Crayfish or West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus lalandii) is not something that makes a regular appearance on my dinner plate. This once-copious crustacean is now a threatened species, unscrupulously overfished for the past few decades – a cause that has resulted in environmental and economical consequences. Income loss for small scale fishermen, over-consumption by foreign markets, … Continue Reading

A deceptively simple recipe hailing from southern Italy, Pasta con le Sarde is at its core a pantry favourite. As undemanding a dish as one is likely to find, the uncomplicated combination of hot pasta, olive oil, garlic, anchovies and tinned sardines encompasses the flavour of Sicily – with the latter providing the dominant note. … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “Storied Seafood  – an Abalobi- endorsed menu at Wolfgat”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. Running a restaurant on the West Coast comes with it’s own set of responsibilities. Tradition, community and symbiosis are essential to success in what is … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “Sauvignon, salt and sunshine – exploring the wines of the Kelp Coast”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. During my time living up the West Coast, Arend and myself headed north on a mission to further explore the wines found … Continue Reading

A twist on the Cape classic, I baste a delicious whole snoek with a sticky fig and balsamic glaze to be cooked over the coals. This ferocious fish inhabits the waters of the West Coast, an apex predator that requires careful handling when landed. The teeth of the snoek contain anti-coagulants which means a bite … Continue Reading