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#cakebread

#cakebread

My dear friends Mari-Louis Guy and Callie Maritz from Cakebread recently took a series of pics of different woman to celebrate the women behind Cape Town`s food scene – capturing what inspired each of these women on a daily basis. I was fortunate to be amongst an amazing bunch of ladies. Marie-Louis and Callie specially created cakes to suit each person’s personality.

Photograph: Cakebread Photographer: Henk Hattingh

Photograph: Cakebread Photographer: Henk Hattingh

I got this colourful, bright pink and yellow creation – very Frida Kahlo’esque – and very much me. I loved it. A floral artist handcrafted our head pieces. How extraordinary and how beautiful! Thank you! Mari-Louis, Callie and Henk for the treasured gift of spending the day with you, the lovely pics … and of course the obligatory tequilas.

They asked me 5 interesting questions. If you want to know a little bit more about me… read on Cakebread.

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green + gold cake for our #proteas – #NZvSA #ProteaFire

green + gold cake for our #proteas – #NZvSA #ProteaFire
My tribute to our Proteas

My tribute to our Proteas

Are we not all proud of South Africa’s #cricket team the Proteas? According to my husband it is taboo to talk about rugby, unless of course you are talking about the Rugby 7’s. It is ok to talk about the cricket though.

The other day, a client asked me for a Protea cake – something he could show off to his Kiwi visitors after the game against the Black Caps. He was confident our boys in Green and Gold were going to take the cake with some ease and overs to spare. He was so right!

Creating the cake
I have to admit, it was a challenge for me to create something that would make our boys proud, but with a light green icing, some edible gold leaf (you can find this at art shops) and some proteas, I think I managed. Do not ask me the measurements for the green icing colour – I added drop for drop until I was happy with the colour.

I used Donna Hay’s chocolate buttermilk layer cake recipe and her frosting for between the layers. I had to double the recipe in order to attain the right height for the cake. It’s really delicious, moist and dense.


Donna Hay’s chocolate buttermilk layer cake

1 cup (250 ml) water 125 g butter, cubed
1/3 cup (35 g) cocoa powder, sifted
2 cups (300 g) flour, sifted
1 t (5 ml) baking soda, sifted (bicarbonate of soda)
2 cups (440 g) caster sugar
2 eggs ½ cup (125 ml) buttermilk
1 t (5 ml) vanilla essence/extract
Chocolate cream cheese frosting
100 g unsalted butter, softened
500 g cream cheese
2 cups (320g) icing sugar, sifted
½ cup (50g) cocoa, sifted

Pre-heat oven to 160 °C. Place water, butter and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the butter has melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Place flour, baking soda and sugar in a bowl, add the cocoa mixture and whisk to combine. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and whisk again. Divide mixture between 2 greased and lined 20cm round cake tins, then bake for 40-45 min or until baked through when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out the cakes onto wire racks and allow to cool completely. For the frosting: place the butter and cream cheese in the bowl. Using an electric mixer beat for 6-8 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar and cocoa and beat for a further 6-8 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
To assemble, slice off the round tops of each cake layer to produce 2 smooth, flat layers (I use a sharp long bladed knife). Place one layer on a plate, spread with frosting, then put remaining half on top and cover with frosting.

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#stellenbosch street soirées

#stellenbosch street soirées

One of my favourite food and wine tasting experiences was recently at the bi-monthly Stellenbosch Street Soirée. Presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes, this regular pop-up wine and food tasting event transforms the lower part of the historic town’s Drostdy Street (in the shadow of Moederkerk) into a culinary haven for connoisseurs and students alike. The Soirée is a great event to go to with friends, and to make some new ones. Expect live music, great food and loads of wine.

Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Dates: 8 and 22 March 2017
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch
Cost: R70 (includes tasting glass and unlimited tastings)
More info: www.wineroute.co.za
Contact +27 21 886 4310 or +27 21 886 4330

Tip: Go early because the tickets sell out fast.

