onions

French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts

Thumbnail image for French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts January 16, 2014

We have a lot for which to thank the ancient Greeks. They helped us to make sense of the world by coming up with philosophy, geometry and astronomy.  They gave us small  but useful things like levers, screws and coins.  They are credited with inventing the concept of the map, the umbrella, the thermometer and […]

Click here for a full portion

Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes

Thumbnail image for Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes October 10, 2013

“Your cat likes to eat… what?”, said the teacher as she loomed over me, seemingly impossibly tall and alarmingly perplexed.  I wasn’t aware that I’d said anything particularly unusual but I was suddenly aware that all my classmates were now also looking at me.  ”Umm… asparagus, Miss,” I repeated. “You know, the long white things in […]

Click here for a full portion

Olive & onion tartlets

Thumbnail image for Olive & onion tartlets March 25, 2011

  Bittersweet.  I think that’s probably the first oxymoron I learnt at school and I remember thinking that the name oxymoron was entirely apt.  What kind of moron would describe something as both bitter and sweet at the same time (ah, the logic of the teenager!).  It’s only later in life that you begin to […]

Click here for a full portion

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 […]

Click here for a full portion

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 […]

Click here for a full portion

Lamb sosaties revisited – and a BBQ event!

Thumbnail image for Lamb sosaties revisited – and a BBQ event! September 6, 2010

  Please remember to vote for me in the South African Blog Awards where I am a finalist in the Best Food and Best Overseas Blog categories!  You can vote once a day till 17 September.  Thanks! Yes, I know it’s Monday, not Sunday, but I had 25 people at my house on Saturday, a […]

Click here for a full portion

Scenes from a braai II – lamb sosaties with a view

September 15, 2006

As I mentioned previously, a couple of weeks ago we enjoyed three marvellous and very divergent braais (BBQs) in the space of one weekend.  Seeing as the weatherman has now assured us that summer is officially over in the UK (!!), I suspect that the memories of those halcyon days (and I do mean days, […]

Click here for a full portion

blog counter