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JAN-Kellogs Beetroot Roulade

Potpourri and Beetroot Roulade

Sometimes, we have to indulge something just because it’s a thing of beauty. If it sounds weird to you, beetroot’s use in dessert is not ...
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Butter-poached Salmon and Squid Stew

Who said chefs don’t take shortcuts? At home, it’s all about kicking back a bit instead of spending hours and hours in the kitchen.
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JAN-Spekko Rice Cheese Soufflé

Boerenkaas Rice Soufflé

Who says leftovers need to be predictable? —let them surprise you. Turn a simple meal into a feast by giving your leftover rice a second ...
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Crispy Bobotie Chip

Ever heard of a bobotie and rice chip? You have now! My new favourite starter.
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JAN-Artichoke Salad

Artichoke and Spekboom Salad

This recipe is my swan song to winter. Depending on the year, you don’t always get artichokes by late winter, but when you do it’s ...
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Kellogg’s All-In-One Cookie

I could never condone binge eating (and get away with it), but if you were to gobble up, say, five of these in one sitting, ...
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Cinnamon Smoked Soetkoekies

You might have heard of burnt butter, but have you ever tried making your own smoked butter?
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If you've never heard of it, the doekpoeding is very similar to a fruit cake, but not as involved. It does boast one of ...
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Vanilla Glazed Grape and Custard Tart

I feel like I’ve been chasing milk tart since I was a child. When it comes to deciding on a tart filling, custard has to ...
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Pampoenkoekie Brownies

It’s the thing about brownies. They’re so willing to play dress-up that, it’s so easy to give them a taste of home.
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Biltong Croissants

I don’t remember ever having a biltong croissant, do you? Why aren’t they more popular? I mean, it’s basically a biltongbroodjie.
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Carrot Cake Flapjacks

There are some household brands that have been a part of the South African pantry for decades, and with every new generation, with a tweak ...
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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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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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JAN-Moerkoffie Melkkos

Koffie Melkkos

On the farm, this was a big breakfast treat, especially on Saturday mornings when there was nowhere to go in a rush.
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JAN-Chocolate and Beetroot Gateaux

Chocolate Mousse with Beetroot Marshmallow

This delectable charmer challenges our idea of what constitutes a dessert (just when we thought beetroot had no more surprises left up its sleeve)
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Quince Preserve with Caramel and Custard Choux Buns

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to put together a glamorous high tea.
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Apple and Pistachio Tart

This apple tart has been my personal go-to for more than 10 years.
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Glazed Fig and Orange Loaf Cake

Always have a loaf cake tucked away in the freezer that you can take out a couple of hours before the time (it defrosts very ...
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Dark Chocolate Crêpe Cake

On my first visit to Paris, I discovered the crêpe cake.
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Milk Tart with Rice Pudding Shell

I probably used to be more of a milk tart purist, but how can I be? I’ve used it as inspiration in a number of ...
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Vanilla Glazed Grape and Custard Tart

I feel like I’ve been chasing milk tart since I was a child. When it comes to deciding on a tart filling, custard has to ...
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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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When you allow yourself to journey to the Kalahari, you get intimately acquainted with the Karoo. ...
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As we start to think of our festive feasts – and gathering again – we’ll definitely ...
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One of my fondest memories of growing up was when, on those odd occasions when I ...
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I love my South African heritage, so I sometimes feel that I don’t share my 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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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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The tartly sweet twist that the chicken breast has been waiting for, with a Mustard Beurre Blanc sauce.
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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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While lean chicken breast makes a great salad, I wouldn’t recommend it for baking a pie.
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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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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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As the weather in South Africa takes a summery turn, we’re starting to imagine ...
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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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Cheese Tortellini with Herb Dressing

Tortellini must be one of the most comforting Italian dishes out there.
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A sweet easy-to-make treat
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A Slice of Romance

Delight your special someone with the sweetest romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day – a special cake crafted with love and meant for sharing.
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When Cheese Talks Wine

Sip, savour, and embark on the convergence of language in describing both cheese and wine. Now, you might be wondering, "What do these cheesy delights ...
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Feast Mode

It’s time to set the table, top up the bubbly – and lean into all the good things that the festive season brings. And there’s ...
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A Summer Soirée to Remember

Summer – and the gloriously sunny festive season it brings to those of us fortunate enough to live in the Southern hemisphere – has finally ...
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