Imagine the perfect summer getaway – all white sand, warm sunshine and azure ocean. Walks on the beach in the pearly dawn, languid afternoon naps and evenings spent sipping on flinty white wines as dusk falls over the dunes. Enter the ultimate in beach house bliss found in at Casa Blu’ on the Cape West … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in Times Live and is entitled “A Good Catch: how to cook sustainable rainbow trout from Montagu”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. Although unavoidably unsustainable, salmon is still recurring on restaurant plates countrywide. The environmental impact both from the farming of salmon as well as the … Continue Reading

Jumping at any opportunity to welcome in the sunny season, I embarked on an exploration and ardent sampling of my favourite Robertson Valley wines for summer sipping. Exploring this extraordinary part of the Western Cape – home to the friendliest people, the most breathtaking scenery and naturally some of the finest wine – makes a … Continue Reading

The downward spiral into summer has me reminiscing with nostalgic fondness for winter’s vegetable bounty – especially foraged finds like veldkool. Referred to as wild asparagus, veldkool (Trachyandra Ciliata) comes into season during the rainy West Coast winter, sending out succulent buds that can be harvested and enjoyed in soups, stews or simply sautéed in … Continue Reading

I’ve become so used to the bare essentials that I often forget how very nice it is to be pampered. Having spent just a night radiating in the unadulterated luxury that is the Steenberg Hotel & Spa I’ve subsequently found it difficult to assimilate back into normal life. The boutique hotel has recently undergone a … Continue Reading