A little retro, slightly kitsch but altogether a delicious option for lunch or an al fresco dinner, the Caesar salad is one of my go-to speedy salads. One of the benefits of Caesar salad is that at heart, it’s a blank canvas for flavour – with anything ranging from crispy bacon to creamy avocado to … Continue Reading

Light, fresh and full of summer flavour, Panzanella is a Tuscan salad that relies on ripe tomatoes as the star. Traditionally a tasty way to use up stale bread, Panzanella’s beauty is in simplicity. Using the freshest ingredients is key and the ingredients can be tweaked to suit preference. Here, white anchovy fillets add a … Continue Reading

Happy November! And so begins the countdown to warmer climes and vibrantly coloured foodstuffs. After spotting the first of the summer beefsteak tomatoes in my local supermarket, I simply had to buy up a glut to be marinaded in good local EVOO and balsamic for a sexy little salad. Not quite a Caprese (no basil or … Continue Reading

The sky is overcast, a chilly wind rustles through the leaves and there’s a storm warning on the horizon.  Needless to say all I’m interested in is hunkering down and baking something warmingly aromatic. Since this wonderful time of year (Autumn) coincides with harvest season here in the Cape, a batch of mosbolletjies are in … Continue Reading

This recipe first appeared in the October 2020 edition of House & Garden. Here I’ve changed my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. Adapted for the use of the soft knobbly-skinned Cape lemon varietal, simply double the initial boiling time if using Mediterranean lemons.  Cape Lemon Marmalade Makes 3-4 375ml jars You will need: … Continue Reading