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

Almost each and every country on the planet has their own version of the humble doughnut. Here in South Africa we have Afrikaans vetkoek, koeksisters and the Cape Malay koesisters, the American South loves their beignets and India enjoys syrupy sweet gulab jamun. Originating in Greece, loukoumades are small teardrop-shaped doughnuts made with yeast. Sometimes served with a dark … Continue Reading