Meerlust Red 2019 promises rare drinking delight

You have to take your hat off to the people at Meerlust. Their approach to uncompromising quality has stood them in good stead over the years, making theirs a name one can trust to deliver only the best wine they have. Their Rubicon wine is a SA legend,...

Delicious Greek Lemon Potatoes at Greg’s Table

One of my most treasured books is my Greek Cookery book, bought in Athens in 1976 long before glossy cook books—and TV programmes --became all the rage. This was simple Island cooking—totally authentic and simple to do. The pictures left a lot to be desired but as a...

Delheim’s Spatzendreck turns 60

The wine industry in SA can lay claim to many a legend who made it what it has become . One of the most colourful was the late Spatz Sperling at Delheim. This year his iconic dessert wine, Spatzendreck, celebrates its 60th anniversary. What some first derided as a...

Spoil your favourite person with fabulous pink bubbles

    Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without roses, chocolate and of course bubbly, preferably pink bubbly. After all, nothing says romance like a glass of chilled pink bubbles, romantic for all the right reasons. It has bubbles; it’s pink; and it has soft,...

Rustle up delicious mielie bread

You call it mielie and I call it mealie—bread that is. The Native Americans call it corn bread, and in the US West and Southern States they call it Corn Pone. In Turkey they call it…? Well, I cannot remember but I know I have had it there—delicious.  Whatever you call...

Irresistible melt in the mouth passionfruit tart

One of the most delicious things this week has been a superbly rich, smooth, tangy tart, not too sweet and even better after some time in the fridge. Take your pick. I found it difficult to keep my hands off it, cold or warm. A piece of cake if you have the basic...

Phillippa Cheifitz’ fabulous chocolate mousse

One of my favourite cooks is Phillippa Cheifitz and one of my favourite—and much used –cook books is her 1986 treasure The Cosmopolitan Cookbook.  I have other books of hers, including the wonderful Seasons but the 1986 opus is a standout. I have had the pleasure of...

Rosewater and almond marmalade from Lebanon

If you have ever thought of making your own marmalade now is the time to try it. A bit longwinded but very easy to do and you don’t need any pectin to set this one as it uses the pips in the citrus to do that. The result is the most delicious thing you will eat in a...

Refika’s fabulous olive–Bitta bread

If you want to make bread that is not only spectacular but tasty as can be and easy to make to boot try this one. It comes from a brilliant Turkish cooking channel called Refika’s Kitchen. She lives in Istanbul and makes food that is unintimidating and great to serve....

A take on Mary Berry’s fabulous smoked salmon terrine

Came across this superb, easy to make, totally irresistible starter from Mary Berry and just had to make it as a starter for Christmas lunch. So apologies to her—the doyenne of British cooking –but we made some changes. A bit pricey but unforgettable. Can’t eat...

How about a retro prawn cocktail? With bubbly.

One of the easiest –and most delicious—starters is a retro prawn cocktail. Don’t let those who turn up their noses and say” Oh that is so old fashioned” get to you. Yes it is and so is eating, so is roast beef, so is turkey—you get my drift. Go for it and enjoy it...

Does the future of wine look flat to you?

                I was bowled over to receive wine the other day in a flat box. Making a joke I thought “This is the flattest wine I have ever received.” Well it’s no joke. Seems this kind of packaging is making waves in certain...

Wine of the week La Motte Chardonnay 2019

One of my favourite estates in Franschhoek is that haven of style and taste, La Motte. Here you will find an excellent restaurant with Chef Eric Bulpitt at the helm, a great art gallery featuring many Pierneef masterpieces, a beautifully tranquil setting with art...

Diners Club Winemakers of the year announced

The winners of the 2020 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were announced in Franschhoek on Saturday 21st November, with Johan Malan (Simonsig Wines) and Philip Theron (Glen Carlou) claiming top honours respectively.   The Winemaker and Young...

Some of my favourite red blends

There are as many ways to make a  wine blend as there are winemakers, especially when restrictions such as those in place for Bordeaux blends is removed.  The grapes used in Bordeaux blends are always combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot,...

Classic Sole Meuniere on Greg’s table.

It is said this is the dish that made Julia Childs fall in love with French cooking. There is no doubt that it is the quintessential French fish dish, deceptively simple, delicious to eat with no overcrowding the palate with a myriad of flavours. Fish, lemon, and...

12 of my favourite Cabernet Sauvignons

CABERNET IS GOOD FOR YOU!   No, really! One of the happiest days of my life was when I discovered that drinking wine is healthy. Who needs a gym? Ask the French, who live on a diet of real butter and cream, and all those marvellous cheeses, and plenty of pâté...