WEST COAST WHITEBAIT

Buy me a fish and I’ll stay for a day, catch me a fish and I’ll stay forever.  Those immortal lines were delivered to Dawid on Friday after he caught me a net-full of beautiful silvery harders. Too big to be juveniles but too small for bokkoms, these tiddlers are usually thrown aside for the … Continue Reading

YELLOWFIN TUNA TARTARE

Light, fresh and yet impressively fancy, a good tuna tartare is a thing of beauty and one of those exceedingly simple snacks I crave on balmy evenings when the wine is cold and the kitchen is off-limits. Preempting what will be a summer of snacking, I’ve served my tartare simply seasoned with salted potato crisps … Continue Reading

CALAMARI PANZANELLA SALAD

As summer has officially arrived in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s only fitting I break out the warm weather recipes with my Calamari Panzanella salad. Admittedly, panzanella is a bit of repeat feature in my recipe repertoire but purely because it’s such a wonderful way to enjoy perfectly ripe tomatoes. And I don’t know about you, … Continue Reading

THE BEST SOUTH AFRICAN SMOKED SNOEK PÂTÉ

This is my recipe for the best South African Smoked Snoek Pâté. Seriously, you’ll not need another ever again. Suitable for either smoked snoek or leftover braaied snoek, this speedy spread is iconically West Coast and so delicious with everything from crackers to crudités. My preference runs to spreading a liberal amount of snoek pâté … Continue Reading

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