Posts Tagged ‘Groote Post’

Wild mushroom risotto & Groote Post 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Sumptuous wild mushroom risotto

When you get invited to go wild mushroom picking for the first time, you accept with alacrity. What you also do, when the phone call does come – this is a weather dependent exercise – you drop everything and go. Why is it then, that it took three consecutive invitations from Anita Bunn to get me to actually put on my hiking boots, gather a basket and serrated edge knife, and meet her at the appointed place? As much as I’d love to divulge where that is, it is more than my life is worth. I have a very clear picture in my mind of Anita, serrated knife casually in hand, as she asked me not let on. My lips are sealed!

The first trip, which involved quite a bit of tramping about in dank dripping woods yielded a crop of poplar mushrooms and what Anita calls sticky Bolitus mushrooms. They’re better for making stock than for eating, so that’s what I did with them. Read more…


Feta and Basil Stuffed Calamari

June 15, 2010 1 comment
Preparation Time: 60 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Yield: 4-6

The genesis of a recipe can be fascinating. A reader stopped me at the gym other day, and asked if I’d ever eaten calamari tubes stuffed with feta and basil. Seems he’d enjoyed the dish at a local restaurant, and wanted to replicate the dish at home.

That was more than enough to send me off on a wild goose chase, in search of a suitable recipe, but after trawling the Internet, and my not inconsiderable collection of recipe books – from Larousse Gastronomique to Stephanie Alexander’s “The Cook’s Companion” all the way from the land of sheep and South African ex-pats – ended up drawing a blank. Read more…