Pork Belly Roast

Pork Belly roast with crunchy crackling

Roast Pork Belly

Long, lazy Sunday afternoons with family and friends gathered around our table, is one of those ‘have-to’ events on our calendar. Sunday lunch is the time to catch up with your loved ones’ hopes and worries, stories, jokes, experiences. Around our table we share gratitude, memories, shape relationships and build a history together. This is the time that we can all decompress for the week ahead.

Roast Pork Belly3Whenever I ask my children what they would like on the menu, nine out of ten times they will say: “Roasted Pork Belly with crackling, like Ouma used to make.”  Now therein lays my problem. My mom seldom used recipes and sadly, I never penned down any of her masterpieces.

Over the years I have developed this easy, fuss-free recipe which the kids seem to like … maybe not as much as they did with Ouma’s dish, but I think it is passable. Continue reading

Lyn’s Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

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Africa is not merely a feeling, it’s an experience. It is such a vast continent with indisputably beautiful landscapes and golden sunsets unlike anywhere else in the world. Your first sunset in the African bushveld can irrefutably be a life changing experience. Picturesque scenery, sounds and smells all unite in a singular sensation of inner ecstasy. As the sun leisurely slides behind the horizon, time slows down as the colours of the bushveld morph into a silhouette. You are overcome with a sense of peace where nature is the only symphony that could possibly accompany such beauty.

Sunsets in Madikwe Game Reserve is exceptionally beautiful and with the sunset comes sundowners and snacks. This is where I first tasted Lyn’s delectable cheese and marmite puffs accompanied by a glass of crispy cold Sauvignon Blanc. They are super easy to make and I have since made them on numerous occasions. Continue reading

Baked Salmon Cheese Cake

Baked Salmon Cheese Cake

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I love relaxing on a weekend with good music, the soothing sound of  water rippling over stones, the resonant sound of birds in the background, paging through recipe books the way other people page through magazines. I didn’t afford myself this luxury for a number of years but I now appreciate the freedom of time that comes in our autumn years.

On one such an indulgent Sunday, I came across this unusual recipe … maybe not unusual to many of you, but I always associated ‘baked cheesecake’ as a sweet delicacy. For our Christmas Eve family dinner, I decided to test this dish and I served it as a starter. We were all pleasantly surprised with both the taste and texture.  It was just as good the next day served cold with a salad. Be bold … try it! Continue reading

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

We all know local is lekker … add to that seasonal and you have a taste sensation waiting to happen in your kitchen.

One of the first foods that signal the start of spring is the appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers’ markets, vegetable shops and supermarkets. I love experimenting with fresh asparagus as they are packed with health benefits. Continue reading

Beryl’s Boiled Fruit Cake

Beryl’s Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

Whenever we are in a game reserve with our ‘getalong’ friends, the ladies surprise us with some amazing snacks for the game drives. On one such occasion, Bassie presented us with the most delectably moist fruit cake during a coffee break.

This fruit cake doesn’t just belong on the Christmas table, but it also provides a powerful energy spike for long distance athletes – just omit the sprinkle of brandy at the end ;-). I particularly enjoy this fruit cake as it easy to make and does not have to ‘mature in brandy’ – so no one will even suspect that you forgot to bake the Christmas cake in October. Continue reading

Salmon Mac Cheese

Salmon MacCheese

Salmon MacCheese

Salmon Mac Cheese

Salmon Mac Cheese

Macaroni cheese is like a blank canvas waiting for some inspiration. Add any combination of ingredients that tickles your fancy and your dish will be transformed from a reliable mainstay into a masterpiece. My favourites are chicken and chorizo; salmon and dill; smoked snoek, mascarpone and blue cheese … there is a palette of choices waiting to be explored. Continue reading

Strawberry and Avo Salad

Strawberry and Avo Salad

Strawberry and Avo Salad

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Strawberries 2

Whether fresh or frozen, there is no denying that strawberries are a popular fruit – but they also pack a healthy punch. I love this salad as all the ingredients form part of my list of favourite foods. Continue reading

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Yogurt Pannacotta with Berry Compote

Yogurt Pannacotta with Berry Compote

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Yogurt Pannacotta

I love having friends over for a quick dinner during the week. It somehow feels as if a mini-weekend slipped in unaware.

Since starting this blog, I now use these impromptu dinners to test my recipes on our friends. Thank you, Margaret and Stuart, for being my guinea pigs last night. Continue reading

Easy Lamb Shank-Lamb Shanks

Easy Lamb Shank

Easy Lamb Shank

Easy Lamb Shank

Sometimes my day job interferes with my love for cooking and with a hubby that is an ardent athlete, I feel that I need to put forward a decent evening meal. Hence my love for easy, carefree recipes. This Easy Lamb Shank recipe has been prepared many times just for the two of us, but it can easily be adapted to serve as many as you are catering for. Enjoy! Continue reading