Groot Constantia Shiraz 2016, perfect midweek supper companion with Ina Paarman’s Lamb’s Liver with Bacon & Gravy…
One of a stable of fine wines from this old Constantia Wine Estate, much awarded Boela Gerber's Groot Constantia Shiraz 2016.....
One of a stable of fine wines from this old Constantia Wine Estate, much awarded Boela Gerber's Groot Constantia Shiraz 2016.....
From the greatest vintage of the century, in the middle of the worst drought in living memory, the truly sublime Oldenburg Vineyards Series Syrah 2015...
The newly released Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 is a truly sublime, sweet fruited wine so true to the Syrah grape...
Sauvage La Bri 2012 To hear Irene de Fleuriot, Winemaker and GM of La Bri, talk about her Sauvage La Bri 2012 is an absolute treat. The stories of taken the bottles on a tractor trailer to neighbours for disgorgement and then bringing them back, adds a kind of Agatha Christie detective novel twist to
Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar is in Rawsonville at the northern end of the Du Toitskloof Huguenot Tunnel. Modern cutting edge cellar making superb wines...
An artful blend of eight red wine grape varieties by Boela Gerber, Winemaker at Groot Constantia, the Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2016. Sublime food wine...
The Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay MCC nv is made from a selection of grapes from the Robertson, Darling and Bonnievale Wine Appellations...
A perfect expression of our most planted wine grape, The Landskroon 2018 Chenins, dry & off dry. Delicious with Ina Paarman's Cheese & Leek Quiche....
A sublime red from Franschhoek and a stunner of a white from Malgas in my Advent Calendar #21 2018...
Three fine Craft Gins and a sublime Pinot Noir for my Advent Calendar #16 2018...
Two stunning reds and some delicious recipes for my Advent Calendar #14 2018...
Two wines from Old Road Wine Company in Franschhoek and one from Jerez in Spain in my Advent Calendar #11 2018...
A stunner of a Spanish Cava and an inner City Jozi Craft beer are on my Advent Calendar #9 2108...
De Wetshof Finesse 2018 is a fine wooded Chardonnay from the De Wet Family of Robertson, Chardonnay specialists...
A superb example of a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, from Stellenbosch, the home of Cabernet, Oldenburg Rondekop Per Se Cabernet Sauvignon 2015...
Paying tribute to the first ever bottling of Pinotage, Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2015, by Wynand Lategan, is a fine example of a Stellenbosch Wine
The Simonsig GSM 2017 is a fairly new innovation by Francois & Johan Malan, pioneers like their father, Frans.
A fine wine with which to celebrate Pinotage Day on October 13th, The Bernard Series The Bush Vine Pinotage 2016, named for Bernard Podlashuk who restored Bellingham to its former glory over 70 years ago.
Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, a fine Paarl Cabernet, made by 5th generation Paul de Villiers.
Peter Falke PF Ruby Blend 2015, a half half Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, showing the best of both grapes.
Landskroon Shiraz 2016, a wine with all the classical Shiraz flavours and ready for drinking now. Excellent food wine...
The Flagstone Dark Horse 2014, is a fine expression of Shiraz which just calls out for food, Ina Paarman comes to the rescue.
Flagstone Winemaker Gerhard Swart, turns Breedekloof Pinotage into their fine Flagstone The Last Word Cape LBV 2013, a Port Style wine
Simonsig The Malan Family Collection Tiara 2015, is a fine expression of what brothers Francois & Johan Malan made from a vintage described as 'one for the books'.
Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014, a perfect expression of a single vineyard in the Breedekloof. Matured in American Oak. Excellent with Ina Paarman's Potjie...
Steenberg Syrah 2015, is a perfect expression of what can be done in this cool climate, so affected by cooling breezes off the Atlantic and False Bay....
The cleverly named Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2017 is a wine you will want to tell you friends about. Pass it down the telephone line, tell your friends...
From 6th generation family winemaker, Thys Louw of Diemersdal Wine Estate, comes this sublime Bordeaux style blend. Perfect with meat dishes and as shown here, vegetarian dishes too.
The grapes from a tiny, cool, wine appellation in the Witzenberg in Ceres are used to make the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd.
