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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.

16:09 (GMT+2), Fri, 31 July 2015
This week I think it’s time for pizza again, only the second time this year – I’m including pizza tips, to make sure you can get them right at home.   Base options: frozen (with tomato), frozen garlic focaccia, Greenshields bakery (plain), bread (or home-made) dough (white or brown); but also tramezzini halves, rotis, halved burger buns – almost any bread/pastry (sweet or savoury) can be used... read more

10:23 (GMT+2), Fri, 24 July 2015
A couple more winter warmers this week, after the biting cold and rain we’ve experienced in Algoa country recently. I’ve also added a pic of my prep in the dark, while waiting for load shedding to be over… Firstly a lamb hotpot – there are many variations on these, with the origin during heavy industrialisation, so minimum effort was required to prepare the original of lamb/mutton and onion, topped wit... read more

09:46 (GMT+2), Fri, 17 July 2015
I seem to be doing a fair amount of cooking at friend’s houses these days – and considering how complacent/comfortable I am in my kitchen, it can test your abilities when things you imagine to be indispensable in any kitchen (Yes, plain flour Jacques!) are nowhere to be found. I now do a borderline offensive scan of the kitchen I’m cooking in, to eliminate surprises – oh, and I almost never travel light... read more

10:20 (GMT+2), Fri, 10 July 2015
You might already know of my fondness for soup, so all I needed was the rain we had over the last bit, to convince me it was time again. I’ve seen plenty people already with the sniffles and it turns out chicken soup is inexpensive, nutritious and easily digested, and by virtue of the steam, it eases the nasal passages. Who cares even if it’s only the placebo effect, it tastes great! For the second recipe, one ... read more

12:55 (GMT+2), Fri, 03 July 2015
  This week, we commemorate Chocolate Day – it falls on July 7, but let’s not joke, any day can be a chocolate day. I’m not going to write about the health benefits this time, just give you some ideas… Several of the recipes are from Lindt, so are given as they appear (ie not my usual measurements or recipe writing style)   Lindt Classic Hot Chocolate The movie Chocolat inspir... read more

14:30 (GMT+2), Fri, 26 June 2015
My old nemesis, fresh pasta. I received a pasta roller as a Christmas gift years ago, and have used it twice, for efforts that left me frustrated enough not to try for another 2 years. Then 3 years... So after much reading and making 4 different pasta doughs, I’m on the right track, and so can you be. A pasta roller is ideal, but not essential – but here’s the thing, pasta making is time-consuming enough,... read more

08:36 (GMT+2), Mon, 08 June 2015
Charl Cooks is 12 years old on 5 June, and it’s really been the most amazing experience. Charl Cooks started as a question from then Algoa FM programme manager Alfie Jay (now Operations Director), when he asked if my passion and ability could translate into a weekly feature on air, and for our website, to catch on to the renewed interest in food from shows like Ready Steady Cook and the emergence of celeb chefs like ... read more

10:30 (GMT+2), Tue, 26 May 2015
A visit to a newly opened dim sum restaurant on my favourite strip of eateries, sent me to the kitchen to make a couple soups. Add to that a craving for crème caramel, and that’s what we have this week. I have adapted the crème caramel recipe from Chinese prawn meatball & mushroom soup Soup: Prawn shells and heads from the meatballs 1,5 litres water 1 chicken stock c... read more

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