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 [...]

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 - [...]

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 [...]

Goat’s Cheese and Broad Bean Fritatta

February, 2017|Recipes|

You’ll need 250g peas [you can use freshly podded baby broad beans, a mixture of green beans] 1 onion – thinly sliced extra virgin olive oil 150g fresh firm goats cheese 4 eggs 4 Tbs chopped fresh parsley sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. [...]

Kitchen Cake

February, 2017|Recipes|

This was the cake of my childhood, there was almost always one in a tin in the pantry and we were given a slice at tea time.  The preparation was somewhat of a ritual.  The cake tin was always prepared the night before and all [...]

Lamb Shoulders Williston

February, 2017|Recipes|

You want to use Karoo lamb for this dish, as we did recently. The lamb came from Williston and there they graze on what the farmers call ‘sweet grass’. The taste of Karoo Lamb is as unique as the Salt Marsh Lamb from Harlech in [...]