Flapping pig’s ears and hot tripe

March, 2018|Recipes|

Let me tell you about tripe, flapping pigs ears and sheep’s trotters. Offal was such a part of my childhood and to this day I cannot bring myself to eat tripe, even though Maddy just loves it. Other offal I don't mind and in my [...]

The Lamb of The Karoo

March, 2018|Recipes|

My first recollection of lamb was when I was about 8 and seeing my elderly grandfather seated by the crank handle telephone one Monday morning asking for the number of the butcher in the village and saying to him "Morris - the leg you sold [...]

Q&A with wine makers- Louis Wines

February, 2018|Winemakers|

How did your career as a wine maker start and where did you train? Growing up I wanted to be an engineer, but at the end of matric year my math grades weren’t good enough. I decided to study something else for a year and [...]

Crayfish Thermidor

February, 2018|Recipes|

This is one of the classical crayfish dishes, I have found recipes for it from the early 1940s. Traditionally flavoured with mustard and sherry in a egg-thickened sauce. Serves 2 You’ll need: 4 Crayfish tails, cooked, removed from shell, keep shells for service 50 - [...]

How do they make sparkling wine?

February, 2018|Michael's Writings|

Sparkling Wines are made by a number of different methods. Most people simply refer to them as Champagne, which is incorrect as Champagne is a wine which is geographically indicated to be produced only in Champagne in France. The Traditional or Champagne Method Champagne is [...]

My Aunt Muriel’s Christmas Pudding

December, 2017|Recipes|

You’ll need:  250g stale brown breadcrumbs [insides only not crusts], 200g each seedless raisins, currants, unbleached Orange River sultanas, 80g chopped glacé pineapple, 80g glacé cherries, 250g soft brown sugar, 100g blanched almonds roughly chopped, 1 large Granny Smith apple grated with the skin on, the finely grated zest [...]

Q&A with Bruwer Raats

November, 2017|Winemakers|

Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks. “Bruwer Raats may [...]

Cork, the ideal closure…

November, 2017|Michael's Writings|

Cork, the ideal closure… Of the natural cork wine bottle closures used in the world 7 out of 10 bottles use one.  An amazing statistic.  I have twice visited Portugal, once on an educational tour as a guest of the Amorim Corticeira and once to [...]

12 wines pre-selected for you!

October, 2017|Uncategorized|

This article was originally published by The Wine Girl Cape Town. I am so excited to hear that Michael Olivier, a big name in the wine and hospitality industry, has just introduced a new wine sharing concept called wine4friends. You will be able to order a [...]

wine4friends on food24

October, 2017|Uncategorized|

Original article was published on food24. We've just heard via the grapevine (we couldn't help ourselves!) that local wine connoisseur, writer and foodie, Michael Olivier, has conceptualised and created a new platform for purchasing wine. It's called wine4friends. "We offer seasonal boxes of interesting and sometimes unusual wines [...]