A superb Jewel in the Crown addition to the Groot Constantia Range of Wines, is the Cape Blend, Groot Constantia Lady of Abundance 2017...
A fine Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon from Craig Barnard on the Cavalli Estate, the Cavalli Colt 2016 is a stunner of a wine...
Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, a fine expression of the grape and fingerprint of the harvest...
Oldenburg Vineyards CL Red 2017, so good with Alida Ryder’s Succulent Slow Roasted Greek Lamb and potatoes with garlic, rosemary & lemon…
Part of a new range from the Estate, the Oldenburg Vineyards
The latest vintage of Gerhard Swart's Flagstone Longitude 2017 a carefully blended red wine, greater than the sum of its parts...
Asara releases a new vintage of the sublime Asara The Bell Tower 2013, named for the modern Bell Tower which rings twice daily when the hot scones arrive at The Deli...
Glen Carlou Vineyards Chardonnay 2017, the perfect match to Alida Ryder’s wonderfully retro Prawn Cocktail Stuffed Avocados…
A fine expression of the grape, the Glen Carlou Vineyards Chardonnay 2017, from the slopes of the Simonsberg in the Simonsberg Paarl Appellation...
Made from grapes harvested off old dryland bushvines, a great expression of the grape by Jaco van Niekerk, Piekenierskloof Grenache Blanc 2017...
Groote Post’s Seasalter, a 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, excellent partner to Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing…
A perfect expression of what the combination of position and climate and the finely tuned hand of the winemaker do to a wine, Groote Post’s Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc 2018 by Lukas Wentzel...
Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017, so good with Alida Ryder’s Smoked Snoek Fishcakes…
Durbanville Hill’s latest range of premium wines includes The Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017, cool climate wine & stunning...
Asara Avalon 2012, an Amarone style wine made from Pinotage and Shiraz with grapes desiccated on the vine, flagship Asara Wine Estate wine...
Two very different wines, one a Sparkler and one a Rosé are on my Advent Calendar #8 2018...
Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2017 is a perfect partner for Alida Ryder’s Prawn Cocktail Salad…
From a new range of Durbanville Hills Wines, The Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2017 linking the Winery and the City in wine...
A single vineyard wine, the La Bri Chardonnay 2017, has brought home a fabulous score from the Prescient Chardonnay Report...
A fine expression of a vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon from the Helderberg used to great effect in the Peter Falke PF Blanc de Noir 2018..
A pair of reds from Lozärn Wines from Bonnievale, are deep, dark, delicious and serious. Alida Ryder provides the food matches
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.
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015, perfect with Alida Ryder’s Mayonnaise Grilled Rosemary Garlic Steak…
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015, a truly premium expression of a grape and its vintage year.
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.
A fine expression of Stellenbosch Shiraz is the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2016. And a great fingerprint of the vintage. Lovely midweek supper wine with Alida Ryder's Bolognese Pasta Bake
Fat Bastard - actually two of them... An amusing for some truly potable wines from the Robertson Cellar.
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...
De Grendel Viognier 2017, wonderfully aromatic wine made from grapes raised by Kudwai Mwerenga and elevated by Charles Hopkins.
Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016 is a great match with Alida Ryder’s Creamy Baked Spaghetti – 16.02.2018
Luke O’Cuinnegain's masterly approach to Chardonnay on Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch. Put a visit to this showcase winery on your bucket list.
De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016, great partner to Alida Ryder’s Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with crispy Haloumi pops & spicy chilli – 10.01.2018
De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016, a truly classy expression of Pinotage, grown on the Estate. Such a privilege to drink this wine.
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
Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, good with Alida Ryder’s Bacon Jalapeño Grilled Cheese – 04.12 2017
Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 has a great heritage stretching back to 1942 when Douglas Green founded his eponymous company. Good every day drinking at an even handed price.
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...
Simonsig’s Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Added Sulphur MCC 2015 great with Alida’s Ryder’s Farmers Market Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella – 13.10.2017
A delicious Méthode Cap Classique Pinot Noir with winemaking without added sulphur. Perfect as a refresher and also so good with food.
Oldenburg Grenache Noir 2015 & Alida Ryder's Low Carb Chicken Satay Salad. The sauce is robust, the chicken can happily take on this dish.
Sublime Peter Falke Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a perfect partner for a delicious midweek Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake by Alida Ryder.
Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2017 & Alida Ryder's Coq au Riesling Pasta, a great combination. Excellent expression of Chenin Blanc.
