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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.

09:39 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charl Cooks… 3 recipes from the Aurora Cookbook This week I went to the launch of a very special cookbook – an absolute labour of love by the Aurora fundraiser, Briony Sparg, who has also been an on-air colleague for many years now. Many local personalities were approached about 18 months ago to submit recipes for the book which is now a reality. Obviously it is being used as a fundraising project , so please g... read more

15:33 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 21, 2014
Charl Cooks… Peri-peri Prawns, Masala Chicken and Ratatouille Lamb shanks A bit of a mixed bag this week, but all good recipes for the continuing winter chill… Peri-peri oil, to use on anything you like (but prawns today), spiced masala chicken on chakalaka rice and lamb shanks, done with ratatouille veg. Peri Peri Oil 4-12 dried birds eye chillies (with or without seeds), chopped finely 2,5cm piece fre... read more

08:58 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 14, 2014
Charl Cooks… Curries: Butternut and Apricot Chicken; also Gluhwein I’m not sure if I’m just being a coastal softie, but I swear this winter has been colder than last year. So what do we do? We make more warming dishes… One for the vegetarians – it’s a variation of a friend’s and a fruity chicken one, where you can vary the spice mix to your taste. I spoke about my Gluhwein acciden... read more

10:09 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 07, 2014
This week, two well-known (I thought) national dishes: (Portugese) Trinchado and (Greek variation on Middle eastern/Balkans/East Mediterranean) Moussaka. And if you’re a regular reader of the column, you’ll know I must “mess with” recipes – in this case my challenge was to make a vegetarian moussaka, meat eaters would enjoy as a main course – and they did. Trinchado is traditionally marin... read more

11:53 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, June 30, 2014
Charl Cooks… In the pressure cooker: Coke Chicken, Spicy (or not) Beef & Pasta and Lamb “Bunny Chow” A fixture in so many kitchens years ago (including my ouma’s, and it terrified me, hissing away on the stove) I’m not sure how commonplace pressure cookers are nowadays. Some great strides have been made, especially with the electric ones you get now – essentially a single stove plate... read more

09:34 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, June 23, 2014
Charl Cooks... Chinese 5-Spice Crispy Pork Belly and Mexican: Huevos Rancheros and Chilli Poppers I decided to feature 2 Mexican recipes: Huevos Rancheros (literally "ranch eggs") is a tradition of eating eggs and hot chile that dates back for centuries; also one of the first real fusion cuisines, born of the culinary marriage between the Spanish Conquistadors and the Native Americans; and Chilli Poppers, in this ... read more

08:40 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, June 09, 2014
Charl Cooks... Braai: Spicy Pork Neck Salad, Camembert Avo Steaks, Haloumi Skewers (and salad), Cinnamon Braai Bananas This week, with the first bitterly cold winter weather experienced, I say grab the Old Brown, and get sociable around a braai-fire (preferably indoors); here are a few ideas: Camembert Avo & Biltong Steak: Use thicker steaks (about 3cm) and make a small horizontal incision in the side, stuffing ab... read more

09:25 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Charl Cooks… Is 11 years old! And no one is more surprised than I am. The last year especially has been an interesting one for me. I went from being on radio 6 days a week (and for many years, at that) to becoming Algoa FM’s music compiler and having one radio program a week (Sunday Breakfast) including being the new on air home for Charl Cooks – where the feature/recipes are explained in brief (and simul... read more

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