Aug 142016
Indoor Potjiekos in a Wok

Cooking potjiekos indoors in a wok might sound like a total misnomer, but it’s as easy as cooking pot-food the traditional way, and just as delicious. For the uninitiated, traditional South African outdoor fare, potjiekos (an Afrikaans word) is literally translated as pot (potjie) food (kos), and it is cooked open an open fire in […]

Jun 072016
Homegrown Spinach and Feta in a Wok

There’s nothing better than growing, harvesting and then eating your own vegetables. I’ve been doing it with reasonable success for many years. The challenge is ensuring you plant what will thrive in your garden environment – and even within a fairly close radius, this can change. Because the soil in my current garden is really […]

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Jan 282015
The Real Meal Revolution Lamb and Mushroom Blanquette

Recipe Review: Not only for “Banters” Fascinated by the incredible following Professor Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier have had with their “Banting” diet and The Real Meal Revolution, I bought a copy of the book and have been trying out some of the recipes – mostly in my various Sola pans.  […]

Jan 232015
Cashew Chicken in a Sola Wok

The First Wok-Cooked Meal in My Sola Challenge Though I’ve never been to Thailand, I am totally sold on Thai cooking. I’ve always enjoyed eating Thai food, but the challenge of cooking it only goes back about five years when a friend returned from a holiday in Thailand and shared her experiences gained in a […]

Jan 172015
Paella for a New Paella Pan

Spanish Paella on a Shoestring Spain is one of my favourite countries, and one where I didn’t ever go hungry, in spite of travelling on a shoestring. Needless to say, paella had its day – washed down with sangria. Those were the days when you could get by on R10 a day (rands – not […]

Sep 192014
Thai-Style Sweet and Sour Pork

Quite different to popular Chinese-style sweet and sour pork, this Thai take on sweet and sour is a quick and easy stir fry that will have people coming back for second helpings. Although the ingredients call for fresh pineapple, you can sweeten the dish with tinned fruit, or by increasing the quantity of sugar called for. You […]

Jun 232014
Cauliflower Cheese

The Cheesiest Cauliflower Cheese Recipes Cauliflower cheese has always been a family favourite, not just because it tastes great, but because it’s also quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to make. The simplest version involves boiling or steaming the cauliflower; making and pouring over a cheese sauce; topping with grated cheese or breadcrumbs; and baking in […]

Jun 222014
Tangy Thai Meatballs With Coconut Rice and Peanut Sauce

Having grown up in a home where my British-South African grandmother was queen of the kitchen, meatballs were just an ordinary dish – tasty, but ordinary. And they weren’t on the menu very often. I don’t cook them often either, unless they are part of a themed dish of some sort, in this instance Thai, […]

Dec 262013
Christmas Dinner

The Joys of Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere Christmas is a special time; there’s no getting away from this. But as one gets older, for many it loses it’s magic. And I have to look out of the box of Christianity here, as well as ignoring the concept of Santa Claus. Happily there is something […]