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May 2011 COTM, PLENTY: Pulses, Cereals, Pasta, Polenta, Couscous

I made this recently for a large dinner party as a side dish. People were very complimentary and I liked the dish, but didn't love it. I did love the colour, the freshness of the herb paste (and it's gorgeous smell) and I appreciated the sweet/savoury note added by the fried onions. I did add some lemon juice as suggested by some posters. But I found it a bit under seasoned and bland. Next time I will make more onion, add more lemon (possibly some lemon zest) and season more assertively.

Sep 08, 2013
Joburger in Home Cooking

December 2012 COTM: How To Eat -- Basics, Etc; Cooking In Advance; One and Two; Fast Food

Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

I have often made this, but it certainly doesn't convince as a tagine. My family enjoy the contrast of tender chicken, sweet carrot, creamy chickpeas. I use skinless, bone-in chicken thighs and lots more carrots than Nigella suggests. Tinned chickpeas work fine in this dish, and it is fairly soupy. Most importantly is that I add more spice - some chilli flakes or similar - and preserved lemon also works in this.

Sep 08, 2013
Joburger in Home Cooking

January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

A satisfying, unfussy dish. Easy to make and a good weeknight supper

Sep 08, 2013
Joburger in Home Cooking

January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

After months of ogling this recipe (and doubting it could taste as good as claimed) I finally made it for my meat loving family of teenage boys. And they liked it. And husband and I loved it! Used low fat 2% Greek Style yoghurt and loved the pale cool green of the pea yoghurt puree, the creamy crunchy spicy warm pine nuts, salty feta and fresh basil. It seems to me that like many Ottolenghi recipes it's best to include the ingredients as he specifies or the tastes might not come together as well as intended.

Sep 08, 2013
Joburger in Home Cooking

Cooking from DONNA HAY’S COOKBOOKS AND MAGAZINES – Please join us!

Simple Zucchini (Pasta, Short Order section) - Off the Shelf, p 30
I have made this extremely simple and fresh pasta dish often as a quick supper. I agree absolutely that a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice is essential to lift the dish. Jamie Oliver has a fresh zucchini and basil pasta dish, but Donna Hayes' recipe is simpler and fresher to my taste.

Apr 22, 2013
Joburger in Home Cooking

what's your favorite trifle combo?

I'm with you on this - Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Cherry Trifle is really striking to look at, good to eat and festive. I found it in her book Feast.

Jun 07, 2009
Joburger in Home Cooking it me ? Double text

I have had the same problem at times of double lines of text appearing - it doesn't usually last long though, but it is something I've noticed over the last while. It does seem to be a problem while a page is still loading - will try be more vigilant and see if I can notice exactly when it happens!

Sep 13, 2008
Joburger in Site Talk

africa is a vast continent

Sadly Gooseberry, you're right. I'll make a commitment to post more often and perhaps we can make SA a more chow-active place!

Sep 06, 2008
Joburger in Site Talk

Vegan in Durban?

I am sure she will be able to find vegan supplies in Durban, there is an abundant supply of fresh fruit and veg all year round, there are many Indian and Asian stores so there is easy access to rice/ pulses/ tofu etc.
She can contact the Vegan society of SA at

Another good contact is a vegan restaurant called Earth2 in Johannesburg that should be able to assist your friend with advice about her trip to Durban

Nov 03, 2007
Joburger in Middle East & Africa

name my vegetable, and tell me how to cook it

I bought my first romanesco today, admired it for a while, found your post and roasted as you suggested. I agree - absolutely delicious, sweet, nutty, mild and more-ish. Thanks for the great idea

Sep 14, 2007
Joburger in Home Cooking

Which Chow Recipes Have You Tried?

I've made the pasta with broccoli - simple, easy and really tasty

Jun 02, 2007
Joburger in Home Cooking

Sushi in Johannesburg

Have you tried Yamato in Illovo - Oxford Rd? I haven't been there for a while - but it certainly was good in the past and has been well regarded.

May 02, 2007
Joburger in Middle East & Africa

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Red Pepper Flakes, and Anchovies

I've just made this dish for an easy, but healthy and delicious sunday night dinner. I'm in South Africa and have never seen broccoli rabe for sale, so I used tenderstem broccoli, which seems fairly similar to the rabe. I served it with a little grated, fresh Parmesan. The recipe was a great success! I'll definitely make it again.

Jan 28, 2007
Joburger in Recipes