One of the most renowned heritage wine estates, Allesverloren epitomizes the best of what the Swartland region has to offer. I spent a sunny afternoon exploring a few of the epicurean offerings available in the area before ending up on the verandah of the old Allesverloren manor house for a harvest table lunch. The estate itself … Continue Reading

An apple tarte tatin is the tastiest way to see in Autumn. A dessert that is more about flavour than fuss, tarte tatin appeals to me as I’m certainly a laissez-faire cook when it comes to presentation. Fortunately the main ingredient happens to be in season – ripe juicy apples grown in the Ceres region are … Continue Reading

Indulging in your favourite takeaway treat needn’t require one to leave the house. A detail that is especially tempting when the weather turns chilly. I spent a rainy Sunday afternoon making my own mushroom dumplings to be paired with clear chicken broth. Redolent of garlic, ginger and the umami meatiness of mushrooms, these little parcels … Continue Reading

Anchovy butter is currently on heavy rotation in my kitchen. Able to be added to a repertoire of recipes, the umami appeal of bottled brown anchovy fillets are tempered with creamy butter and black pepper. Appealing to all the allium-lovers out there, I also like to add a crushed garlic clove into the mix, especially … Continue Reading

Late summer is harvest time on Zandvliet estate in the Robertson Valley. There is the sweetest hint of autumn in the air, from the cool mornings to the golden light – a discernible change from relentlessly blue skies to something softer. Having experienced almost every season in the area, harvest time is especially fascinating for … Continue Reading