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Crusty Bread Baked in a Pot

Afraid of baking bread? Believe me, you can bake bread. In fact, stop reading this right now,  go stand in front of a mirror and look yourself straight in the eye. Take a deep breath, then say out loud, 'I can bake bread!' Then come back and read this blog,...

Banana Cake with Coconut and Papaya

Everyone pretty much has a go-to banana bread recipe, but this one is unusual. It has an addition of ripe mashed papaya and desiccated coconut, the coconut giving a pleasing crunch to the moist cake.  I also love the topping of a generous handful of toasted coconut, and adding...

Old-fashioned Curry Banana Meatballs aka Kerriefrikkadelle

No-one really knows the origin of these rather exotically flavoured meatballs, but everybody loves them. That includes my fruit-loathing son, who'll pack away an astonishing amount of kerriefrikkadelle given the opportunity. I've fed them to foreigners too, expecting table rebellion, but plates were always polished and thirds asked for. Kerriefrikkadelle...

Salted Caramel Apple Tart

This is really Tarte Tatin in a different guise. Because what's better than upside-down caramelised apple tart? Upside-down salted caramel apple tart, that's what. It couldn't be easier, and you can make it with pears and nectarines too, as long as you choose nice firm, slightly underripe ones. The real name...

How to Make Pork and Apricot Curry

This recipe is Vindaloo-ish, but altogether milder, fruitier and sweeter while retaining the tang of the original pork vindaloo recipe. Coconut cream, tomatoes and apricots give this easy pork curry a deliciously creamy, fruity, sweet and sour taste. Even if you are not a fan of fruit in curry (neither...

How to Make Tamatiebredie

You can't style a photo of tamatiebredie, and you shouldn't. Why? Because it is bredie. The wonder of Bredie is not about how it looks, but about how it tastes. And about how it makes you feel inside. Happy. Bredie is a long, slow simmer of mostly vegetables, cheap cuts of meat,...

Persiana Lamb Keftas with Jewelled Couscous

Keftas, koftas...just another name for deliciously fragrant, mildly spiced lamb meatballs beloved throughout the Levant. The recipe below was adapted from the one in Sabrina Ghayour's Persiana cookbook, and it was made by my teenage daughter to celebrate her return to a carnivorous lifestyle (sigh of relief from Mom, who'd...

How to Make Masala Steak Gatsby – the King of Cape Town Takeaways

You can't say you've been to Cape Town good and proper unless you've had a Gatsby. Forget your fancy sunset cocktails at your glamorous hotels and your twee canapés at cocktail parties; forget your hipster single origin organic lattes and your raw juice bars: Gatsbys are where it's at if...

Fiery Harissa Paste for Moroccan Cooking

I first learnt to make this version of hot-hot-hot harissa paste many moons ago, when I was cook/presenter of a TV cookery series. Our guest for one episode whipped up some harissa and chermoula in her kitchen while her home-made bread was baking in the oven. I can't remember...

Persiana Butternut with Feta, Pesto and Pomegranate Rubies

I was sent a copy of Sabrina Ghayour's fabulous cookbook Persiana by my dear friend Karien all the way from Scotland - what a lucky girl I am! - and needless to say, my mind is on fire. Like everyone else, all I want to cook is Sabrina's gorgeous...