Posts Tagged ‘butternut’

Embracing Autumn…


With the Winter Reaper knocking on our door, and Summer breathing her last breaths – we have a lovely little grace period called Autumn. This is my absolute favorite time of year, not only because I can now finally cover up – but so can the rest of the cut-off wearing, mid-riff bearing beautiful population of Cape Town. The playing field is somehow more even in the colder months… and one can take just that much more delight in soothing any weight worries with rich indulgences and solace in the knowledge that throwing on an oversized jersey won’t be out of place.

So, I bring to you (after a reflective break from the blog) the perfect meal to usher in the cooler weather and cozier evenings… Butternut, Fennel & Cambozola Risotto served with a homemade Maple-glazed Pumpkin seed and crispy Sage dust. Sounds complicated, but it truly isn’t. This is why I adore risotto because it lends itself to an infinite amount of possibilities when it comes to flavoring. Just like a blank canvas. So light the fire, open a bottle of chilled Pinot Noir and cozy up with a gorgeous bowl of deliciousness!

Valentines Shmalentines


Not one for being a ritual celebrator of Valentines’ Day, I generally prefer to stay home – open a good bottle of something and eat some equally good food. This trumps being at the mercy of restaurants on this Hallmark Holiday that mostly just capitalize on set menus filled with chocolate fondants and ‘complimentary’ below average bubbles.

So without further ado, this is what I have planned for Friday’s evening in… Roasted Butternut, Leek & Feta Quiche, with a Nectarine & Chavroux Salad. Chavroux is a type of really creamy, soft Goats cheese – it’s amazing, and I only use it on special occasions. You can find it at Woolies in a little conical shaped container – don’t look at the price, just buy it and trust me on it’s incredible flavour and the knowledge that a little goes a long way.

I can’t not mention my favourite wine at the moment, being La Motte’s Pierneef Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – made from organic grapes, it is a beautiful choice to pair with anything summery and creamy. So…Happy V-day in advance, everyone!

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Roasted Butternut Bobotie


I have to admit that when I was a kid, traditional Bobotie used to land up in front of me probably once a year – and it was not a meal I looked forward to. I found it very strange to have hot raisins, meat and eggy, savoury custard all on one plate. Sounds gross, right? Yet surprisingly, Bobotie has become for me one of those acquired flavours that you grow to love, like I have done with so many other food stuffs I loathed as a child, but as an adult, can’t get enough of. Olives, onions, black pepper, wine… the list goes on.

This is my ‘happy cow’ vegetarian version of the dish – made with slow roasted butternut, saucy spiced lentils and a mild custard topping. I made this for the first time last week whilst experimenting in the kitchen, and had two unexpected visitors arrive (conveniently) over dinner time – so I was a bit hesitant to dish it up without having tested it first. Nonetheless, it went down a treat and there were happy tummies all round.

A perfect pairing of tipple with this delicately spiced dish, is the beautiful Iona Sauvignon Blanc – hailing from one of the coolest (and coolest) vineyards in South Africa, high up on the Elgin plateau, about an hour’s drive out of Cape town.

It’s worth mentioning that my spellcheck is insisting I correct my spelling of ‘Bobotie’ to ‘Bootie’ ;)

Happy Middle of the Week, everyone!