Recipes – Christmas

Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli

Thumbnail image for Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli December 19, 2011

  One of the disadvantages of having our dining room in the conservatory at the back of the house is that there is no hiding your kitchen and your work-in-progress from your guests.  I am inevitably in the kitchen when guests arrive and they either pop in to say hi before returning to the lounge, or […]

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Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce

Thumbnail image for Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce December 15, 2011

  One of the things people often ask me at this time of year is what some proper South African Christmas traditions are. It’s at times like this when I am faced with the sudden urge to make up something totally outlandish, along the lines of “first, you have to feed the giraffes their customary mince pies, otherwise they […]

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Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés

Thumbnail image for Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés December 7, 2011

  Just like living with other people, living alone is something every adult should experience for themselves.  Living with other people teaches you about compromise and consideration for others; living alone teaches you about self-reliance and liking your own company. The 18 month period shortly after we were married when Nick lived in the UK and I […]

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Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts – and my new year wishes for you

Thumbnail image for Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts – and my new year wishes for you December 31, 2010

There is a lovely saying in Afrikaans which goes geluk by die ongeluk, which means fortune with the misfortune – or, roughly translated, every cloud has a silver lining.  Isn’t that a great way of looking at things?  Whatever seemingly disasterous thing Life throws at you, you just need to look at it in a different […]

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The ghost of Christmas past – and that perfect roast gammon recipe again

December 25, 2009

  I am an obsessive recorder of events – both in writing and on film.  One look at my numerous boxes and albums of photos will confirm this beyond a shadow of a doubt.  My husband sees it as some sort of strange hoarding instinct – I see it very much in the same way […]

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Smoked salmon mini-quiches with sour cream & caviar

February 11, 2009

  You know how they say that good things happen in threes?  Or am I getting confused with bad things happening in threes?  We had a cleaner-cum-nanny when I was a little girl, a woman I loved so much I was convinced she was part of the family, and used to list her when I […]

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Smoked salmon paté moulds

January 30, 2009

  As I mentioned before, over Christmas and New Year I had to produce food in three kitchens other than my own, and to save my sanity I decided to come up with three recipes based on one central ingredient:  smoked salmon. In the first of this 3-part series, I told you how I made […]

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