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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.



07:53 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, April 13, 2014
Charl Cooks… Vetkoek & fillings and Strawberry Tiramisu The evenings are definitely getting cooler and that always turns my mind (and appetite) towards comfort food – and, if you’re still eating carbs, one of the most underrated is vetkoek, (also known in some parts as magwenya). So, the basics of making them and a couple fillings/toppings and an accompaniment. The other recipe is one of my best, ther... read more

08:42 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, April 07, 2014
Charl Cooks...Pickled Fish and Cheese Blintzes The Easter Holidays upon us, and I’ve had an unprecedented number of requests for a pickled fish recipe. First featured several years ago, it was one of the recipes we “lost” when the website archive was removed, so I’m happy to pass it on again. The other for today, a traditionally Jewish holiday food, cheese blintzes – thin pancakes filled and fr... read more

07:59 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 30, 2014
Charl Cooks… Autumn Soups: Gazpacho, Broccoli & Rocket and Bacon & Lettuce My love for soups is well documented, and now just into Autumn with the warmest weather past for this year, I couldn’t wait to pass on a couple soup recipes; a take on the Spanish classic, Gazpacho, a vivid green Broccoli & Rocket soup and Bacon & Lettuce. Gazpacho 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and cored, and cut into qua... read more

07:53 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 23, 2014
Charl Cooks… Chilli-hot Ostrich Carpaccio and Pecan Chilli Chocolate Truffles I’m very excited that the 10th Chilli Festival is being held in PE this weekend. And festival founder, the inimitable red hot chilli mama, Heidi Vos is back as organiser after ill health made it impossible for a couple years. The fest is Friday 28th to Sun 30th and takes place at Eddie Macs at VP (next to Victoria Park). All the fa... read more

07:49 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 16, 2014
Charl Cooks… Venison Bobotie and Deboned Springbuck Leg I was a visitor to the first Karoo Food Fest last year and was well impressed with the quality and breadth of the offering in just a school hall, few classrooms and outdoor area. On Human Rights Day, I’ll be taking a drive to Cradock for the second fest, which is Thursday 20 March to Sunday 23rd. Expect spitbraai, master classes and cookery classes and ... read more

07:45 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 16, 2014
Charl Cooks... Avo & Ricotta Loaf Salad, Home-smoked Fish Paté and Citrus Beer This week a couple of ideas for salads/lighter eating and a refreshing home-made fruit beer. The ricotta loaf idea comes from a topping for a veg bake I did years ago for Carol Ann Kelleher, my fussy vegetarian friend and colleague, converting it to a loaf makes it easy to use in a great salad. The basis of the home-smoked fish pate is... read more

07:55 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 02, 2014
Charl Cooks... Peruvian: Ham & Cheese Empanadas and Spicy Mince Stuffed Potato In the interests of seeing a little more of foreign cuisine, this week I thought we’d look at a couple dishes from Peru. My small amount of reading and testing can’t do this multifaceted and diverse cuisine justice – it boasts over 2000 different soups along the coast alone, and over 250 traditional desserts, but we do look ... read more

07:19 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, February 23, 2014
Charl Cooks… Dried Fruit Chutney and a sarmie or two to use it on I almost feel bad featuring recipes for sarmies, since they’re mostly a matter of personal preference, so I hope that perhaps I’m adding an idea or two you may not have had. But the chutney is great! It’s made with dried fruit, spices and apple cider vinegar instead of the usual. It’s been developed specifically for the rich Cam... read more

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