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Poule au Pot (Creamy Chicken in a pot)

I love Trish’s French Country kitchen on BBC Lifestyle, and this morning I was watching her create this truly French dish that we ate so often when in France two years ago. This method is a little different from the traditional Poule au Pot. Normally the chicken is stuffed and trussed, and the stock strained and served as a broth to start. Read more

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Vanilla Glazed Carrots and Parmesan Mash.

Origin: This recipe belongs to Ana Sortum of Oleana fame in Boston and is unequivocally the best meal I have ever eaten in my life! We left the restaurant amazed at how beautiful each dish was with her signed book  ‘Spice’ proudly under arm. Can you believe that every single dish she serves at Oleana is in the book! Read more

Home-made Nougat and Macadamia Nut Cookies

I found such a cute cookie stamp at the Space store at Gateway this weekend and thought I should try it out on my favorite cookie recipe. Read more

Christmas gift ideas.

My best friend Ally and I embarked on a mammoth five hour first Christmas shop this weekend! It started with lunch, to do the hit list of course, and ended with a glass of wine, collapsed in a heap to watch the Curry Cup final! Read more

Easy Mezze Platter

As per usual, black and white was the order of the day on Saturday afternoon, as friends and neighbours got together and prepared to watch the Sharks take the Curry Cup from the feisty Lions. Sadly that was not the case, and the Lions were worthy winners, but not for long, as our Sharks will be back on form shortly boys! So beware. Read more

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart.

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Thurs 27th Oct– Radio Feature by Nina Timm on Radio RSG –Cape Town 9.00a.m.

Oh my word! Stress…heart palpitations….a call from celebrity Nina Timm to ask me…unknown interior and food stylist and happy hazard cook to feature on her Radio show tomorrow morning! So I called all three people I know living in Cape Town and insisted they listen for me!!  (Daughter, her boyfriend and another friend-cum-adopted daughter!) Read more

Upcoming Ficksburg Cherry Festival 17-19th October









Eat, Drink and be Cherry at the 45th Annual Ficksburg Cherry Festival.

‘The Free State gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood! When I am here, I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons ‘– Nelson Mandela Read more

Fresh Cherry and White Lindt Chocolate Tiramisu

Origin: This lovely summer dessert was one my friend Lindy, who is a Masterchef in disguise by the way, and known to those close to her as the Salad Queen…made for one of our weekend get-togethers a few years ago. Read more

Cherry Amandine (Almond baked custard with fresh cherries)

Origin:  I have been asked to write the centre spread this month for the Food and Wine Mercury insert which hits the streets on Wednesday the 26th October.  My idea was that Cherries and Asparagus would be great subject matter, as mid November is the annual Ficksburg Cherry Festival. Vauno did the front cover as usual and the photo’s that will accompany the recipes. Read more