Recipes

Blue-cheese cheesecake with sweet-wine jelly

Blue-cheese cheesecake with sweet-wine jelly

If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but still long for something creamy and delicious, try this savoury, baked, blue-cheese cheesecake with dessert-wine jelly garnish topped with herbs. It works equally well as a cheese course to finish off a fine meal, or as a decadent treat on its own.
Baba ghanoush recipe

Baba ghanoush: a Middle Eastern delight

Whatever you choose to call it – brinjal, aubergine or eggplant – there is nothing as magical as converting three of these wondrous things into a sesame influenced, za’atar-enhanced, smoky spread.

Carrot cake loaf with dates

This carrot cake loaf, with its delicious, zesty cream-cheese icing and chopped walnuts, is soft and full of flavours.
Chicken tenderloins and dip

Chicken tenderloins and dip

There comes a time in the family entertainment schedule when a bowl of peanuts or processed, oil-enhanced, orange-dyed maize by-products just don’t come up to scratch. In the first episode of a forthcoming series, I will introduce you to the concept of ‘advanced nibbles’.
Peppermint Crisp and vanilla panna cotta

Peppermint Crisp and vanilla panna cotta

These easy pepperminty vanilla panna cottas are a perfect dessert for your next gathering or holiday party. Your guests will love them.
Calamari and salsa

Calamari and salsa

In Latin America, warm salads offer grilled meats their proper accompaniment. Give this calamari and chilli salsa your best shot!
Chicken with onions and Emmentaler cheese

Chicken with onions and Emmentaler cheese

My brother recently returned from a business trip to France, where he had what he called the ‘best chicken meal’ of his life. This recipe, reconstructed from memory, is the happy outcome.
Samoosa with potato filling

How to make samoosas with potato filling

Everyone has his or her favourite samoosa filling. For this case hardened foodie hack, a potato samoosa is the food of any numberof gods. The filling, called aloo (potato in Hindi), is just one of the outstanding potato curries thatKwaZulu-Natal and the Indian subcontinent have to offer.
Beef, bacon and onion pot roast

Beef, bacon and onion pot roast

If you’ve got a working oven, why roast in a pot? This splendid collection of techniques and delicious flavours answers this riddle.
North African chicken worth waiting for

North African chicken worth waiting for

Attempting unfamiliar cuisines often means encountering unknown or unavailable ingredients. In the case of food from North Africa and the Levant, preserved lemons are an absolute must. One downside: they take three weeks to mature!
Minestrone: magnificent Italian soup

Minestrone: magnificent Italian soup

Italian cuisine is loaded with astonishing soups. There is, for example, zuppa pavese, a chickenbased bowl of greatness topped by sourdough bread and a poached egg. At the greatest height, however, is minestrone, a classic with a thousand variations. Here is the version I cooked a few nights ago.
Platter of roast vegetables

Platter of roast vegetables

Vegetables are a healthy addition to a braai or any other meat-based meal. However, the way you cook your veggies can make the difference between a great dish and a simply ‘okay’ one.

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