Peter Falke PF Blanc de Noir 2018, best with Alida Ryder’s Creamy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta…

A fine expression of a vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon from the Helderberg used to great effect in the Peter Falke PF Blanc de Noir 2018..

Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016, so good with Alida Ryder’s Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions…

Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016, grapes harvested from a single vineyard on the Estate. A pure fine Merlot.

Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, good with a piece of steak served with Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Pepper Sauce….

Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, a fine example of Cabernet Sauvignon, from a much punted Cabernet Sauvignon region, Stellenbosch. Superb 6 year old which needs a plaster of good meat.

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, so good with Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Pepper Sauce on steak..

Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch bought as a plum farm by Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing in 2003 boasts fine award winning wines, a superb The Vine Bistro and a large eclectic glass collection and is well worth the visit. Get it high on your bucket list - now!

Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a good match with Alida Ryder’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing

Classy, bright, sparky, the Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is an any time wine. Great on its own and great with food. Not to be taken too seriously, so drink with abandon...

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2017, excellent with Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing – 21.12.2017

My Advent Calendar #22 wine, is a delicious Unwooded Pinot Noir 2017, a brilliant expression of both the grape and the vintage. Perfect with Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing

Boland Cellar One Formation Blend 2017, a magical mix of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache Blanc…..31.10.2017

Chenin Blanc, 20% of the national vineyard, shines in this blend. Collaboration between growers and the cellar produce the finest of grapes to make a fine wine like this. Alida Ryder provides her Kick Ass Roast Chicken as the perfect partner...

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry – 23.06.2017

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 The home of Peter Falke Wines is on Groenvlei Farm on the well-known Annandale Road in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.  The strip down the Helderberg is well known for its red wines.  It sits in the path of cool afternoon breezes off False

Fairview Shiraz 2014 & Alida Ryder’s Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato & Mozzarella – 16.06.2017

Fairview Shiraz 2014 When a wine you truly like does well for the umpteenth in a national competition. Two Fairview Wines are the most recent award winners in the 2017 Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. At the end of May, Fairview again proved its prowess in the cultivation and winemaking of this popular red wine grape

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Cheat’s Deep Dish Pizza – 26.05.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Sur Lie Chardonnay 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Stuffed Pork Belly Roast with Apples & Sage – 25.05.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Sur Lie Chardonnay 2015 Boland Cellars has a team of viticulturists who watch over their producer vineyards looking for blocks which produce wine grapes of premium quality.  These blocks are singled out for careful elevation in the cellar producing a fine range of Reserve No 1 wines which are dedicated

Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 & Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing – 27.04.2017

Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 Chardonnay is the white grape of Burgundy and Champagne, as Pinot Noir is the red. In Champagne, they are often blended to create some of the finest sparkling wines produced in France.  Often, I have come across a ‘still champagne’ where the two are blended and then not gone

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Tuscan Roast Chicken – 19.04.2017

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 Gerhard Swart, the Winemaker at Flagstone Wines, is producing some fine drops. Under the hand of Bruce Jack, they aim to produce wines which respect our 350-year-old winemaking heritage.  They make wines which not only please the senses, but also stimulate fine thoughts. Gerhard Swart Winemaker at Flagstone

Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Bolognese Pasta Bake – 10.04.2017

Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Glen Carlou, named for the three daughters of a previous owner, has produced exciting wines for over thirty years. And while they tend to fly below the radar, they continue to wine awards, and continue to attract visitors to their beautifully situated winery with its excellent restaurant and stunning views.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Low Carb Chicken Satay Salad – 22.03.2017

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Adam Mason and the team at Mulderbosch Vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are fortunate to have a large home vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to which they can add grapes from contracted suppliers which are all as perfect as their own. Adam Mason, Mulderbosch Winemaker The

La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 & Alida Ryder’s Date Night Pork Fillet Mushroom Risotto – 16.03.2017

La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 The La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 is the first bottling of a barrel selection Syrah from the Estate. Cellarmaster and GM Irene Waller uses grapes from a specific vineyard site on the Estate which is especially pruned to keep the crop down to between 4 and 5 tons

Peter Falke PF Blanc de Noirs 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing – 17.02.2017

Peter Falke Blanc de Noirs 2016 Peter Falke Winery is on Groenvlei Farm on the Annandale Road set against the Helderberg, part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation known for its fine red wines.  It has a lovely collection of Cape Dutch Buildings, all very classical from the outside but they have been given a real

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Greek Feta & Phyllo Pies with Honey & Oregano – 16.02.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 For over 75 years, Boland Cellar has sat in the foothills of the iconic Paarl Mountain facing eastwards. With their grape growers placed in five different micro climatic conditions, they have a host of grapes to draw on to make their sublime wines. Some special vineyard

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Caprese Panzanella Salad – 08.02.2017

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I believe that the east facing slopes of the Constantia Mountains are just perfect for the production of Sauvignon Blanc.  The weather conditions are so ideal.  Cooling diurnal breezes tumbling down the mountain late in the afternoon ameliorate the heat in the summer vineyards and allow the grapes to take

