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Best Bobotie – boy-oh-boy-boetie!

  Sherry has created some lovely boboties, but this one rocked and sets the benchmark!   Ingredients:   One inch thick-slice of crustless bread (used some home-baked French loaf) 250mls full-cream milk 25mls olive oil 10mls butter 4 shallots medium chopped 2 garlic cloves crushed 20mls bassar masala curry powder 10mls salt 25 Mrs Balls […]

Well-Grounded Gorgeous Chicken-Sweet-Potato Curry

The gourmet secret to this dish is in the grounding of the spices. Ground to perfection, heated and cooked with the chicken and sweet potato, they deliver a delicious textural element to the dish…not unlike the texture of dessicated coconut flakes…minutely chewy, minutely crunchy…totally exquisite.   Ingredients: 1 TBS Turmeric 1/2 TBS red chilli flakes […]

Lamb Curry

  An awesome lamb curry reminding us of our favourite at Durban Country Club.   Ingredients: 500g leg of lamb, cubed 3 fresh medium-sized chilies, sliced 1 onion, finely chopped 1 thumb of fresh ginger, peeled and grated 3 large garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 bottle Napolina tamato & basil pasta sauce 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds […]

Date-elicious Moroccan chicken with quinoa and chickpeas

This sweet spicy dish reminds me a little of the Cape-Malay dishes we loved in South Africa. The sweetness of the dates is tempered by the spices and buttery flavours of the chickpeas and butternut. The spices tantalise and bounce across your tongue with each crunch through chickpea and almond flakes. It’s a Moroccan keeper […]

Panch Puran Chicken Curry

Now here’s a fresh, fragrant curry with a complex and delightful tongue-pleasing, tastebud-popping, and wonderfully satisfying flavour. Another lick-the-bowl treat!!   Ingredients: 600g Chicken thighs, skinless and boneless 1 Onion, chopped 1/4 tsp Asafoetida 20 mls Pakistani Bassar Masala curry powder 1 TBS Panch Puran (the seeds of fenugreek, kalwanji (nigella), mustard, cumin and fennel) […]

Kung Pao Chicken

    Possibly the best Chinese chicken dish I’ve ever tasted. The combination of sesame, peanuts, soy sauce, hoisin and szechuan pepper is addictive and will have you licking the plate!   Ingredients: 500g skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into chunky thumb-sized pieces   Marinade: 1 TBS soy sauce 2 tsp Chinese rice wine or […]

Black Bean Beautiful Baked Thai Salmon

  The one thing about Thai food that we love, and always has us begging for more, is the mind-blowing gastronomic surprises that result fromĀ  fresh, crisp, honest, punchy (and crunchy) ingredients. This dish is so pure and pleasurable, it’s become a huge favourite and we think you’ll agree.   Ingredients: 2 Salmon fillets, skinless […]

Beguiling Bombay Potatoes

  This can be a tantalising side-dish or a deliciously satisfying vegetarian main meal. Either way, you’ll want more. It’s possibly the best spicy non-meat dish I ever enjoyed.   Ingredients: (side-dish for 2, multiply for more) 4 potatoes 1″ cubed 1 thumb of ginger, grated or finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed 100g of […]

Northern Thai Curry – tantalisingly robust, well-rounded and gorgeous!

This is a dish that sings! The lime and curry combine to tongue-tantalise you and then leave you with a delicious, deep-satisfying warmth to savour.   Ingredients: 650g of deboned, skinless chicken thigh chopped into one inch cubes One small eggplant or 1/2 a large one diced into 1/2 inch pieces 4 small-to- medium-sized, young […]

Porchetta a la BBQ

Now this was a challenge on a small BBQ! But the end product was an exquisitely tasty pork with delightful crackling. Done properly and with the right pork belly, the fat will add fabulous flavour to the loin inside and will dissipate dramatically to leave you with a wonderfully contrasting delicious (remarkeably unfatty) outer circle […]