Winter food

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red wine poached pears are such a classic. I’ve seen them paired with rare roast beef and this is my variation of that salad that I recently saw while flipping through an old Gourmet magazine… On sunny Winter days like today, I sometimes get a salad craving, but still want something hearty and filling for lunch. This is a seared pork fillet and red wine poached pear salad for an occasion just like that. There’s something so lovely about the texture of a soft poached pear in a salad. I love to use fruit in my cooking, I need no excuse to combine most things with it. Red wine...

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Warm Baby Potato Salad

Warm Baby Potato Salad

Okay, its official, winter is here. This is a beautiful salad for a lunch and is perfect for this time of year. It’s still hearty, but has a lovely freshness and crisp. I love potato salad and I love trying new and different ingredients in them. It all started when I visited Dublin and went to Cornucopia, this gorgeous little vegetarian cafe that serves good, honest food. You could immediately tell by the diverse people waiting on the sidewalk to be seated every lunch that there was something special about their food. From businessmen to students to urban hippies, this was obviously...

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Curried Potatoes

Curried Potatoes

There are a few things I seem to crave every winter and potatoes seem to always be one of them. Add curry, and you’ve got the ultimate, winter comfort food. In the midst of a food revolution where protein is in and carbs are out,  I like to stand by the good old saying of  ‘eating everything in moderation’ will do little harm. I’ve also started eating less carbohydrates, so when I’m going to make a potato dish, I’m sure going to enjoy it! Potato curry is a dish I wasn’t really aware of until my husband and I went backpacking through India and Nepal a...

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Roast potatoes, two ways

Roast potatoes, two ways

You’re in for a serious treat today. I don’t know if it’s just in our South African culture, but we love roast potatoes…Years ago all I knew was a very standard, white fleshed potato, but now-a-days we’ve got the most beautiful varieties available in our local stores and they were the inspiration for this shoot. This is where I think it all started for me… Just before I turned four, my parents took my siblings and I on the adventure of our lives. They bought ‘Round The World’ plane tickets and we flew to Canada where my father would work for...

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Two Delicious Beetroot Salads

Two Delicious Beetroot Salads

      My earliest childhood memory of beetroot is seeing the creamy pink, ring gelatine moulds that brought life to the tressle tables at the church bazaar. At four, I remember being captivated by this intensely pink vegetable and liking it instinctively. Many years have past and my love of beetroot hasn’t waned, so much so that I dreamt up this lentil and caramelised beetroot recipe as the starter on my wedding menu. Bright pink beetroot pancakes, rich beetroot and chocolate cake… The colour and flavour of beetroot adds playfulness to any dish. It can be prepared in a variety of ways,...

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