ARTICLES RELATING TO TJAART WALRAVEN

Pork chops with spicy tequila sauce

2019-09-29 18:16

I celebrate my birthdays with parties with friends every five years: on the decade milestone and in the middle. The night before my 25th birthday (sometimes the celebrations span a few days!), friends and I were in a restaurant and the subject of a popular TV advertisement came up – a boxer (a dog) would look through the window of a pickup truck and tell the sheep outside, ‘You’re such a chop, stuck in a hole, stuck in a hole.’ Opinion was mixed on whether the ad was funny or not, but somehow the name ‘Chop’ stuck, probably fuelled by tequilas along the way. Anyway, inspiration flowed because that night we were subjected to the retro dish of steak and monkey gland sauce. I had to do something and this was the result.

 

Beef tataki

2019-09-29 10:35

I am a big fan of Oriental cuisine, particularly its use of bold flavours that meticulously blend in perfect cohesion. The combination of sweet, sour, bitter, acidity, salty and umami with an ounce of heat requires a great palate to balance. But because we all use different brands of product, it is essential to taste along the way! And then, of course, there’s personal preference, so add a little more heat if you need to. My theory is that if you want more of something, add it because it will allow you to enjoy the experience that much more.

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