Sam Linsell’s Roast Chicken with Stout, Rosemary & Honey

Sam Linsell's Roast Chicken with Stout, Rosemary & Honey Top South African food stylist and Drizzle and Dip blogger, Sam Linsell uses a secret ingredient to her all-time favourite roast chicken recipe that results in the most succulent bird. “Instead of using wine or verjuice, I have adapted the recipe with Castle Milk Stout,” said

Crispy Pork Belly & Chocolate Hoisin Sauce – Tracy Foulkes

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

Waterblommetjiebredie – Nina Timm

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

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – Dianne Bibby

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

Braised Oxtail with Pears & Garlic – Nina Timm

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

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

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

Roasted butternut & buffalo mozzarella pasta bake – Alida Ryder

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

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

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

Pork & Apricot Curry with Tomatoes & Coconut – Sonia Cabano

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

Cauliflower Bake with Red Onion Marmalade – Nina Timm

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

Chicken Pastilla with Freekeh & Almonds – Dianne Bibby

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

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

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

Roast Pork with Leeks & Fennel – Ina Paarman

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

Prawn & Spring Onion Empanadas – Nadia Graves

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

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

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

My Sushi – Deconstructed

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

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

Strawberry topped Baked Cheesecake – Michael Olivier

My Strawberry topped Baked Cheesecake As a family, we love cheesecake.  This classic type of baked cheesecake for those who don’t like the gelatine set ‘fridge’ cheesecakes I made over the weekend.  The hot jelly topping slightly cooks the strawberries. What you’ll need For the crust 1 packet Digestive Biscuits, 250g in weight 85g melted

September 21st, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Como’s ham-and mozzarella Empanadas – Pierce Synnott

Pierce Synnott's Como’s ham-and mozzarella Empanadas What is an empanada? It is essentially a delicious, crisp, half-moon of pastry, puffed with a savoury meat or vegetable filling. Moving from Ireland to South Africa in 1997, Pierce Synnott was ready to put a career in tourism behind him and, above all else, was inspired by the

September 18th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Sedgwick’s Quick & Easy Mussels

Sedgwick's Quick & Easy Musselsby Vickie de Beer, photo by Charles Russell If you’re pressed for time yet aiming to impress you can’t go wrong with the Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown infused Quick & Easy Mussels. Inspired by Captain James Sedgwick’s and his many voyages at sea on the clipper Undine, this delicious

Scrunchy little Piglets in Blankets with thyme & smoked paprika – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Jane-Anne Hobbs'sScrunchy little Piglets in Blanketswith thyme & smoked paprika My parents were great brandy drinkers, specially as they had a KWV  quota on which they could buy the excellent KWV Brandy at wine farmers special rates.  They also bought gin and a large bottle of Eau de Cologne for my grandmother.  In

Whole Roasted Duck with Plum Sauce – Jules Mercer

Jules Mercer's Whole Roasted Duck with Plum Saucewith Zonnebloem Pinotage Zonnebloem's plush, plummy Pinotage is the obvious choice of food artist Jules Mercer when it comes to her Asian-style roast duck. Its rich fruit with dark chocolate and lovely spicy and savoury notes, brings out the best in this delicious duck. Made with

Fragrant Coconut, Ginger, Mussels & Bacon – Anna & Roberta Montali

Anna & Roberta Montali'sFragrant Coconut, Ginger, Mussels & Bacon Need a 'different' recipe for a seriously delicious wine, you can bet on Anna & Roberta Montali to come up with something fabulous. Big colour, big aroma, big flavours - always. Serves 2 Easy Prepping And Cooking Time: 20 minutes 4 slices streaky bacon,

Carote Agrodolce

Baby Carrots in David Higgs’s Gardenat The Saxon in Johannesburg Carrots in Sweet & Sour sauce - Carote Agrodolce I have recently read Risotto with Nettles, the life story of Anna del Conte one of my favourite food writers, in which I was reminded of the Sicilian sweet and sour recipes for all

July 14th, 2013|Categories: Michael's Writings, Recipes|Tags: , , |