Rooibos Milk Tart

Milk Tart is a traditional South African tart recipe which originated with the Dutch Dairy farmers in the Cape Of Good Hope in the 1700’s. In flavor it is subtle , creamy and delicious. The recipe I like to use comes from my sister Ali who is a fantastic cook and makes the best Milk…

Sauted Springbok Fillet

I could not help contemplating Women’s Day in South Africa this week and looking back at the women in my family and how different my life has been to what they would have experienced , Ouma Joey was born in 1901 and my Gran Nel in 1904 …. women were only allowed the freedom to…

Chelmsford farm on the fringes of the Kalahari

In 1946 just after the second world war Corneels van Wyk was made an offer he could not refuse for his farm situated in the gold mining area of Klerksdorp in the Transvaal . He sold his cattle farm called Doornplat for 15 pounds per morgan and bought six farms north of Kuruman – Moffat,…

Asparagus Soup

There is nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of Asparagus soup with a fresh crusty loaf of bread or garlic croutons. I was given this delicious recipe by a German farming family we stayed with in Namibia in 2004. A 1547 km journey which started with two border crossings before 8 am in…

Zunguzai and the Chicken

Mum arrived to her new home on the banks of the Shangani River in the summer of 1968. The rustic cottage had no walls and a thatched roof upheld by giant knobby thorn tree trunks, a sad reminder of the misguided government policy to try and eradicate the Tsetse fly from the valley. Being young…

Brown Bean Soup

This subtle flavored, comforting winter wonder –  is one of my favorite soups from childhood. It was traditionally slow cooked in a cast iron Potjie pot on a smokey  camp fire – you can use a pressure cooker – allow  15 mins or cook overnight in a slow cooker. It is important to simmer it…

Linkwasha Wilderness

In 1980’s the Government was offering private concessions within the pristine Wilderness Area of Hwange National Park, allowing for establishment of semi permanent safari camps within the park boundary for the first time. My father had his eye on one of these concessions , and so with us home from boarding school, my folks planned…