pears poached in dessert wine with with a vanilla & honey no churn ice cream

The key ingredient in this delicious dessert is the exquisite KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest, and its the kind of dish you knock together to impress a few guests. 

Pears poached in Noble Late Harvest

Pears poached in Noble Late Harvest

The pears are poached in a flavoured sugar syrup and then finished off in a second poach with Noble Late Harvest and honey. The sauce is reduced to a sticky syrup and poured back over the pears, and served with a scoop of divinely light – no – churn vanilla and honey ice cream. Continue Reading →


visit the vineyard hotel

I spent some of my childhood living across the river from the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, so was delighted to be invited to dinner and a sleep over on Friday night. They run monthly wine dinners, and on Friday it was Rust en Vrede’s turn. Who can resist their exquiste wines? This was my second of the Vineyard wine dinners I’ve been to and both were lovely. Special menu’s are created around a selection of wines from featured estates, and you are guaranteed to drink few gems and eat a delicious meal. You also get to meet the winemaker on the night, so this is a must do for any food and wine enthusiast in Cape Town. Check out the calendar of the remaining Taste of 2016 wine-pairing and dining evenings which happen bi-monthly.

The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

I loved staying at the Vineyard. Its one of the few privately owned hotels and they have built a solid reputation with constantly high occupancy rates. They deserve all the success. The service is warm and welcoming and there really is a personal touch. If you don’t get to stay there its worth visiting for a drink in their beautiful Garden Lounge or breakfast in the Square Restaurant. Their Spa is one of my favourite in Cape Town and housed separately in the very tranquil garden next to the pool.  Continue Reading →


the famous hummus recipe by yotam ottolenghi and sami tamimi

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's famous basic hummus recipe

If you follow along my blog you will know that I had an exceptional experience in Israel in January and I still havent recovered from the most amazing meals I enjoyed there. I also ate a fair amount of hummus, because when you are in Jerusalem, that is what you do. The best version of what we ate was at a tiny cafe just outside the Machane Yehuda Market. It was smooth and creamy with a delicious flavour and served with pita bread, falafel and a few pickles and condiments. Continue Reading →


coq au chardonnay

Coq au Chardonnay

I have been wanting to make a coq au Chardonnay for so long, and after a fair amount of research into the recipe, I had a clear idea how I was going to approach it. I wanted to make a white wine version of the famous coq au vin and I wanted to use one of my favourite Chardonnay.  Continue Reading →


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