Braai/Barbecue

Whole leg of lamb on the braai/BBQ

July 19, 2010

People often ask me who my favourite chef or cookbook writer is, and I never hesitate to answer Nigel Slater.  His Kitchen Diaries transformed the way I thought about cookbooks – here for the first time was somebody who cooked exactly the way I aspired to – and took aspirational photos to boot!  I love […]

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Curried vegetable potjiekos

June 29, 2010

A colleague of mine recently returned from a week of watching FIFA 2010 World Cup football in South Africa.  He said the football was so-so, but he loved the country – and the food.  Because he stayed with friends rather than in a hotel, he really got to eat what the locals ate.  The first thing […]

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Roosterkoek – a South African braai essential

May 2, 2010

Roosterkoek (literally grill cake – say “roor-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!) is the traditional bread to accompany a braai or BBQ. The roosterkoek are simply balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals, and are best eaten piping hot and straight off the grill. There are other traditional braai breads (e.g. […]

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Cheesy vegetable potjiekos – and our annual Big SA braai

September 25, 2009

When Sir Steve Redgrave won Olympic gold for the third time as part of the British coxless four rowing team in Atlanta, he  announced his retirement from rowing with the now-famous words: "if anybody sees me go anywhere near a boat, they have my permission to shoot me". As I flopped onto the sofa last Sunday night, […]

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Emergency tomato & cheese bread

May 21, 2009

  Here's a question for you:  if you had to go into a totally empty kitchen, save for appliances, and cook and serve a lunch for 4 people using only food and equipment that you'd brought with you, how many items would be on your packing list?  Remember, you'd have to pack plates, glasses, knives, […]

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Braai sarmies for Heritage Day – better late than never!

September 26, 2008

What can I say – it’s been a bit of a tumultous week. First there was the wonderful Oktoberfest in Munich last weekend, where much beer was consumed and many new friends were made. Then I woke up on Sunday morning to find that my country had no president. On Thursday my friends Belinda and […]

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My big, fat South African potato bake

July 29, 2008

Sometimes the universe is a funny place.   You spend weeks and weeks in a state of semi-depression at the weather.  Despite it officially being summer here in London, it just stays grey, blustery and a little damp.  Great for the garden, but not so great for South African sun bunnies like me.  You complain with your […]

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