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the tastiest jerk chicken

The tastiest jerk chicken breasts

If you haven’t made jerk chicken before I suggest you get busy with it as soon as possible. It’s packed with the most amazing flavours imaginable and it’s a carnival in your mouth. The spices give it warm depth and the chilli adds heat. This is the kind of dish that works well for a week night supper, but also one you could whip out when you entertain. Continue Reading →


the best 8 minute strawberry jam {video}

the best ever 8 minute strawberry jam

This used to be called my 10 minute strawberry jam but I’ve got it down to 8 minutes now. I’ve also improved the flavour of the recipe by adding orange, orange liqueur, vanilla and black pepper. It is also at this point that I put the stake in the ground as far as strawberry jam goes. I can’t do better than this.  Continue Reading →


how to make the best garlic bread {video}

How to make the best garlic bread {video}

I am obsessed with garlic bread. Not the dry supermarket version with barely-there buttery bits, but home-made loaves with sinfully large amounts of butter, lashings of freshly grated Parmesan and parsley. I have written about this recipe before and its my go-to recipe now. Once you have had it with Parmesan you will never want to eat it any other way. Continue Reading →


apple and strawberry crumble

apple and strawberry crumble

apple and strawberry crumble

Winter has arrived with full force in Cape Town as our first big cold front hits. Up until now we’ve had a long and beautiful autumn and I’ve loved spending so much time in the vineyards soaking in all the beautiful colours. I decided that this apple and strawberry crumble was perfect for todays stormy weather and I’ve been dying to make it since I first tried it a couple of months back. The strawberries add so much value, and it has officially become my favourite crumble recipe.

apple and strawberry crumble

Sophie is a cousin of a friend of mine who also happens to be a qualified pastry chef and this is her recipe (more or less). It’s utterly delicious. She served it with a vanilla bean crème anglaise which finished it off perfectly and reminded me how important it is to go the extra mile with what we serve our crumble with. My preference will always be lightly whipped cream with vanilla (Chantilly cream), home-made vanilla ice cream, or crème anglaise.

autumn leaves

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the best ever chicken liver pate

chicken liver pate with marmalade with baguette melba toast

I love to serve chicken liver pate with a crispy melba toast and a dollop of something sweet. Its silken smooth so it needs the crunch. The Marmalade offers a bitter-sweet flavour which is rather delicious and quite Christmassy too. If you want to be really wild, stir a splash of whiskey into the marmalade to give it that boozy edge.

chicken liver pate with marmalade

I sort of had an intention to make a clementine jelly to go with the pate, but that plan fell apart when I realised I was running out of year. You know the feeling as you catapult towards Christmas in the silly season and suddenly realise you have bitten off more than we can chew? Literally and figuratively. I once made jelly out of dessert wine which was delectable with this pate. Continue Reading →


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