Friday, October 28, 2011

A trip through Chapman's Peak

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Super easy tomato-mushroom-chicken casserole

I love making this, because it’s great to make a meal for two with four chicken pieces, or use a bigger dish and cook ten chicken pieces for a dinner party.

Serve it with basmati rice or cous cous and a salad - and voila!

Pick an oven proof dish based on how many pieces you would like to cook and start making the sauce in the dish. Excuse the use of 'dollops' and 'glugs' – I really free pour with this recipe.


- A good dollop (about half a glass) of whatever wine you may be drinking at dinner (white or red)

- A glug of good extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 Tablespoon of smoked paprika (I like the imported one from woolies)

- 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar

- 1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar

- 1 tin of tomatoes or about five chopped fresh tomatoes

- A dash of tomato sauce

- 1tsp of tomato paste

- 1 onion diced

- 1 large clove or two medium cloves of garlic finely choppes

- Button mushrooms halved (put in as many or as little as you like)

- 5 or so pepperdews thinly sliced

- A tub of cream (or only half if you are cooking four pieces)

- A few strands of saffron

- Chilli flakes

- Salt and pepper

It may seem like a lot, but you can leave certain things out. For example like the wine - if you don't drink - or the mushrooms if you don't like them, and the chilli flakes if you want a less spicy dish.

Simply stir it all together and add the chicken pieces, covering them as much as possible.

Bake the dish at 200 degrees Celsius for 60-90 minutes. Turn pieces over half way and when you think they are done, just cut one of the pieces to double check the chicken is cooked through.


PS - I like to sprinkle Parmesan over the chicken when I serve the dish.

Pinotage on Tap

What a blast this year's festival was!
For R285 we got: a welcome back with a roast beef sandwich, water and our tasting glass. We then, of course, get to drink as much (super delicious) pinotage as we like... followed by gorging on strawberries dripping with chocolate from the fountain AND three more meals throughout the afternoon.
First was a vegetarian pasta, then a chicken or lamb tagine, and then a curry.
The live entertainment was great, the weather was superb (not too hot, not too cold) and all in all it made for a great day out.
Darling Brewery also had a stand, so at one point I changed over to have a brewski - delish!
A must do next year ;)

PS: see the scary picture of me – that's me having the time of my life from a double-chin enhancing angle

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts 2011/2012 line-up

It's that time again!!!

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 Locnville / Jax Panik
· Sun, 27 Nov 2011 Van Coke / Die Heuwels Fantasties / Jack Parow / JR PG (L)
· Sun, 4 Dec 2011 Lira
· Sun, 11 Dec 2011 The Parlotones
· Thurs, 15 Dec 2011 Carols by Candlelight Rotary
· Fri, 16 Dec 2011 Carols by Candlelight Rotary
· Sat, 17 Dec 2011 Carols by Candlelight Rotary
· Sun, 18 Dec 2011 Carols by Candlelight Rotary
· Mon, 26 Dec 2011 Zebra & Giraffe
· Sat, 31 Dec 2011 NYE Concert – Prime Circle & Elvis Blue
· Sun, 1 Jan 2012 Mango Groove
· Sun, 8 Jan 2012 The Graeme Watkins Project / Plush
· Sun, 15 Jan 2012 Johnny Clegg
· Sun, 22 Jan 2012 Dan Patlansky /Natasha Meister
· Sun, 29 Jan 2012 Zahara (TBC) / Claire Phillips
· Sun, 5 Feb 2012 Flash Republic / Foto Na Dans
· Sun, 12 Feb 2012 Going Back to the Crossroads / Natasha Meister
· Sun, 19 Feb 2012 Taxi Violence / Machineri
· Sun, 26 Feb 2012 The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
· Sun, 4 Mar 2012 The Blues Broers featuring Albert Frost
· Sun, 11 Mar 2012 Goldfish
· Sun, 18 Mar 2012 Freshlyground
· Sun, 25 Mar 2012 Hugh Masekela
· Sun, 1 April 2012 Hot Water / Wrestlerish

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

khuluma food pages October issue

For all those who aren't flying kulula this month, here are my food pages.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oktober Bierfest highlights

We attended the bierfest this past weekend and it was super fun, super loud and filled with pretty frauleins, lederhosen and of course, BEER.
The oompah band were a bit too loud indoors, so we stuck outside for the majority of the afternoon. We had a table under an umbrella which made it really worth while.
I also bumped into some varsity mates who I had seen in years, so that was a real highlight :-)
Here is some info about the fest I wrote for the horizons magazine:

‘South Africans love beer. Many have been to the Munich Oktoberfest and those who haven’t wish they had! We thought that an event modelled on the world-renowned 200-year-old Bavarian beer festival would do well locally,’ says event producer Andrew Douglas of TEG. The [next] SAB Oktober Bierfest takes place on the 27th to 29th at Montecasino’s Outdoor Event Area, which will be decorated like an authentic Bavarian bier hall complete with benches, fräuleins armed with mugs of frothy beer, live oompah bands and traditional games. Approximately 30  000 litres of beer will be produced for the fest, in the form of three Bavarian-style beers crafted by the brewmasters at SAB. ‘You won’t see them anywhere else in the country. They are exactly what you’d find in any bier hall at Munich Oktoberfest,’ Douglas says. These are a dark Munich Dunkel, a Krystal Weiss wheat beer with hints of clove, and the ‘crowd-pleasing’, easy-drinking Oktoberfest Bier. He adds that the food has been sourced from the finest purveyors of German food in SA – platters of cold meats, giant pretzels, eisbein, schnitzel, sauerkraut and world-famous sausages. SAB is partnering with Unicab, Sacab and Springbok Atlas to provide safe transport for the bierleichen (beer corpses, as drunk patrons are called in Bavaria), and Southern Sun has special B&B packages at hotels nearby.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Labia night market vibes

So on Friday, Zoe (from and I sold our foodie wares at the Labia Night Market on Orange street.
The market mainly consists of vintage/boutique clothing stalls, gift and jewellery stands and then a couple foodie stands.
There was a great vibe and the place literally buzzed from 5pm to 10pm.
The best news was - Zoe and I sold out!
I baked a small range of mini cheese cakes, mini meringues and mini quiches – all gluten-free.
Zoe had a variety of cupcakes, brownies, tarts and mini cheesecakes – all decadent!
What a great evening it was!
And we'll be back next month ;-)
So see you then.