Tasting wine in the shadow of the Moederkerk

Tasting wine in the shadow of the Moederkerk

Upbeat vibes by talented local musicians

Upbeat vibes by talented local musicians

Snack on some delicious bites

Snack on some delicious bites

Chat to local wine farmers like Nora Sperling-Thiel from Delheim

Chat to local wine farmers like Nora Sperling-Thiel from Delheim

Enjoy the best local wines

Enjoy the best local wines

If you want to stay over try the luxurious Life and Leisure Guest House

If you want to stay over try the luxurious Life and Leisure Guest House

Look at this  dreamy bathroom!

Look at this dreamy bathroom!

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the président of cheeses

the président of cheeses

The other day I received a basket full of cheesy delights accompanied with a very clever name tag: Anél Potgieter for Président. You see Simonsberg cheeses will officially be adopting the Président branding but rest assured, it is only the name that is changing – you can still enjoy the same great taste and quality of the products you have come to rely on over the years to make your favourite dishes.

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I immediately grabbed some ProVitas and topped it with the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese – delicious!
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The Creamy Blue Cheese is so tangy and strong and worked brilliantly with my glass of whiskey. Yes, I love a good scotch and a good blue cheese and these two are in my eyes a perfect pairing. 🙂
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I grated some Mature Cheddar and added that to a beef broth. It melted in the broth and gave it an extra layer of flavour and texture. And what is better than melted cheese?
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The camembert is still lying in my fridge, but Président sent me a recipe card for baked camembert with caramelised walnuts. It is on my to do list – I took a pic with my cellphone to share with you.
Have a great cheesy week everyone.
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early christmas with #woolworths

early christmas with #woolworths

christmas-box-800Christmas arrived early this year when Woolworths delivered a large box of beautifully packaged goodies to my doorstep. Lucky me! Inside this box was a whole host of festive goodies that will be on their shelves come Christmas time.
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It’s all about nostalgia this year at Woolworths. I wanted to spread the love so I handed the gifts to loved ones around me:

Teas from around the world
This beautiful box of individually packed teas I gave to my mom. It has a mash strainer where you scoop your tea in and put the strainer in water to steep your favourite tea. I just have to say mom and I loved the java gunpowder flavour!
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Lip tints
Don’t you just love these lip tints? They look like macaroons! I shared them with my friend Zola. They are easy to just stash in your bag and so damm cute to take out… and show the world.
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Turkish Delight
My friend Karin was so lucky to get this. This is my favourite gift out of the whole box. Dont you just love the beautiful container?
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Old tape recorder tin filled with milk chocolate coated toffees
My husband and I polished off the whole tin. The toffies were so delicious and we gobbled it up before we could press the stop button on the dummy cassette player!
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Luxury Christmas crackers
My housekeeper Doreen was very happy to get her hands on these luxury Christmas crackers. Making the traditional addition to the festive Christmas table, they are fit for a feast.
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Thank you Woollies!

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#richards supper stage and bistro

#richards supper stage and bistro

I just LOVE dinner theatre experiences and really didn’t know what to expect of Richards Supper Stage and Bistro … but …. I was blown away by the performances and the sheer talent of the singers – all round it was a fantastic night out!
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“Kaapse Stories from the Mother City” had me enthralled from start to finish. Poignant, nostalgic, humourous and moving. From Grandpa Joe, to the rest of his talented family, to the car guard who just floored us with his gifted voice to the two bergies. It was Cape Town in full colour. I don’t want to give too much away but the music is a mix of South African songs (English, Xhosa and Afrikaans) and dance. I was brought to tears by the very remarkable tribute to Shirley Bassey. As the curtain fell, I went home with a full and happy heart… and very proud to be a South African.
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The Food
This is not a gourmet meal but a good buffet.
Starters: When we arrived there was a Greek Salad and bread on the table. So if you are hungry you can start nibbling. We were then presented with snoek pâté and a samoosa. It was really tasty and scrumptious.
Mains: I was still torturing myself with a low carb eating regime which is an absolute pain when a big pot of sexy samp and a tray of baked potatoes are staring at you. I opted for some veggies, baked fish and fillet with a sauce. It was delicious and more than enough.
Dessert: The desserts are plated and there were cheesecake with koeksisters with a fruit skewer on our plates.
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The Price
R450 / head

Value for money
YES and yes again.

