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candy-striped #beetroot + apple #salad

candy-striped #beetroot + apple #salad

candy stirpe beetroot salad

I looovvvveee crunchy food and this salad is perfect for a hot summers day. It not only tastes fabulous but it looks spectacular too. Delicious and easy to make.

Candy-striped beetroot and apple salad with walnuts and basil
candy-striped beets (you don’t have to peel it)
apples, peeled and cored 

walnuts, chopped 

basil leaves

mandolin slicer

15 ml Dijon mustard

45 ml white sherry vinegar 

62.5 ml good olive oil 

2.5 ml salt 

large pinch black pepper 

Slice the beets and apples thinly with a mandolin slicer. Stack or arrange the beets and apples on a plate. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and torn basil on top. Mix the dressing ingredients well and sprinkle over the salad.

red wine poached beetroot salad

red wine poached beetroot salad


lesson#2 {alain passard} enhance the flavour of your vegetables with subtle flavourings

I am still talking veggies and the most wonderful experience I had at Alain Passard’s restaurant in Paris – L’Arperge. As I mentioned in a previous cabbage post – what I took away from the day was to make your vegetables the stars of a meal – look at them, smell them, see their beauty, see their perfection and cook them in such a way as to bring out their natural flavours.

I took my little black book with and my camera to make sure I had a permanent memory of the food. But the flavours – how am I going to remember them? How was I ever going to relate them? I decided that the only way was to take what I have tasted and implement these complex flavours in my kitchen – it will definitely not be the same but at least it will be documented.


One of the dished served to us at Passard’s little restaurant was beetroot – OMG, the flavours! When you tasted the beetroot it was the same flavours you would find in glühwein – you know, the red wine, the cinnamon etc. It was so complimenting of the beetroot that I decided to poach my red veged beauties in a bit of red wine, black pepper corns, cinnamon, star anise and some orange peel.

Well, it turned out fantastic and so absolutely delicious. The spices compliment the earthiness of the beetroot transforming this root into something so special. After you had a bite the tastes kind of linger in your mouth for a while and you don’t know if you are in winter or in summer. I served the baby beats cold and added some cream cheese buttons, some micro leaves and a drop of balsamic glaze on each beetroot.

Please try this the next time – it really is special and something rather completely different.


red wine poached beetroot salad
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Serves: 4
  • For poaching beetroot
  • 650g Baby Beetroots
  • 1L Red wine
  • 250ml Water
  • 3 Cloves
  • 5 Black peppercorns
  • 1 Big cinnamon stick
  • Peel of one orange
  • 2T Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Other salad ingredients
  • Micro greens
  • 80g Cream Cheese
  • Balsamic glaze
  1. Cook the beetroot in the wine spice mix for +- 40 minutes till soft.
  2. Drain and let it cool. Peel and leave in wine for a while – just to soak up some flavours.
  3. Cut in half, add some cream cheese drops and micro greens.
  4. Add one drop of balsamic glaze on each beetroot.


ostrich fillet + red wine + king oyster mushrooms + beetroot blocks

ostrich fillet + red wine + king oyster mushrooms + beetroot blocks

ostrich fillet + red wine + king oyster mushrooms + beetroot blocks
Today, I need to tell you about my little weekend adventure … the Ultimate Braai Challenge… This past Saturday my friend Joani and I took part in the Western Cape auditions for the Ultimate Braai Challenge. This turned out to be one of the best foodie experiences of my life – the 100 crazy teams, the ‘gees”, the organizers, the judges were just amazing and Justin Bonello is such a fabulous guy and so down to earth! Kudu’s go to all the organizers, the sponsors and everyone that took part both young and old. I was really gob-smacked by all the different people that took part – their liveliness, their spirit and what passion we South Africans have! I realised once again – we LOVE a braai! I cannot wait for this show to start – I really think it is going to take SA by storm!!

But let me get back to what food we presented to the judges – our main course was braaied Ostrich fillet in a red wine and mushroom jus with beetroot blocks – all done on the braai. One of the judges told us that this specific dish was the best dish he had tasted on the day. So I thought I would share this recipe with you. For sure you can do this on the stove as well but for those of you who are adventurous why not also try this on the braai…? Serve this with buttery, mustardy, crushed new potatoes. If you are not so much an ostrich steak fan you can always swap this with a cut of beef or even kudu fillet. Do not forget to enjoy this with a good glass of red wine …

Happy Braaiing … remember where there’s smoke … there is a braai!

ostrich fillet + red wine + king oyster mushrooms + beetroot blocks
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Serves: 4
  • For steak
  • 4 x 200g Ostrich Fillet
  • 1Tablespoon cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the Jus
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ large onion, cut in quarters and parted
  • 3 king oyster mushrooms, cut in 3x lengthwise
  • 4 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Big pinch of black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups of red wine
  • 1 Cup chicken stock (it is ok to use stock cubes diluted in water as per instruction)
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 20 g butter
  • For beetroot blocks
  • 250g cooked beetroot cut into 1cm x 1cm cubes
  1. Add the oil and butter to a pot then add the onion – caramalise the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Onions need to have that beautiful honey colour.
  3. Add the mushrooms, thyme, rosemary and the salt and pepper. Fry for a further 10 minutes. I love to hear the snap-crackle-pop of the thyme!
  4. Add the red wine and garlic and de-glaze the pan.
  5. Then add the chicken stock and the tomato paste. Simmer till half the amount is left. This is important - it needs to be a thickish sauce consistency.
  6. Add the rest of the butter and let it melt. Taste and season.
  7. Sieve through a fine sieve and add the beetroot blocks. Set aside.
  8. Keep the big onion pieces and oyster mushrooms aside – discard the thyme and rosemary.
  9. Heat the oil in the pan and fry the ostrich according to your taste – medium rare for me. Season meat to your taste.
  10. Add the onions and mushrooms (that you used in the jus) and fry these with the steak.
  11. Take the steak out of the frying pan to rest (let it rest for least 8 minutes) and add the red wine jus to the steak juices in the pan.
  12. To serve: Put the steak on a plate – add some onion pieces and giant oyster mushroom on top. Then pour some jus at the bottom of the plate. Dress with a few blocks of beetroot around the steak.