FUN FOOD

December 2, 2020
Offer me a selection of interesting finger foods at five o'clock and I'm in heaven. At this time of the year, these delicious little morsels sometimes replace my traditional dinner.  Tapas — the fashionable small plates of delicacies — were first created to ...
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Based on a recipe from Jamie Magazine — but easier. Excellent served hot or cold with cranberry sauce. Risotto: 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms2 tablespoons olive oil2 each: celery stalks, small red onions, garlic cloves, diced1/2 cup each? Arborio rice, white wine2 cu...
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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

December 1, 2020
I made this dairy-free, gluten-free cheese sauce with diluted coconut milk.1 medium head cauliflowerCheese Sauce: 1/2 cup Angel Food Cheesey Sauce Mix2 1/2 cups rice, soy or coconut milkTopping: 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained1 tablespoon oregano leaves Preheat the ...
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MEATLESS TREATS

November 28, 2020
Meatless Mondays were first introduced by the US Food Administration during World War I because meat and other staple food items were being exhausted. Nearly 13 million families signed on. The campaign was continued during World War II by President Roosevelt and then by Pres...
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CHRISTMAS YUM

November 16, 2020
Yes, it’s time to make your Christmas cake. Make it now to allow true lusciousness to develop. Make it now so it’s easier to cut. Make it now and enjoy tempting Christmas aromas even before festivities really kick in. The first step with most festive cakes is soaking dri...
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BIG ON BARBECUES

November 13, 2020
It’s time to dust off the barbecue, scrub the grill and enjoy cooking al fresco. Besides producing fabulous flavoursome foods, I find barbecues encourage family togetherness and conversation — it's difficult to watch television dining under a sun umbrella! Barbe...
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COOKIES PLUS

November 4, 2020
Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cookies. According to culinary historians, the first record of cookies was their use as test cakes. A small amount of cake batter was baked to test the oven temperature. There are also records showing cookies were a result of sugar cu...
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HALLOWE’EN HIGH JINKS

October 26, 2020
Evil will be abroad on the evening of October 31 as ghosts, demons and witches roam the land. But don’t worry — they are only the neighbourhood kids dressed up to celebrate Hallowe’en. It is the Irish and the Scots that we have to thank for Hallowe’en. It was par...
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LAID BACK LUNCHES

October 20, 2020
Last weekend I enjoyed a relaxed lunch on a friend’s patio. The sun gods were obliging, the slight breeze was balmy and I realised that summer was just around the corner. Hurray! Laid back lunches are great for catching up with friends and family. They don’t need to be e...
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FUN, FOOD & BEER

October 15, 2020
Oktoberfest originated in Germany on 12 October 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Ludwig, the Crown Prince of Bavaria, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. He later became King Louis I. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were hel...
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