Who must see it
The whole of Cape Town. The whole of South Africa. And the whole world.

For Bookings
Contact 021 434 4497/021 433 1340 or go to richardscapetown.co.za.

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south Africa’s best olive oils announced

south Africa’s best olive oils announced

A total of 36 extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) of the 2016 harvest were lauded as South Africa’s finest during the annual SA Olive Awards gala dinner held last night (Thursday, 01 September). These premium products walked off with Gold medals in three categories – 6 for Delicate, 20 for Medium and 10 for Intense. The competition, now in its 11th year, attracted a record 110 entries. In addition to the 36 Gold medals, 53 Silver and 11 Bronze medals were awarded.

The gold medallists in the Delicate category are: De Rustica Estate Delicate EVOO, Greenleaf EVOO, Mont Rouge Owner’s Reserve EVOO, River Press EVOO, Spar Authentic EVOO and Tokara Frantoio EVOO.

Tokara Frantoio walked away with a gold medal in the Delicate category

Tokara Frantoio walked away with a gold medal in the Delicate category

In the category for Medium EVOO’s top honours went to: Adamskloof EVOO, Andante EVOO, Cederberg Olives Frantoio EVOO, Chaloner Mountain Oil EVOO, De Rustica Estate Medium EVOO, Gabriëlskloof EVOO, Galenia Estate Director’s Blend EVOO, Galenia Estate Estate Blend EVOO, Kleinbergskloof Estate Blend EVOO, Kloovenburg EVOO, Kredouw Frantoio EVOO, Lettas Kraal Green Olive Blend EVOO, Lettas Kraal EVOO, Marbrin Olive Growers Medium EVOO, Mont Rouge Karoo Reserve EVOO, Rio Largo EVOO, Rio Largo Gold EVOO, Waterleliefontein EVOO, Wildekrans Field Blend Selection EVOO and Wildekrans Endless EVOO.

The top-performers in the Intense category are: Andante Forte EVOO, Andante Intenso EVOO, Anysbos EVOO, De Rustica Estate Intense EVOO, Kransfontein Coratina EVOO, Marbrin Olive Growers Intense EVOO, Marbrin Olive Growers Directors Reserve EVOO, Prince Albert Olives Karoo Blend Intense EVOO, Rio Largo Premium Blend EVOO and Willow Creek Director’s Reserve EVOO.

A team of professional tasters meticulously scrutinized the medal contenders one-by-one according to quality, complexity and balance in terms of aroma and taste during a four-day blind tasting.

The esteemed judging panel comprised internationally accredited olive oil tasting panel leader and consultant, Dr Antonio G Lauro from Italy, and members of the SA Olive tasting panel: Leonard Arangies, Robert Claasens, Gerrie Duvenage, Reni Hildenbrand, Birgitta Hofmeyr, Benedetta Lami, Louise Rabie and Kelly White.

Full results are available on the SA Olive website www.saolive.co.za

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sunday christmas shopping at #stellenbosch slow market | @TheSlowMarket

sunday christmas shopping at #stellenbosch slow market | @TheSlowMarket

If you are still looking for something to do this coming Sunday (30 Nov) pop in at the annual Christmas Weekend Market at the Stellenbosch Slow Market. Christmas trimmings, Christmas lights, lanterns and slowflake orgami will pave the way for the ideal Christmas shopping experience. Bakes, cakes, gammon, chicken, mince pies, nuts, sparkling wine, topiaries, boutiques of ladies’ designer goods and other one of a kind gifts are just some of the fine foods, décor items and unique gifts available on Sunday.

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The Slow Market has teamed up with Public Benefit Organisation FORCE4GOOD (www.force4good.co.za), which will allow those attending to write their very own Christmas wish on a Christmas card – these cards will be displayed on a festive season tree (at a cost of R10 benefiting the organisation).

