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
09:29 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 15, 2014
Charl Cooks… A mixed bag: Whole Fillet steak, Café de Paris butter and 3 cheese Smoked Salmon pizza
This week I did some cooking for a pharmaceutical company and some doctors they were entertaining, no pressure hehe. We presented a five course (with no sorbet) of crispy chicken California rolls and Powdered Biltong Fashion sandwiches on arrival, then Three Cheese Smoked Salmon Pizza, Trio of fillet (pepper-cru... read more
08:47 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 08, 2014
Charl Cooks… Braai for Heritage - Braai'd Fish in newspaper, Braai’d Balsamic &Herbed Feta¸ Italian Herb Potato Bake, Braai-broodjie Jaffles
With Heritage Day soon, I thought we’d start practicing braai ideas. I’ve also added a recipe for preserved lemons - often used in Indian and North African food, but great for so many other dishes, either as a dressing or relish, or core ingredient to... read more
10:39 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 01, 2014
Charl Cooks... Frittata, Salad and Classic Baked New York Cheesecake for Spring
I mention every year, to clear up any confusion, that Spring truly only starts on 21 September, but I think by the 1st we’re ready to say goodbye to Winter; accordingly the Spring column coincides with the 1st – a perfect opportunity to feature some lighter fresher salads and always a cheesecake.
Salmon & Cream Cheese Frittata... read more
08:43 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Charl Cooks… Two more soups and Oxtail in Rooibos & Sherry
Last week I was almost bragging about good weather, this week, it seems a bit of a sting in the tail of winter, so two last soups, both a little unusual, but very tasty; and oxtail – a wintery dish, but so popular it’s on many restaurant menus all year round.
Roasted Brinjal Soup
1kg brinjals (about 4 medium to large), trimmed and sliced... read more