Food and Drink


Leaf over beef: Plant-based meals will take centre stage at the Paris Olympics

Paris Olympics: Foie gras is off the table and hummus taking its place

6 essential tips for cooking with stainless steel

Cooking with stainless steel cookware offers a durable and versatile option for every kitchen enthusiast.

Does vanilla extract go bad? Shelf life, storage tips, and spoilage signs

Does vanilla extract go bad? Different factors must first be considered before determining if it will go bad or not. This article explains it all.

Surprising and oh-so-delicious ways to cook with coffee

Coffee is a versatile ingredient that can and should be used in many recipes.

Cook like a queen with these 3 easy-to-make recipes by Miss SA 2024 contestants

Take the guesswork out of the ‘what's for dinner’ question. These quick recipes will help you put food on the table fast.

Entries open for 2024 Diners Club Winemaker Awards

Entries for the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year and Young Winemaker of the Year awards are now open. As in previous years, winemakers can be shortlisted for multiple submissions. The deadline for entries is Friday, 30 August 2024.Source: Kym Ellis via UnsplashThe awards are accessible to all within the South African wine industry at no charge, ensuring equal opportunities for all participants.Diners Club introduced the Winemaker of the Year...

How to tell if salmon is bad: Easy ways to spot spoiled fish

Knowing how to tell if salmon is bad is essential to enjoy this tasty seafood safely. There are signs and signals to watch out before consuming it.

How to meal plan efficiently and effectively

Meal planning doesn't have to be a chore. These simple tips will help you make the most of your prep time.

5 vegan butter substitutes to consider when cooking

All these options can be used in vegan recipes or if you do not have butter on hand.

This tiny hole-in-a-wall kitchen is serving the best pasta in Sydney

A tiny restaurant hidden near Chippendale's Spice Alley is wowing Sydneysiders with cheap plates of the freshest, handmade pasta - and from only $10 a bowl.

Van Ryn’s scoops World’s Best Wine Brandy at 2024 World Drinks Awards

Van Ryn’s 15-Year-Old Potsill Brandy was awarded World’s Best Wine Brandy, for the second consecutive year, beating competition from France, Spain, Australia and other South African prominent brandy producers within the 2024 World Brandy Awards category at the 2024 World Drinks Awards.This marks the fourth time within five years that Van Ryn’s brandy has been awarded this title. In 2020 Van Ryn’s 12-Year-Old Potstill Brandy achieved the same...

Quick and easy winter soup recipes for dinner tonight

Winter soups are the perfect comfort food, offering a blend of nourishing ingredients and rich flavours.

How to enjoy cooking for one

Preparing your own meals can help you take charge of your health.

What are chicories? The best ways to enjoy this health-boosting ingredient

Whether you are a seasoned chef or novice in the kitchen, incorporating chicory greens into your diet is a great way to elevate your culinary creations while boosting your overall health.

Barbecue foods take a hit amid washout summer

Ingredients found in hearty winter meals have flown off supermarket shelves over the past two weeks following the cool, wet start to July.

Are 'Y' cut sandwiches why you've been slicing sandwiches wrong?

A different kind of sandwich cut to the ones you're probably used to has gone viral and experts have been working out if it's the best way to do it or not, according to IFL Science. We all have our favourite cut when it comes to sandwiches - whether it's into halves or quarters horizontally or diagonally or even no cut at all. But a different kind ...

How many calories you save by cooking from scratch

Cooking your own version of a takeaway at home could save you hundred's of calories in just one meal. Making your own kebab could save you more than 700 calories and add fibre to your diet.

Keep warm with these delicious instant hot drinks to beat the winter chill

As the winter chill creeps in, there's nothing quite like a steaming cup of your favourite hot drink to keep you warm and cosy.

Feel like you’re spending more on coffee than ever? You are.

Feel like you’re spending more on coffee than ever? You are. - The price of black coffees, lattes and cold brews increased 23 percent over the last three years

World Chardonnay Day: The best food to pair with chardonnay

Wondering what to serve with your favourite chardonnay? We’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favourite chardonnay food pairings.

Brand marks whisky month in style

The brand, known for innovation and excellence, recently hosted a celebration of fine spirits and great company with Friends of The Ville, showcasing its commitment in South Africa.

Scientists have discovered why beer tastes better ice cold

Ever wondered why beer tastes better ice cold? Well researchers in China might have found the answer. It appears that the reason beer tastes better at a colder temperature has something to do with the unique molecular properties of alcohol. Research published earlier this month found a correlation between properties of ethanol-water concentrations ...

Beer cocktails: Some delicious new variations to try

'Waiter, there’s a beer in my cocktail!'

Chocolate-covered scorpions and deep-fried beers: The craziest state fair foods from over the years

Chocolate-covered scorpions and deep-fried beers: The craziest state fair foods from over the years - Forget ice cream and apple pie: The American state fair has evolved to feature wacky favorites from chocolate-covered scorpions to deep-fried beers. As Americans flock to fairgrounds from coast to coast, Mike Bedigan examines the most outrageous – and (sometimes) borderline revolting – fair fare

Savour the artistry: Exclusive Chef’s Table experience debuts at @Sandton Hotel

Each dish is expertly paired with a selection of premium wines.

