Turkish Pickled Green Chillies

Turkish Pickled Chillies are made with the variety “aci sivri”, a bright green and moderately hot pepper. This pickle recipe can be used with any kind of chilli and its delicious served just about anything if you like hot food. You can remove the pepper seeds or not. If you keep them, the pickles will…

Life in London

During the 1990’s the United Kingdom offered the youth of the Commonwealth an incredible gift of a two year work and travel visa, At a crossroads in my life , I booked the cheapest ticket I could find with TAP and boarded a flight to London, this included a hair raising stop over in Angola,…

The Perfect Puffed… Pita Bread

The trick to the puff in your Pita Bread is keeping your oven scorching hot , using a cast iron base to bake on. Finishing off in a cast iron pan on the stove top for a minute each side adds color and flavor at the end . Keep your oven at 230 degrees Celsius…

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a creamy Middle Eastern Eggplant dip made from pureed eggplant , tahini paste, garlic , salt and lemon juice. Leave it 4 hours to marinate in the lemon before you serve it , it packs a punch in flavour and worth waiting for. When I think of the Gwayi Hotel and Christmas,…

Amarula Berry Trifle

Recipe – serves 12 – prepare 24 hours ahead 6 cups of mixed berries -Strawberry , Rasberry and BlueBerries 1/2 cup icing sugar chocolate cake – a per recipe below – cut in small blocks 2 litre of Vanilla custard 3 cups of cream whipped 1 cup of Amarula Homemade Berry Jelly as per recipe…

Memories of the Gwayi River Hotel

We used to say the Gwayi River hotel was the sort of place where you arrived as a stranger and left as a friend! In 1953 my Grandparents drove up the endless miles of strip road and arrived at Van Niekerks Private Hotel for the night . The owner was a larger than life character…

Ostrich Medallions served with a Peppery Mushroom Sauce

For thanks giving this year we traveled to visit my parents who have retired and are living close to the village of De Rust along the Route 62, having loaded up our very excited fur babies and luggage , we set off on what was supposed to be leisurely drive through the back roads ,…