De Waal CT de Waal Pinotage 2015 The De Waal family of the historic Uiterwyk Farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are irrevocably bound to Pinotage, South Africa’s own red wine grape, created in the late 1920’s for Abraham Perold. However, it was not until 1941 that there were sufficient grapes to make a barrel
In the best of surroundings Oldenburg Syrah 2014 comes from the Banghoek Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.
The Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2016, is a gently oaked blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Drink now though worthy of ageing.
The award winning Asara The Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2017, follows its predecessors as each vintage passes, with an improved wine year on year.
Fine Stellenbosch Wine Estate in the Banghoek Valley, Oldenburg Vineyards produces a great 2014 Merlot. Perfect match with Ian Paarman's Pork Dish...
South Africa's most planted wine grape, given some magic by Gerhard Swart, Flagstone's Winemaker. Great match with Ina Paarman's Old Fashioned Chicken Pie...
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2016, perfect match to a good chicken, like Ina Paarman's Pyramid Braaied Flattie - 09.10.2017
Asara Vineyard Collection Merlot 2014, such a good match with Ina Paarman's Flattie in a Frying Pan.
Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, grown on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. Made by Award Winning Cellarmaster Paul de Villers. Perfect match with Ian Paarman's Chicken with Port and Figs.
Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 If you want to know which as the first private estate in Stellenbosch to have bottled almost any single variety, Simonsig is one of the first you would investigate. Frans Malan, the founder was a real pioneer in the wine industry, first bottled his Cabernet Sauvignon in 1976. The 1977
Award winner in Top Shiraz 2017, sublime blend by Niël Groenewald. Perfect with Ina Paarman's Venison Pie.
Landskroon Shiraz 2015 Landskroon sits on the slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, so named because the three large rocks on the top shine like pearls in the sun after rain. The South-Western slope face towards Cape Town. Nelie & Paul de Villiers Since the family bought the farm some 5 generations ago, the Cellar
Durbanville Hills sits on a promontory overlooking Table Bay. Nine local farmers supply grapes to this cutting edge winery.
Signature Peter Falke Exclusive Blend 2014 I was out at Peter Falke Wines last week on the most perfect autumnal day, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. There were guests tasting wine and eating a late lunch on the patio out in front of the tasting room. It was a special time of day with the
Oldenburg Rhodium 2013 Rhodium, of which South Africa produces most of the world’s supply, is a very rare metal. It is used in the manufacture of premium jewellery and also as a catalyst for sustainable processes. Rondekop in Autumn Oldenburg is a rare estate. It is beautifully situated in the northern reaches of the Stellenbosch
DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 The DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014, is part of DeWaal Wines that is steeped in the tradition of Pinotage in South Africa. The Estate has the oldest established Pinotage Vineyard in the winelands. The Top of the Hill Vineyard block was planted by Danie de Waal,
Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2016 Durbanville Hills is a collective of 9 vineyard owners in the cool vineyards in a little valley which runs up from the ocean bringing with it the chill breezes off the Benguela Current. The winery itself sits proud on a promontory looking over Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben
De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014 The Graaff family of De Grendel own a farm high up in the Witzenberg Mountains, in Ceres, which is a producer of high quality apples and pears. And Pinot Noir, the De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014. Planted in soft shale soils, and in a
Klein Constantia KC Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Constantia is the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. It was here that in the late 1600s, that Simon van der Stel set up a commercial winery. It was from here that the early Constantia wines were exported to, and became the rage of Europe. Drunk by Kings,
Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2014 When I asked Paul de Villiers, Cellarmaster at Landskroon Wine Estate on the South-Western slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, who he would like as dinner guests, he said “the previous 5 Pauls, I want to hear about how they made wine.” Paul V is no slouch at winemaking
Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 JD Pretorius, Steenberg Wine Estate’s Award winning wine maker, has produced a range of really exciting Méthode Cape Classique wines, and this one, the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015, is the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Made solely from Pinot Noir grapes harvested by hand off this,
Paella in the Style of Barcelona – Ina Paarman Ina says: "This is not a cheap recipe, because seafood is expensive, but it certainly is much more affordable than a restaurant meal. Do not use Risotto rice, it is too creamy and results in a 'mushy' paella. Do not skimp on the olive oil and
Ina Paarman's Sage & Onion Forcemeat Balls with Bacon & Sundried Tomatoes Ina says: “These are so easy to dish up. They taste even better the next day. Serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers go beautifully with salads and sandwiches.” You will need 250 g chicken livers 3 T (45 ml) butter 2 t
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
Green Bean Bredie by Ina Paarman Ina says: "My grandmother was a very good cook. She did everything with a lot of heart, care and attention to fresh, natural, good basic ingredients. This dish bears her stamp. She never browned the meat beforehand for this plain home style bredie." Green Bean Bredie You will need
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
Curried Mussel Soup with Potatoes – Ina Paarman Ina says: “This soup is a variation on the classic combination of potato, leek and onion. To make it into a complete meal, double the quantity of mussel meat or add some cubed, firm white fish.” Curried Mussel Soup with Potatoes You will need 500 g mussels,
Lamb’s Liver with Bacon & Gravy - Ina Paarman Ina says: “As children we had liver on the menu once a week. My mother believed we needed the iron. Instead of lamb’s liver, calf's liver is very good if you can get it. Chicken livers are widely available and can be prepared in the same
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
Ina Paarman's Spiced Lamb Pita Breads Ina says: "The flavour of lamb is hard to beat! This is an unusual way of cooking the minced lamb inside a pita bread so that none of the delicious juices are lost. Excellent served with our Peach Apricot Chutney or Cucumber Raita." Spiced Lamb Pita Breads Serves 6
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
Janet’s Roast Pepper Chicken – Ina Paarman Janet served this to friends gathered for an evening of classical music. She also treated her book club to this dish. All round, a great hit! You will need 1 large onion, cut into leaves 2 red bell peppers, sliced into strips 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into
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
Salad of Chicken & Mango – Ina Paarman With the most delicious of mangoes in season right now, serve this delicious tropical salad for lunch or dinner with a selection of cheeses and fresh bread. A glass [or two] of the Perdeberg Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2015 would not go amiss. Salad of Chicken & Mango
Ina Paarmans Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Olive Pesto Ina Paarman, the Queen of the South African Kitchen is a household name in South Africa and you will find her products on shelves in supermarkets all over the world. Here she offers a lamb dish so perfect with the Landskroon Merlot and says, "Buttermilk is
Osso Buco with gremolata by Ina Paarman Ina says, "One of Italy's great classics. Veal is not that readily available everywhere, we found some at Pick 'n Pay here in Constantia, or substitute with baby beef. I have even on occasion, committed the great sin of making osso buco with lamb shanks. Excellent taste, but
Ina Paarman's Game Sausage with blue cheese polenta Ina says, "This is a dressed up version of our national favourite, pap and wors! The sausage is accompanied by an onion and red wine sauce. The polenta is cooked in our Chicken Stock and flavoured with blue cheese." Polenta With Blue Cheese 4 cups
Ina Paarman's Irish Stew with Crusted Dumplings Ina Paarman’s resident consultant on all things Irish, is Janet's friend Pete, who was born and bred in the finest Irish tradition. He guided us as to the best cuts of meat, absolutely insisted on the barley, and cooking the stew the day before. Serves 4
Green Bean Brediea great South African Tradition Ina says, "My grandmother was a very good cook; everything done with a lot of heart, care and attention to fresh, natural, good basic ingredients. This dish bears her stamp. She never browned the meat beforehand for this plain home-style bredie." Green Bean Bredie Serves 4
Ina Parman's Peri Peri Chicken under a brick This technique allows the braaier the opportunity to show off a little. The brick is fantastic to assist with moisture retention and flavour development. The micro cook beforehand guarantees 'cooked to the bone' results! Peri-Peri Chicken Under a Brick with Chilli Butter Serves 4 1
