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Feast at Home eBook

Is now available …




Check all the websites; at the time of posting, Kalahari was a lot cheaper

There are a few hard copies available at … Yuppiechef

feast at home


the miracle of water and soil…..

these little beauties are growing gently and peacefully just for us and for you…we have recently been given a very nifty little 2 x 2 metres green house by Luana at Urban freedom, and it is full of little green treasures, that i cannot wait to share with you…

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our growing greens...

Fête du Rosé


We do love a good Rosé … so much so, we challenged the winemakers in our region to come up with a delicious French styled Rosé to complement our food.

This year we are taking it up a notch or two … we are hosting a wine festival dedicated to this unique and versatile winemaking style.

When: Saturday 30 November from 12:00 noon

For R95, get your special festival glass, taste the Rosés from the farms knowing that all proceeds from the day are going to the Jones Safe House … http://www.thejonessafehouse.org/ …an unbelievable organisation right on our doorstep!

Purchase your tickets on the day … we have more than enough glasses and wine.

The farms include Ken Forrester, De Grendel, Delaire Graff, Buitenverwachting, Mulderbosch, Cederburg, Beyerskloof, Diemersdal, Haute Cabriere, Leopards Leap, Saronsberg, Zevenwacht and Simonsig … there will be at least 15 Rosés to taste

All wines on sale at Cellar Door prices i.e. the same price you would pay if you were buying from the farm.

Wear something pink!


we are totally hooked on our chef’s tables….

This little gem is the result of one of those sessions with a madly passionate wine maker and me (the food maker) getting together and tasting their creation so that i can in turn try and pair them with suitable “delices”….

This has been such a fun exercise, and Pete and I have loved hosting those chef’s table for more than year now…

They are here to stay, and so every 6 weeks or so we gather with eating and drinking friends to celebrate the glorious bounty of our gentle mother nature…Join us !!!!

we walked, we ate and we drank…










So we holidayed in Europe this year… Sammy the boys, myself & friends started off in gorgeous rural England ( with the obligatory trips to London to do this and that… then onto a fast train, through France, all the way down south to Marseilles, then another little train to St Cyr sur Mer; a quaint fisherman town…weather perfect ! loads of medieval villages nearby, markets with produce that brought tears to my eyes, the cicadas singing furiously from sunrise to sunset….

So we ate and we drank, lots… we ate in villages, on the riviera, in little troquets and in Parisian bars and brasserie…. the food disappointed me in terms of how lazy and complacent the industry is in that initial price bracket: 25 euro pp, which is more than enough for a full house experience at the foodbarn…or quite a few other good eateries in SA…. yes, total lack of imagination and fairly aloof attitude from the waiters knowing they’ll get their 14.5% no matter what.

The food at markets and even supermarkets however, was ridiculous, great choice, great fruit and veg, the condiments, olives, spices… the cheeses and the fish…. my word…because the med does not suffer from overfishing, there are no red or orange list there, still caught in the traditional way by little fishers… prices reasonable, (apart from our shocking exchange rate) and the quality exceptional, such taste…

So we cooked at home…. and it felt just like cooking here at home, which is just right. I realised that i was missing my adopted home..

the best meal was had in Soho London at Polpo, the best fish soup was at “chez Henry” near the beach at St Cyr, the boys agreed that the best dessert was the chocolate fondant at “chez Henry” as well, the best macaroon were from “Ladurée” and i could not stop drinking Orangina during the day and Rosé de Bandol at night….