Wine in cartons gain popularity

Packaging for wine has evolved a great deal in recent years. There was a time when wine poured from a glass bottle sealed under cork was the only acceptable form of packaging for consumers.Times have changed, and so have consumer perceptions and lifestyles. As a result, there are more packaging choices than ever. From glass bottles sealed with roll-on pilfer-proof (ROPP) screw tops to bag-in-a-box, liquid cartons and even cans. The humble glass...

RECIPE: This mushroom and sausage baked gnocchi dish is hearty and satisfying

This fancy meal will put your boring lunches to shame.

Gorgeous American winegrowing region tipped as new vineyard hotspot

This southern state has turned into America's next great wine frontier with 300 wineries and 4,000 acres of grapes.

RECIPE: This simple spiced cabbage salad is better than any coleslaw you've ever tasted

Move over, coleslaw! There's a new cabbage salad recipe in town. Crunchy, colourful, and tossed in a tangy dressing, it is an easy, delicious side dish.

Sardine run: Here’s how to eat sardines – and really enjoy them

For those who are new to the sardine scene, it can be daunting to know what to do with the fish. Don’t worry; we're here to walk you through some of the many ways to enjoy the fish.

Yuzu is adding zest to the food and beverage industry

Often described as taking all of the best parts of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin, yuzu is emerging as the popular new kid in the culinary world.

Playing with flavours and style to mix it up with the world’s best

Two KZN mixologists – independent Jason Andrews and Jono Harrison of Alchemy – are among nine who will compete in the national finals of this year’s Diageo World Class competition.

Top tips for making a better and easier homemade curry

If you want to make consistently delicious homemade curry, follow our top tips. Easy enough for mid-week meals, curry will become a part of your weekly family meals.

How to become a better cook

Get these starter tips and you’re on your way to becoming a better cook.

Bartenders reveal the drinks you should NEVER order in a crowded bar

Experienced bartenders and mixologists from across the US have revealed the ten drinks you should never order in a crowded bar.

Cheers! Top sommelier names his No1 supermarket wine

He immediately knows a Sancerre from a Sauvignon and sells eye-wateringly expensive vintages - but even this expert enjoys a supermarket wine.

6 things you need to know about cooking with ghee

This clarified butter is a super versatile ingredient.

How to wash grapes properly: Tips for fresh, clean, safe grapes

Learning how to wash grapes is essential to avoid eating toxic pesticides. Discover the best way to do this using products already in your pantry!

The Chef’s Menu at Pier, V&A Waterfront, is an experience of culinary excellence

Pier Restaurant’s new tasting menu at the V&A Waterfront is nothing short of a culinary journey.

Are you a beginner baker? Here’s what you need to get going

Here are some essential items that every aspiring baker should have in their kitchen.

How to pick a good cantaloupe: Simple tips for finding the sweetest, ripest fruit

Learn how to pick a good cantaloupe with this simple guide. Understanding the secrets to selecting the perfect fruit will help you get the best fruit every time.

Cheers to ‘cooking in a bottle’

CraftFest is a celebration where you can party in style and at the same time meet the makers of artisanal beer, spirits, food, deli wares and hand-crafted goods.

Tequila’s transformation from shots to sips as Volcan De Mi Tierra launches in SA

Connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike are discovering the pleasures of premium tequila, savouring it sip by sip rather than just shooting it back.

Don't mistake cilantro for culantro! Here is how to spot the difference...

These aromatic greens have similar names and flavours but feature key differences.

Don't just bring a bottle to a dinner party, bring a vineyard

Grow-your-own vineyard kits are increasingly popular in the UK, driven by a boom in the popularity of British wine and the increasingly warmer climate.

There's one dish you shouldn't order at a restaurant, according to Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay knows a thing or two about the restaurant business, that much is pretty clear. He’s an authority on all things dining, with dozens of restaurants worldwide and seven Michelin stars, and according to him there’s one dish people should never order when it comes to eating out. That dish? The soup of the day. Speaking in a resurfaced inte...

Vegan barbecue is the RNC’s unlikely hit

Vegan barbecue is the RNC’s unlikely hit -

7 easy breakfast ideas to power you through your day

Instead of succumbing to the morning rush, here are some quick, easy and nutritious breakfast options that require minimal prep time and are perfect for on-the-go mornings.

RECIPES: Warming soups for easy midweek meals

Rich, hearty and nourishing, there’s nothing better than a big bowl of soup to keep the chills at bay during winter.

I'm a food safety expert - here is why you DON'T store bread in fridge

Ffood safety expert Sarah Taylor may have just settled the score once and for all when it comes to bread - as they revealed why should never resort to storing it in the fridge even if the weather is hot.