I have voiced my feelings on tomatoes before (HERE) ,but for those of you that don't know; I am involved in a lifelong love-affair with them. They are hands-down my favourite ingredient. EVER. We are leaving for Italy in less than 2 weeks for our honeymoon & do you know what I am most excited about? Not Michelangelo's masterpieces, the enormous Parmesan wheels (although those are high on my list) or the Tuscan countryside (read: wine), but the TOMATOES. The fleshy, sweet, sun-ripened, in-season god-of-all-foods that awaits me. Clear enough?Read More
The tomato may just be my favorite thing about summer. The French often refer to the tomato as the “pomme d'amour” or "love apple" and I can think of no other vegetable (or fruit, botanically speaking) that incites more amorous excitement or that I eat with more relish than a sun-ripened tomato. It has no prickly edges or tough skin to peel - you just eat it up, letting its juices run down your chin. Summer bliss!Read More
This dish tastes of summer. Perfectly toasted, crunchy ciabatta rubbed with fresh garlic cloves, topped with sweet cherry tomatoes, torn basil leaves & a good glug of extra virgin olive oil. Simple, delicate and robust all at the same time!
The tomato, in all its forms, is honestly my favourite addition or centre piece to any dish. These fritters, covered in a crispy, golden batter with a sweet, tangy centre, are perfectly complimented by a fresh basil aioli. Serve outside on a warm evening as a light snack or add these to a delicious mezze platter and enjoy with some crunchy bread!Read More
With the weather heating up and it being Heritage (read: BRAAI) month, us South Africans are all getting that wonderful, delirious, warm-summer-air, late-nights-outside-by-the-fire, weekends-away-at-the-sea kinda feeling. At the centre of this most delicious summer feeling is BRAAING – chops, steak, wors, chicken flatties, whole fish, crayfish, potjies, braaibroodjies - anything cooked on the fire and all the yummy sides we eat with it all!Read More