A saucy liver affair

Chorizo sausage and chicken livers on pasta Chorizo sausage is a powerful experience, adding heat, potency and red line flavours to this pasta number. For a seasoned diner it’s a blast. And for the beginner cook it’s the chance to easily take your skills to a new level.

No corny Business

Just when you thought you had heard them all, along comes something else you can do with a mealie. Thanks to the Thai-style dipping sauce, these delicious fritters can be a snack or a side dish.


Winter is already knocking on the door. What better way to fight the cold than a delicious, steaming bowl of minestrone? Nothing can equal the flavour and aroma of this classic Italian vegetable soup.

Pizza and oven-dried tomatoes

Here’s the good news about two do-it-yourself cooking projects. Pizza needs no introduction. And oven-dried tomatoes are an outstanding addition to pizzas, salads and casseroles.

The best way to roast your own coffee

Forget the time-consuming ‘roast your coffee beans in a pan over gas’ method. Get hi-tech and use a heat gun! The results are a coffee-holic’s dream come true.

Wild Mussel Soup

Ever since the strandlopers strolled down KZN beaches thousands of years ago, collecting, cooking and eating the shellfish they gathered from the rocks, wild mussels have been an integral part of the earliest South African cuisine. These days you need a licence which limits you to 40 mussels a day. Here’s just one of the wonderful things you can do with them.

Red wine beef casserole

This is a great classic with as many variations as there are cooks to make it. This version keeps it simple so allowing even the beginner cook to achieve monumental success.

Italian chicken with herbs and mushrooms

The love affair with Italian cooking continues with plump and seductive thighs enhanced by herbs, mushrooms and olives. A real classic!

Quick Pasta

The copyright on this recipe is held by ten million Italian grandmothers. In other words, this is a classic, but for all that, a classic well within the reach of the new cook, determined to handle every single step of his personal carbo-loading...

Mushroom and pumpkin lasagne

An early morning visit to the Karkloof Farmers’ Market provided the freshly harvested oyster mushrooms that give this pasta dish its distinctive flavour and texture. For the beginner cook, this meal is a double success as it is delicious hot or cold

Home-made marmalade

On a hot, humid Durban Saturday, the last thing any normal person would want to do is spend a couple of sweaty hours in the kitchen, but when the purple grapefruit season arrives, that’s what you have to do.

Pickled Cucumber

Pickling is a great kitchen experience, producing crunchy, exquisitely sour snacks. I suspect that there’s nothing organic that can’t be pickled. For many diners, crunchy pickled cucumbers are a constant favourite. That said, here’s the basic kit to get you going ...


Lockdown: time to reset your business?

Farmers, and businesses generally, have all lived through disruptions, but never before have we experienced anything like this. Here are some ideas on how to get through this trying period.
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