Alex Poltera and his Rabbit Recipe

I met Alex after he did some work with the Good Food & Wine Show in Cape Town a little while back with the lovely Jacqui Brown (Editor of Ginja [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Coniglio, Gourmet, Recipes|Comments Off on Alex Poltera and his Rabbit Recipe

Beef Ribeye, Smoked Risotto & Port Jus

                      Ribeye is definitely one of my favourite cuts of beef - it has great fat marbling, which not only [...]

By |September 25th, 2014|Gourmet, Recipes|Comments Off on Beef Ribeye, Smoked Risotto & Port Jus

Fish with Liquorice Chocolate, Vanilla & Grapefruit

Ok, before you think I have gone bonkers, hear me out.  I was sitting on the couch with my better half eating this amazing slab of chocolate infused with liquorice from Cocoafair (our chocolate supplier at Frères Bistro), while the better half was eating broccoli drizzled with omega fish oil (which explains the weight difference between the two of us!).  I still had the lingering taste of the licorice chocolate in my mouth when along came a fork aimed at my face piled with broccoli and said fish oil, to which I opened my mouth for its delivery, and BOOM – I had a combination of flavours in my mouth like never before, which is how this dish came about.  The next day I went into Cocoafair and bought another slab of the liquorice chocolate and met the Executive Chocolatier, Thelo van Wyk.  I told him about my crazy idea, which was received with wide eyes.  He kindly gave me a little of the liquorice root powder that they use in the chocolate to enhance the flavour slightly, which was needed if I wanted the liquorice flavour to come through properly after the chocolate had been melted and combined with other ingredients.  The result was unlike anything I’ve tasted before, and in a really good way.  Here is the recipe for you to try for yourself – serves 4: INGREDIENTS 800g of fresh fish (I used skate, but think that this recipe will work well with any fish that is quite strong in flavour to ensure it doesn’t get overpowered by the rest of the flavours) 400ml coconut milk 100g liquorice chocolate (45% Vouverture) *1 1/2 teaspoon liquorice root powder *2 3 whole grapefruit, juiced 1 vanilla pod, sliced in half lengthways (use only half) 2 tbsp sugar 300ml fish stock *3 Blanched asparagus & broccoli – enough for four servings […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Gourmet, Recipes|2 Comments

Delicious Winter Salad

Delicious Winter Salad I love winter – my avocado tree just seems to bear more and more fruit every year, and it’s one of my favourite ingredients from my organic veggie garden.  It’s also when you can get pawpaws and papayas, and together they are magic. This Goats Cheese, Avocado, Pawpaw and Strawberry salad with Pistachios and an Orange, Rooibos and Black Pepper Glaze is super easy to make and is one of the most beautifully balanced dishes.  You will need for a salad to feed 4: INGREDIENTS: 2 x 80g Goats Cheese Crottin 1 Ripe Avocado 1/2 Large Pawpaw, pips removed 8 Strawberries, halved 1/2 cup Shelled Pistachios 1/4 Lemon 1 cup Micro Leaves 1 cup Orange Juice, preferably 100% 1 Rooibos Teabag 1/4 teaspoon cracked Black Pepper 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp Sugar […]

By |June 7th, 2014|Gourmet, Home Cooking, Recipes|2 Comments