Recipes – meat

Beef brisket with braai (BBQ) sauce potjiekos

Thumbnail image for Beef brisket with braai (BBQ) sauce potjiekos June 5, 2011

  There is a great joke about diets that goes something like this: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT: The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans of Britons. The French eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans or Britons. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer […]

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Pork and cider hotpot with prunes for a very English lunch

Thumbnail image for Pork and cider hotpot with prunes for a very English lunch May 13, 2011

  I once worked at a company where almost all the managers were expats.  One of them was an Austrian who had joined this (American) company years ago, moved Stateside, and then been transferred back to Europe to work for the London office of the same company. He was fairly sure of his nationality – […]

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Schweinsbraten (Austrian slow-roast pork shoulder) and friendship

Thumbnail image for Schweinsbraten (Austrian slow-roast pork shoulder) and friendship April 12, 2011

The past two months have been a bit of a rollercoaster for me.  From highs like our beach wedding vow renewal ceremony and speaking at the Food Blogger Indaba, to lows like my father’s hospitalisation and unexpected death and the sad task of packing up my childhood home and parents’ treasured possessions.  But the one theme […]

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Cottage pie for comfort

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As Alannis Morisette said: “Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right” – and she wasn’t kidding. This post was meant to be a joyous recounting of our incredible 2 weeks in South Africa; of the super successful Food Blogger Indaba 2011; of the […]

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Easy Moroccan lamb shank tagine with Ras el Hanout and apricots

Thumbnail image for Easy Moroccan lamb shank tagine with Ras el Hanout and apricots January 7, 2011

  We’ve all done it – admit it! We’ve all caught sight of ourselves reflected in a mirror or a window at an unexpected moment; a moment when we were totally absorbed in doing something else.  You glance up from what you are doing and suddenly there you are, in an unguarded moment; the closest approximation you […]

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Chilli con carne with a cornbread topping for my spice sisters & a Hotel Chocolat winner

Thumbnail image for Chilli con carne with a cornbread topping for my spice sisters & a Hotel Chocolat winner December 23, 2010

  The first time I met my twin sister, I was 40 years old. No, I wasn’t adopted; and neither was she.  And we weren’t the victims of some sort of acrimonious divorce or a long-standing parental feud.  You see it’s just that the stork that was tasked with dropping her off, dropped her off […]

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Individual beef & Guinness pot pies

Thumbnail image for Individual beef & Guinness pot pies October 28, 2010

  Is it just me or does it seem like just the other day that we were joyously welcoming the first fruits of summer into our kitchens? I remember going blackberry picking with Mowie and Bruce at the start of the summer (which turned into wild cherry and wild plum picking too!) as if it was […]

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