Braaing / Barbecuing Beef Steak 101

A lekker steak on the bbq!
What we really ate a lot of in SA was beef. It is one of the few countries in the world that hang their beef long enough to make it so tender you could actually eat it with a butter knife. Jessica and Grant, South African friends of ours in France, are going to hang beef in France for something like 60 days – tell us when you’re ready Jess!

Die Poort, Cederberg Mountains

Die Poort
Also known as Bushmanspoort, this place is a little piece of heaven and we would quite happily have stayed there for the rest of our natural lives. It is owned and run by Manus and Erida – Erida was away, but Manus was a ray of sunshine everyday. We had planned to stay one night, but stayed 2 because it is just so wonderful.

Leek and Mince, soooo deeelicious

Leek and Minced meat
This is such a quick and easy recipe that one can hardly call it a recipe. But what it absolutely is, is deeelicious.

Wuppertal, South Africa, not Germany!

The views on the way to Wuppertal
Our last hosts, the lovely Erica and Gerhard, told us about a little gem of a place called Wuppertal. We found the name alone super as there is an enormous city with the same name in Germany which has a population of about 350 000 and the SA version probably has a population of 350 tops (I’m guessing here).

Chicken and Cucumber Fricassee

Chicken and Cucumber
This dish is always a surprise to people as most people don’t associate cucumber within a cooked meal. But every single person who has tried this (and I know many a picky eater) just loves it. And to top it all, it’s so quick and easy to prepare, you’ll be a hero without any effort at all!

Up the West Coast to Piketberg

Up the West Coast to Piketberg
Port Owen Marina
The West Coast of South Africa is our favourite place, probably on the planet earth, although I might have to rethink that as we haven’t been everywhere on the planet earth. Yet. I just need a bit more time…

Thalis Restaurant

Thalis food
My deevine sister and brother-in-law and one of my deevine nieces took The Husband and I out for dinner to Thalis on my birthday – thank you soooooo much! It was a deevine evening…okay, enough deevine’s, but it really was dee…

Cooking Tuna in Paradise

The view
(Tuna Recipe at end)
We met Annie and Mark and their amazing children, Ashleigh and Murray, in France 16 years ago, and we’ve been friends ever since. Or they can’t seem to get rid of us could be the other way of putting it. Moving from Johannesburg (where we visited them) to Cape Town (where we visited them) in the middle of a cold and dark night, also didn’t help them…

(Non) Banana Bread

Non banana bread
This is a low-carb banana bread recipe that has no bananas in it. Huh? What are you saying there, crazy woman! It does have banana essence (see it’s all becoming clear now right), but tastes somehow banany even without it…

Oh Cape Town, how beautiful you are!

Cape Town
Yes, I know it’s been a while, but what can I say, life got in the way yet again. Let’s hope I’m back to stay! We have just been fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks in South Africa – I have to say sorry to all the friends we didn’t get round to seeing, but even 6 weeks is just tooooooo short!