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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 S...

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Experiencing Dash Restaurant’s Winter Menu

“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

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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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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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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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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