Category Life Lessons

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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Meat Free Mondays

Today I am going to make a concerted effort to have an entirely meat free Monday. Being a natural carnivore, I very often conveniently forget a quarter of the way through the day of my intention to live one day a week meat free.

I attended the Sports Science Institute of South Africa’s Women’s Wellness Seminar and was lucky enough to win a spot prize of a Shape Exercise Hamper. It included a skipping rope, gym goodies, The Shape Complete Workout ‘Bookazine’ and a yoga mat (luminous pink nog al). I browsed through the book after an indulgent baby shower breakfast yesterday, and made the decision to stick with their 8 week cardio fitness plan and make other lifestyle changes, starting today...

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Food and Wine Tasting with Bon Fromage and Slanghoek

Yesterday evening I attended a very generous cheese and wine tasting at Bon Fromage, the cheese restaurant in Newlands. We were treated to five cheese and wine pairings, the cheese being chosen by Bon Fromage owner Brian and the wines from Slanghoek.

Brian hosts these wine tasting events regularly, and a very reasonable cost of R100 per person gets you an informative cheese and wine pairing, followed by dinner and a cheese platter. At every wine tasting you can order the wine at the cellar price, which is always good value for money.

I was surprised when we were offered a choice between Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake or Potato and Bacon Bake as a main course – I always considered Potato Bake to be a side dish! I chose the Potato and Bacon Bake and was more than happy with my choice, which ...

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South African Heritage Day Celebration!

(Personal Chef Joanne Clegg gets demoted to salad maker; her cousin is promoted to Tongmaster and her aunt steals the show with a Chicken and Apricot Potjie and a Fresh Strawberry Pavlova – recipes below)

It was with absolute glee that I accepted an invitation, to join my aunt, uncle and cousin for a Potjie braai on Saturday – the 24th of September which marks our Heritage Day public holiday.

Heritage Day is the day on which South Africans are encouraged to celebrate the diverse the diverse cultural heritage that makes up our “rainbow nation”.

This day is now synonomous with “National Braai Day” or “Braai4Heritage”, an initiative by Jan Scannell (better know as Jan Braai – @janbraai on twitter) to unite South Africans on Heritage Day around the collective love of a “braai”...

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