotters Curry In a very exciting new book, Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido take us into new realms of rustic 'food of the people' South African Cuisine and its traditions.  A really interesting read let alone cookery book. Having tried a couple of the recipes, you will want

Cheese Straws – Ina Paarman

Cheese Straws - Ina Paarman Ina Paarman is the Queen of the South African kitchen. Her fabulous products have been with us for years helping us in our kitchens and offering sauces, seasons, pestos, and and and... You will need 250 g flour pinch of mustard powder Ina Paarman's Chilli & Garlic Seasoning 150 g

Macaroni & Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce – Anina Meyer

Macaroni & Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce A great dinner idea that consists of cooked macaroni with pesto chicken smothered in a red pepper and tomato sauce. Servings 4 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients 500gr macaroni salted water to boil drizzle olive oil, for water handful fresh parsley, mint

Waterblommetjiebredie – Nina Timm

Waterblommetjiebredie – Nina Timm Nina says: “Waterblommetjie are commonly known as the Cape pond weed and can be found in the dams, ponds and marshes of the Western Cape. Waterblommetjie bredie is a stew made from the little flowers with lamb and can be directly translated as small flower stew! Waterblommetjie bredie is a seasonal

Chocolate Florentines – Alida Ryder

Chocolate Florentines – Alida Ryder For Alida, Florentines are Mom memories.  She has not made them since her mother died some years ago.  Fortunately she made up this batch recently, with love and happy memories as ingredients, they taste so good. Chocolate Florentines Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Total time 35 minutes

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – Dianne Bibby

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – Dianne Bibby Dianne says: "The combination of savoury and sweet is a familiar concept to most South Africans. Fresh and dried fruits have been mainstays to many local favourites for centuries, often appearing in lamb, chicken and beef recipes. Rather than the traditional use of fruit,

Madeleine’s Family Risotto using Willow Creek Olive Oils – 30.06.2016

Willow Creek Olive Estate recently received the good news that the Willow Creek Directors' Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil came 2nd in the Intense Category, and also a ‘Gran Menzione’ for their Estate Blend EVOO at the L'Orciolo D'Oro (Enohobby Club) International Olive Oil Competition in Italy. There is no stopping them. The Enohobby Club

Asian Style Roast Chicken with Honey, Miso & Ginger Glaze – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Asian Style Roast Chicken with Honey, Miso & Ginger Glaze by Carey Boucher Erasmus Carey says: “This Roast Chicken is something I do often, it’s sweet, salty, sticky and seriously aromatic.  The secret ingredient in my glaze is Miso Paste, something I’ve been playing around with a lot lately. It provides a salty, savoury, slightly

Spiced Cauliflower Salad – Kate Liquorish

Spiced Cauliflower Salad – Kate Liquorish Kate calls this "a delectably moreish salad that's spicy and warming".  It will haul summer into your house too. Spiced Cauliflower Salad serves 4 Ingredients 1 head Cauliflower (quartered and sliced) 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/4 tsp Paprika 1/4 tsp Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Turmeric Pinch Cayenne Pepper Pinch Salt

Slow-cooked shredded beef Sloppy Joes with pickled jalapeños – Alida Ryder

Slow-cooked shredded beef Sloppy Joes with pickled jalapeños by Alida Ryder Alida says: “I recently served these Sloppy Joes topped with grated mature cheddar (what else?!) and a few pickled jalapeños. You really need something sharp and acidic to cut through all the richness in the meat sauce and honestly, any pickle will do, but I

June 26th, 2016|Categories: beef, Recipes|Tags: , , |

Steak sandwich with whipped goat’s cheese butter – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Steak sandwich with whipped goat’s cheese butter Alida says: “Listen, let’s not beat around the bush here. This sandwich is all that and then some. If I do say so myself. There’s just something about a steak sandwich, isn’t there? All that grilled, beefy goodness on good bread? Who could resist. And even

Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, Leeks & Fennel – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing Leeks & Fennel Carey says: "This roast chicken is something special. Butter and sage is rubbed underneath the skin and the cavity is filled with a stuffing of Toulouse sausage (or good pork sausage), apple, sage and onion and then roasts on a

Mexican Chipotle Chicken Casserole – Diane Bibby

Mexican Chipotle Chicken Casserole – Diane Bibby It’s time to dive into a trend that has foodsters around the world queuing for dinner reservations – Mexican. The good news is with this recipe up your sleeve, the party’s coming to your kitchen. Muddle those mojito limes. You’re going to need it for my Mexican chipotle

Asparagus & Salmon Quiche with a Cheddar Crust – Justine Wall

Asparagus & Salmon Quiche with a Cheddar Crust – Justine Wall Justine says: "Please don’t be fooled into buying processed ready to eat pastry or pizza bases: a savoury gluten free pastry such as this one is so very easy to make. Remember though to use a proper quiche tin for this: unlike a tart

Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans – Ina Paarman

Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans Ina says: “A salad is the healthiest and most painless way to start any meal; especially when the main course is substantial. Iceberg lettuce is back in fashion!” Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans You will need ½ cup (50 g) pecan nuts, roughly chopped

Braised Oxtail with Pears & Garlic – Nina Timm

Braised Oxtail with Pears & Garlic – Nina Timm Nina says: “Braised oxtail is one of those quintessential winter recipes that you have to make at least once every winter. Braised oxtail, like Waterblommetjie Stew or Curry Beans or Bean Soup with  Marrow Bones, is most definitely part of my food heritage. Growing up in

Paprika Beef, Tomato & Mushroom Stew – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Paprika Beef, Tomato & Mushroom Stew Anina offers her slow cooked beef in a rich tomato and paprika sauce, with mushrooms and potato. Perhaps leaning more to Hungary than Burgundy, though nevertheless a great match for the recommended wine. Paprika Beef, Tomato & Mushroom Stew Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 4 hours

Spanish Chicken with Chickpeas

Spanish Chicken with Chickpeas With a formidable team like Adam Mason and Peter Tempelhoff, you can rest assured that they have made a good match with the Marvelous Red 2014 and this dish. Interesting too that they have chosen a red to go with this gutsy chicken dish. Spanish Chicken with Chickpeas Serves 4 4

June 15th, 2016|Categories: poultry, Recipes|Tags: , |

Drained Maas Cheese Roll with Lemon, Pepper & Smoked Paprika – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Jane-Anne Hobbs's Drained Maas Cheese Roll with Lemon, Pepper & Smoked Paprika Jane-Anne says: "I'm so excited by this method for making gorgeous soft white cheese at home that I've been experimenting with a variety of flavours. Here is my current favourite: a 'salami' of cheese with lemon zest and white pepper, rolled in cracked

Éclairs with Turkish Delight – Nina Timm

Éclairs with Turkish Delight – Nina Timm Nina says: "Light as feathers Éclairs, filled with cream and nuggets of Turkish Delight, topped with a Rose water Glaze - delicious!" Éclairs with Turkish Delight Servings 24 small éclairs Ingredients 250 ml water 125 ml butter or margarine, I used Spar Margarine (not low or medium fat)

Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt Anina offers her fresh, healthy and low carb salad of spinach, apple and fennel with an insanely delicious spiced yogurt dressing. Preparation time 10 minutes Servings 2 Ingredients 2 cups chopped spinach 1/2 fennel bulb sliced 2 apples sliced fennel leaves for garnish 1 cup

Slow Braised Red Wine Oxtail – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Slow Braised Red Wine Oxtail Dianne says: "As anyone who’s made oxtail knows, it’s hardly challenging, needing only a few ingredients but heaps of patience. Oxtail is a waiting game. The oven does all the work, slowly eliciting mouthwatering gelatinous flavours. If you’re ravenously hungry, as a winter belly tends to be, the

