Category Life in Cape Town

5 Minutes with SA celebrity chef Jenny Morris – before she goes to jail tomorrow!

BREAKING NEWS!!  One of my long-time culinary heroes is off to jail tomorrow.  Thank goodness I already have her carrot cake recipe!  The details of Jenny Morris’s arrest are sketchy… but bail is set at R20 000 and she is appealing to the public (that’s you and me) to help her raise this amount.  I have it on good authority that all the money raised for her bail is going to The Sunflower Fund, a charity that does incredible work in registering bone marrow stem cell donors in South Africa.

On hearing about the imminent jail term, I asked Jenny a few questions – read on to find out what potentially might be the dish which is the key to this culinary icon’s heart.

From what time will you be jailed on 20 September 2014, and can people visit you in the Cape Quarter to offer cash donat...

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Discover Miele – The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Chicken

The oven in my kitchen is older than the ovens my Gran had in her kitchen when we were kids. Luckily for me, I get to play with some wonderful modern appliances at my clients’ houses.

In February I’m exploring the Banting way of eating, and I also started a series of cooking sessions at Miele’s studio kitchen – to Discover Miele and the benefits of using modern cooking appliances.

Last week the lovely Diana Worling, Account Manager at Miele Tygervalley, gave up half a day of her time to let me play in their ultra modern and wonderfully equipped studio kitchen. In this high tech culinary arena, Diana was the pilot and I was the co-pilot… it was very exciting when I got the reigns to program the combi oven. Yes, my friends, program the oven...

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Double Ticket Give Away for The Cape Town Festival of Beer

It seems that Beer has been on everyone’s lips for the past few months.  In September we had National Braai Day, and where there is braai there is beer.  In that same month Yuppiechef announced that they were in bed with The League of Beers and sang the praises for craft beer, all of which – even as a n0n-drinker – I wholly agree with (read their article here).

Then there was October, and with that came the Oktober Bierfest.  Which, if this was an investigative journalism piece, I would tell you why the Cape Town Bierfest was held in early November.

 

I passed the location of the Cape Town Bierfest event a number of times that weekend (Newlands Brewery is situated almost exactly half way between my house and my parent’s house)...

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Win a Personal Chef Experience

My current entry in Pick n Pay’s Freshly Blogged Competition has got me feeling all loved up – I want to share that love.

I’m lucky enough to have a family home in one of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town and I would like to invite you to have me cook for you there.  The place is Misty Cliffs, it is situated between Kommetjie and Scarborough, bordering on nature conservation estate.  Have a look at my current recipe on Freshly Blogged and let me know what you think by commenting on the recipe – http://freshlyblogged.co.za/recipe/valentines-dinner/ – a wonderful relaxing lunch experience could be yours to celebrate Valentine’s Day next year.

A beautiful view for your personal chef experience!

If you would like to win a Valentine’s Day celebration lunch for 2 people at a private home in Misty Cliffs all you have to do is leave...

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Meaty Moments – Freshly Blogged Challenge 2!

Happily no-one in the challenge has been chopped yet – but I still feel incredibly lucky to be in the competition 🙂

At first, this week’s challenge looked starkingly simple.  Who wouldn’t make a stew and dumplings when given beef shin, a Knorr Stock Pot and beef suet to work with?  The room for playing came in the form of a PnP soup mix.  As easy as it would be to throw all the ingredients of the pack into the stew and come out with something delicious, I wanted to have something more on the plate than a hearty stew.  It had never occured to me to buy the soup mix and use it for anything else than my nourishing whole free-range chicken soup...

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A Winter’s Outing to Holden Manz Wine Estate’s Franschhoek Kitchen

a beautiful setting for a winter's lunch

One of the things I love to do in summer is to drive out to Franschhoek.  Over a year ago I was lucky enough to win a lunch at Holden Manz Wine Estate’s Franschhoek Kitchen.  Work and life commitments had prevented me from booking the lunch.  At the beginning of July I moved house, and that was when I decided that a trip into the country would be a perfect way to unwind after the move.

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Cake Decorating at Chez Gourmet

I was quite pleased when the weather turned a bit cooler in Cape Town last Friday morning, as this was the day that I had booked for a Cake Decorating Workshop with Chez Gourmet.

This is the second hands on course I have done with Chez Gourmet (the first being Pastry Perfection), and again I was not disappointed.  The Chez Gourmet classes are amazing value for money – Emma is a fantastic teacher with a wealth of knowledge, the fully equipped training kitchen is state of the art and you finish the lessons with a load of edible goodies to show off to your family and friends.

During the lesson we made a batch of cupcakes to decorate and were given a vanilla sponge cake and a chocolate sponge cake to decorate...

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A Herd of Locavores…

On Saturday morning I visited the Hermanus Country Market and was surprised to meet up with old family friends who were selling their home-made chicken liver and smoked salmon pâtés. The couple has recently returned from the UK to retire in Hermanus, their daughters went to private schooling both here in SA and in the UK, they are most definitely not short of a penny.

By Sunday evening it had dawned on me that their presence at the market was probably not because they are destitute and forced to come out of retirement, but more likely a way to meet the Hermanus locals and find a place in the local culture.

This realisation led me to think further about buying local. I subsequently formulated my business resolution for the New Year: To buy from local small businesses as much as possib...

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Raise a Toast to Cape Town’s Summer Season!

Wine @ The Mill is The Food Crew’s preferred supplier for wine.

The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, where Cape Town’s trend setters enjoy the market every Saturday, is the location of this little gem of a wine shop. Wine @ The Mill is open from Monday to Saturday and and specialises in top producing boutique wine estates, mostly at the cellar door prices.

The Food Crew offers our clients the opportunity to meet with Wine @ The Mill’s owners Tanya Becker and Nigel Cattermole at their shop to select fine wines for their vacation or event, alternatively our clients can order from Wine @ The Mill’s online shop and The Food Crew will liaise with Tanya and Nigel for the collection/delivery of the wine prior to the clients arrival in Cape Town or their function...

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Preferred Personal Chef Service for Big Bay Beach House

My kitchen at home has the makings of a yacht’s galley, a galley on a very small sailing boat.  It’s neat, clean and functional; but when I cook in it I can do a 3 step dance between the stove, prep area and sink.  The kitchen pictured here is not my kitchen!

This kitchen belongs to the Big Bay Beach House, a luxury holiday home on the water’s edge in Big Bay with a heavenly view of Table Mountain from across the bay.  A home that has been featured in the likes of Property Magazine.  A far cry from my humble abode.

One of the highlights of being a Personal Chef is the opportunity to cook in a dream kitchen (ok, my dream kitchen)...

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