Author: heinstirred

Bill Granger is one of my favourite “celebrity chefs” and I was very lucky to see him in action at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town this weekend. He has a wonderful stage presence and was a delight to meet and have a quick chat with at the book signing after his demo. All his books and recipes are fresh, simple, not in the least pretentious and always have an air of “happy”. These Banana Sour Cream…

I think a Tarte Tatin is one of the sexiest tarts there is. But even though the recipe is quite simple it is a bit intimidating to make. Anything that has to be turned over at the end gets me into a slight panic. I used the delightful Mary Berry’s (from The Great British Bake Off) recipe and it worked a treat. I have to confess I did use store bought puff pastry. I guess the secret is to use apples…

The V&A Market on the Wharf is a new addition to the Cape Town market scene. What makes this market different is that it is open from Wednesday to Sunday in stead of just the usual morning or evening. I thought there was a lovely selection of traders, some new and some familiar faces. I was very happy to see a trader selling rabbit meat. I will most certainly be buying from him!

  Last weekend was the 2nd annual Cape Town Cookie Swap. I don’t really have favourite cookie recipes so take the opportunity to page through all my cookbooks and to choose a new recipe to make. Katie Caldesi wrote a wonderful Italian cookery book called The Italian Cookery Course. The book is beautiful, interesting, easy to understand and covers the Italian culinary map. I decided to make the Orange and Pistachio Cantuccini in the book and replaced the orange peel…

Beetroot is at its best when roasted. The earthy sweet flavour is more intense. I usually add a splash of olive oil, a chilli roughly chopped and a roughly smashed clove of garlic and roast at about 200 degrees C until soft and cooked through. And I never cut the stems off at the bulb. I leave about 2 cm of the stems attached to the bulb to avoid as much bleeding as possible. To make this ice cream I…

I saw a wonderful recipe for Speculoos Ice Cream on Ishay’s blog www.foodandthefabulous.com. I loved the addition of condensed milk to the ice cream and decided to use that as a base for this ice cream. One of my favourite desserts is Baked Peaches stuffed with Amaretti. I did a cooking course with Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi in Tuscany a few years back and that recipe I still make today. It was also my entry for the Masterchef auditions last year…

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