Thai Fish Curry in a Hurry

19 12 2011

For a whole slew of reasons, we’ve been trying to eat more fish, so I’ve made it my mission to delve into fish dishes that don’t leave us feeling underwhelmed. And if you’re feeling a little low on the old HO HO HO this Christmas, then maybe this will help – we were enchanted with this sublime and very speedy Thai fish curry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salmon Fish Cakes

13 05 2011

I had to debate long and hard with myself about whether or not these should be called ‘Salmon Fish Cakes’, or just ‘Fish Cakes’. If I’d just used good old Hake, which I have before and it’s delicious, then they would simply be ‘Fish Cakes’ and we’d all just get on with it. So why when I use salmon instead do I feel the need to add that in, as though it poshes them up or something? Go figure. I couldn’t. And, ultimately, who gives a continental? When something’s this delicious and can be on your fork with very little fuss it doesn’t matter what it’s called. We had a similar version a while ago when we had a recipe testing food and wine pairing just before I handed in my book manuscript. Out of 9 courses these were, hands down, the crowd favourite. I hope you like them too…  Read the rest of this entry »





BBQ Seared Tuna, All the way from Papua New Guinea

20 01 2011

We spent Christmas in Australia with Rob’s family which we loved, but more relevant for this post is that we also managed to include a hop skip across to the very intriguing island of Papua New Guinea en route, as Rob’s parents are currently living and working there. I have no idea how you put PNG in a box – suffice to say that I think you just can’t, but IF I were to venture an attempt, it would go something along the lines of ‘a cross between Uganda and Jurassic Park…’. Read the rest of this entry »





Trout. Because Spring Has Sprung.

6 10 2010

This had us smiling all over our faces…
Our recent trip to the flat out cool Neighbour Goods Market in Woodstock (with visit to nearby Superette en route) turned out to be one of impeccable timing. With Spring having now officially sprung here in Cape Town, Rob pounced on a freshly caught trout with all the gusto of a cat after a goldfish, and we gloatingly meandered home to make a feast of our prize. Truly, there are few things better than lazy sunny evenings with friends spent watching things cook over hot coals. Read the rest of this entry »





Lip-Smacking Smoked Snoek Pate

17 08 2010

Being from a landlocked country, our friends from the sea feature far less often at our dinner table than they should, given that we are now living in Cape Town. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that I have a general ennui towards home-prepared seafood dishes, which is birthed largely out of ignorance. So I was a more than willing accomplice recently when MIL was visiting… (aka Mother in Law, and before you shudder, don’t bother – I lucked out rather significantly in this department. Babs is Fab.) Anyway, Babs arrived home one evening after trawling through a nearby organic market, and proudly proffered a rather princely fillet of smoked snoek. Her idea was to turn it into Snoek Pate… Read the rest of this entry »





Welcome to Seared Tuna Heaven

4 06 2010

Now if you bumped into Noordhoek’s most eligible bachelor walking down the street, there might be a few things you’d notice about him… his strapping good looks, his passion for rugby (and beer) (and wine) and his fast-talking quick-thinking sharp wit. You might not, however, easily conclude that up his sleeve he holds the key to every single woman’s heart. And it’s called Seared Tuna. With a home-made Asian sauce. And sesame seeds. And baby spinach leaf, pecan nut, strawberry and goats cheese salad with mystery balsamic dressing. Oh and don’t forget the honey-glazed sweet potato wedges. Yip. Read the rest of this entry »





French-Bistro Style Mussels in Creamy White Wine Sauce

31 05 2010

This is based on the traditional French way of cooking mussels, though I have added the coconut milk for a little bit of Eastern flair. Rob urges you to gratefully accept this recommendation. He gave this one an 8.5/10 Read the rest of this entry »