Beef Pot Roast with Rosemary & Pepper – Anina Meyer

Beef Pot Roast with Rosemary & Pepper by Anina Meyer Anina says: “I kept my roast pretty straight forward with a well peppered topside beef roast, slow roasted until perfection with loads of rosemary, delicious gravy and all the trimmings...” Beef Pot Roast with Rosemary & Pepper Servings 8 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time

Traditional Frikkadels – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley's Traditional Frikkadels Lizet says: "Frikkadels or frikadelle – my dictionary offers meatballs or rissoles as an alternative. Now I don’t readily disagree with lofty tomes but, well, balderdash. Because for me a meatball can be any size, made of any meat, and contain pretty much anything in addition to the meat. And that

Vegetable Rösti with guacamole cream Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Vegetable Rösti with guacamole cream Alida says: "A dish my mother made incredibly well was Vegetable Röstis. She would grate onions, carrots and potatoes and bind them with a little flour before frying spoonfuls in hot oil until they were crisp and golden. They were usually served as a side to roasted chicken

Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Jane-Anne Hobbs's Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo Jane-Anne says: "An easy, sea-breezy salad that takes just minutes to put together, and you cannot go wrong if you use the very best ingredients in this simple dish. I've specified cooked, peeled prawns from Woolies here, which I admit are expensive, but they

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole – Lizet Hartley

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole by Lizet Hartley Lizet says: "Burgers, done properly, are a thing of beauty. They’re super easy and cheap to make. Best of all? They’re actually quite healthy. Now before the fast food insults start flying, let me qualify. A burger is healthy IF you make it yourself, because you’re in

Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy caramelised pecan nut salad – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy caramelised pecan nut salad Tracy Foulkes is the heart and soul behind NOMU Foods which supplies a large range of fabulous products making life in the kitchen.  Her website is below the biography at the end of this post, well worth a visit. Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy

Roasted butternut & buffalo mozzarella pasta bake – Alida Ryder

Roasted butternut & buffalo mozzarella pasta bake – Alida Ryder Alida says: "As we are pretty much fully in Winter in South Africa at the moment, recipes have two requirements: 1) Be warm and comforting and 2) Be flippin delicious. I mean, the latter is always a requirement but that first one. That first one is

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Crispy Smoked Snoek & Apple – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Crispy Smoked Snoek & Apple Carey says: “This soup is inspired by a mouthwatering amuse bouche we enjoyed at Test Kitchen sometime last year.  I added sweet potato to my vichyssoise to play nicely with the smoked snoek and tartness of the apple, but you still need some normal potato in

Brandy Snaps – Daphne Enslin

Daphne Enslin's Brandy Snaps Daphne Enslin, who trained in Scotland, introduced these to the dessert buffet at Boschendal in the late 1970s when we worked there in the late 1970’s. They were loved by Henry Kissinger who said to me, 'you keep Nancy busy while I get another brandy snap!' Also enjoyed by various other

Milk Soak Chocolate Sheet Cake – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Milk Soak Chocolate Sheet Cake Dianne says: “Sheet cake. Simple, honest and ‘un-floppable’. Not surprisingly, this Milk-soak chocolate sheet cake is one the 5 most requested cakes in the Bibby kitchen. This is the kind of chocolate cake where things can get a little out of control. Let’s take a moment. It starts

Chicken Liver Paté with a Jellied Verjuice Topping – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Chicken Liver Paté with a Jellied Verjuice Topping Jane-Anne says: "A fine, smooth chicken liver paté is a splendid starter for a celebration, and specially for a festive feast, for so many reasons.  You can make a glorious paté several days in advance; it will cost you peanuts. And because this is such a rich

