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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    Cheat’s Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken noodle soup has the tendency to look like bath water! But maybe we’re so concerned with “instagrammable” food that we’ve forgotten the goodness of the traditional, nutritious and comforting fare that we grew up on. It may not make the prettiest picture, but this stuff is so good for the body, and equally as… Read more »

  • The Shortmarket Club

    The Shortmarket Club Opens in Cape Town

    Guys, The Shortmarket Club by Luke Dale Roberts and Wesley Randles has finally opened it’s doors in Cape Town! If you’re a Luke Dale Roberts fan, or even just of food in general, you’ll want to head there ASAP. The space is sure to book up real quick just like Roberts’ other little ventures, The… Read more »

  • pickled onions

    Pickled Onions – Homemade

    There’s something about pickled onions that men in particular just can’t get enough of. Maybe because when paired with a strong mature cheddar and a good beer, they turn into something so deliciously spectacular. So skip the socks, boxers, and biltong this year, and make these super tasty pickled onions for dad this Fathers Day… Read more »

  • bibimbap

    Bibimbap with Beef Mince

    Shamefully, I’d never eaten bibimbap prior to making this dish! I’ve been dying to get down to Korean Soju for a delicious bowl, but I just haven’t got around to it. I still haven’t indulged in a traditional rendition of the dish, but this version is quite spectacular. The Bibimbap Conundrum I haven’t ventured into… Read more »

  • baked sweet potato chips

    Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips in 7 Steps

    Crispy baked sweet potato chips aren’t that easy to achieve. Crispy being the operative word! Sweet potatoes have a much higher water content than white potatoes which makes them a lot harder to get crisp. But with a little time and patience, the elusive crispy baked sweet potato chip can be yours. I love these… Read more »

  • baked brie en croute

    Baked Brie En Croute and Bellinis

    Baked brie en croute is simply a chunk of cheese baked in puff pastry – such a simple pleasure! However, serve it with cranberry puree, sliced apple, crushed almonds, throw in an impromptu bellini, and you have something quite sophisticated and spectacular that can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes – perfect for… Read more »

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    10 Things You MUST Do in Mauritius

    These 10 things you MUST do in Mauritius are a mix of cool touristy outings, as well as the simplest pleasures we experienced during our two week stay. This isn’t a simple 10-things-to-do list “al la” Trip Advisor. If you’re the type who fancies staying at a resort for a couple of weeks and only… Read more »

  • turmeric latte

    Turmeric Latte Recipe

    The turmeric Latte is everywhere at the moment, and trending big time over in San Fran, USA. A recipe for it even appeared on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop – if ever there was a measure of popularity! And you know that if the turmeric latte has made an appearance on Goop, it’s also ridiculously healthy…. Read more »

  • Curried butternut soup

    Curried Butternut Soup with Chickpea Croutons

    Curried butternut soup is possibly the only good thing about winter! In fact, soup in general just makes the cold a whole lot easier to swallow doesn’t it? But there’s something about butternut soup specifically that’s particularly soothing to me. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that it was my mom’s… Read more »

  • Plum Crumble

    Plum Crumble with Chinese 5 Spice

    This plum crumble fills your home with a weirdly intoxicating Cherry Fizz Pop scent that’s just so nostalgically magical! If you have a batch of overripe plums sitting pretty in your fruit bowl, do not miss the opportunity to turn them into this satisfying dish. So simple to make, but incredibly comforting, this sweet and… Read more »