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Gammon and Kookkos

Every year, as the festive season draws nearer, I do what most chefs do. I start …

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Biltong Croissants

I don’t remember ever having a biltong croissant, do you? Why aren’t they more popular? I …

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Carrot Cake Flapjacks

There are some household brands that have been a part of the South African pantry for …

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Dinner Party Canapés

I know. Every time I get asked what I make when I have guests over for …

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Rich Chocolate Torte with Peach Preserve

It’s always a good idea to have a rich, chocolatey trick up your sleeve.

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Pickled Tomato and Cherry Picnic Salad

I’ve always felt that picnics should form a category of food all on its own. Think …

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Pastorie Chicken Pies

The best thing about one-pot-wonders, like Pastorie Chicken, is the leftovers. When pulled off the bone …

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Pastorie Chicken

If you’ve never had Pastorie Chicken, my sympathies. It’s not clear when this chutney delight first …

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Macadamia baklava cheesecake

Macadamia Baklava Cheesecake

It’s amazing how many uses you can get out of one ingredient. Often, I’d get the …

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Rooibos and Chamomile Roast Chicken with Artichoke Consommé

The day I mastered the consommé, I felt like a chef. To make a stock might …

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Sweetcorn and coffee tart

Sweetcorn and Coffee Tart

Every now and again when I return to France, instead of indulging in the array of …

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Mosbolletjie Roosterkoek

The mosbolletjie has found its way into so many of my menus over the years, I …

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JAN-Biltong Croissant

Biltong Croissants

I don’t remember ever having a biltong croissant, do you? Why aren’t they more popular? I …

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JAN-Carrot-Cake-Flapjacks

Carrot Cake Flapjacks

There are some household brands that have been a part of the South African pantry for …

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JAN - Gluten-free Chocolate Cake-2079

Rich Chocolate Torte with Peach Preserve

It’s always a good idea to have a rich, chocolatey trick up your sleeve.

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Pastorie Chicken Pies

The best thing about one-pot-wonders, like Pastorie Chicken, is the leftovers. When pulled off the bone …

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Macadamia baklava cheesecake

Macadamia Baklava Cheesecake

It’s amazing how many uses you can get out of one ingredient. Often, I’d get the …

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Mosbolletjie Roosterkoek

The mosbolletjie has found its way into so many of my menus over the years, I …

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Biltong and pear tartlet

Biltong and Pear Tartlet

This one’s going into my personal recipe journal of crowdpleasers.

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Maple Crème Brûlée Cake

Maple crème brûlée cake

There’s always a reason to celebrate, especially the season. In summer, I can’t get enough of …

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Malva Bundt Cakes

Malva Bundt Cakes with Whipped Cream

It’s not a malva pudding unless it oozes syrup, am I right? The thing is that …

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Almond cake with poached muscadel pears

Almond Cake with Muscadel Poached Pears

Although an almond cake is traditionally flourless, I’m often in the mood for a cake that’s …

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Peppermint crisp eclairs

Peppermint Crisp Caramel Éclairs

When meeting up with fellow South African expats overseas, the conversation inevitably steers in the direction …

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Chocolate Soufflé With Passion Fruit Custard

We all need that “brag” dessert we keep up our sleeves for when we’re having our …

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Carrot Cake Flapjacks

There are some household brands that have been a part of the South African …

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JAN - Gluten-free Chocolate Cake-2079

Rich Chocolate Torte with Peach Preserve

It’s always a good idea to have a rich, chocolatey trick up your sleeve.

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JAN - Mosbolletjie roosterkoek-6681

Mosbolletjie Roosterkoek

The mosbolletjie has found its way into so many of my menus over the …

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Maple Crème Brûlée Cake

Maple crème brûlée cake

There’s always a reason to celebrate, especially the season. In summer, I can’t get …

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Italian Meringue

It occurred to me recently that – considering that rice is a staple on …

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Hot Cocoa Chanel

Hot Cocoa Chanel

If, like me, you’ve had a lifelong love affair with Paris, you’ll have strolled …

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Malva Bundt Cakes

Malva Bundt Cakes with Whipped Cream

It’s not a malva pudding unless it oozes syrup, am I right? The thing …

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Almond cake with poached muscadel pears

Almond Cake with Muscadel Poached Pears

Although an almond cake is traditionally flourless, I’m often in the mood for a …

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Peppermint crisp eclairs

Peppermint Crisp Caramel Éclairs

When meeting up with fellow South African expats overseas, the conversation inevitably steers in …

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Condensed milk, apple and almond cake

Condensed Milk, Apple and Almond Cake

If you grew up on condensed milk, you’ll get it. There’s just something so nostalgic about that milky caramel taste.

