Crispy Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Crushed Salt

[ti_audio name=”Traditional Christmas” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″ randomize=”0″] Here in South Africa we have such a mix and match of traditional Christmas dishes handed down by generations of European traditions and seasoned with an African touch. We have so many variations! As I am Portuguese, many of the dishes at our Christmas table are Portuguese traditional dishes with the appearance of new dishes that I like to try every year. Crispy Roast Potatoes is as much part a of the Christmas menu as cold is inevitable in winter. This addition to my menu came about by accident. I normally boil my … Continue reading Crispy Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Crushed Salt

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Summertime and Beer Shandy – Thirsty Thursday 11

[ti_audio name=”Summertime” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″] [hr] “Roll out those hazy, crazy, lazy days of Summer… those days of soda and pretzels and beer…” Summer has arrived. It’s great outdoors… I can finally potter around in the garden again and harvest this season’s herbs. It also means – sunshine, beaches, sunsets and sundowners… On days like this there is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Beer Shandy. I am a relatively short person…that means alcohol doesn’t have far to travel to my head. Because of that I can tolerate one drink and that’s it for me. With a beer shandy, … Continue reading Summertime and Beer Shandy – Thirsty Thursday 11

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Chilli Bites and chilly weather

[ti_audio name=”Ambient” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″ volume=”30″] Generally I am a fan of all things chilli! Chilli Bites are one of my favourite snacks. The only thing ‘chilli’ I don’t like is chilly weather. I am glad that Summer has arrived and we can now head off to the beach with our picnic basket filled with little nibbly bits. One of my favourite lazy day spots is the beach. Soaking up the sun, feeling the sand between my toes, listening to the waves beating on the rocks…sipping iced tea or an ice-cold beer shandy and snacking on finger food. I like … Continue reading Chilli Bites and chilly weather

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Sparkling Watermelon Chiller- Thirsty Thursday 10

Beat the heat with this cool Sparkling Watermelon Chiller. This is such a simple drink to make – use up your leftover watermelon, add some sparkle with sparkling water, lemonade or seltzer and loads of ice for the chill. I usually make puréed fruit juices from fruit that is turning over ripe. I add some simple syrup and toss it in the freezer to use as sorbet, granita or for drinks like this. It adds a vibrant inviting colour and it’s a healthy alternative to sodas. Perfect for summer. To make simple syrup – boil 1/2 cup of sugar with … Continue reading Sparkling Watermelon Chiller- Thirsty Thursday 10

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Making Roti

[ti_audio name=”Cape Town” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″ volume=”35″] As a follow up to my Cape Malay Culinary Experience, here is the recipe for making the delicious flaky and fluffy roti. The process is a bit daunting for those who are not used to being in the kitchen much. Otherwise, you just need to know how to roll ( with a rolling pin), twirl, skip rope and roll some more. Happy rotirollin’. While you are making the roti, listening to some chilling music and sipping on some wine, you might like to have your Cape Malay Chicken Curry gently simmering and releasing … Continue reading Making Roti

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Cape Malay Culinary Experience

[ti_audio name=”Cape Town” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″] I am thoroughly enjoying the beauty of Cape Town, its diversity, its moody climate, its people and its flavours. Everyday I learn and see new things all around me and I just can’t get enough. I am surprised to hear that some people who’ve lived here all their lives have never visited places right around the corner from them. We are creatures of habit and comfort zones. Often we find ourselves visiting the same places at the same time on the same day over and over. One of the things that my husband and … Continue reading Cape Malay Culinary Experience

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Four Tarts and a Cheese Festival

I have wanted to go to the South African Cheese Festival for years but it just never happened. I think mainly because we lived miles away.  Now that we live around the corner, I finally made it. Thanks to Food Blog Cape Town I won myself a set of tickets with my cheesy pick-up line. If you know me, you know I love festivals. I also have a soft spot for cheese. I believe the word for people like me is “Turophile“. I love sharp, mature and crumbly cheeses. Mature cheddar, pecorino and mild blue cheese are my favourites but … Continue reading Four Tarts and a Cheese Festival

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