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DATE: Sunday, 30 November 2014
TIME: 10h00 – 15h00
VENUE: Stellenbosch Slow Market, Oude Libertas Estate, Stellenbosch
ADDRESS: Corner of Oude Libertas Road & Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch
ENTRANCE: Free

Facebook (SlowMarket), Twitter (@TheSlowMarket), Instagram (SlowMarket) and Pinterest (SlowMarket)

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test kitchen takes No. 1 spot again – #eatoutawards

test kitchen takes No. 1 spot again – #eatoutawards

Abigail Donnelly (Eat Out Editor) and Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen

Abigail Donnelly (Eat Out Editor) and Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen

I attended the Eat Out 2014 Restaurant Awards last evening. It was a massive event – more than 800 people in attendance…definitely too large an affair for my liking. This is a pity as this prestigious occasions seems to have lost its intimacy and charm. The food too disappointed but that did not deter of the excitement of the evening…

The Test Kitchen took the title of Best Restaurant – for the third time in a row! Congratulations Luke you are a well deserving winner.

The 2014 Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants:

1. The Test Kitchen
2. Five Hundred
3. The Tasting Room LQF
4. Mosaic at The Orient
5. Jordan
6. Overture Restaurant
7. Rust en Vrede
8. DW Eleven-13
9. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
10. Terroir

Other 2014 Award winners:

Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year: Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic
Best Steakhouse: The Local Grill in Parktown North
Best Everyday Eatery – Chef’s Warehouse
Best Italian Restaurant – La Sosta in Swellendam
Best Country-Style Restaurant – Café Bloom
Best Asian Restaurant – Kyoto Garden Sushi

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the best olive oils in South Africa honoured at the #SAOliveAwards

the best olive oils in South Africa honoured at the #SAOliveAwards

TokaraSouth Africa’s leading olive oil producers were honoured with gold medals at the annual SA Olive Awards last night. A total of 17 exceptional extra virgin oils received gold medals in three categories.

1. Delicate olive oil: Cederberg Olives, Muiskraal and Porterville Olives.

2. Medium olive oil: Tokara and Willow Creek clinched 2 gold medals each while Gabriëlskloof, Groote Vallei and Rio Largo Olive Estate each won one gold.

3. Intense olive oil: L’Ormarins, Marbrin Farm, Morgenster Estate, Mulderbosch Vineyards, Rio Largo Olive Estate and The Ou Pastorie.

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World’s first Banting restaurant opens in Cape Town

World’s first Banting restaurant opens in Cape Town

Last Thursday I had an exclusive peek into the new Banting Kitchen in Green Point, 47 Main Road (in front of Cape Royale Hotel), Cape Town. Tim Noakes and his many Banting fans will be extremely happy about this new eatery. The entire menu is based on Banting ingredients, ranging from home smoked salmon (delicious!), mussels in cream, lasagna, steak to the always popular cauli-mash through to dessert. As is to be expected, the dishes are obviously very rich given all the cream and butter – and as you know where there is cream and butter – it is always delicious.

Two things stood out for me – the bread and the dessert. On our arrival we were offered bread and butter and I have to admit that I was somewhat sceptical about the bread – I’ve have tried to bake Tim Noakes’s bread – and it was not pleasant. But the bread I had at The Banting Kitchen was surprisingly good and tasty. Banters who miss their slice of bread will find this a real treat.

And then the dessert, it’s just so hard to get a Banting dessert without that awful xylotil (sugar substitute) taste. Yet, I had the most wonderful-lemon panna cotta and baked cheesecake. I could not taste the xylotil and both were absolute winners. Our waitron, Brilliance was, well just brilliant … his friendly face and his knowledge of the menu was refreshing and he certainly lived up to his name.

For more information, visit www.thebantingkitchen.co.za or contact via telephone on 021 – 430 0506. Join The Banting Kitchen on Facebook (TheBantingKitchen) and Twitter (@bantingkitchen).

main | oriental spiced cream cheese chicken supreme

main | oriental spiced cream cheese chicken supreme

starter | home smoked salmon

starter | home smoked salmon

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