Boland Cellar One Formation Shiraz, Grenache Viognier & Alida Ryder’s Salt & Pepper Pork Belly with perfect Crispy Crackling – 14.07.2017
Pioneering collaboration with their grape suppliers, superb blending in the cellars create this range from Boland Cellar. A great match with Alida Ryder's pork dish.
Flagstone Dragon Tree Cape Blend 2013 & Alida Ryder’s Mushroom Arancini with Roasted Tomato Sauce – 30.06.2017
Superb food friendly blend of four grape varieties with sufficient Pinotage to call it a Cape Blend.
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 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
Spice Route Terra de Bron Swartland Carignan 2014 & Alida Ryder’s Peri Peri Chicken Livers – 09.06.2017
Spice Route Terra de Bron Swartland Carignan 2014 is a perfect match to Alida Ryder's Peri Peri Chicken Livers...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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'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.
Lamb ragu with cauliflower gnocchi – Alida Ryder Alida says: "I saw the idea for cauliflower gnocchi a while ago on Instagram and the idea immediately spoke to me. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I am pretty obsessive over cauliflower (that’s putting it mildly) and the thought of
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.
Creamy pumpkin pasta with crispy bacon – Alida Ryder Alida says: "A while ago a few of my friends and I had a conversation about getting a toddler to eat vegetables. One friend mentioned that she had started pureeing pumpkin as a pasta sauce and that her very fussy little boy gobbled it all up.
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
Sticky Apricot Chicken - Alida Ryder Alida says: “This ridiculously easy, quick apricot chicken is everything to me at the moment. Not only does it remind me of the apricot chicken my mom used to make for us as kids, it’s also a fool proof way to get my kids to eat everything on the
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
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
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 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
Alida Ryder's Bacon & Corn Bread Alida says: "Except for cooking the bacon, this is really the simplest recipe and can be done within minutes where after you stick it in the oven and forget about it for an hour or so. It is the ultimate minimum effort/maximum reward kind of recipe. I can tell
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
Cheesy Bolognese Pies by Alida Ryder Alida says: "I love a good list, have listed every.single.little.thing I have to accomplish this week. One of the things on my list is to make these pies again. Now let me tell you something, we all know I am quite good at giving leftovers a second life but I
Alida Ryder's Baked Caprese Gnocchi Alida says: "I picked up a small box of the most perfect tomatoes the other day (and like a real smarty pants, forgot to photograph it) and after a few days of enjoying them simply with salt, I decided to turn the ones with wrinkly skin into a glorious tomato
Alida Ryder's Cheesy Baked Meatballs Alida says: "Here we go again. Another meatball recipe because let’s face it: I have a problem. But here’s the thing, this is not just another meatball recipe. It’s topped with so much cheese and baked in the richest tomato sauce and is everything you’ve ever wanted in a meatball
Creamed spinach grilled cheese sandwich – Alida Ryder Alida says: "Would you just take a look at that. That melty, luscious spinach and feta filling with a little mozzarella for that extra bit of ooze. Yes please! As I’ve mentioned before, I am completely devoted to sandwiches. For so many it’s a quick solution to
Alida Ryder's Steak & Mushroom Pot Pie Alida says: “Now that the temperature has cooled down to a more comfortable level (i.e. I can bear to be in the kitchen again), I am loving whipping up all my favourite comfort foods. Pies in general are a regular in our household during the cooler months because
Alida Ryder's Easy Bacon & Brie Potato Bake Alida says: "A while ago I was browsing through one of my French cookbooks when a dish of soft, creamy potatoes drenched in oozy cheese caught my eye. Tartiflette. What a beautiful word. I am no stranger to Tartiflette and have made a version of it for
Alida Ryder's Baked gnocchi, bacon, tomato & mozzarella When Alida Ryder needs comfort you can be assured of a good meal. She says: "I needed comfort food. And since I also didn’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to use a few packets of ready-made gnocchi. This isn’t something I
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
Alida Ryders Watermelon Feta & Rocket Salad Alida says: "When I first paired Watermelon with Feta, I was about 19 and trying to be all “Fantastic Foodie” with my family, they didn’t completely hate the idea but I could see they didn’t love it either. I just served up wedges of Watermelon with crumbled Feta
Alida Ryder's Shredded lamb pitas with fried eggplant If you are keen on really good food, you really should follow Alida Ryder, the Queen of the Pretoria Kitchen. Details are given below. Alida says that over December she “had a serious craving for shwarmas but as we were in a small coastal town on holiday,