De Grendel Shiraz 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Steak Sandwich with whipped goat cheese butter – 03.02.2017

De Grendel Shiraz 2015 As I have said when referring to the 2015 vintage, the dry windy conditions during flowering in late 2014 resulted in lower pollination and led to a drop in the harvest of about 15%.  The harvest was earlier by about 2 weeks and though the bunches were smaller there was a

Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 & Alida Ryder’s Peri Peri Chicken Livers – 25.01.2017

Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Often I hear the comment, ‘red wines are for winter’, and I feel for them as reds are wonderful in summer. It loves summer dishes. It loves being the glass you have after a braai while you sit in philosophical conversation watching the embers die down, eating a bar of

Asara The Bell Tower 2012 & Alida Ryder’s Bolognese Pasta Bake – 12.01.2017

Asara The Bell Tower 2012 I was out at Asara Wine Estate and Hotel today with a visitor. It was the most idyllic day and the views over the vineyards and east to Stellenbosch and the Helderberg just beyond description. We do live in a lovely country. Tasting the wines with the winemaking team was,

Oldenburg Viognier 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Wreath – 05.01.2017

Oldenburg's Rondekop, radiant in Autumn Oldenburg is a wine Estate set in the sheer beauty of the southern end of the Banghoek Valley. Surrounded by mountains of Alpine magnificence, it has an enchanting little hill in the middle called Rondekop.  Made up of ferrocrete soils which give the most fabulous mineral flavours to the wines.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belfield Aristata 2011 – 28.12.2015

Belfield Aristata 2011 Belfield is a tiny self contained wine estate tucked away in the mountains of the beautiful, cool Elgin Valley. Cool in terms of fashion and temperature. Cool temperatures mean longer ripening periods and in the case of red wines particularly it means deeper colour and enhanced aromas and flavours. Mel, Allister &

Roasted pumpkin risotto with haloumi pops & chilli syrup – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Roasted pumpkin risotto with haloumi pops & chilli syrup Alida says, "Tis the season to share all the pumpkin recipes. Except, for me this doesn’t make much sense because I live in South Africa and right now the last thing on anyone’s mind is autumnal vegetables and their huge comfort factor. Instead, we

Rainbow Asian noodle salad with peanut ginger dressing – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Rainbow Asian noodle salad with peanut ginger dressing Alida Ryder has the most amazing work ethic, eachweek she pours recipes on to her website which always meet the criteria of colour, aroma, flavour and the ability to match her food to my wines. Rainbow Asian noodle salad with peanut ginger dressing Preparation time

Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions There are times when an indulgent sandwich like this, made in Alida Ryder's usual style, one of perfection, good to look at, great aromas, brilliant flavours, just needs a bottle of great wine.  Maybe you've had a full and busy day

Beetroot Tarte Tatin with Goat’s cheese cream – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's food is as generous as her personality.  Rich in colour, in aroma and flavour and it's ability to tickle all those confort places in you and lift your mood.  Her clever combinations both in colour and flavour tantalise. Beetroot Tarte Tatin with Goat's cheese cream Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 500g baby beetroot, cooked 3

Pork Belly Ramen – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Pork Belly Ramen Alida sats, "My obsession with ramen started quite some time ago when I learned through my younger brother (who is the ultimate food experimenter) what it is and that obsession intensified when I learned about the genius that is David Chang. Chang is probably the ultimate ramen-obsessive and

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Fried chicken & creamy coleslaw sandwich – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Fried Chicken & Creamy Coleslaw Sandwich Cooking time 10 minutes Preparation time 20 minutes Total time 30 minutes Ingredients for the fried chicken Follow the recipe for my Ultimate Fried Chicken, simply substitute boneless chicken breasts (with skin) for chicken pieces. I halved this recipe for these sandwiches, using 4 chicken

Dukkah Lamb chops – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's Dukkah Lamb Chops Cooking time 10 mins Preparation time 5 mins Total time 15 mins Ingredients 8 rib chops, approximately 2cm thick 2 tablespoons oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1⁄2 cup dukkah 1 teaspoon salt Instructions Drizzle the oil and lemon juice over the chops.  Sprinkle over the dukkah and the

September 27th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Aubergine, tomato & mushroom bake – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder’s Aubergine, tomato & mushroom bake Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 3 large aubergine, sliced into 1cm slices 150g mozzarella 100g Parmesan or Pecorino, grated for the sauce 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 250g mushrooms, sliced (I used portobellini) 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes or 500g cherry tomatoes,

Alida Ryder – Cook from the Heart

Cook from the heartAlida Ryder's latest offering Alida Ryder is one of my favourite bloggers.  Her recipes are always generous in terms of colour and flavour, and they come from her heart. Her first book Simple and Delicious stands stained, edges frayed on my kitchen shelf and her latest Cook from the Heart

December 18th, 2013|Categories: Books|Tags: , |