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Hertzoggie recipe

Hertzoggie Meringue with Doily

There are some things that just never go out of style! The Hertzoggie is …

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Roasted Banana, Amaretto and Raisin Rice Cake

I remember making this cake for our staff meal at JAN as a treat on Saturdays before service. It always put us in such a great mood…

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The French Gatsby

Footlong Steak Sandwich with Red Wine Sauce and Frites

For those who are not overfamiliar with the delights of the Cape, a Gatsby is a sub-like sandwich that …

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Leg of lamb

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb, Basmati Rice and Radicchio Salad

Leg of lamb is a bit like a braaibroodjie. No, hear me out… To born and …

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Roasted Marrow Bones, Oxtail and Ale Broth With Long Grain White Rice

There’s a touch of sophistication to marrow bones that I’ve always relished for the fact that …

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Charcuterie platter

Mediterranean Charcuterie Board

Whether you’re having a picnic, party or date night, a platter is always a great idea. …

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Biltong Crusted Lamb with Rice Filled Apples

The aromas I enjoyed while trying this out took me right back to my childhood and the joys of spending Christmas with my loved ones.

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JAN-Lamb Pie

FESTIVE LAMB PIES

When you allow yourself to journey to the Kalahari, you get intimately acquainted with the Karoo. …

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FRIED BOBOTIE BALLS WITH CORIANDER MINT YOGHURT SAUCE

As we start to think of our festive feasts – and gathering again – we’ll definitely …

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VETKOEK AND CURRY MINCE

One of my fondest memories of growing up was when, on those odd occasions when I …

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BACON & MUSHROOM VOL-AU-VENT

I love my South African heritage, so I sometimes feel that I don’t share my favourite …

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OUMA ONDER DIE KOMBERS

I get a lot of inspiration from colour. There’s something about the combination of green and …

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CHILLED PEA AND HAM SOUP WITH GOATS CHEESE MOUSSE

While it would be optimistic to say we’re heading into summer in South Africa, things are …

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PORK OLIVES WITH A MUSTARD SAUCE

In 1952, a butcher in the Netherlands came up with a dish he called Slavink, which …

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Pastorie Chicken Pies

The best thing about one-pot-wonders, like Pastorie Chicken, is the leftovers. When pulled off the bone …

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Pastorie Chicken

If you’ve never had Pastorie Chicken, my sympathies. It’s not clear when this chutney delight first …

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JAN - Chicken and artichoke consommé-9832

Rooibos and Chamomile Roast Chicken with Artichoke Consommé

The day I mastered the consommé, I felt like a chef. To make a stock might …

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Moroccan chicken with spicy rice

Moroccan Chicken with Spicy Rice

It’s one of those wonderful things about food, the ability to experience another culture through flavour …

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Chicken and Rice Bites with Prawns and Bok Choy

Whenever I want to make a fresh start, I go for freshness in my meals and these chicken and rice bites are a favourite.

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Festive Chicken and Potato Pie

As I start to think ahead to upcoming Christmas celebrations and all of the favourite festive …

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DEBONED CHICKEN IN A BACON WEAVE

Roast chicken is as classic as they come; a Sunday lunch staple. But every Sunday? Well, …

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Portuguese Rice and Duck

Something about this traditional Portuguese dish reminds me of South Africa’s Spice Route era,

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Chicken Brioche Pies

You know when you try something new in the kitchen, not sure how it’s going to …

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APPLE-STUFFED CHICKEN

The tartly sweet twist that the chicken breast has been waiting for, with a Mustard Beurre Blanc sauce.

