Very soon my new cookbook will be on sale at bookshops around the country: a most exciting prospect! This time around it’s a book on vegetables of all sorts (including my favourite heirlooms) photographed by Russel Wasserfall. I’m not going to bore you with details, but here’s a sneak peek at my top five dishes.
With 2011 drawing to a close, it’s the time for list-making – whether it be shopping lists, ‘best of’ lists or trend forecasts. Here’s one list I stumbled upon, which I absolutely love.
I recently got the iPad 2. I love it. So much. Here are my ten most favourite apps to download. Question is: will I ever read a book again? Maybe on a beach holiday…
I was so lucky to have worked on Reuben’s new book. And even though, when I finally held it in my hands, I knew what it was all about, I was still astonished by the size of it – it’s HUGE. And beautiful. And filled with delicious recipes. (And in it you’ll find a directory of Reuben’s top suppliers with all their contact details)
Trying to find heirloom vegetables for my new urban food garden has proved to be somewhat of a challenge. Imagine my excitement when I discovered that I could order all my heirloom-vegetable seeds online!
I recently had the most inspirational wine tasting I’ve experienced to date. It was at Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch. A biodynamic farm where wines are made with as little intervention as possible to accurately portray the terroir and the character of the grape.
Haute Cabrière has just launched South Africa’s first Unwooded Pinot Noir. It’s really a red wine pretending to be white and ending up looking like a rosé. Know what I mean? It’s vibrant. It’s elegant. It’s fruity. And served slightly chilled, it hits all the right notes.
Six books you should own if you’ve ever considered a vegetable garden.
This is one of my favourite food books of all time, partly because my great aunt Eve Palmer wrote it. Both the Plains of Camdeboo and Return to Camdeboo have just been re-published by Penguin since being out of print for a number of years. The Penguin launch will be happening at the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival in Cradock on the 9th of July.
I love a good whisky. And I love great design and packaging – who doesn’t? Which is why I’ve got my eye on the new, limited-edition Chivas Regal 18-year-old Gold Signature dressed by Vivienne Westwood.
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& Leaves Price: R295
Roots, Shoots & Leaves (published by Sunbird Publishers) is a book that celebrates vegetables and brings to life forgotten heirloom varieties. Recipes are simple, seasonal and delicious.Prickly Pears & Pomegranates Price: R340
The recipes in this book (published by Quivertree) have been passed down from five generations of Palmer women living on a Karoo farm steeped in culinary history. Also available in Afrikaans.
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