This is an ode to the charm of the home-made gift. I’m not talking about the dreaded three Ps: pot-pourri, papier-mâché or wonky pottery. I’m talking about glorious liquid receptacles for summer’s fruit bounty: the fruit cordial and its wilder cousin, the fruit liqueur. I’m talking sugar, spice and all things spiked.
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CHRISTMAS STEP BY STEP
If you’re the kind of traditionalist who insists on old-school starters, two roasts (glazed gammon, obvs), duck-fat potatoes, gravy perfection and the ultimate jelly and “custard”, then Hannah Lewry has all your work cut out for you, right here. Because if ever there was a time of year to flaunt your cooking skills, this is it
HAPPY HOUR Spirit of the season
A few ingredients left to infuse for two days and you can add a few home-made gifts to your festive repertoire this year, says Jeanne Calitz
FOOD HERO Brandy custard
Creamy, flecked with vanilla and now spiked with everyone’s favourite festive spirit, the TASTE team is all over Woolies’ new brandy custard. But how will we make the most of this fresh punnet of ingenuity?
A NEW KIND OF MAGIC
Break a few rules this Christmas, ('cos it's been that kinda year) and make new traditions with Abigail Donnelly’s inspired modern menu
In which Jonathan Ancer makes peace with the most embarrassing meal of his life, after learning that his food phobia has become family-table folklore
South Africa lost an icon earlier this year, when food editor and author Dorah Sitole passed away. Mogau Seshoene remembers the woman who inspired, advised and cheered for a generation of young black chefs
THANKS FOR sharing
Best way to do Christmas on a budget? Pot luck, you guys! Make some menu “suggestions”, says Khanya Mzongwana, set up a buffet table and ask everyone to bring a shareable dish that costs less than R50 per person. Think of it as food-nerd secret Santa
ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS
These are all the cakes, tarts, puddings, biscuits and treats you need for your Christmas countdown, courtesy of Abigail Donnelly
STEP BY STEP Christmas fairy-cake biscuits
For the kids and the kids at heart, these buttery, rainbow sprinkled biccies offer pure, unadulterated joy in the making and eating
The last carb
When her favourite veg, the humble potato, is all dressed up in a rich, cheesy tartiflette, Sam Woulidge knows it will bring peace to the holiday table
19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SETS RECORD FOR SOLO GLOBAL FLIGHT
Home! And no longer alone.
AMAZON PLANS A CLOTHING STORE FOR A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MALL
Amazon says it plans to open a clothing store in a Southern California mall later this year, a first for the online behemoth and a fresh challenge for already struggling traditional retailers.
FBI, US AGENCIES LOOK BEYOND INDICTMENTS IN CYBERCRIME FIGHT
The FBI and other federal agencies are increasingly looking to counter cyber threats through tools other than criminal indictments, the head of the bureau’s cyber division said in an interview.
HOW TO CRUSH YOUR HOLIDAY DEBT
The holidays have left without a trace. Well, almost. Long after the decorations have come down, you still have debt hanging around.
AMERICAN AIRLINES REPORTS $931 MILLION FOURTH-QUARTER LOSS
American Airlines lost $931 million in the fourth quarter and the omicron variant of COVID-19 is delaying its recovery from nearly two years of pandemic.
WHY AIRLINES FEAR 5G WILL UPEND TRAVEL THIS WEEK
AT&T will postpone new wireless service near some airports planned for this week after the nation’s largest airlines said the service would interfere with aircraft technology and cause massive flight disruptions.
NETFLIX UPPING US, CANADA PRICES WITH COMPETITION GROWING
Netflix is raising prices for its video streaming customers in the U.S. and Canada, less than a year and a half since its last price increase, as competition from other streaming services increases.
LAWSUIT: GOOGLE, FACEBOOK CEOS COLLUDED IN ONLINE AD SALES
Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges.
RED CROSS: HACK EXPOSES DATA ON 515,000 VULNERABLE PEOPLE
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is best known for helping war victims, says hackers broke into servers hosting its data and gained access to personal, confidential information on more than a half-million vulnerable people.
The Forever Virus
The Omicron wave could possibly mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic. What else does the virus have in store for 2022 and the years to come?