Ina Paarmans Leg of Springbok with Dried Fruit Ina says, "One of my favourite venison recipes. Start off by rubbing the leg with Meat Spice and olive oil, then stuff it with herb butter. Soak the fruit separately in the sweet wine or port. The next day, place the meat on a bed
Ina Paarman's Meatloaf with Bacon & Built-in Sauce Ina says, "This is a versatile and tasty meat loaf. The Peri-Peri Coat & Cook Sauce is also a very good option in place of the Sundried Tomato Sauce." Serves 6 125 g streaky bacon, rindless (optional, to line loaf tin) 1 onion, chopped ½
Ina Paarman's French Beef Stew with shallots I find I always turn to the Queen of the South African Kitchen, Ina Paarman, when I am looking for a classical dish to go with a good wine. But then I turn to her too for her quick and easy 'spend less time in the
Mussels in a Creamy Beer Sauce in a Le Creuset Casserole Cooking with Beer? Hell yes! With beer having graduated to the dining table with consummate ease, I present two dishes which I devised using different aspects of recipes from some of my most favourite chefs, and one from Ina Paarman - the
Ina Paarman's Honey Roast Chicken with Orange & Butternut Ina says she served this at a dinner party to rave reviews. Her food is so good, I am sure she has rave reviews each time. What you'll need... 2 oranges 1 large fresh chicken Ina Paarman's Chicken Spice 2 large onions, cut into
Ina Paarman's Mild Curried Chicken Potjie with Banana Ina Paarman has so many wonderful recipes using her excellent products, and we have lots of fun choosing wines to go with her dishes. I felt that the Corder Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has sufficient oomph to take on this dish - enjoy. Serves
Ina Paarman'sLemon Glazed Leg of Pork on the Kettle Braai This is the ultimate leg of pork! Wonderfully glamorous to entertain with, far more economical than the usual steak and chops and lean and healthy to boot! The lemon baste complements pork particularly well. Serve with a sweetish quince or apple sauce on
Ina Paarman's Biltong Sandwiches with Beefy Butter Ina Paarman is loved by many for the wonderful time saving and indeed tasty products she produces for the kitchen and the outdoor braai. Biltong sandwiches have been a hug favourite in our house for a number of years and I was thrilled to get this
Ina Paarman's Macadamia Nut Bobotie Ina Paarman is undoubtledly South Africa's Queen of the Kitchen. Her wonderful products have made life so easy for many of us as we spend less and less time in the kitchen yet always hope for something delicious and tasty which can be prepared in the minimum of
Ina Paarman's Bacon Wrapped Pork Fillets Ina Paarman, in my view, is a National Living Treasure. I have known her for 35 years and she is as unchanged now as she was then. A lovely talented unique woman. Her products are found on supermarket shelves around the world. She has lifted the load
Ina Paarman's Chicken & Chorizo Casserole Serves 4 - 5 An excellent main course dish. For a family meal replace the Spanish Chorizo sausage with salami or good frankfurters and add 1½t (7.5ml) of paprika to the dish, when you add the sausage. Ingredients 4 chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks Ina Paarman's Cajun
Roast Spiced Leg of Lamb This Indian inspired dish is marinated overnight in a spiced sour cream sauce. The meat becomes beautifully tender and the sauce imparts a great flavour. 1,6 - 1,8 kg leg of lamb (see Chef's tip below) 1 x 200 ml Ina Paarman's Tikka Curry Coat & Cook sauce
Ina Paarman's Hunter's Pot Serves 6 Show off a little with this classy venison potjie. We broke the cardinal rule of potjie making by tenderising the meat first, before adding the vegetables and potato topping. 3 slices of neck of lamb 1½ kg venison shanks (springbok, impala etc.) cut into 6cm long pieces
Ina Paarman's Moroccan Chicken Pie with Feta & Artichokes This has been one of our most popular special occasion recipes. I served it at a dinner party recently and everyone loved it! Do check my video, link below, for the technical details. 8 chicken thighs on the bone, with skin on 2 t
Chicken Tagine with Green Olives & Preserved Lemon This dish, which is particularly enjoyed in Marrakech, celebrates two of Morocco's most famous ingredients - green olives and preserved lemons. Ingredients 8 chicken thighs, with skin on and bone in or a whole chicken cut into portions 2 preserved lemons (see recipe below) 3
Beer Brined Pork Chops with Honey Mustard Sauce Serves 6 Brining the chops beforehand makes them moist and succulent. 2 cups (500 ml) cold tap water 1 x 340 ml bottle dark lager beer (Castle Milk Stout) ¼ cup (60 ml) coarse salt 6 T (90 ml) dark brown sugar 1 cup ice
Ina Paarman's Lamb & Vegetable Potjie topped with Mushrooms Serves 6 This recipe has won quite a few potjie competitions, according to feedback we have had. 2 kg lamb knuckles cut into 4cm lengths 1 x 200 ml Ina Paarman's Sun-dried Tomato Coat & Cook Sauce 3 onions, chopped 1t (5ml) Ina Paarman's