The Damhuis cookbook, Recipes and Memories of a House, is more than just a recipe book – it’s a collector’s item that captures the rich history of the Cape and celebrates delicious South African cuisine, seasonal ingredients and memories made around the table with family and friends.

Seafood lovers, take note! This is a must-try dish that will satisfy your seafood craving.  Take calamari to the next level with hints of sweet chilli and soy sauce. This pasta salad is mouth-wateringly delicious.

Remember, Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House is on sale now and can be found at leading bookstores or purchased online in English or Afrikaans.


 Calamari Pasta Salad Recipe from Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House – Serves 6



  • 1 packet vermicelli rice noodles
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sweet chilli sauce
  • ¼ cup finely chopped mint
  • 500g raw calamari strips
  • 2 tsp fish spice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil



Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain and immediately stir the soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and chopped mint through the pasta.

Mix the calamari with the fish spice, paprika and black pepper. In a pan, heat the oil until it is smoking. Fry the calamari for 3-5 minutes. Remove the cooked calamari and add to the noodles. Mix through and garnish with extra mint leaves.




For another sneak peek of Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House, read the excerpt of acclaimed author Reinet Nagtegaal about the first inhabitants of the plot of land that would later become Damhuis Restaurant.