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Posts from the ‘Main Courses’ Category

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


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

7 Hour Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb.

(What on earth would you cook for Nigella?)

Origin:In a panic one wintry Monday morning a few weeks ago, a friend called to say that there was a possibility that this very evening she was hosting a dinner party for Nigella Lawson, and that she and two other ‘foodies’ were invited to prepare a feast for a dinner party of 12. I was one of them and the main course was our responsibility! (Panic) 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

Creamy Coriander and Feta Chicken

Origin: Stuck firmly to my fridge, holding the empty grocery cupboard list is a magnet saying ‘Dear God, if you are not going to make me skinny, please make my friends fat.’ Read more