Sorghum

For many years, I have been buying ‘birdseed’ at the pet shop. Not to feed our garden birds, but for tasty breakfasts, lunches, and suppers for myself. These days, sorghum is a lot more mainstream and available in other stores too. It is the same thing. The ‘human’ sorghum has been cleaned more, while the…

An Accidental Ode to Potatoes

It’s potato season in the KZN Midlands. It’s also the time of year when Terra Madre Day is celebrated. This annual Slow Food event held on 10 December, is a favourite of mine. I love the idea that we are connecting with thousands of people across the globe celebrating good, clean, fair food and diverse…

Free State Forage

Social media connections set me on the road North to forage in the Free State this month. Along the unkempt road verges beside chemical drenched, ploughed up, bare fields (used for growing sunflowers, maize, sorghum, and soya), our indigenous poppy Papaver aculeatum was blooming. I adore this little flower and for all its delicacy, admire…

Karoo Kos

When my Instagram pal Karen McEwan of True Karoo Trading (and festival organiser supreme) invited me to come to the Karoo Food Festival to talk about weeds, I hesitated.  It is so far, I thought. That’s true, it is far, but also a fabulous opportunity for a little foodie road trip.  What if there are…

In a Pickle

It is easy to get flustered at this time of year when radishes go to seed so fast, courgettes double in size each day and there are more beans on the vine than you know what to do with. One way to use up the abundance, is to pickle things. I’m not big on food…

Lockdown Leaves

During the Covid-19 Lockdown season we all focussed our attention on our immediate environment, so came to appreciate the undervalued beauty of blackjacks, for example.  We also tried out new foods as access to our usual favourites was restricted. This post features easily accessible wild and weedy edibles, with some nutritional information and preparation tips….

Secret Cutwini

Everyone knows about Mfihlelo Falls, despite the name meaning secret. Even more famous Pondoland places are Waterfall Bluff and Cathedral Rock – probably the reason many people visit Cutwini in the first place. However, there is much more to this village than spectacular rock formations and rivers that tumble directly from cliffs into the sea….

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…

All Local Long Table

Terra Madre is one of my favourite celebrations.  This year, I invited inspiring women who grow food, cook food, barter food and eat food, particularly local, unpackaged, slow food, to join me at a long table on the veranda. Terra Madre Day highlights the relationship between food and climate change as part of the Menu…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Three

Mostly, we do eat local food. So do our dogs. This challenge has, however, focused my attention on what is really local (how far can you go?). The official challenge was within 200 miles – 350 km.  That is pretty far, but meant that I could include tropical fruit and flour.  I think local is…