About A Man in the Kitchen

At Rickety Bridge Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The car, although not really visisble, is a 1950 Studebaker, 5 years older than me!

At Rickety Bridge Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The car, although not really visisble, is a 1950 Studebaker, 5 years older than me!

Winner of the Franschhoek Literary Festival SA Wine Writer of the Year Award 2012

The pursuit of sybaritic pleasures in life is generally reserved for those who have substantial sums of money.

For the rest of us, it is something to which we may well aspire, and if we’re lucky, indulge in periodically, particularly if someone else happens to pay the bill.

Then there are those of us who have the privilege of working in the media, living a life – as Jane Raphaelly is rumored to have said – to which we cannot afford to become accustomed.

I’m one such individual. Since I’m a great one for sharing my experiences, I decided start this blog.

I spend a good deal of my time wandering around the Winelands in search of stories, and I encounter the most remarkable array of characters, places, bits and bobs. I’m inclined to write about what I experience, and since print pages are expensive and therefore limited (yes, I do write for a print publication each week), most of what I write will end up here.

Enjoy what you find, and do please register and participate in the blog. As my daughter, Alex is fond of saying: “Share the love!”

  1. Lydia Conboy
    April 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    HELLO, THIS IS NOT A COMMENT BUT A QUESTION.
    I JUST MADE YOUR GREAT CHICKENSTOCK.
    NORMALLY I JUST MAKE CHICKENSOUP , DOING ALMOST THE SAME AND ADD THE CHICKEN .
    THIS TIME I WANT ONLY THE STOCK TO MAKE A LARGE AMOUNT AND PUT IT IN TO THE FREEZER IN CUBES.
    GREAT IDEA!
    SO NOW WHAT TO DO WITH DE CHICKEN MEAT BESIDES MAKING A CHICKEN PIE OR SALAD. ANY GOOD IDEAS?
    AND CAN YOU MAKE CHICKENSTOCK FROM AN ALREADY BAKED CHICKEN ,SAFE THE CARCAS FROM IT?
    I SAW A TIP LIKE THAT ON AN OTHER WEBSITE WITH RECEPES
    CAN YOU?

    REGARDS LYDIA CONBOY.

    • May 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Lydia,
      Sorry for the delay in coming back to you. Yes indeed, you can make something like a chicken pie or chicken salad out of the rest of the chicken meat if you’d like to. I usually use chicken carcasses that I save after jointing fresh chickens, rather than a whole chicken.
      And yes, you can certainly make stock using a chicken carcass left over after roasting a chicken. In fact, if you’re using chicken carcasses like I often do, you should cut them into four pieces each, and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes or so, then add them to the stock pot. It makes for a much richer stock.

  2. Bruce Anderson
    March 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I would very much like to receive your newsletter! Thank you very much. Bruce k Anderson. San Jose ( Silicon Valley ) , California

    • March 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Hi Bruce,
      Subscribe to the blog, and every time I do a post, you’ll receive it via email.

  3. July 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Dear Norman

    I am a fan of your blog. I have now created my own blog, and have added a link to yours on my blog roll – let me know if that is not ok and I will remove it.

    Kind regards,

    Alison
    (http://myweeklywine.com/)

    • July 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Alison,
      I’ve added you to my blog roll, and also subscribed via e-mail to your blog. Hope to see you in the Winelands some time!
      Kind regards,
      Norman

      • July 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

        Thanks Norman – much appreciated!

  4. Origin Artisan Coffee Roasters
    July 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hi Norman,

    I am part of Origin, the artisan coffee roastery based in Cape Town. We really like your blog and we would love to share our big news with you (not too often) and maybe send you some coffees to taste every once in a while. Would it be possible to have your email address?

    That would be fantastic.

    Thanks a lot!
    G

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Hi G,
      No problem. I’d love to taste your coffee.
      Editorial policy of the blog: you submit copy, I choose whether or not to post it at my discretion. Deal?
      My email address is norman@maninthekitchen.co.za.
      Regards,
      Norman

  5. Nikki
    May 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi Norman, I have lost your simple quiche recipe that I’ve had for many years and am quite desperate to get hold of it again. Any chance you might still have it to share with me as I don’t see it in your list? It has a great base with cheese and breadcrumbs so no pastry required. Thanks and kind regards Nikki.

    • September 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Hello Nicky,
      Forgive me, but this comment just didn’t find its way to me until just now! can’t believe it. I’ll find the recipe for the quiche in my archive, and post it for you.
      Kind regards,
      Norman
      PS. tomorrow, not today!

  6. Anélia
    January 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hi Norman
    I have a few interesting facts on the Herenboontjies that I would like to share with you. Did you know they are poisonous when green? If you can let me get an email address, I would gladly share.

  7. Dee Salsano
    May 2, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Fabulous Norman! Loved reading your article. Makes me home sick for South Africa.
    Carry on the excellent work. I look forward to more of your Delicious recipes.

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