AUTUMN AND EASTER IS HERE

Journal & Recipes

It was a warm and flavour full week in the African Relish kitchen. Eric and Lalie Kossatz joined us all the way from Somerset West for some tasty Karoo Tapas and sweet, decadent desserts. TAPAS AND DESSERTS They are avid foodies and loves to experiment with flavours. Eric baked very good bread, made pastries among ...

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Olive time of the year

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It’s that time of the year again and the olives are hanging ripe and ready. Olive production works in a two year cycles. The olive harvest of 2016 was excellent and by default, this year is not so great. The growing period of an olive happens up till 40 days after pollination through the process ...

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When Ireland comes to the Karoo – Chef Jaco’s diary

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Emerald Isle visitors to African Relish We recently welcomed two guests from Ireland at African Relish. It was wonderful to show them a true, heart warming summer Karoo welcome. A Karoo Culinary Experience After a wholesome breakfast the day begins with a tour of Prince Albert town. This included a cheese tasting at Gay’s dairy , an ...

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Charcuterie in our kitchen – Chef’s diary

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Keeping it local. As a chef I am really privileged to be able to work with high quality local produce that’s on my doorstep, or at the most a phone call away. Anything from organic venison to full fat Guernsey dairy.  Gay’s Dairy is a local gem that recently gave birth to ‘The Meat Room’ where I buy my ...

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No need to knead – Chef’s Diary

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In the culinary world, there is no love more pure than the love for bread.  That heart warming smell of bread baking in a wood fired oven inspires passion and love in all of us. Understanding fresh ingredients, good flour and wild yeast will open your eyes to this true art form a lot of ...

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ROLLING WITH SPRING – Chef’s Diary.

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I simply cannot get enough of this wonderful time of the year. After a nicely busy off-season, we hit the ground running.  Functions, film crews and cycle tours. Classes have become increasingly interesting with spring produce finding its way onto the menu. Flavours of the East One class that seems to be requested more and ...

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Spring has sprung. Chef’s diary, new recipes.

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What an unforgettable weekend and a perfect introduction to the magic of spring. We had the privilege of hosting the wonderful Nina Timm in our kitchen for an amazing weekend of good comfort food, food styling, loads of techniques plus stunning photography. Not only was it a very successful workshop, it was also the perfect kick-off to the ...

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The Pig, the Farmer and the Charcutier.

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Last weekends charcuterie workshop with Neil Jewell epitomised the reason that Lisa and I started African Relish Cooking School nearly ten years ago. A totally immersive foodie experience in a wonderful facility with really interesting people. There is something to be said about starting the weekend with a whole 110-kilogram pig and leaving 48 hours later ...

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Karoo Tapas – Chef’s diary & recipes

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In the kitchen at African Relish our Karoo Tapas classes have become well liked and often asked for. We did a little internet research on the history of tapas. They are a variety of small savoury Spanish dishes, often served as a snack with drinks, or with other tapas as a meal. Because tapas are ...

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Chef Jaco’s recipe for delicious rich oxtail casserole.

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The time for comfort food in the Karoo winter has finally arrived! And the first thing that comes to mind is a hearty, rich casserole, or potjie made with vegetables found in your garden, fresh herbs, a good bottle of local red wine and of course, a good stewing meat like oxtail.  Oxtail is a bony, gelatinous ...

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