MY BEST MOULES MARINIÈRES

When it comes to fresh mussels, one really doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Thus, I’m sharing what I feel is the only mussel recipe you’ll ever need – classic Moules Marinières. Essentially the holy grail of mollusc-based dishes, Moules Marinières is at heart a combination of shallot, butter and white wine as a base … Continue Reading

MARGHERITA PIZZA WITH BASIL & ANCHOVIES

Let’s make a classic Margherita pizza with fresh basil and anchovies.  Simple is often best in my book – especially if you take the time to make each component from scratch. For this recipe, I’ve used some of my summer garden tomato bounty for a slow-roasted sauce that serves as the base for this pizza. … Continue Reading

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

CHERRY COMPOTE WITH BAY LEAF & BLACK PEPPER

In South Africa, the arrival of cherries equals the arrival of Christmas and thus no festive season recipe repertoire is replete without something sweet involving these seasonal treats. Usually my favourite way to enjoy cherries is while watching TV, a big bowl of the fruit on my lap. They need to be icy from 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