From Bruwer Raats, the guru of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, the Raats Family Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2016 stood out for me this week...
Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2017, perfect partner to Nina Timm’s Lip-smacking Lamb Ribs…
Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2017 is part of a range of classy wines, named for Bernard Podlashuk, creator of the modern Bellingham...
From the place of the pikemen, the Piekenierskloof Wine Appellation. from old unirrigated bush vines, Piekenierskloof Grenache 2016...
Flagstone Ice, a vine dried Sauvignon Blanc 2016, a perfect partner to Nina Timm’s Passionfruit Cheesecake slices…
The stalks of the bunches are crushed to allow the grapes to desiccate, Flagstone Ice, a vine dried Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is rich round & delicious...
Sister to the iconic Kaapse Vonkel Brut, the Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2017 is made from Pinot Noir, Pinotage and Pinot Meunier...
Revenant Red breathes new life into a South African classic and is great with Nina Timm’s Fried Liver with Rich Onion Gravy…
Cinsaut makes a comeback as a blending partner to Cabernet Sauvignon in the False Bay VIneyards Revenant Red 2017...
Made from vines growing close to the ocean up the west coast, Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a stunner, crisp, kelpy, citrus and passion fruit...
The first classic Champagne style wine made in South Africa, Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2016, pioneered by Frans Malan in 1971...
A fine Cognac from a family producer since 1270 and a stunning MCC from Stellenbosch in my Advent Calendar #17 2018...
For my Advent Calendar #4 2018 click to open and be introduced to some great wines from the Cape South Coast...
Glen Carlou Merlot 2016, great partner to Nina Timm’s Risoni – Baked with the simple flavours of the Mediterranean…
One of the finer Merlots, Glen Carlou's little blackbird, the Glen Carlou Merlot 2016. Fine expression of the grape from this Paarl Wine Estate...
Van Loveren brings you Almost Zero, good summer lunch wine with Nina Timm’s Smoked Mackerel Salad with Summer Fruit…
Almost Zero is a low alcohol wine made from Sauvignon Blanc, modern technology removes some of the alcohol...
Cabernet Franc finds a perfect home in the Robertson Wine Valley in the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015
The Holden Manz Chardonnay Reserve 2017 is a stunner of a wine. Beautifully packaged, beautifully made and an array of the most beautiful flavours...
Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Bushvine Cinsault Dry Rosé 2018, great lunchtime wine with Nina Timm’s Pork Rillettes Paté…
Using a loved grape, Albert Louw and his team has produced a sublime Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Bushvine Cinsault Dry Rosé 2018
Some superb Rosés coming out of the 2018 drought ridden harvest, Glen Carlou Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 is amongst them...
Part of the Soft Smooth Range of Perdeberg Wines with new gussied up packaging, Perdeberg Soft Smooth Rosé 2018, is a delicious fruity sipper
It's a hillock surrounded by mountains, and Rondekop makes such a difference in the wines it produces, like the Oldenburg Rondekop Stone Axe Syrah 2016
Simonsig Red Hill Pinotage 2015 is a fine example of a beautifully elevated Pinotage, South Africa's own grape, created in the late 1920s by Professor Abraham Perold.
La Bri Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, so good with Nina Timm’s Fried Liver with Rich Onion Gravy…
La Bri Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a fine example of a small production of wine from beautifully cared for vines.
De Grendel Rubaiyat 2015, a Bordeaux style blend with grapes from Firgrove and De Grendel. Made at the request of the late Sir David Graaff of Charles Hopkins, Founding Cellarmaster to creat an iconic wine for the De Grendel Estate...
Boschendal Demi Sec Méthode Cap Classique for those who like it not so dry and those who like a bit of bubble with their bakes....
A sublime Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, the Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2014 spends 20 months in French oak Barrels. Full rich and flavoursome this meaty savoury wine needs well flavoured food as the perfect partner. Nina Timm steps in with her Pork cutlets...
Peter Falke PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, delicious counterfoil to Nina Timm’s Pork Roast with Garlic & Lime
Peter Falke PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 comes from Groenvlei Farm, home of Peter Falke WInes, in the foothills of Stellenbosch's Helderberg Mountain. A perfect expression of the 2015 vintage and of place.
Oldenburg Syrah 2014, a gem of a wine from an Estate high up in the Banghoek Valley. Perfect food wine with our spicy foods or something completely different, like Pasta.
La Bri Syrah 2015, a perfect expression of a co-fermented Syrah and 5% whole bunch Viognier. Herb and spice aromas and plum and black berry flavours. Sympathetically oaked to allow the fruit to shines.