Freekeh Risotto with Broccoli, Lemon & Goat’s Cheese – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Freekeh Risotto with Broccoli, Lemon & Goat’s Cheese – Carey Boucher Erasmus Carey says: "The first time I heard about the superfood, Freekeh, was on a episode of Masterchef Australia. It’s a highly nutritious ancient grain. It is basically roasted green grains produced from green (young) durum wheat. Freekeh has a low GI being high in

Butternut ”Linguine” with Blue Cheese Sauce, Crispy Bacon & Sage – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Butternut ”Linguine” with Blue Cheese Sauce, Crispy Bacon & Sage Carey says: "Spiralize a small butternut and make this comforting and completely carb-free ”linguine” dish. Butternut, blue cheese, bacon and sage – a flavour combination I’ll never grow tired of. It’s timeless and damn delicious. The butternut ”linguine” nails the brief being perfectly

Pork & Apricot Curry with Tomatoes & Coconut – Sonia Cabano

Sonia Cabano's Pork & Apricot Curry with Tomatoes & Coconut Sonia says: “This recipe is Vindaloo-ish, but altogether milder, fruitier and sweeter while retaining the tang of the original pork vindaloo recipe. Coconut cream, tomatoes and apricots give this easy pork curry a deliciously creamy, fruity, sweet and sour taste. Even if you are not

Coffee & Walnut Cake with Butter Icing – Ina Paarman

Coffee & Walnut Cake with Butter Icing – Ina Paarman Ina Paarman, the Queen of the South African Kitchen, has spent the last 30 years making life easy for us all in the kitchen with a fabulous array of products, both sweet and savoury.  Complete, and as an ingredient in a dish, Ina Paarman products

Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwich with Caramelized Onions – Nina Timm

Nina Timm's Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwich with Caramelized Onions Nina says: "Toasted Ham Cheese sandwiches can be with just plain old cheese and plain old ham and to me it would be absolutely perfect. You can however take your Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwiches up to another league. For my Toasted Ham Sandwiches, I usually prefer

My Mum’s Ginger Shortbread – Jane-Anne Hobbs

My Mum's Ginger-Glazed Shortbread Jane-Anne says: "A bite of this heavenly, gingery tea-time treat transported me, in a twinkling, to my childhood. Isn't it curious how a long-forgotten scent or taste can summon dusty memories from the cobwebbiest corners of your brain? And isn't it strange how a forgotten flavour or texture, when experienced again,

Cheesy Corn Cakes with Spicy Avocado Salsa – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder’s Cheesy Corn Cakes with Spicy Avocado Salsa Alida says: "Sometimes, words just aren’t enough to convey exactly how much I really love a specific dish. This is a prime example of that. Therefore, I’ll only tell you that these little corn cakes served with spicy Avocado salsa is pretty much one of the

Cauliflower Bake with Red Onion Marmalade – Nina Timm

Nina Timm's Cauliflower Bake with Red Onion Marmalade Nina says: "Cauliflower has for may years been banned to side dish status on the Sunday lunch table. Smothered in thick, cheesy white sauce and topped with more cheese. Basically a carb-bomb. Cauliflower then suddenly took center stage when Tim Noakes and his Banting Diet entered the

Chicken Pastilla with Freekeh & Almonds – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Chicken Pastilla with Freekeh & Almonds Dianne gives us a word on Freekeh: "Freekeh is harvested and roasted while the grain is still green. This ensures that nutrient values remain at their optimum. With impressive percentages of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, freekeh is set to be the new #graintofollow. The name comes

Fruity & Spicy Lamb Kebabs with Coriander Pesto – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Fruity & Spicy Lamb Kebabs with Coriander Pesto Carey says: "As a child, our family went through a phase where we often braaied an assortment of ”sosaties” (kebabs). One I remember in particular was a lamb and dried fruit combination. Come to think of it, we haven’t had fruity lamb kebabs in

Roast Pork with Leeks & Fennel – Ina Paarman

Roast Pork with Leeks & Fennel – Ina Paarman I have known Ina Paarman for over 35 years.  I first met her when she was a lecturer at the Cape Technical College.  Her enthusiasm for teaching, to showing people the way in its most simple form and providing a whole range of food products which