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
Alida Ryder's Turkey BLT club sandwich with jalapeno mayo Alida says: "I love a good BLT and the addition of turkey makes it all the better. That jalapeno mayo is the real kicker here though. It’s sharp tang is what you want to jazz up the (some would say) boring turkey and this along with
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 &
Pepper Steak Pie by Alida Ryder Alida says: “I have found that I never feel more like a domestic goddess than when I serve a glorious savoury pie to my guests. There’s something so homey, so warming and so fabulous about it all. The fact that it is one of the simplest dishes to pull
Alida Ryder's Sticky sriracha-honey chicken wings Alida Ryder makes food that not only looks good, smells good and eats really good. At the moment she is having a love affair with Sriracha - a hot sauce available from Woolworths. Expanding our knowledge of how to use it - she is a great teacher. Sticky sriracha-honey
Alida Ryder's Grilled trout salad with Sriracha lime dressing Alida asks, "You know those days that you stand in front of your fridge filled with random ingredients and zero inspiration? Well, I have had a few of those days recently. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am shooting for clients and hence
Alida Ryder's Steak & Eggs with Herbed Chilli Butter & Chips When you have the opportunity mid week to drink a really great bottle of wine, you don't need the whole Sunday roast and accoutrements. You need something that works with the wine. Alida Ryder, that queen of the Pretoria Kitchen, always comes up with
Alida Ryder's Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich Alida says, "I had some pulled pork leftover a few weeks ago, I decided to pair it with a little mature cheddar and sliced mozzarella and shove all of that in between two slices of ciabatta. Slather it in butter; toast it in a pan and then experience
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
Alida Ryder's Spicy roast chicken salad with creamy lemon dressing Alida Ryder is always a jump ahead. While we down here in the Cape are getting our first dubious spring weather, the queen of the Pretoria kitchen, where the weather is warmer, is off with a great start to summer with this delicious chicken dish.
Alida Ryder's Vegetable Burrito Bowls Alida Ryder blesses the fact that her twins love vegetables. She confesses to liking vegetarian and meat free dishes sometimes. Don't we all? And wine is just so good with so many vegetarian dishes. This one is made for a full ripe wooded Chenin Blanc. And again packed with colour,
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
Alida Ryders Baked Gnocchi with bacon, tomato & mozzarella Alida says,"I needed comfort food. And since I also didn’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to use a few packets of ready-made gnocchi. This isn’t something I use a lot because I really love making fresh gnocchi but it definitely
Alida Ryder's Sweet & Smoky Cowboy Beans If you want robust food, in colour, in aroma, in flavour and a dish that makes you think “remember when we had that…”, you turn to the Queen of the Pretoria kitchen, Alida Ryder. You will always be rewarded. Preparation time - 5 minutes Cook time
Nigel Slaters Coq au Riesling - as prepared by Alida Ryder You should make this if you like chicken. If you like mushrooms. If you like creamy sauces. If you like Food. And most importantly if you like a bit of plate licking. This recipe is so gosh-darn delicious that I did, in
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
Alida Ryder's Roasted Caprese Tomatoes with Basil dressing One can count on Alida Ryder, the Queen of the Pretoria Kitchen, to do something really unusual and turn a classic summer salad from the isle of Capri into the most perfect hot winter vegetarian dish. And a dish so perfect for this wine Preparation
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
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
Alida Ryder's Pan roasted chicken with lemon garlic butter Alida Ryder, the Queen of the Pretoria Kitchens, can always be relied upon for fabulous food. She does her own photography, so her food always looks more than good enough to eat. The aromas coming of this chicken, the caramelised skin, the irresistible smell
Alida Ryder's Aubergine Tomato & Mushroom Bake I have become enamoured of serving an excellent red wine with vegetarian food, especially a dish like this one which is packed with the flavour of tomato, aubergine and mushrooms. Ticking all the boxes, as she is wont to do, Alida Ryder cleverly combines all three
Alida Ryder's Curried Baked HakeHake is a SASSI Friendly fish Alida Ryder's food is just fabulous and she so kindly allows me to use her stunning self created recipes and beautiful photography as accompaniments to my wines. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Total time 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 1
