mint iced tea punch

Mint Iced Tea Punch

My brother turned 20 this week, and his celebratory drink was this very mint iced tea rum punch! His drink of choice is always rum with anything, but for some reason his preferred mix is iced tea. So when he came around for a birthday dinner, I decided to make this little punch for him…. Read more »

margarita

Purist Margarita

Before we continue with the very important business of a purist margarita, I must apologize. I’ve been super MIA. But it’s because I’ve been very busy starting a business! Yay! Check out the good stuff if you’re into quality artisanal products from small local producers. I know you’ll love it 🙂 Now moving on… Is… Read more »

minted pea soup

Minted Pea Soup with a Poached Egg

A week night dinner couldn’t be quicker than minted pea soup. Not to say that it wouldn’t go down as easily on a lazy Friday night! This warm soup with its sweet and minty flavours is perfect for the season. And if the evening’s set to be a little sticky, serve it chilled. You could… Read more »

Xpresso Cafe Pretzel

Xpresso Cafe – All Menu Items R10!

Yesterday we visited Xpresso Cafe in Durbanville with relatively low expectations. I mean what even can you buy nowadays for a mere R10?! But would you believe me if I told you that we paid a measly R40 for all the items pictured below? Yup – 1 coffee, 1 tea, 1 pretzel the size of… Read more »

pasta primavera

Pasta Primavera Version 2.0

Pasta Primavera – a celebration of spring, spring veggies, and most importantly, carbohydrates! Pasta Primavera means Spring Pasta in Italian, and traditionally comprises of a selection of seasonal spring vegetables doused in cream and dressed over spaghetti. But that’s just so retro! The cream sauce doesn’t do it for me on a fresh spring day… Read more »

shepherd's pie

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

A shepherd’s pie is the perfect weekday meal for a chilly mid season evening. There’s something so nostalgic and comforting about this humble dish, plus it’s perfect for packing in extra veggies! Forego the traditional white potato topping and opt for a combination of sweet potato and cauliflower instead. The pairing of rich lamb and… Read more »

chakalaka cheese braai bread

Chakalaka Cheese Braai Bread

What’s a braai without chakalaka and a cheesy garlic loaf??? Combine the two and you have a heritage day winner! Cue this chakalaka and cheese stuffed braai loaf, which may just steal the show at your braai day table this weekend. Last year I went all out with roosterkoek burgers, so this year I wanted… Read more »

merrrel spring night series trail run

Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run at Groot Constantia

Ever done a trail run through forests and vineyards in the dark? I have! The Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run is the perfect opportunity to do so. Where the bizarre concept of running by lead of a small head light came from, I do not know. But it’s oddly liberating! And you get a… Read more »

strawberry frozen yogurt

Strawberry Mascarpone Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

No matter the weather, froyo always goes down a treat, and these strawberry mascarpone frozen yogurt popsicles are a particular pleasure! Obviously because they taste incredible, but also because they’re a simple task to prepare. With spring abloom, icy desserts are all the more incredible, but the creamy luxuriousness of these froyo popsicles makes them… Read more »

west coast national park

West Coast National Park Free Entry!

For all of this week (Mon, 12 Sep – Fri 16 Sep) entrance into the West Coast National Park, and all national parks nationwide, is free. Why? Because National Park Week! We made our way to the West Coast National Park today in the hope of spotting the last of spring’s flowers. While there wasn’t… Read more »

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    Bacon Sweet Potato Bake

    Potato bake is nostalgic for pretty much every South African right? From braais to Sunday lunches, the traditional potato bake was ever present in my childhood home. But even a classic could do with an update very now and then. My bacon sweet potato bake with jalapenos is a much-loved classic all dressed up. Sweet… Read more »

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    Street Food Festival Hits Cape Town This Weekend!

    A street food festival in Cape Town? Yup, no jokes! This Sunday, 4 September 2016, the second ever Street Food Festival will be hosted at East Side Studios in Woodstock. Last year I attended the Food Talks entrepreneurial workshop, but this year I’m going for the food alone. Excite! A celebration of Cape Town’s food… Read more »

  • salted chocolate tart

    Salted Chocolate Ganache Tart with Popcorn Base

    The beauty of this salted chocolate ganache tart with toasty popcorn base is that you can make it as easy or as difficult for yourself as you please. The only real effort is making the popcorn and caramel, but you could very easily just use store bought popcorn and hunt down some Diddle Daddles (do… Read more »

  • homemade pasta

    Fresh Homemade Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

    Fresh homemade pasta is a lot easier to make than I originally thought! I’d always been a bit scared of taking on handmade pasta, but when I received a pasta machine for my birthday, the task suddenly seemed much more manageable. Not to say that you couldn’t tackle homemade pasta without a machine, in fact,… Read more »

  • winelands chocolate festival

    My Winelands Chocolate Festival Adventure

    When we arrived at the second ever Winelands Chocolate Festival in Stellenbosch, it was BUCKETING down outside. I could just imagine sneaky angels sniggering in the heavens whilst throwing down Olympic-pool-sized troughs of water upon our meagre heads. This made for a somewhat chaotic arrival. We made a maddened dash towards the festival after waiting… Read more »

  • orange polenta cake

    Orange Polenta Cake with Thyme and Orange Jam

    This thyme and orange polenta cake is something special. It’s equally as perfect for a tea time treat as it is for a decadent dessert due to it’s crumbly, but moist texture, and it’s sweet but savoury flavour notes. The combination of orange and thyme is quite spectacular, and you’ll smell why as soon as… Read more »

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    Tastes of 2016 and a Vineyard Hotel Sleepover

    The Tastes of 2016 festival takes place during Cape Town’s winter months and involves a special wine paired dinner hosted every second Friday at Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. I attended their Delaire Graff edition a couple of weeks ago, and let me just tell you, it was TOTES AMAZE! We were luckier still to spend… Read more »

  • mulled apple juice

    Chamomile Mulled Apple Juice

    This hot mulled apple juice is guaranteed to make all your naughty mulled wine dreams come true! I absolutely adore a cup of mulled wine when it’s cold, but sometimes I just don’t feel like committing to the alcohol that goes with it.(To which my friends would politely tell me to “man-up”) Cue mulled apple… Read more »

  • spinach and mushroom pasta

    Spinach and Mushroom Pasta with Lemon Zest

    This spinach and mushroom pasta is what I’m bound to be eating on a Friday night at home if I’m not out for dinner or ordering takeout. However it also makes an indulgent midweek vegetarian feast when you’re short on time. It’s ridiculously yum – like lipsmackingly so – and has a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel… Read more »

  • mediterranean stuffed butternut

    Mediterranean Stuffed Butternut

    Mediterranean stuffed butternut is the perfect feast for iffy in-between weather! It’s comforting enough for a satisfying dinner on a chilly night, but still light enough for a balmy supper. Although its vegetarian, you won’t miss meat. Lentils coated in a savoury herbed tomato sauce make it deliciously lip-smacking, while parmesan and feta add extra… Read more »