Aquiver for a glass of Rascallion Word Collection Aquiver 2016, a delicious, serious blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc...
Boschendal Black Angus 2014, good with Nina Timm’s Beef Fillet stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and feta – 14.02.2018
Boschendal Black Angus 2014 Boschendal Black Angus 2014 is a recent release from the Boschendal Heritage Collection. Boschendal Farm has a fine herd of pastured reared Black Angus Cattle, appropriate therefore that this fine blend should be named for them. With over 330 years since the granting of the land, this wine is one of
Perdeberg Classic Collection Sparkling Rosé, lovely match with Nina Timm’s Festive Pavlova with Lime & Fresh Berries – 01.02.2018
Perdeberg Classic Collection Sparkling Rosé, a fun wine. Refreshing mid-morning at the swimming pool, good match with food.
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015, perfect with Nina Timm’s Passionfruit Cheesecake Slices – 12.01.2018
Simonsig, pioneers of Méthode Cap Classique, produce the third iteration of their Kaapse Vonkel, the Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi-Sec 2015
A little slip in the cellar in 2012 brought about the birth of this Viognier Chardonnay blend, now a firm favourite from the La Bri Cellar.
Steenberg Stately Red 2015 is part of The Fleet Range, named for three Royal Navy Battleships which took part in The Battle of Muizenberg in 1795.
Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2017 is a blend of Robertson & Bonnievale grapes, expertly made and matured in French oak barrels. Perfect Food Wine with Nina Timm's Chicken Breyani.
Lovely Landskroon Cabernet Franc Merlot blend, perfect with Nina Timm's sublime Smoked New York Strip Sirloin. Perfect Sunday Lunch!
Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 & Nina Timm’s Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with spinach or ham – 11.08.2017
Durbanville Hills, cool climate Cabernet is a great match to Nina Timm's Stuffed Portobellos.
Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Nina Timm's Crumbed Calari with a Spicy Dip
Spice Route Saffron Rosé 2016 & Nina Timm’s Deboned Roast Chicken with dates & goat’s cheese – 13.06.2017
Superb full bodied dry Grenache Rosé from Charl du Plessis at Spice Route. Partnered with a Nina Timm deboned chicken stuffed with dates and Fairview Goat's Cheese.
Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 When you walk away with a gold medal from the Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France, where you beard the lions in their den, you know you have a great bottle of wine. Chardonnay ripening on the vine And so, it is with the Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016. The grapes come
Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Malbec 2015 & Nina Timm’s Beef Shortribs with Pomegranate & Soy – 20.04.2017
Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Malbec 2015 Having been associated with Perdeberg Winery over the past few years, I have watched with great interest as premium ranges have appeared using selected grapes from their mostly bush vine vineyards. The vineyards are dry land farm meaning that they have no access to water. This in turn means smaller
De Grendel Winifred 2016 The beauty of De Grendel Estate is not only in the perfect slopes, the excellently cared for vineyards, the architecturally pleasing buildings, the fine food served by Chef Ian Bergh in the De Grendel Restaurant, The Wine Club, but that it is such a short distance from the city centre and
Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014 Steenberg Estate in the Constantia Wine Appellation is one of the few producers of Nebbiolo, a well-known Italian wine grape. Well known British Wine Writer Jancis Robinson in her The Oxford Companion to Wine describes Nebbiolo for being responsible for ‘some of the finest and long lived wines in Italy’ and the
Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Delicious Chicken Salad with roasted butternut – 09.03.2017
Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 What a different world South African wine was when Douglas Green founded his company in 1942. He wanted to sell good wine, at even handed prices which reflect the grape varieties from which they are made from some of the best cellars in the winelands. And things haven’t really changed
Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 & Nina Timm’s Gnocchi with meatballs & creamy tomato sauce – 16.02.2017
Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 There are few wine Estates over which mountains stand towering benignly as Oldenburg, situated high above the Banghoek Valley. In one of the northernmost parts of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Estate looks out over the Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains. An enchanting hillock Rondekop sits in the middle
Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc 2015 & Nina Timm’s Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad – 20.01.2017
Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc 2015 Boland Cellar on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain, draws its grapes from a wide range of geographical, geological and meteorological micro climates. A wide range of altitudes, aspects, soil types and weather conditions. A team of producers, viticulturists and oenologists who have one aim – quality
Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Summer Salad with Peas & Goat’s Cheese – 18.01.2017
Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Klein Constantia, the home of one of South Africa’s iconic and internationally recognised wines, Vin de Constance, has Matt Day as its winemaker. The Estate produces a range of sublime reds, Chardonnay and is a specialist Sauvignon Blanc producer. Matthew Day, grapes coming in to the Cellar Sauvignon Blanc vineyards
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
Easy Mushroom Ramen by Nina Timm Nina says: "When a friend brought some mushrooms from a recent foraging trip, part of me was scared to death, I know so little about mushrooms. Isn’t it amazing to rely on shop packaging to make things less or more lethal to eat. Anyway she assured me of her
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
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
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)
Colonel Harland Sanders Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops - Nina Timm Nina says: "Pork chops in any way are good, right! My family loves pork and we eat it often, so whenever I see or hear something new I can do with pork chops, I am all eyes and ears. I think I have mentioned it before,
Nina Timm's Spicy Sausage with Horseradish Mash, Apple & Onion Nina is such an explorer and fixer creator of recipes. She did a post on sausages and said, “strangers emailed me to tell me that they look at sausage in a whole different light. Hard to imagine, I just took it for granted that everyone
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
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
Nina Timm's Meatballs in a Rich Curry Yogurt Sauce Nina says: “Meatballs, oh how I love them! I think if you read through my site, you will see that I have quite a fascination with meatballs. Meatballs has to be good though. Nothing worse than seized up, hard-as-a-rock meatballs. A good couple of years ago,
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
Nina Timm's De-boned Roast chicken with Dates & Goats Cheese Nina says: "De-boned roast chicken has been on my to-do-list for a very long time. Roast chicken, I think I have perfected (according to my family), but de-boned roast chicken I have avoided for far to long. The fear of failure is my downfall in
Nina Timm's Crispy Crunchy Buffalo Wings I was always amused by the name, until I discovered that they were 'invented' in Buffalo, a city in upstate New York. Nina says: "These crispy crunchy chicken wings are so addictive and crispy and crunchy is definitely not the only two descriptions I could think of. Think spicy,
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,
Nina Timm's Beef Koftas Nina Timm runs a very successful Website called My Easy Cooking. And that is what she is all about. Read more about Nina under her recipe. Beef Koftas with Homemade Pitas & Tzatziki makes 12 Ingredients 500 g lean beef mince 5 ml cumin 5 ml smoked paprika 5 ml ground
Nina Timm's Home-cured Trout with Red Onion Lime & Wasabi Vinaigrette Nina says: "When I saw trout at the market recently, I couldn’t help but remember my son’s first fish he ever caught! Oh, the excitement! At the time he was only 10 years old and I thought it was pretty cool for him to
Chilled Minty Pea Soup by Nina Timm Nina says: “We are in the middle of Braai Season and almost every meal is cooked around the open fire. I tell you, after 1 week, I seriously need to detox with something light and fresh and this Chilled Minty Pea Soup is going to be on my
Nina Timm's Beef Stew with Mushrooms & Gremolata With the weather in the Cape heading towards winter instead of summer these last two days, time came for a robust beef stew, made without much without much effort, to go with a bottle of good wine. This one, by Nina Timm, is packed with flavour and
Nina Timm's Chicken Roll Nina Timm says of her Chicken Roll, "This is a meal in one! A delicious crust of puff pastry, filled with spinach, butternut and shredded roast chicken." Easy, quick and delicious as one expects from Nina. Chicken Roll 6 servings Preparation Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 35 minutes Ingredients 1 roll
Nina Timm's Fruity Chicken Drumsticks Nina says, “pineapple and chicken goes together like Ginger and Fred so pineapple basting sauce to go with the chicken drumstick would be a match made in heaven! The pineapple can be canned or fresh, it really does not matter! At the moment there are lots of fresh pineapples available
Nina Timm's Easy Thai Pork & Spinach Curry Nina says, “Thai curries can be very hot, but this time I just wanted the flavors like lemongrass, ginger, garlic and coconut to shine, so the curry element was on the back ground. so by all means, if you want to make a hot and spicy Easy