Alida Ryder's roast chicken with cauliflower mash Alida says,"I’m trying to limit the amount of carbs we eat at night, I picked up a few cauliflower heads and turned them into the smoothest, most buttery puree which was the perfect accompaniment to the juicy, delicious chicken. And the garlic! Oh, the garlic. You
Alida Ryder's Meatballs baked in Tomato sauce on Polenta Alida says. “This recipe combines two of my absolute favourite things; Meatballs and soft polenta. I am a little obsessed with Polenta and I try to make use of this simple, versatile ingredient as much as possible during the colder months. It is perfect
Alida Ryder's Quince Tarte Tatin Alida was given a box of quinces by a restaurateur friend who had received some quinces from an aunt’s farm. She just wanted to make this Tarte Tatin. Quince is the most sublime fruit when cooked soft and luscious and pink. And this is a true partner to
Alida Ryder's Cauliflower & Feta Cheese Fritters Alida Ryder says, "I have stumbled upon something pretty freaking awesome here. It turns out that cauliflower is indeed the most versatile ingredient in the world and should there ever be a zombie apocalypse, I hope to find myself on a cauliflower farm because seriously, there
Alida Ryder's Slow cooked lamb, rosemary & roasted garlic pie Alida Ryder, is one of the best cooks in the North. We, and her enormous fan base are lucky to have her in our lives, her food is always so beautifully photographed, so colourful, aromatic and utterly delicious. She just knows how to
Alida Ryder's Salt & Pepper Pork Bellywith perfect crispy crackling Alida Ryder, queen of her Pretoria kitchen, says "The trick to crunchy crackling? Dry skin. The skin on the pork belly needs to be very dry for it to be able to bubble and crisp up. Before placing the pork in a hot
Alida Ryder's Sticky Asian Lamb Riblets Alida Ryder's food is so sensual - from the good looks to the amazing aromas and flavours - always generous. She says,"These riblets are incredibly easy to throw together and don’t require any marinating. They are great on the braai but I prefer making them in the
Alida Ryder's Crumbed Cauliflowerwith easy Tartare Sauce Alida Ryder is the sort of lady I want to live next door to. With a gate in the wall as close to her kitchen as possible. Just so that I can go across at least twice a day and get a plate of the culinary
Alida Ryder's Chicken Biryani Alida Ryder's food is packed with colour, aroma and flavour and so suited to a wine with a bit of oomph like this Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay. Alida Ryder's Chicken Biryani Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 45 minutes Total time 1 hour 15 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the
Alida Ryder's Lighter Smoked Salmon Pasta Alida Ryder's food is full in aroma, colour and just packed with flavour. This talented Pretoria wife and mother of twins is a powerhouse in the kitchen and behind the camera lens. Serves 4 100ml reduced fat cream 200ml reduced fat evaporated milk 1 garlic clove 1
Alida Ryder's Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce & capers Alida Ryder is such a fabulous cook and photographer. Trawling through her website, I always feel inspired to cook. Her food is generous, in terms of colour, aroma and packs a real flavour punch. Here she uses SASSI friendly hake to create a deliciously
Alida Ryder's Kick-ass Roast Chicken Alida Ryder will always come up with something so utterly yummy just at a time when I am looking for something different - and to go with a red wine. Chicken like this is superb with a bottle of chilled Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2012. Preparation time 5 minutes
Alida Ryder's Salt & Pepper Pork Belly with perfect crispy crackling Alida Ryder is one of my favourite food people. Excellent cook, recipe developer, great photographer. Her food is so generous in terms of looks, aromas and just fabulous flavour. Alida Ryder Her website has a huge following and she is
Alida Ryder's Stuffed Pork Belly roast with Apples & Sage A perfect match to the Clos Malverne reds, this pork belly roast by Alida Ryder is not only delicious and comforting, but it also has serious wow-factor and will impress your guests to no end. She says, “The apple & sage stuffing is
Monis Pale Dry - Traditional Flor Wine Italian Roberto Moni, a son of a prominent Tuscan winemaking and merchandising family, established his company in Paarl in 1906. Monis is one of the Cape’s most longstanding wine brands. Dirkie Christowitz, the Winemaker at Monis since 1979, told me recently that he has evidence of
Alida Ryder's Bacon & Mielie Bread Alida Ryder is full of the most fabulous and innovative ideas, when looking through her website for a snack to go with Monis Pale Dry, I found this one. Makes 1 standard loaf size 250g bacon, diced 2.5 (625ml) cups all purpose (cake) flour 2tsp (10ml) baking
Alida Ryder's Prawn Cocktail Salad Alida Ryder’s recipes are always so good looking, so beautifully photographed and almost tactile and so utterly delicious. Some are modern and up to date, and others, like this are a riff on a 1960s favourite, the Avocado Ritz, without the avocado! The amounts for the salad aren’t