Prawn & Spring Onion Empanadas – Nadia Graves

Nadia Graves's Prawn & Spring Onion Empanadas Nadia says: "Tender, flaky pastry pockets filled with everything from fresh vegetables to spicy beef? Yes, please. Empanadas are always welcome in my kitchen and on my plate. The exquisitely fragrant prawn filling in my take on these classic Argentinian pastries is something you will definitely relish. They are

Oven Roasted Chicken Satays – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Oven Roasted Chicken Satays Dianne says: "What’s for supper? This glorious (virtual bells ringing), oven-roasted chicken satays cheat-sheet. Marinated in peanut butter, curry paste and coconut milk, these chicken satays are everything you’d expect from your best Thai take-out and more. And then there’s the salty peanuts to consider… Extra crunch and flavour

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

SA’s #1 cheesecake revealed at the LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® final

Lizelle Solomon Lucky LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® winner, Lizelle Solomon of Alberton, will soon be on her way to the Big Apple, home of the cheesecake itself. Although only the third cheesecake she’s ever baked, her Summer Berry Swirl cheesecake features fresh figs and almonds and has earned her the trip of a lifetime. Her originality, as

Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting – Roberta Muir

Roberta Muir's Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Roberta says: "I don’t know where the original recipe for this cake came from perhaps a flatmate, or an ex-boyfriend’s mother. I only know I’ve been cooking it for over 25 years, making minor modifications along the way. My latest variation is adding orange zest to

One Minute Hollandaise with a stick blender – Nina Timm

Nina Timm's One Minute Hollandaise with a stick blender Nina says: “One minute hollandaise……. what? What happened to whisking forever to incorporate the melted butter. What happened to a split sauce? One minute hollandaise made with my stick blender, that is what happened! Like so many people I LOVE hollandaise sauce. Sadly I have had

Two Oceans Red Wine Black Forest Milkshake Treat

Carey Boucher-Erasmus's Red Wine Milkshake Treat A dessert that doubles as a drink is not only ideal for something different it can also be incredibly easy! Shake things up at your next dinner party with this effortless, yet incredibly luxurious adult milkshake prepared with Two Oceans’ wines and created by Carey Boucher-Erasmus, the mastermind and

The Bibby’s Shepherds Pie – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Shepherds Pie Dianne says: "In my cooking classes, I’m often asked what’s the difference between Shepherd’s pie and Cottage Pie. These two British classics hang comfortably with the likes of Bangers & mash and Fish & chips. Growing up however, I was only familiar with cottage pie and a shepherd was some solitary

Spring lamb stew with herbs & lemon – Fiona Beckett

Spring lamb stew with herbs and lemon – Fiona Beckett This easy and delicious stew comes from Fiona Beckett’s cookbook Meat and Two Veg in which she has focused her award-winning skills on the great British classic dishes, "Meat & Two Veg." Wonderful recipes for grills, roasts, casseroles and all things meaty are accompanied by

Neighbourhood Chef says Poached Tomato & Pesto, perfect with Drostdy-Hof Sauvignon Blanc

Poached Tomato & Pesto What better than a table replete with good food, good wine and good friends? Neighbourhood chef Johan van Schalkwyk suggests you start with a quick, easy-to-follow late summer recipe of sun-ripened tomatoes on the vine, stuffed with a cheese, courgette, basil and pine nut pesto, and paired with Drostdy-Hof Sauvignon Blanc.