Nina Timm's Easy Thai salad Nina Timm can always be called on to produce the perfect flavours to go with wines. When you are drinking a lovely crisp fresh Chardonnay like the La Bri 2014, you want a crisp and crunchy salad with all sorts of intriguing aromas and flavour. The salad is perfect served
Nina Timm's Toad in the Hole One of my favourite parts of the week is when I get my email from Nina Timm’s MyEasyCooking.com. Always easy, delicious family food, designed to please and keep within a family budget. She follows trends and more often than not leads them. Her Thursday morning radio programme
Nina Timm's Pork & Noodle Stir Fry Nina Timm's emails always arrive with such wonderful food ideas. Her website, myeasycooking.com, is just that. Simple. Easy. With an eye on the budget. And always delicious. Here's a great dish to go with Shiraz. serves 4 – 6 Ingredients 800 g diced pork – I
Nina Timm's lamb ragù & cheesy polenta Nina Timm of My Easy Cooking is a great cook, with one eye for a good hearty family meal and the other eye for the budget. I find she is a great teacher to, telling of the history of dishes or cooking styles or methods. Here
Nina Timm's Sausage Patatas Bravas I am beguiled by Patatas Bravas. I just love potatoes [think I have some Irish in me] and along comes Nina Timm who, forgive the pun, makes a meal of it. This recipe has a number of my favourite components, potatoes [obviously], sausage [about which I am berserk]
Nina Timm's Lamb, Mushroom & Onion Stew Nina Timm’s website is not known as My Easy Cooking for no reason. Her recipes are certainly easy to cook, often approached with even handedly priced ingredients, always pitched at the family supper and always packed with flavour. Her Lamb & Mushroom Stew is no different,
Nina Timm's Chinese Pork with plum sauce You can read all about Nina Timm below, but one thing about her is her so aptly named website MyEasyCooking. I was writing about the Perdeberg Vineyard Selection Shiraz and she was talking about this fabulous dish on her regular Thursday morning show on RSG. They
Nina Timm's Cashew Pesto Springrolls Nina says, "Cashew Pesto, for me the creamier family member of pesto made with almonds. Cashew Pesto is divine stirred into a bowl of steaming hot pasta or the success to a really delicious sandwich! I know it may seems to you that it is mind over matter
Nina Timm's Pork Belly Piewith Apple & Sage The trick is to find a good piece of pork belly. So it is imperative that you know your butcher-man! You want the belly part and most of the fat must be cut off ( keep that for crackling at a later stage) Also remember
Nina Timm's Angelfish Cakeswith Avocado Salsa Nina Timm has a huge fan base for her My Easy Cooking website, simply because that is what her recipes are all about. Easy to prepare, easy on the purse and packed with colour, aroma and flavor. Angelfish Fishcakes makes 20 canapé size Ingredients 500 ml cooked
Nina Timm's Chinese Pork Fillet I always get excited when I see Nina Timm's newsletter in my email inbox, as there is sure to be interesting and unusual dishes with little Nina twists and turns. This is one of them. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 kg pork fillet 1 x 10 cm piece fresh
Nina Timm's Fried Fish & Wild Mushrooms serves 4 Ingredients 1 kg fresh angel fish , hake of cob 30 ml olive oil 1 clove garlic – peeled and chopped 40-45 ml lime juice – I prefer fresh lime juice 100-150 g butter fresh sage or thyme 250 g wild mushrooms Method Marinade
Nina Timm's Mussels in Tomato Sauce Mussels, often referred to as the “poor man’s shellfish”, because they are relatively cheap and plentiful! Prepared properly it can be a meal for royalty let alone a poor man! All you need for a delicious, quick midweek meal or maybe a starter to a meal with
Nina Timm's Sosatie ChopsRecipe from her book Easy Cooking in Nina Timm's Kitchen Traditional sosaties are truly South African and I still find the flavour and colour of a lamb sosatie irresistible. This recipe doesn’t require hours of marinating, and by using chops instead of a leg of lamb, you get to keep
Nina Timm's Pickled Pork Roast serves 4 Ingredients 800 g pork sirloin or belly 1 litre cold water 10 ml black pepper corns 5 ml Szechuan pepper 10 ml coriander seeds 3 bay leaves 2 star anise 1 x 10cm piece ginger zest or 1 lemon 100 ml soy sauce 10 ml fish sauce 100
Nina Timm's Moussakalighter, healthier, easier Ingredients 6 medium egg plants 15 ml dry oreganum 45 ml olive oil For the filling 30 ml olive oil 500 g lamb mince 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped 1 large onion – finely chopped 2.5 ml dry fine coriander 5 – 10 ml salt 5 ml
Nina Timm's Venison Pie with Batter Blanky makes 1 huge pie or two smaller ones Ingredients for the filling 125ml vinegar mixed with about 3 cups of water 2 kg venison leg or shoulder 500g – 750gr pork, chopped (optional) 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped, 3 big garlic cloves, chopped
Hazelnut Crumbed Pork Cutlets - Nina Timm serves 4 Ingredients 4 pork cutlets - about 3 cm thick (that’s how we like them) 20 ml olive oil 250 g hazelnuts 5 – 6 big sage leaves salt and pepper Method First you have to roast the hazelnuts. Place them in a pan and