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MY AT-HOME RECIPES

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JAN-Mushroom Pie

Wild Mushroom and Grain Pot Pie

When someone uses the word “earthy” to describe a flavour, what’s the first thing you think about? For me, it’s mushrooms, without fail...
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JAN - Apple Cake

Apple and Pistachio Tart

This apple tart has been my personal go-to for more than 10 years.
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JAN - Orange and Fig Cake-9937

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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JAN-Leg of Lamb

Roast Leg of Lamb

When it comes to the big holidays, I like to indulge in a little tradition. When a feast is this good, you let it tell ...
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JAN-Crêpe Cake

Dark Chocolate Crêpe Cake

On my first visit to Paris, I discovered the crêpe cake.
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JAN-Traditional Feast Roast Chicken

Traditional Easter Feast

Over the Easter period, some of us opt for leg of lamb while others go for hot cross buns and pickled fish. Why not roast ...
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JAN-Hot Cross Bun Mosbolletjie

Mosbolletjie Hot Cross Buns

Mosbolletjies are a staple at every JAN destination. From the Cape and Kalahari to Nice in France, I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t ...
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JAN - Tomato Salad-8280

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Tomato Chutney

So simple, yet so luxurious. The sight of a generous platter of heirloom tomatoes puts us in mind of a scene out of Under the ...
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APPLE & OLIVE OIL CAKE

I’ve so often been told that the best apple to use in an apple cake is a Granny Smith, I suppose because of the way ...
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Jasmine Rice, Coconut & Rose Macaroons

Apart from an extra “o”, the main difference between a macaroon and a macaron is in the main ingredient. Where macarons (French) are made with ...
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BROWNIE MIGNARDISES WITH A MALVA TWIST

This is a marriage of two greats. On the one hand, you’ve got that gooey, chocolatey richness of a brownie; on the other, that unmistakable, ...
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PUMPKIN BUTTERMILK RUSKS

Every now and again, you come up with an idea that ticks all the boxes. It’s usually so simple that you have to stop to ...
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GLASS APPLE CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUITS

I love marrying a variety of flavours. It just makes that first bite so multilayered and satisfying.
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OUMA MARIA’S MERINGUE CAKE

This meringue cake – with its crispy shell and soft interior – was always a feature at our Easter table.
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BREAD PLATTER

There comes a time when putting a cheese platter together feels a bit “seen one, seen ‘em all.” You can get inventive with your selection, ...
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PEPPERMINT CRISP CHOCOLATE COOKIES

It’s probably a cliché, but if there’s one thing I think most South Africans – myself included – miss when they’re abroad it’s Peppermint Crisp. ...
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CHOCOLATE BREAD AND BUTTER POPS

If I had to make a list of my ten favourite recipes, which I’ve never done, I’d say about seven of those would stem from ...
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Jasmine Rice, Coconut & Rose Macaroons

Apart from an extra “o”, the main difference between a macaroon and a macaron is in the main ingredient. Where macarons (French) are made with ...
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BROWNIE MIGNARDISES WITH A MALVA TWIST

This is a marriage of two greats. On the one hand, you’ve got that gooey, chocolatey richness of a brownie; on the other, that unmistakable, ...
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KOEKSISTERS

After all these years, the koeksister – in all her glory – has found a home in my recipe library. You’ll find her at (almost) ...
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RICE CAKE WITH MUSCADEL-SOAKED SULTANAS AND FIGS

The traditional rice cake hails from Italy, where they made this sweet, textured delight with risotto.
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Creamy Chocolate Fudge Roll

I like my fudge creamy. Perhaps it’s because the gooey consistency
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JASMINE RICE & CINNAMON DOUGHNUTS

Of all my attempts at reinventing this Italian classic, these rice-based...
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Fudgy Bean Brownies

Have you ever tried using beans in brownies? Their gentle mealiness adds a satisfying quality ...
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THREE CLASSIC PIES

Having lived in France for the best part of a decade, I recently realised just how much I miss an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, homemade pie. Of ...
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Fried chorizo & red onion

I love those festive times of the year when we find all sorts of reasons to get together, cook lavishly and kuier like there’s no ...
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Baked figs with blue cheese & parma ham

There’s a lot I miss about home when i’m in France, but my...
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Steak tartare

There’s a theatre to steak tartare. As with all the finer things in life, it calls for only the finest quality ingredients. If ever you ...
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Oxtail Pie

Oxtail is the quintessence of slow cooking.
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GAMMON WITH MARMITE HONEY GLAZE

When planning your Festive Feast, you want something ryk...
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Pilchard frikkadels wrapped in cabbage leaves

If there really is a country on earth that has not come up with some version of a frikkadel wrapped in cabbage, they have likely ...
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Rooibos-smoked trout with minted peas & truffle mayonnaise

Most people think of rooibos strictly as a tisane – as a naturally caffeine-free alternative to black tea – but I love exploring new ways ...
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SALT-CRUSTED BAKED SEABASS

Any fish can be cooked whole in salt. We use seabass, but whole salmon is just as divine. <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="382.475" height="441.661" viewBox="0 0 382.475 ...
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CHICKEN AND PRAWN KATSU

Talk about love at first bite! Don’t quote me on this, but I would imagine the Japanese “katsu” is an Anglo-Japanese word for “cut”, as ...
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Tuna custard

There’s a general consensus that the microwave oven has no place in a serious cook’s kitchen. The stigma seems to be that it’s the lazy ...
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PRAWN CANNELLONI WITH NAARTJIE BEURRE BLANC

True cannelloni are tubular in shape, but in this case, they were made by lining up and alternating individual strings of black and white spaghetti. ...
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BAKED JEWELLED RICE CAKE

When cooking for friends or family, we often plan around the main attraction
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MUSHROOM MACARONS

While some occasions are perfectly content with a simple platter of chips and dip, other occasions may call for a “wow” moment to kick off ...
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Caramel Sweet Potatoes

Patat is Afrikaans for sweet potato, so when calling something a soet patat, you know it’s sweet
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Warm Berry Compote with Rose Water

This is a treat-yourself recipe. It’s so good you’ll want it with everything.
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POTATO AND GRUYÈRE CHEESE PIE

The idea behind this crowd-pleaser comes from the potato bake,
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Fromage blanc with fresh figs, cashews & coconut

I’m honest when I say I’m not the best breakfast person. Normally a shot of espresso, fruit, green veg juice and a glass of water ...
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Hasselback roasted sweet potatoes

When South Africans get together in summer, it almost always results in a braai. Most of us have a very particular idea of what the ...
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SOUTTERT WITH TOMATO CHUTNEY

“Quiche!” was the first thing that my French sous-chef screamed when he saw the big pan coming from the oven. It is somewhat true… the ...
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First Impressions

When crafting the canapés, I like something a little whimsical, something that will put a smile on people’s faces, and few things get me as ...
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Changing Tides

The success of any business depends on the strength of its relationships with other, likeminded organisations. One of the JAN brand’s closest and most enduring ...
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The JAN Guide to a Zero Waste Kitchen

Inspired by the Klein JAN team, we compiled a list of helpful guidelines to help you transform your kitchen into a zero-waste kitchen.
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JAN-Cocoa Confidential

Cocoa Confidential

Like wine, your experience of chocolate is influenced by where the cocoa bean grew, how long it fermented for and finally, how it was made ...
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