May 31, 2016

A sorbet isn’t “just frozen fruit juice”. To get that distinct smooth texture that a good sorbet has actually takes a little bit of work (not as much as making a custard or a souffle though, so don’t worry).

 

A sorbet requires a “base”. Usually made of a syrup, this bas...

May 31, 2016

Before I started my career I knew nothing about wine…actually, to be honest, I knew nothing about alcohol in general. If it had alcohol volume and it was sweet, I would drink it. Then I did a wine course and studied food the French way. Everything in French cooking see...

May 31, 2016

Earlier today I started a topic on twitter bout things people just won't give up when they eat. Remembering one of my uncle's distress and shock at finding out we didn't eat nor keep any tomato sauce in our house got me thinking about the strange habits human beings ge...

May 17, 2016

They say our national staple in South Africa is maize meal. In the young urban areas I’d beg to differ and say its more likely fried chicken…and on weekends the fried chicken variety becomes hot wings with chilli sauce.

I’m all about taking business away from the fast f...

May 17, 2016

The world has hundreds of types of bread. I once bought a book whose theme was bread recipes from around the world…it had over 500 bread recipes! That’s how popular bread is and a testimony to just how fundamental bread is to us and our various cultures. Sorry Banting...

May 17, 2016

Sitting here in my room. My door is locked shut and I’m looking at my business diary with my palm firmly against my forehead. When I registered LesDaChef as an official company in January this year I honestly had no idea what would become of this crazy plan. Officially...

May 17, 2016

 

Firstly let me start with a disclaimer, I don’t know a million things to do with basil, I used this title for this post because it’s December and my mind is numb and my creative juices have run out of sugar.

 

I was asked on Twitter yesterday if I could help with some i...

May 17, 2016

A few days ago I bought myself a food dehydration machine. As soon as it arrived I wanted to smack myself, why no one else had come up with the idea before is beyond me. All it is is a see through box made of rather cheap feeling plastic with a miniature fan and a sock...

May 16, 2016

There’s nothing I love more than coming up with cool and funky new recipes with ingredients you wouldn’t think would work.  I always say to people that the best recipes are the ones that come from mistakes.

Over the past year I’ve been fiddling with different methods of...

May 16, 2016

One of the many favourite things we South Africans have kept from the British colonial days is the love for tea and scones. I used to hate making tea as a kid but I would always hang around when my mom would make scones, she always burnt a few and we knew we were going...