One of the few things I actually enjoy about winter is the food. Some of the best cooking happens when there’s a chill in the air. Think comforting stews and warming curries, freshly baked breads and gooey, sticky warm desserts – food that is slowly simmered to delicious goodness. Winter is when food becomes more than just nourishment for the body, but sweet comfort and the most earnest way to show care.
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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
Woolworths - How David Became A Goliath
The white, bold W on a black background, one of South Africas best-known logos, is gaining traction elsewhere on the continent. To think it started with a small hotel-based shop 84 years ago.
Freddie: My ‘Robin Hood' past at Woolies!
FREDDIE Flintoff has confessed to a ‘Robin Hood’ past when he worked at Woolworths as a lad – stealing expensive goods for his pals.
Would you love your orchids to flower repeatedly? Read on to find out how to achieve this.
On the bright SIDE
WE’RE HEADING INTO SUNNY DAYS ARMED WITH AN ARSENAL OF SUMMERY STAPLES: THINK CUTE COZZIES, BREEZY COVER-UPS, OVERSIZED SHIRTS, ALL-WHITE ENSEMBLES AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DRAMA, LIKE A PAIR OF GLITTERY EARRINGS.
LISTED GROCERY RETAILERS PICK UP THE PIECES – AND MAYBE MORE MARKET SHARE
finweek analyses the outlook for South Africa’s Big Five grocery retailers in the aftermath of July’s riots and looting.
Party takes a sober turn
It was great fun for the supermarkets while it lasted, but the pandemic has changed the way we shop
After his life was derailed by a serious illness, cover guy and chef Scott Parker didn’t just recover, he rebuilt his approach to life, food and getting ripped. Use his recipe to turn up the heat on your workouts and tap into true grit.
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Well-managed companies are the holy grail of investments. Here’s a shortcut to searching for them