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#eat out awards

#eat out awards

My gosh what a wonderful surprise to win the Eat Out Award for best local food blog for the second time in a row! lifeisazoobiscuit turned 2 years old on the 12th of April 2014 – the same day I received this prestigious award at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket. How’s that for a special birthday present for ‘biscuit?

I have to admit I am ecstatic but humbled by the many people who have put so much faith in me. I am still bubbling with all the excitement but have been so blessed in being able to share my love for food on my blog and even more blessed to have people like you reading my blog. So thank you all for this award.

#happiness

#happiness

Here are some of my fellow blogger friends and colleagues who made it to the Top 8 – check their blogs out … all are so deserving and brilliant:

A Foodie Lives Here – Sarah Graham
The Food Fox – Ilse van der Merwe
The Kate Tin – Katelyn Williams
Real Men Can Cook – Fritz Brand
Simply Delicious – Alida Ryder
Sardines on Toast – Kobus van der Merwe
Food with a Story – Carlin Archer and Deni Archer

#love this wellington

#love this wellington

#best onfectionery – ooh la la

#best confectionery – ooh la la

A complete list of winners of the Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards

Best New Product – Sorbetiere sorbet
Best Small Producer: Baked Goods – Babylonstoren
Best Small Producer: Confectionery – Ooh La La
Best Small Producer: Dairy (Other) – Jenny’s Clotted Cream
Best Small Producer: Dairy (Hard Cheese) – Chrissie’s Country Cheese AND Fynboshoek (tied)
Best Small Producer Dairy (Fresh Cheese) – Buffalo Ridge
Best Small Producer: Earth – Harvest of Hope
Best Small Producer: Grocery/Condiments – Quality Pickles
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Cured) – Woodview Wagyu Beef
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Fresh) – Greenfields Free Range Beef
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Poultry) – Dargle Ducks
Best Small Producer: Seafood – Wayfarer Trout
Innovation Award – Melfort
South African Heritage Award – Oranjezicht City Farm
Best Free-Range/Organic Producer – Farmer Angus
Outstanding Outlets – North: Cheese Gourmet (Johannesburg)
South: Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (Cape Town) – East: Sprigs (Durban)
Outstanding Markets – North: Neighbourgoods Market (Johannesburg)
South: Neighbourgoods Market (Cape Town) – East: I Heart Market (Durban)
Best Local Food Blog – lifeisazoobiscuit.com by Anél Potgieter

#judges

#judges

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mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat

mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat

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This one is quick + easy and been a firm family favourite through the years. I remember sitting around the kitchen table, the radio playing in the background (there was no TV in those days)… My dad saying grace and thereafter mom bringing in this big baking tray full of steaming mac + cheese.

We did not have the fancy or posh mac and cheese – there was no bacon, no mushrooms, no cream etc … our mac and cheese came straight out of the Kook and Geniet and straight out of the oven. The basic ingredients are milk, eggs, macaroni and cheese. It’s the baked version that you can cut in blocks. We used to just get these blocks on our plates and in the middle of the table was a bottle of tomato sauce – and that was it for us … heaven.

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So today I took the same recipe my mom used and tweaked the ingredients to suit my adult taste buds. When it came to the tomato sauce I had to make a few changes – I fried some plump delicious rosa tomatoes in olive oil, added tomato sauce and fresh basil. Its still my  mom’s mac + cheese + tomato sauce – with a little twist. Life seemed much more simpler then. At least I can say that this recipe has remained simple and easy … give it a go.

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mac and cheese

 

mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1L Milk
  • 5 Eggs
  • 3t Mustard powder
  • 1t Salt
  • ½t Black pepper
  • 3 Cups of grated cheese
  • 4 Cups of cooked macaroni
  • Tomato sauce
  • 250g Rosa tomatoes - cut in half
  • 1T Olive oil
  • 80 ml Water
  • 1t Sugar
  • 250ml Tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves – shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Mix the milk, eggs, mustard powder, salt and pepper all together. Then add the cheese and cooked macaroni.
  3. Butter a baking dish well and add the mixture and bake for 1 hour.
  4. For tomato sauce: Heat the olive oil and fry tomatoes till the pan is quite dry. Add the water and cook again till quite dry.Then add the sugar + tomato sauce – heat through. Finally add the fresh basil + season to taste + serve with your mac + cheese.

 

 

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eat out honours + accolades + the universe + everything else

eat out honours + accolades + the universe + everything else

“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” – Chris Rock

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2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Best Local Food Blog Award

So what do you write for your next blog after you have received such a prestigious award as the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Best Local Food Blog Award? …I can honestly admit that I am somewhat intimidated and overwhelmed by it all. Who would have thought that something that I love so much and that I wanted to share with the whole world … will give me so much joy?… my love for food and my wonderful little blog, lifeisazoobiscuit …

I just want to thank everyone who voted for me – I am still completely bowled over by the whole idea and attention and am still struggling to get the smile off my face … at least I am over my hangover after the awards ceremony 🙂 … but that was well worth it!

I have to confess, for once I do not know what to say or share, but the thing I have always known …The universe is a complex yet simple space. Between all the molecules and science stuff there is energy – both good and bad – or as the cosmos theorists would put it – positive and negative. I know nothing about this stuff but I do know that if there is passion and a love exerted into every action, there is an equal, opposite reaction.

What does this all mean to me and to all that have joined me in this zoo biscuit adventure? If you work your passion then you can achieve anything. It’s all about just doing what you love! If you do what you love you will achieve success! It is so simple. So simple! If you love cooking, cook with your whole heart, if you paint – walls or masterpieces….it does not matter just paint with your whole heart, if you love, love with your whole heart – never, ever let go of chasing the dream that you want to achieve.

I am humbled by the kind words of encouragement and thank you all as each word – each message I have received has refueled my passion and belief in the very recipe that makes our world wonderful.

I want to leave you with something … although I am not one to quote American comedians – unless they are funny of course, but I do think Chris Rock sums things up pretty well … “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.”

With that I can only say … dankie, thank you, ngiyabonga, ndiyaphila, cheers, salute and pass the bubbles, sweetie darlings.

Talking about bubbles I found this great and interesting article on 10 Unique Champagne Food Pairings by winefolly.com – check it out!

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