In Honor of Madiba we celebrate the life of a legend

Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards this legendary man, Nelson Mandela, Father of our nation, South Africa. Even in death he has not only united a nation but the world.

Tata, I never met you, talked with you, Laughed with you or cried with you, but I know deep down in my heart I love you. Thank you for your bravery and courage in the face of fear and your belief in the small dim light in all of us that began to shine brighter with your careful wisdom and guidance.

You were an ordinary man, who accomplished extraordinary feats, with your willingness to overcome society’s perception of how the world should be.

They say we will never find anyone like you again … you have proven we have it in all of us to do the impossible.

It’s your time to rest now Tata, May the rainbows we see remind us of you and the colours you brought to South Africa.


Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa)
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo (Let Africas horn be raised)

Yizwa imithandazo yethu, (Listen also to our prayers)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.(Lord bless us, we are the family of Africa)

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,(Lord bless our nation)
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,(stop wars and suffering)
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,(save it , save our nation)
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika — South Afrika (the nation of South Africa – South Africa)

Uit die blou van onse hemel, (From the blue of our heavens)
Uit die diepte van ons see,(from the depths of our seas)
Oor ons ewige gebergtes, (over our everlasting mountains)
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,(where the cliffs give answer)

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.

Rest in Peace Tata Madiba





Everything goes down better with a glass of Wine …

South Africa make some amazing complex wines down in the Cape regions , one of my favorites is  Pinotage . It is a uniquely South African grape varietal , this unique creation was first made grafting Pinot Noir and Cinsaut  grapes by Prof Perold – to today’s legends crafting and creating the latest Pinotage or Pinotage blend.

Pinotage has rich earthy flavours with hints of chocolate and cherry  , often having aromas of berry’s , petrichor and smokey oak

This wine goes lovely with rich spicy dishes , Cape Malay curries are always a winner , Pinotage has chocolaty  undertones this works beautifully with dark chocolate sauces or desserts .

My ultimate winter desserts usually include poached pears as they are excellent vehicles for flavour , and go well with white and red wines , this recipe with a chocolate fondant or sauce ?!?!? to die for !!!! and for some reason poached pears always give off an air of a certain ‘Je ne sais quoi ‘  – it is sure to impress any dinner guest with is elegant and thought out approach and delectable flavours

I use this basic recipe and instead of orange i add (750 ml of wine) , 8 cardamon pods , 2 star anise , one medium cinnamon stick  ,  and about a quarter cup of honey (for a deeper flavour use molasses )  –  these are the best of friends with a deep red wine .

Once the pears are poached i usually reduce this mixture (strain out the spices) for about 30 min on a medium heat or until it is a sticky sweet sauce that you could drizzle over a side of chocolate mouse and your poached pear .

People also think that poached pears can only be eaten with a creme anglais or sauce , not the case , slice it up and lay in a tart shell and cover with a chocolate frangipane mixture – HEAVEN IN A TART SHELL!!!

so take those traditional favorites and think outside the box , you wont regret it .

there is no short supply of taste testers in my house , where food is made they shall follow .–vincotto-pear-tart.htm

Bon Appetit !!!