March 30th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |

Roasted Red Pepper & Cannellini Bean Dip – Justine Wall

Justine Wall's Roasted Red Pepper & Cannellini Bean Dip Justine says: "I am rather undecided what the best name for this little dish is: it is a sort of hummus, but has so many other lovely bits in it that have settled on calling it a dip- it’d be perfect with fresh vegetables, but, as

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart – Cheryl Bennett

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart – Cheryl Bennett Cheryl says: “You know when you get a craving for something & you just have to make it?  Well, I had wanted to make a tomato tart for a little while and finally got around to doing it.  This post started out something like “with summer produce in full

Butternut flatbreads with beets & goat’s cheese truffles – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Butternut flatbreads with beets & goat's cheese truffles Dianne says: "This riotously colourful vegetarian feast will hopefully debunk any existing theories that meatless meals are flavourless drudgery. Buttery flatbreads piled high with the inseparably successful vegetable duo of butternut and beetroot.  The ratio of yum per bite is off the hook! But the

Moules et Praires Provençale, mussels & clams with tomatoes, garlic,olive oil & wine – Nadia Graves

Nadia Graves's Moules et Praires Provençale mussels & clams with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil & wine Nadia says: "Serve with warm baguette and a nice chilled glass of white or rosé. You can do the recipe with just mussels or use a combination of mussels and small clams. Remember that clams take a little longer

Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo – Jane Anne Hobbs

Jane Anne Hobbs Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo 350 g asparagus tips a packet of dark mixed salad leaves 200 g Woolworths ready-cooked peeled prawns 8 baby radishes, halved lengthways For the dressing 100 ml Verjuice 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil For the mayonnaise 2 extra-large free-range egg yolks, at room

Easter Baking 101 – Sam Linsell’s Castle Milk Stout Fruit Buns

Sam Linsell's Castle Milk Stout Fruit Buns A Milk Stout has many versatile characteristics which make it the ideal beer to use when cooking. One such innovative idea can be seen in food stylist and Drizzle & Dip blogger Sam Linsell’s version of a fruit bun, using South Africa’s leading milk stout brand as her

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Verjuice Gooseberry Compote – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Verjuice Gooseberry Compote Clever Jane-Anne creates all manner of recipes for all manner of products. Here she creates a fabulous dessert with a real cape gooseberry sauce. Verjuice is the juice of mid summer harvest grapes, a product in use in Elizabethan times. Vanilla Panna Cotta with Verjuice Gooseberry Compote For

Greek-Style Chicken with Preserved Lemons & Olives – Jamie Schler

Greek-Style Chicken with Preserved Lemons & Olives Jamie says: "Greek-style chicken with preserved lemons and olives is tender chicken infused with the bright, sparkling flavor of lemon, lightly-caramelized onions offering a savory succulence and a handful of olives giving the dish a salty edge. Fast and easy to prepare, this dish packs a flavorful punch,

February 28th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Chilla, Indian Spiced Chickpea Pancakes with Avocado, Kale & Spinach – Meeta K. Wolff

Meeta K. Wolff's Chilla - Indian Spiced Chickpea Pancakes with Avocado, Kale & Spinach Indian Spiced Chickpea Pancakes with Avocado, Kale & Spinach Preparation time - 15 minutes Total time - 30 minutes Makes: 10 pancakes Ingredients 2 tablespoons ghee 150g chickpea flour ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon mild chilli powder ¼ teaspoon baking

Fish Pie – Nina Timm

Fish Pie – Nina Timm Nina Timm is the most household of household names as one of the Cape's foremost cooks, teachers, bloggers, broadcaster and demosntrators.  Her website, My Easy Cooking, is just that.  Easy dishes, quick, packed with colour, aroma and flavour. Fish Pie serves 8 Ingredients  500g hake 500g mussel meat 250g shelled,

February 25th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Winning Cheese & Onion Tart – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Winning Cheese & Onion Tart Carey says: "Not only is this uber tasty tart a perfectly substantial (if not decadent) meatless meal, it is also a great “throw together” pantry dish.  All the ingredients you need will be right at home in your kitchen. No need for exhausting grocery shopping after work! This tart is sooo

