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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

Press from our New York Trip.

We have both been so frantically busy since our return from New York and so enjoyed seeing our article in the August Food and Wine! Thanks to the editor for using Vaughan’s food shots on the cover most months! (Look out tomorrow morning for his world cup rugby feast on the cover!) Read more

Review on Clouds Estate – Helshoogte Pass – Stellenbosch

With our careers taking us on journeys far and wide, we have been blessed to have stayed at no less than 10 – 15 different establishments in the wine-lands, in the last three years and not one of them has been horrid or a place I would not return. There are however one or two that I love to return to whenever I need a home from home without having to think, plan or wander if it will be nice. Clouds Estate is my personal favorite and a haven that we can’t wait to return to, whenever a styling assignment, or visit to my daughter, who is studying in Stellenbosch, offers us the opportunity. Read more

Fresh Strawberry Butter Icing.

Beautiful topping to add to my favorite Hot Milk Sponge Cake. (Click here for recipe.) Read more

Hot Milk Vanilla Sponge Cake with Fresh Strawberry Butter Icing.

Origin:  My dad found an old school recipe book of mine that I must have left at my grandmother’s home some 30 years ago when he was clearing out  his family home, which sadly has recently been sold. Read more

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Subscribe to my blog – Marmite on toast – before the 15th August 2011, and stand the chance of winning one of four copies of ‘ A Kitchen Safari,’ my favorite local recipe book at the moment. Read more

Oleano -Boston 134 Hampshire Street, Cambridge

(Date of visit: July 2011)

Address: 134 Hampshire St. Cambridge. Boston MA 02139

Reservations: or telephone restaurant on 6176610505

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Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Mascarpone Butter Cream.

Origin:  Our trip to New York City has come and gone and what a whirl-wind trip it was. I now have new admiration for business people who travel the world as I have always been so envious of my brother who travels internationally 2 – 3 times a month and could never understand why he finds these trips exhausting and not so much fun. I do now….. Read more