Win with us! JHP Gourmet Guide Giveaway

We’re very excited to be giving away two copies of the JHP 2016/2017 Gourmet Guide from my friends at MapStudio.

This beautiful hard copy publication is my bucket list of South African restaurants to visit. Author Jenny Handley, an experienced food writer, introduces you to the chefs and opens the doors to 100 of the top restaurants in the country.

Besides the delectable recipes from the featured chefs and the outstanding photography, the Gourmet Guide includes contact details, a map and GPS coordinates of each restaurant. The top 21 restaurants are ‘plated’, a rating given by independent judging – no restaurant paid to be included in the publication. Take a whirlwind tour of these exceptional restaurants, look inside and learn a little of their history and uniqueness...

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The Winelands Chocolate Festival at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

With the festivities of Easter celebrations just over a week ago, and still hiding my remaining chocolate from myself, I received info on the second Winelands Chocolate Festival, which takes place at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 20th and 21st of August 2016.

After yesterday’s visit to the Getaway Show 2016 at Lourensford Estate, I’m super keen to venture out in to the beautiful countryside near Cape Town on a regular basis. And what better way to experience the Winelands than with chocolate and wine?

Here’s further info and booking details, so you too can put this event into your diary (supplied by Wired Communications)…

This year’s festival is beautifully laid out in the spacious Blaauwklippen grounds and building...

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The Cape Getaway Show taking place this weekend!

Thank you Las Paletas!! Last week I received info about the Cape Getaway Show 2016 and although camping is one of my ultimate favourite down-time activities, due to a commitment-filled week and weekend I didn’t give it much thought.

Yesterday I entered a competition with Las Paletas purely because the tickets came with free icecream ALL day… and I won! Free icecream is enough to put an event into the diary, so I’ve cleared my schedule for tomorrow and heading off to Lourensford Estate for a day out in the country with my 7 year old son. He won’t believe his luck when he’s allowed more than one icecream in a day :)

The line-up sounds pretty interesting, so if you’re thinking of heading out that way this weekend, here’s the info  (provided by KLPR)…
 

Don’t miss out on the Cape Getaway Show ...

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The Cape Town Festival of Beer 2015 – 5 mins with Atlantic Storm Brewery

28 to 30 November 2014 - Don't miss it!

There really is no place to be this weekend other than Hamilton’s Rugby Club, next to the Cape Town Stadium for the 7th annual Cape Town Festival of Beer. This event is a meeting place of local and international micro-brewers, a place to sample the best of beer.

On Thursday I had the privilege to hang out with the brewers and organisers at Hamilton’s Rugby Club for the launch of the festival, the Brewer’s Braai. I asked Martin Tucker, one of the co-founders of the festival what made them start a festival of craft beer… his reply was that it was an excuse to their wives for the four friends to drink beer for 3 days! Since they all have full-time demanding jobs as well as organising this event, I think this is well-deserved...

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The Food Crew – an article for Your Baby magazine in 2010

A recent post on Mommy Mall Cape Town’s Facebook page reminded me of this article I wrote for Your Baby Magazine in 2010.  To tell you the truth, the idea for the article came about because I wanted to interview other moms in business to gain insight into being a mompreneur.  I was actually very surprised when the editor accepted my proposal!

Here is the article as I submitted it – nearly double the length of words that I had been allocated, however Your Baby printed it with very little editing (including using my proposed title).  Grab a cup of tea – the length of this article breaks all the rules of writing a blog post….

Article: “Mom’s The Boss” (working title)

Writer: Joanne Clegg

Date: 05 March 2010

Joanne Clegg of The Food Crew started a Private Chef Service and Marine Cul...

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Experiencing Dash Restaurant’s Winter Menu

Dash Restaurant

“Tonight we’re going to have food put on the plate by an interior decorator,” my dad quips to my mum and I last Sunday afternoon, “we better have dinner before we go out.” Nonsense, I tell him, I’ve looked at Dash’s winter menu and there’s ‘pan fried loin of venison, parsley mash and carrot puree’ as an option, that sounds filling enough.

