Year: 2017

Top 5 Essential Kitchen Tools

This is a list of 5 of my top-rated tools – the ones that I reach for constantly, for both my personal and professional cooking. 1. Chef’s Knife A good knife has weight to it. It feels good in your hands, and it stays sharp with a bit of care. I didn’t actually feel like […] Read more…

Party food: Camembert Bites

Camembert is a must on my Christmas table.  It doesn’t matter how we have it,but it’s a traditional nod to the family gatherings of the past, where we’d indulge in deep fried Camembert with preserves of some sort.  While this is still one of my favourite ways to have it, it requires a lot of […] Read more…

Eggnog Ice Cream with Gingerbread

I love eggnog.  In particular, my favourite recipe so far is Jamie Oliver’s Best Eggnog Recipe. I’m linking directly to it because there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, and credit where it is deserved 🙂  Pop over for the recipe, and then come back when you’re done.. My tweaks to Jamie Oliver’s recipe: 2 […] Read more…

Succulent Turkey

Turkey is notoriously dry.  Probably because it is treated like a giant chicken, and often overcooked. The legs are done before the breasts, and the skin gets tough. Not this turkey! We’re going to treat her right, and you’ll be rewarded with a turkey that is tasty and juicy.  And you can even make your […] Read more…

Why Brine?

Usually, I’m all about keeping the bases simple and classic, and then mixing things up with accessories like sauces.  But for this, I’m going to make an exception.  If we’re thinking capsule cooking in terms of a capsule wardrobe, brine would be the spanx under the gorgeous dress. Not glamorous, I know, but really very […] Read more…

Cherry & Citrus Sauce

I like the sweet richness of gammon, but the thought of crispy pork crackling on Christmas day beats that hands down, especially considering the sweet desserts that you will be looking forward to. So, to make something that is South African, Summery and STILL “Christmasy”. I thought that a Cherry & Citrus Chutney to go […] Read more…

Savoury Cheesecakes

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew – I’ve committed to cook lunch for 300 rough sleepers on Christmas Day, on top of cooking my family meal. so I need to be super organised and prep most of my food in advance.   I was thinking of what awesome things freeze well, and I remembered cheesecakes.  There’s […] Read more…

Crispy Slow Cooked Pork Roast

Pork is a greatly misunderstood cut of meat, mainly because we tend to cook the heck out of it to make sure that it isn’t underdone.  This recipe resulted in succulent, tender, sliceable meat that I could freeze and reheat without sacrificing the quality of the meat.  Everyone has their techniques and everyone thinks they’re right. […] Read more…

Cooking Green Beans

Do you struggle to keep your green beans from turning grey before they’re even cooked? Green beans are very easy to cook, if you follow a couple of principles:   Lots of water*!   Start with adequately salted boiling water (go ahead and taste it) and have some cold water on hand in a separate bowl […] Read more…

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