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Posts from the ‘Lunch Ideas’ Category

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 Gruyere Tart

Origin:  There is nothing more satisfying than biting into a tender asparagus tip, slightly steamed, yet still crunchy, oozing with salted farm butter! Read more

A Pallet of Pesto – (with Doris from Earth Mother)

Yesterday, six of us decided that a wonderful way to spend a spring Saturday afternoon would be to enroll in a course of Pesto making with Doris – from Earth Mother, at her beautiful Hansel and Gretel home in Assagay. Read more


Origin: Oleana restaurant in Boston is at the top of my list of best places to eat in the world. On a recent trip, Vaughan and I had the pleasure of tasting about six different items off their menu. Read more

Granny Morty’s Spaga-roni Cheese.

Origin:  It is hard to explain to your teenage children that when they reach their forties and have children of their own, pieces of furniture and family heirlooms that they stick their noses up at now, will suddenly become treasures in their lives. They will want to cook the food their mums and grannies cooked for them as a child and they will be frantically looking for black and white photographs of mum and dad’s wedding…..  Read more

Crispy Pie Crust Pastry made with Lemon Cream.

(Enough for a pie base and top)

So easy and so very delicious……  almost has a savory shortbread texture! Click here for the recipe of a wonderful Roast Chicken and Sweet Potato filling to use with this pastry. Read more

Sunday Roast Chicken in a Pie.

(Roast Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie. Serves 8  )

Origin:I love any pie in any form!  To me pies are the ultimate comfort food and if it weren’t for the fact that the buttery crispy crust was so high in calories, I could eat pie every day of my life!   Read more

Two ways with Burgers – Moroccan Lamb and Boerewors!

Father’s day is around the corner and this week Vaughan and I have been working on the front page of the Food and Wine insert that will be published on or around Father’s Day this year. We were asked to prepare and photograph a full page spread that would epitomize every South African Father’s favorite lunch.

Oh bugger!! That means a ‘braai’. We all know the drill – as much meat and potato as possible and as little or no green anything! (click here if you are a South African man as you may be able to relate…if you are a South African women you probably won’t find it that funny!)  Ok only joking it is not really as bad as that but you get the idea! Read more

My all time best Pesto recipes.

Pesto is so easy to make, and can turn a boring bowl of pasta into a Michelin star meal.
The name is derived from the traditional device used to make pesto – the mortar and pestle (mortaio e pestello.) Read more

Moroccan Lamb and Sweet Potato Pie.

Origin: This delicious hearty pie is my family’s favorite soul food, and as soon as the evenings turn fresh, it replaces Crispy Cornflake and Couscous Chicken Schnitzels on our family menu for the next few chilly months. Read more