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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

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

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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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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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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