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Almond & Herb Drizzle – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Almond & Herb Drizzle Another stunning vegetarian dish by Tracy Foulkes.  More and more I find wine goes really well with vegetarian dishes.  Especially if weight for weight the two are equally balanced. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Almond & Herb Drizzle 3 Small Cauliflower heads, stalks trimmed 1/4 cup

February 24th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Sumac roast tomatoes & lentils with dukkah crusted eggs – Hein van Tonder

Hein van Tonder's Sumac roast tomatoes & lentils with dukkah crusted eggs Hein van Tonder's website heinstirred.com is well worth a visit if you are looking for some new food ideas. An accountant by training, a gourmet hunter and photographer by inclination.  Hein runs successful photography courses and for me it has been very exciting

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Luxe Chocolate Cake with glossy Ganache & Chocolate Macaroons – Dianne Bibby

Luxe Chocolate Cake with glossy Ganache & Chocolate Macaroons Dianne says: "Undoubtedly, there are quite a few steps involved in making this cake, but it is definitely a special occasion chocolate cake that will elicit a few ooh’s and aah’s. The cake itself  is more dense than a traditional sponge with the texture probably closer

Caramelised Onion, Tomato & Goat’s Milk Cheese Tart – Zola Nene

Zola Nene's Caramelised Onion, Tomato & Goat’s Milk Cheese Tart Zola says: "I adore the combination of sweet caramelised red onion and tangy goat’s milk cheese. We used to make individual versions of this tart at the brasserie to serve as a starter; my version is a family-sized tart – it’s the way I like

Prawn bake with feta & fennel-chilli butter – Dianne Bibby

Prawn bake with feta & fennel-chilli butter – Dianne Bibby Dianne says: "Often the combination of the most unlikely ingredients can turn out to be surprisingly good. Conventional food rules tell us that fish and cheese shouldn’t be seen keeping company on the same plate. Prepare to be charmed by this Prawn bake with crumbly

Mussels in White Wine & Garlic with Frites – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Mussels in White Wine & Garlic with Frites Carey says: “The first time I encountered mussels and frites was in Nice, France some years ago. I remember finding it a strange combo but once I tucked in, it became a foodie revelation in my books. Fresh mussels simply steamed in a flavourful

My Sushi – Deconstructed

My deconstructed sushi with salmon trout & avocado For all of you who are intimidated by making sushi, here’s the easy way out. I put this together in about ten minutes on the Expresso Breakfast TV Show. My Sushi – Deconstructed What you’ll need 8 sheets nori 1 small carrot – cut into matchsticks ¼

February 14th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms Dianne says: “There’s something completely homely about the word ‘casserole’. Rolling lazily off the tongue, encouraging an informality that permits elbows on the table, bowl mopping and casual end of day banter. It’s also the kind of dish that welcomes new neighbours to the street

February 12th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Mango Lime Quinoa – Cheryl Bennett

Cheryl Bennett's Mango Lime Quinoa Cheryl Bennett is “chief of everything” at her restaurant Pook’s Pantry in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She says on her blog, “Every other Friday, I’m going to share recipes I cook for clients in hopes that you can expand your weekly repertoire and incorporate some new dishes into the rotation.  We all fall into cooking ruts, ALL

Spicy Green Goddess Sandwich with grilled Halloumi – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Spicy Green Goddess Sandwich with Halloumi Sometimes at lunch you want a really good bottle of wine with something delicious to go with it, which won't take you and age to prepare.  Alida Ryder is the master of the quite to prepare, maximum visual impact, heady aromas and utterly fabulous flavours.  Here she

Griddled Polenta with Mushrooms & Porcini Salt – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Griddled Polenta with Mushrooms & Porcini Salt Tracy Foulkes - the chef behind the ideas at NOMU Foods, has a knack of getting maximum looks, aroma and flavour in her foods.  She knows about wine too, being a girl from Robertson. Her food has enough flavour, as shown in this recipe, to match

