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Charl Cooks
Charl Cooks
Charl Cooks is one of the most well-loved and longest running features on Algoa FM.

For over 7 years, Charl Leslie has whipped up his own batch of culinary delights and shared these with Algoa Country. From tasty treats, decadent desserts and mouth watering meals, Charl Cooks has an exhaustive history of incredible foods and advice.

A self-taught chef, Charl Leslie, takes the listener step by step along the path to improving cooking skills, as he himself has done. Admitting mistakes and learning from them along the way.

Catch Charl Cooks, on Sundays at 08:10 on Algoa FM.



09:48 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Charl Cooks… Some breakfast ideas I’ve mentioned every time that we’ve featured breakfast ideas, that it’s probably the most challenging meal, especially for an amateur, to prepare –keeping things warm without continuing the cooking process eg warm toast (rather than soggy or rock-hard), eggs kept warm enough, therefore slightly undercooked to begin with etc. So to make things a little easier,... read more

08:00 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, November 09, 2014
Charl Cooks… Mexican: Prawn Ceviche, Chilli Con Carne and Margarita Syrup sponge I have been craving salads recently, so decided to pass on a slightly exotic one in the form of a Mexican ceviche; then when I mentioned I had a recipe for an orange syrup cake that I converted to Margarita flavours (also Mexican), my friend Carol hinted strongly I should make it, so… Then with two Mexican recipes already, why not... read more

16:24 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, November 03, 2014
Charl Cooks… Burgers 2014 I thought I’d put together a burger resource centre from previous editions, plus a couple new ideas. Technically home-made patties that are anything except seasoning and meat only, would be regarded as “meatloaf sandwiches”. A few hints for working with burgers: - use good meat (even different types, eg venison and beef), preferably home-ground/minced – i... read more

10:13 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Charl Cooks... Asparagus & Goat Cheese Frittata , Chicken Schnitzel Caesar Salad and Citrus & Coconut Loaf This week, a couple more ideas suitable for Spring – the first a frittata (basically a crustless quiche) uses asparagus (the season is short, so don’t miss out); the second recipe should see even kids enjoying salad – crunchy chicken schnitzel paired with the crisp and creamy of Caesar salad; ... read more

12:15 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Charl Cooks… with Jenny Morris, the Giggling Gourmet A few weeks ago, I hosted the annual St Francis Hospice Ladies Spring Breakfast – a colourful celebration of life, where each table is decorated/themed and there is an annual, closely contested “Centrepiece Competition”. In addition to loads of positive energy and always being a great outing, this year the guests were Centrestage funny man/drummer... read more

12:47 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Charl Cooks… Hot Dogs, Pork Steaks and Spring rolls A bit of a mixed bag again this week, a few things I’ve had a craving for, so here they are: a variation on hot dogs, delicious vanilla & leek mash with pork neck steaks and a pineapple mint salsa; and lastly the rice paper spring rolls that I enjoy so much, I had to learn how to make them, now you can too. Seattle Cream Cheese Hot Dog One of the man... read more

12:13 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, October 06, 2014
Charl Cooks… Bacon & Lettuce Soup, Duck on Rice noodles, Smashed Pavlova The next event for Charl’s Cooking has been postponed by a couple weeks, so I’m unusually going to feature some of the recipes before the event. Bacon & Lettuce soup 60-90ml vegetable oil 250g smoked streaky bacon, sliced 1,5cm 2-3 leeks, chopped finely 125ml plain flour (about 60g) 1,5 litres hot milk 1-2 (Imana)... read more

15:13 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 29, 2014
Charl Cooks... Chivito Steak Sandwich, Butternut & Chicken Shepherd’s Pie, Mango & Avo Salad, Banoffee-ish Tart A bit of a mixed bag this week again, a little Uruguayan, British, Irish and tropical. I’ve been meaning to try a home-made version of favourite ready-made “heat n eat” supermarket dish that I haven’t seen for a few years now – with roast chicken, butternut and a mash... read more

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