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...

Du Toitskloof freshens up with Errieda Du Toit

I do hope I am not stepping on anybody’s toes by saying this but at my age one can get away with pretty much anything—THE name in traditional SA cooking at the moment just has to be Errieda Du Toit.  Not only can she cook up a storm but she can write books and make...

Boplaas spirits soar at Michelangelo Awards

                The Boplaas family of Nels continues to gain deserved fame at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Competition (MIWSC) by claiming three Gold medals and achieving the highest score for a South...

Greek dips and fondant potatoes at Greg’s table

  This week three sides from last week’s main course. After 15 trips to Greece in 40 years I have eaten plenty of tzatziki and hummus all over that wonderful country. These two staples of Southern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking are marvellous and so...

Greg’s Table–delicious ginger soft pork belly

                  You are going to love this recipe—all you need is TIME and patience. Totally uncomplicated, deliciously satisfying—the smells throughout the house are so fabulous you just want to dig in at some...

Boland Cellar Paarl’s new Chenin MCC-a cracker

Boland Cellar Paarl is a company well known for the quality and well-priced wines they have been offering ever since their formation in 1941. The company belongs to more than 50 owner growers and the wines are made by a talented team of winemakers with a sure feel for...