SMOKED SNOEK & WATERBLOMMETJIE TART

About as South African a combination as one can get, seasonal waterblommetjies and West Coast smoked snoek make for a deliciously patriotic partnership in a robust lunchtime tart. The buds of aquatically growing Aponogeton distachyos (predominant here in the Western Cape) are harvested in the wintertime and early spring, cleaned and cooked into a stew with lamb … Continue Reading

SEARED SQUID, BLOOD ORANGE & FENNEL SALAD

Making the most of seasonal blood oranges, this zesty recipe combines different textural ingredients to produce a light and flavourful supper salad that is robust enough to serve on its own. Part two in a series of recipes I developed for La Motte, this fresh take on surf & turf pairs baby squid tubes and … Continue Reading

MUSHROOM RAVIOLI IN BONE MARROW BUTTER

What with another cold front on the way this weekend, there is no better time to get stuck into making my mushroom ravioli in bone marrow butter. It would seem that winter is reluctant to relinquish its icy grasp on the Western Cape this year – since moving to Velddrif we’ve been inundated with multiple … Continue Reading

BEST-EVER BOLOGNESE SAUCE

When I title this recipe my best-ever Bolognese Sauce, I mean it! Taking only slightly more effort than usual, this slow-cooked staple makes a comforting winter dinner that is delicious over pasta. Just don’t forget the Parmesan. A note on protein – I realise this isn’t the first ragu-ish recipe to grace my blog but … Continue Reading

OEUFS EN COCOTTE

A French breakfast favourite that translates to baked eggs, Oeufs en Cocotte is a comfortingly simple recipe that can be customised to suit every taste. While serrano ham, smoked trout and oozy Camembert have been used here, oeufs en cocotte is delicious with anything from grilled mushrooms to spinach, roasted tomatoes, prosciutto or grated Cheddar. … Continue Reading