Beef Roast, the perfect Prime Rib – Alida Ryder Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 2 hours 30 minutes Total time 2 hours 50 minutes Serves: 10-12 Ingredients 1 x 3kg prime rib roast, bones attached 2 tablespoons olive oil/butter sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste 2 onions, quartered
Alida Ryder's Melon salad with prosciutto & fior di latte Preparation time 10 minutes Total time 10 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 sweet melon 10 strips prosciutto crudo 150g fior di latte baby leaves of your choice for the dressing juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil salt & pepper to taste
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
Alida Ryder's Vegetarian Lasagne with Basil Pesto & Ricotta for the mushroom-tomato sauce 500g mushrooms, sliced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 2-3 cups (approximately 2 x 400g tins) chopped tomatoes 2 fresh thyme sprigs 1 fresh oregano sprig salt & pepper to taste for the bechamel sauce 500ml vegetable stock 250ml full cream milk
Alida Ryders Pork Steaks with Sautéed Apples & Crispy Sage What you’ll need Marinade 4 pork steaks 1 cup apple juice 2tbsn lemon juice 1 tsp paprika 1tsp salt Sautéed Apples 3 apples, peeled and sliced 3tbsn sugar 1tbsn fresh sage, chopped 1 glass (about 300ml) white wine 2tbsn butter, cubed crispy sage,
Alida Ryder's Garlic Roasted Chicken with Cauliflower Purée Preparation time 15 mins Cooking time 45 mins Total time 1 hour Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients for the roast chicken 4-6 fresh chicken leg portions (drumstick attached to thigh) 2 tablespoons butter salt & pepper to taste 10 sprigs fresh thyme 2 sprigs fresh
Alida's Chicken baked with white wine, garlic & herbs Preparation time - 15 mins Cooking time - 20 mins Total time - 35 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 8 chicken thighs (skin on and bone in) olive oil/butter for frying 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 250ml white wine large handful mixed fresh
Alida Ryder's Parmesan Crumbed Lamb Chops 8 lamb chops (I used French trimmed chops) 3 extra-large eggs 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs 50g Mediterranean Delicacies Parmesan style cheese 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley oil for frying (I use Canola oil) Beat the eggs in a
Alida Ryder's Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad Serves: 1 Ingredients 2 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) ½ cooked chicken breast, shredded coriander leaves, to taste 1 apple, grated 2 tablespoons toasted cashew nuts for the dressing 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Alida Ryder's Beef Ragu with Parmesan Gnocchi Preparation time 30 mins Cooking time 3 hours Total time 3 hours 30 mins Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the ragu 1kg chuck roast 2 red onions, peeled and roughly chopped 1x 400g tin tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 teaspoons sugar 4 garlic cloves, peeled, left
Alida Ryder's Beef Shin Stew with Parmesan dumplings Preparation time 30 mins Cooking time 2 hours 30 mins Total time 3 hours Ingredients for the stew 1kg beef shin 1 onions, finely chopped 1 celery stick, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1x400g tin chopped tomatoes 1
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
Alida Ryder's Marinated zucchini, goat’s cheese & pine nut salad Preparation time 30 mins Cooking time 10 mins Total time 40 mins Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 3 large zucchini, sliced into thin slices for the marinade juice and zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed salt & pepper to
Alida Ryder's Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Preparation time - 10 mins Ingredients 1 large English cucumber, seeds removed 4 plum or Roma tomatoes, or 3 cups cherry tomatoes 1 large red onion 200g Greek feta for the lemon vinaigrette juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar ½ garlic
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's Beef Shin Stew with Parmesan Dumplings Preparation time 30 mins Cooking time 2 hours 30 mins Total time 3 hours Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the stew 1kg beef shin 1 onions, finely chopped 1 celery stick, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 x 400g
Alida Ryder's Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Cook time 30 mins Prep time 15 mins Total time 45 mins Serves 8-10 Ingredients For the enchilada sauce 1x 400g tin whole tomatoes 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon salt For the enchilada filling 1 onion,
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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
The Perfect Roast Chicken Many will tell you about the perfect roast chicken. Well here is one more, this is my way, I have roasted it on national television and it was a great success - succulent, juicy and delicious. Lemony fond on the bottom of the roasting pan whisked into the juices
When you are a good cook, like Alida Ryder, and it comes from the heart, you start a blog, www.simply-delicious.co.za. That’s what you do. Then in 2010, your first year, you go and win The Best Wine and Food Blog, and the Best New Blog. That’s evidently also what you do.