Cauliflower Fritters – Anna & Roberta Montali

Anna & Roberta Montali's Cauliflower Fritters Anna and Roberta Montali are a dynamite mother and daughter team who run a fabulous food website. I am so fortunate to be able to use their wonderful recipes, vibrant with colour, heady with aroma and full of lusty Mediterranean flavour. Cauliflower Fritters Serves 4 Prepping & Cooking Time: 

Harissa-spiced roast butternut & red onion salad with cucumber-mint dressing – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley's Harissa-spiced roast butternut & red onion salad with cucumber-mint dressing Lizet says: “Size does matter. I know this because I’m inordinately attracted to all things small – puppies, kittens, quail eggs, those teeny baby apples. Too cute for words. So when I spotted tiny red onions at Woolies on Friday, it was pretty

Trout Spring Rolls & Sweet Chilli Sauce – Jackie Cameron

Jackie Cameron's Trout Spring Rolls & Sweet Chilli Sauce Trout Spring Rolls Makes: 10 Ingredients 10gr Butter 20ml Sunflower Oil 15ml Sesame Oil 160gr Onion, sliced 140gr Red and/or Yellow Peppers, sliced 8gr Fresh Ginger, grated 3 cloves (15gr) Fresh Garlic, grated 20ml Black or White Sesame Seeds 265gr Cooked Trout, flaked 40ml Kikkoman Soy

Grape Schiciatta with rosemary oil – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Grape Schiciatta with rosemary oil A classical Italian bread with fresh grapes, so good now in grape season.  And flavoured with Tracy's fabulous NOMU Foods products. Grape Schiciatta with rosemary oil 1 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves 1 clove garlic, skin on, lightly bruised ½ cup NoMU Extra Virgin Olive Oil 400g stone ground flour,

Pepper & Pomegranate Salad – Tracy Foulkes

Pepper & Pomegranate Salad Tracy Foulkes is seriously into aroma, colour and flavour. She uses her fabulous NOMU products to great effect in her dishes.  This one in an embodiment of summer. Lovely colours enticing food. Pepper & Pomegranate Salad A small handful of sunflower seeds 5 red peppers, halved and deseeded 5 yellow peppers,

Roast Chicken with charred leeks & herb pesto – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Roast Chicken with charred leeks & herb pesto For a wine with full flavours like the KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc 2015, you need aroma and flavour.  Tracy Foulkes is where you get it from with this stunning Chicken dish.  I always think that Chenin and Chicken are a match made in heaven.

Roasted nectarine & dukkah-crusted goat’s cheese salad – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley's Roasted nectarine & dukkah-crusted goat’s cheese salad Lizet says: “Week two of avoiding carbs and I’m doing just fine. In fact, I’m loving it. Mostly because in the last week I’ve managed to pack away sushi (erm, rice), a pork and roast fennel burger (erm, bread) and a seriously deevine little crayfish pasta

Eggplant Parmigiana – Roberta Muir

Eggplant Parmigiana Roberta Muir says: "Despite the name, which suggests a connection with the northern Italian town of Parma, this dish is typically southern Italian. It’s traditional to Naples and the surrounding countryside, which is famous for the delicate fresh mozzarella made from buffalo milk, and also popular in Calabria and Sicily. The name may

Classic fruit cake with salted maple syrup – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Classic fruit cake with salted maple syrup Alida says: “To this day, I adore fruit cake. I know it’s quite polarizing. You either love it, or you hate it. And right now, I am one of few people that absolutely adore it in my family. And so, I decided to bake one for

Chinese-Style Pork Mince, Pak Choi & Crispy Fried Egg – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Chinese-Style Pork Mince Pak Choi, & crispy fried egg Inspired by a Chinese beef recipe she had created, Carey fried up some pork mince and served it on baby pak choi with crispy fried egg. Full-on flavours and textures that totally jump-start the tastebuds. This may just become a regular weeknight meal