South African products

Gem squash with a cheesy spicy creamed sweetcorn filling

Thumbnail image for Gem squash with a cheesy spicy creamed sweetcorn filling October 17, 2013

“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.” Wise words indeed from American author Tad Williams, […]

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Grilled nectarines with saffron and lavender syrup

Thumbnail image for Grilled nectarines with saffron and lavender syrup March 21, 2012

When I first got to the UK in 2000, I embarked on a culinary voyage of discovery.  Suddenly, berries that had cost half a month’s salary in South Africa (or simply weren’t available) were available on every supermarket shelf – and sometimes even available for free in the hedgerows around our house!  The stuff I […]

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Choc-kit cookies – a taste of home

August 16, 2010

Have you noticed how many good things come in sandwich format? Whoopie pies, for one – like the indulgent red velvet ones that my friend Mowie brought around to my house when he came for lunch (and foraging!) a couple of weeks ago.  Or macarons – like the raspberry tea & chocolate tahini ganache ones […]

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A South African Omnivore’s 100

February 7, 2010

Just like comparisons, lists are odious. As soon as you make a list, you set yourself up to be disagreed with, shouted down, corrected and generally berated for what you included – and for what you left out. It's a lose-lose situation! But when you are as list-obsessed as I am, you go ahead and […]

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Bunny chow – South Africa’s own street food

January 18, 2009

  **DISCLAIMER** – no fluffy bunnies were harmed in the making of this dish!! Phew.  Just thought I'd get that disclaimer out of the may before people started hurling abuse, shoes or frying pans Street food – it's such a great concept.  Something cheap and readily available, sold on the streets in a portable format, and eaten […]

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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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Awards – for me and for South African food producers

September 9, 2008

You know that old saying about "if at first you don't succeed, try and try again"? I'd never been quite convinced by it.  I was always more of a "if at first you don't succeed, so much for bungee jumping" kinda gal! But every once in a while, the universe nudges you with its elbow and says "see – I […]

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