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Camembert Baked in Vine Leaves, with Verjuice-Poached Grapes

Need a gorgeous Christmas curtain-raiser? Try my jewel-bright starter, which combines hot oozing Camembert with sharp-sweet grapes lightly poached in Verjuice.  (If you don’t have fresh vine leaves, use blanched baby spinach leaves to wrap your cheese.) Camembert Baked in Vine Leaves with Verjuice-Poached Grapes and oven-baked croutons. (Plate by David Walters.) Wine recommendation by Michael Olivier.  He says: “Asara Vineyard …

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Christmas Gammon in a Wonderbag, with an Oros, Brandy & Ginger Glaze

One of the highlights of my year as a food writer is sharing a new Christmas gammon idea every November, because these recipes are always so warmly received. Much head-scratching went into this year’s recipe, and I hope you’ll like it. I’ve varnished this gammon with an Oros glaze because I wanted to use a South African ingredient I know …

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I’m teaming up with wine guru Michael Olivier for excellent recipe + wine pairings

I’m excited to tell you that my friend Michael Olivier will be collaborating with me on this blog from now on. Michael has agreed to provide expert wine recommendations for all my future recipes, and I’m ridiculously pleased to team up with him. Revered Cape food & wine fundi Michael Olivier. Follow him on Twitter: @manmetdiepan Anyone who knows Michael will agree that …

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Low-Carb Double Cauliflower Cheese

I love cheesy cauliflower cloaked in bubbling white sauce, but not a morsel has passed my lips since I started my low-carb regime last year. Then it occurred to me  – why not make a ‘white sauce’ from puréed cauliflower? I did, and that’s why I’ve called this new recipe Double Cauliflower Cheese.  It’s also doubly cheesy, with a topping …

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Low-Carb Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew with a Naartjie Gremolata

It’s the gremolata that makes this stew special: a heavenly scent of citrus, parsley and garlic billows up as your face meets the plate. The starring ingredient here is freshly zested naartjie [clementine] peel – a glorious South African flavour that brings such warmth and colour to winter kitchens. Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew with Naartjie, Lemon, Garlic & …

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Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem Broccoli, Garlic & Cream

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it’s so quick and surprisingly delicious. It takes about eight minutes to cook from start to finish, and I eat it at least three times a week because I’m smitten by Woolies’ tender-stem broccoli, which has become one of the mainstays of my low-carb regime. Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem …

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Spicy Low-Carb Roast Chicken & Tomato Soup with Halloumi Croutons

This creamy winter soup is spiced with a light touch because I want its hero ingredients (glorious roast chicken and ripe tomatoes) to sing out like a two-angel choir. I cannot resist a ready-roasted chicken, with its sticky golden skin and melting flakes, and fresh tomatoes – packed as they are with lip-smacking umami – add irresistible depth of flavour. This …

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Low-Carb Lemon & Turmeric Meatballs in Lettuce Cups, with a Creamy Tahini Sauce

You can add any spices and aromatics you fancy to these juicy no-carb meatballs. I’ve included two hefty teaspoons of turmeric (because scientists keep discovering the amazing health benefits of this interesting yellow root) plus lemon zest for zing, and the usual warming spices I love so much –  cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. These are quick and easy to make …

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Low-Carb Cucumber, Dill & Yoghurt Salad with Capers and Anchovies

I can’t get enough of this light, flavour-packed cucumber salad, and luckily I get plenty of it, because my kids think it’s vile. They just don’t understand my love affair with Scandinavian flavours such as dill, capers, lemon, salmon, boiled eggs and anchovies, possibly because their Norwegian DNA – courtesy of my Great-Grandma – has been diluted to the point that …

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Buttery Tomato Tart

This intensely flavoured tomato filling contains a scandalous amount of butter, but it’s worth every calorie. You can use any creamy soft white cheese, but avoid pungent goat’s milk cheeses. Steer clear of rocket too, because its aggressive pepperiness will overwhelm the star ingredient. Buttery Tomato Tart: an easy recipe, and no soggy bottom. Photographby Michael Le Grange, courtesy of …

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