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QUAILS IN WHITE WINE & GRAPES

Flavoured with tarragon, these quails are cooked following the traditional method. This bittersweet herb is similar …

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Duck with red wine plum sauce

Collaborating with Pierneef à la Motte’s executive chef on a recipe for JAN the Journal Volume …

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Grilled Kingklip with green tea

GRILLED KINGKLIP WITH LEMON GREEN TEA BROTH

I wouldn’t call myself a tea snob, but ever since moving to Nice, I’ve …

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Quick and Easy Bouillabaisse

Pronounced boo-ya-bess, it’s arguably the most famous fish stew to come out of France …

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Brown Rice Cigars

For any movie marathon – whether planning a movie night or working your way …

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Sushi rice balls

Jasmine Rice and Salmon Balls

You know when you get a craving for something you have no idea how …

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Himalayan Pink Salt seared scallops

Himalayan Pink Salt Seared Scallops

The kitchen is a creative space. I know immediately when I walk into someone’s …

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JAN-Oysters four ways

Oysters Four Ways

Being back in South Africa for a while has got me in the mood for one of those light, late-summer seafood dishes…

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Vetkoek stokkies

Vetkoek Stokkies with a Trout Pâté

We recently started making “grasbrood” at Klein JAN; long, thin bread sticks hidden in …

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RICE 1-min

Chicken and Rice Bites with Prawns and Bok Choy

Whenever I want to make a fresh start, I go for freshness in my meals and these chicken and rice bites are a favourite.

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MUSSELS AU GRATIN

As the weather in South Africa takes a summery turn, we’re starting to imagine …

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RICE LACE WITH SMOKED HADDOCK AND TÊTE DE MOINE

This is one of those extra special starters reserved for special occasions. In my …

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Beer battered fish

What can I say, I’m a sucker for fish and chips, especially at those …

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TWICE BAKED MUSSEL SOUFFLÈ

The best thing about a twice-baked soufflé is that you never have to worry about getting it to the table in time.

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Pickled Tomato and Cherry Picnic Salad

I’ve always felt that picnics should form a category of food all on its own. Think …

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Sweetcorn and coffee tart

Sweetcorn and Coffee Tart

Every now and again when I return to France, instead of indulging in the array of …

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plant based rice croquettes

Cape Malay Spiced Rice Croquettes

Ever since I was little, I always missed someone the most on the day I knew …

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Poké Bowl

First Bloom Poké Bowl

I’ve often found that, the moment you tell someone you’re a chef, they immediately assume you’re …

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Pan Fried Pizza with Cashew Nut ‘Mozzarella Cheese’

One of the first things I realised when I started exploring plant-based cooking more seriously was …

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Mushroom leek cannellini bean and spinach pot pies

Mushroom, Leek, Cannellini Beans and Spinach Pies

Who said meat-free should ever mean comfort-free? It’s not all salads and umami-suffused lentils. There’s no …

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Olive bread with tomato tartare

Olive Bread With Tomato Tartare

The moment I decided to really start exploring plant-based cooking, I knew I wasn’t going to …

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Toffee Tomatoes

Balsamic Toffee Tomatoes

Remember those toffie appels we used to get at school fêtes and church bazaars? I loved …

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Tortellini

Cheese Tortellini with Herb Dressing

Tortellini must be one of the most comforting Italian dishes out there.

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JAN-Baby Cos Salad

BABY COS LETTUCE, ROASTED LIMES AND HUMMUS SALAD

This is one of those recipes that always makes me feel good about myself. Apart from …

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VEGETABLE RICE ROLLS

Remember when we still travelled freely to places like Thailand, Vietnam and Bali? While it certainly …

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PICKLED VEG AND LABNEH

Sturdy, timeless, beautiful, trendy, infinitely recyclable. Quite literally, its form is only limited by your imagination. …

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CRÈME BRÛLÉE DOUGHNUTS

A sweet easy-to-make treat
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Feasting in Franschhoek

An interview with JAN Group Executive Chef Antro Davel  The opening of JAN Franschhoek marks an exciting new chapter for …

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Let Them Eat Cake

Cakes That Changed History It’s one of the most cherished and expansive areas of the baking world. Few desserts have …

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How to Survive the Festive Season As a Vegan

Tips and tricks for a plant-based holiday season  The festive season is filled with family, friends, rest, joy and, if …

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Feasting Al Fresco

Keeping the Festive Season Light by Picnicking More

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