Archive for January, 2011

Perdeberg cracks the nod in Chenin Blanc Challenge

January 26, 2011 4 comments

Riaan Moller


The drive up to Hidden Valley is not for the faint hearted. After turning of the Annandale Road hard by Peter Falke Wines, the road narrows alarmingly, and each approaching blind corner and rise pushes up the pulse rate from the adrenaline spurt which anticipates taking sudden avoiding action if an oncoming motorist, perhaps inattentive from imbibing at one or more of the many wine estates along the road, challenges you.

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What would life be without chillies?

January 24, 2011 2 comments

Christopher Columbus, the man we must thank for introducing the chilli to the Old World.

Christopher Columbus could have had little idea just how profound would be the impact, of him mistaking chillies (Capsicum) for the much sought after pepper (Piper nigrum), which he discovered in the Caribbean, while looking for a Western sea route to the East.

In what became known as the Columbian Exchange – a phrase coined by historian Alfred W Crosby in his book of the same name – in which the New World exchanged animals, plants and diseases with the Old World, chillies along with the likes of maize, potatoes and tomatoes were introduced into Europe by Columbus and his fellow explorers. Read more…

Chicken Soup for the Soul

January 18, 2011 2 comments

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 60 minutes Yield: 6

My daughter, Alex, had her wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic late last year. After I brought her home from the day clinic, she asked me to make her some chicken soup, noting that with her mouth being so terribly painful, it was all she felt she could eat. “Besides”, she mumbled through the pain, “chicken soup is real comfort food, and that is just what I need right now.”

I asked my wife, Eppie, for her recipe, and it arrived in two rather disjointed SMS’s. Being somewhat cryptic, I had to kinda adapt it as I went along, so what follows is originally Eppie’s Fantastical Comfort Food Chicken Soup, now my Chicken Soup for the Soul.


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A Treasure Trove of Recipes

January 18, 2011 2 comments

Since starting to write for Bolander almost four years ago – our first edition was on April 18, 2007 –  my Man in the Kitchen persona has managed to put together close to 200 recipes.

A few of them are posted here, but the majority of them are not. I frequently get requests from readers for recipes that I have published in earlier editions of Bolander, and when that happens, I invariably pull out the original recipe, PDF it, and send it via email.

Thought struck me that it makes far more sense to actually post them all on the blog, with an index page which will allow people to look for and find what they want. I’ts not that I mind speaking to people who want my recipes; on the contrary, I enjoy doing so, because it keeps me in touch with fellow foodies. It’ll just make it easier for people to find what they want without having to telephone me every time!

I will also be publishing a cookbook in the near future, and in order to do so, I will have to go through each and every recipe in order to decide what to include in the book. This process of posting all of my “back recipes” will allow me to do so.

SO …. starting today (Tuesday, January 18, 2010), I will be posting a recipe a day from my treasure trove. They’ll largely appear in chronological order from April 18, 2010, and as each is posted, I’ll insert in on the index page.

Enjoy the shower of recipes, and please do give me feedback here if you have any comments.

DeCameron in Stellenbosch Disappoints

January 11, 2011 11 comments

First published in Bolander Lifestyle & Property, January 12, 2011

The iconic DeCameron re-opened in Stellenbosch last year, after a four year absence.

I had the pleasure of attending a lunchtime wine event there, about which I wrote in the September 1 edition of Bolander in my recipe column (Melanzane Parmigiano). The food was fabulous, the service stellar, and the ambience beguiling. Patron Mario Lada paid personal attention to the table so it would be logical to conclude that may have influenced overall service levels. Read more…

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