I’ve been invited to visit Dash Restaurant at the Queen Victoria Hotel on the border of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. I’m taking my mom, as August is her birthday month and she deserves a treat. My mum comes in a pair, so we’re taking my dad along. He also deserves a treat.

The sky is displaying a spectacular sunset that Cape Town offers as an apology for some rather dismal weather in winter...

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Hot Potato Blogger Challenge Recipe: Potato and Bacon Bake topped with Parmesan Mash

Potato and Bacon Bake topped with Parmesan Mash

Serves 6 to 8

A recipe for the true potato lover, equally as delicious as a vegetarian meal with the bacon omitted. This is a rich dish with a potato bake filling which is topped with a cheesy mash potato. It can be the star of the show, or served as a side dish at a buffet. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need more cream. Be sure to cook the potatoes on the stove top until they release some of their starch and thicken the cream, this results in a much creamier bake.

Flavour Combination:

For the bake –

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, finely diced

125g bacon, finely chopped

250ml whipping cream

8 to 12 large potatoes, peeled and sliced (using a food processor or mandolin slicer)

Seasoning, to taste

For the topping –

6 to 8 large potatoes, peeled and quartered

50g parmesan ...

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Hot Potato Blogger Challenge Recipe: Warm New Potato and Aubergine Salad with Sweet Chilli and Bacon

Warm New Potato and Aubergine Salad with Sweet Chilli and Bacon Dressing

Serves 6 to 8

This is a great winter salad. The flavours of sweet chilli sauce and fried bacon marry well with the roasted new potatoes and aubergine. It’s simple to prepare and then tossed together and served warm, perfect for chilly days and as an accompaniment to a roast dinner.

Flavour Combination:

700g new potatoes (baby potatoes), washed and halved

2 large aubergines (egg plants/brinjals), washed and cubed

1 tbsp dried rosemary

1 tbsp dried thyme

½ tsp Himalayan salt

¼ cup olive oil

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1 tbsp butter

Bacon, chopped

Rosa/cherry/vine tomatoes, or a combination

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Wild rocket leaves

Feta cheese, to garnish (optional)

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180*c
  2. Mix the new potatoes, aubergines, herbs, salt and olive oil together in a large bowl, coa...
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Hot Potato Blogger Challenge Recipe: Baked Smoked Salmon Trout and Courgette Croquettes

Baked Salmon and Courgette Croquettes

Serves 4 to 6

This is a good recipe for a breakfast, brunch or dinner party starter. The croquettes are baked, so they can all be cooked in one batch. It is a good idea to bake them on silicone or baking paper to prevent them sticking. They can be made ahead of time up to coating with the cheese mixture, refrigerated for a few hours, then cooked just before serving.

Flavour Combination:

½ cup cheddar cheese, finely grated

¼ cup ground almonds

¼ cup desiccated coconut

2 cups cooked potato, peeled and mashed

80g smoked salmon trout ribbons, finely chopped

4 to 6 baby courgettes, grated

himalayan salt, to taste

2 eggs, beaten

fresh rocket, to garnish (optional)

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180*c
  2. Mix together the cheddar cheese, ground almonds and desiccated coconut, set aside.
  3. Mix the smo...
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Hot Potato Blogger Challenge – A tribute to my potato-loving dad!

Potato Challenge

I would love to win with the Hot Potato Blogger Challenge because… well, should I start with what I would do with the prize money, why I think my recipes are fabulous, or first tell you why I entered?

I think I will begin with telling you why I entered. Potatoes are such a great ingredient to work with, they are so versatile and can be used for a quick light meal, to being a side dish for a posh affair, or even the main affair itself. Potatoes are getting a bad rap from the low carb protagonists, but they will always have their place on the menu. Especially my dad’s menu. The minute I heard about this potato challenge, I thought of my dad, who is a meat and potatoes kind of guy...

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