Taking roast chicken to the next level

I got a bee in my bonnet last week and decided to try my hand at roasting a chicken in a potjie (or Dutch oven). We have been trying some new things in our potjie of late, yet at the suggestion my husband had that look: I am humouring you just a tad, we may need…

Getting potted…Moroccan lamb potjie

There is nothing more quintessential in South African cooking culture than a ‘potjie’. Notice I did not say ‘cuisine’, as it is a tough task to lift the game of a stew. This traditional means of cooking has cult status in some quarters and is a fantastic outdoor and social cooking technique. With a bit of creativity,…

Pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin

Our very first crop of home grown pumpkins is ready! At the end of the season we have five large lovelies, which have all spent about one to two months on our roof, which apparently develops flavour in the sun and lengthens their shelf life. Such great anticipation to cut the first one open. After a…

So long Pancake!

A few months ago we welcomed a pair of ducks into our veggie garden, whom I named Hoisin and Pancake. Isn’t it obvious? The BEST two things to go with duck! My son’s duck, Hoisin, was renamed Sweetie because he was adamant: “she is so sweet”. What can we say…Sweetie she became. Being new to livestock in general,…

Asian Pearsuasian

When is a pear not pear-shaped? When its an Asian pear! (Did you hear the drum roll there?) Also called the apple pear, the Asian pear is an apple-like variety and has a crisp and juicy flesh with a thicker skin than European pears. Our local grocery store seldom has unusual varietals, a common challenge…