The Gift of Nana’s and a Wooden Spoon: A Love Story

While it must be said that I was always my grandfather’s child (and oh how I idolised him!), it was my grandmother, my nana, who has forever been the maternal glue in our family. When I stayed with them during my latter teens and first few years at varsity, it was my nana who made […]

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An Oozy Toast Sarmie Indulgence

Palegg (n.) Norwegian for anything and everything you can put on a slice of bread.  I have to say, I’m a big fan of the ‘sarmie’ (or sandwich). Some of my All Time Cravings include pastrami and pickles on rye, or a simple but classic toasted cheese and tomato on the braai, or a fresh baguette […]

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A Veritable Feast Championing Leftovers!

Now, as I’ve often written of my darling Nana in the past, if there were one saying that sums her up in the kitchen, ‘Waste not, want not!’ would have to be it! Into the smallest of tupperwares go each spoonful of gravy. Expiration dates be damned… Once cleaning out her pantry I stumbled on […]

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A Citrusy, Nasturtium Celebration of Gin

Waterford Naartjies by Cecilia Rosslee As South Africa eases out of stricter Covid regulations, with the ban  on liquor finally lifted, this last weekend called for a celebratory affair indeed. All the better for the rare occasion of beautiful weather, sun shining and the scent of a slowly emerging Spring in the air. Now as […]

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A Rustic Rice Affair for Any Time of Day

Cooking during these strange and curious Covid times has presented something of a challenge. Usually I’d be the kind of cook to hit the greengrocers or fishmongers almost daily, looking to the freshest and handsomest produce available to be the source of inspiration. However, with the threat of a contagious virus ever there, I had […]

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