The best dry cured beef – ever!

The best dry cured beef – ever!

I saw this principle in a program snippet of on of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s programs, and thought that I should try it.  The principle was simple – good beef should be cured for at least a month or so to be tasty, tender and good. Which is 

 
Trinchado made simple

Trinchado made simple

The taste and texture of Trinchado takes us back. All the way back to dating, when we would go to Hillside Tavern and have a romantic sepia-coloured dinner. Funny how these memories are candle-lit, fragrant and full of taste. Now we are in our silver 

 
Tacos! Rápido!

Tacos! Rápido!

Tacos are new to us. Our kids, being the product of so many international influences through the telly, the internet and their equally enlightened friends, come up with requests for tortillas, tacos, nachos and the likes. Not that I’m complaining. I like to be a 

 
Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

After some research the kids decided that this is the kettle corn recipe that they are going to settle with.  Alexander is our designated kettle corn maker, he made it so many times I can honestly say he mastered the skill.  He spared me form 

 
A Mocha Frappé in two minutes

A Mocha Frappé in two minutes

It always starts with “Dad, can I have a snack?” And it ends with me slaving for an hour to get a quick snack going. Not that the teen lounging at the telly wanted me to slave for an hour. They just wanted something tasty 

 
Roasted Garlic and Fresh Tomato rubbed Ciabatta bread

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Tomato rubbed Ciabatta bread

Everyone says – keep the stale bread. Well, everyone in cooking shows that feature some-or-other Italian recipe. You can use the bread for croutons, in soups or even make a pasta with them. Very versatile. And who doesn’t love the taste and texture of real 

 
Zingy Crumbed Chicken Burgers with chillimelet

Zingy Crumbed Chicken Burgers with chillimelet

Recently Heidi made a recipe with bay leaves blitzed into breadcrumbs. The taste was exquisite. We are so used to bay leaves being thrown into the pot or added to the bobotie, but we seldom know why. It’s as if it’s a good idea, but 

 
“Maak-‘n-plan” Chicken wings

“Maak-‘n-plan” Chicken wings

Sometimes things just don’t go the way you want it to. Ben chose our sticky chicken wings for his birthday dinner. And obviously the only place our recipe now resides is on the cloud. No problem, right? Wrong. As soon as I started the preparations, 

 
Ciabatta Egg in the Basket

Ciabatta Egg in the Basket

Egg in the basket is where you fry an egg in a hole made in a slice of bread. If you make it well, the bread fries to a golden brown crunchiness, whist the egg yolk is soft and runny in the middle. Obviously it