yotam ottolenghi’s cauliflower cake

cauliflower cake by ottolenghi

This is one of those recipes that when you see it, your interest is immediately piqued and you set about bookmarking it in your mind to make sometime. I then saw it floating around the interwebs last week and knew it was a sign. I was already buying cauliflower to make the best ever whole roasted cauliflower recipe, so added another to my basket for this. 

cauliflower cake by ottolenghi

I was recently given a stunning wedge one of my favourite South African cheeses, The Dalewood Fromage Huguenot. It’s a 12 month old mature cheese that recently won The South African Dairy Product of the year award and I knew I wanted to use it in a beautiful recipe. It has a distinctly nutty flavour and creamy texture, but sadly can only be procured at the Dalewood farm shop on the Franschhoek-Simondium Road in the Winelands. You may of course also find it on the menu in a top local restaurant. Rumour has it that Peter Templehoff from the Greenhouse buys up most of the stock each year and it was there that I tasted it for the first time. Continue Reading →

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visit the thatch house in hermanus

The Thatch House in Hermanus

The Thatch House in Hermanus

The Thatch House in Hermanus

This last week-end I was invited to stay at the Thatch House in Hermanus which is a luxurious villa with mountain views on the one side and the lagoon views on the other. It reminded me of a movie – I’m just not sure which one exactly, but basically it was like taking a break from my normal life and stepping into another world. The house sleeps up to 21 people with 4 family suites and 2 double rooms and is only available to rent in totality. So you have to take it all. It comes either as a self catering property, or you can make use of their built-in amazing chef as we did. You can find out more about eating at the Thatch House and chef Terry hereContinue Reading →

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super healthy green smoothie

super healthy green smoothie

The base recipe for this super healthy green smoothie comes from a wonderful organic farm in Israel called Farma Cultura, located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv in the village of Bnei Zion. This little farm is exactly the kind of place you want to have right in your own neighbourhood. They grow an array of incredible organic produce and have a little shop on the property where they sell it along with various prepared dishes which are all freshly made by themselves. We popped in for a short visit while I was on my spectacular food tour to Israel in January and took a tour of the garden. Owner Gil Shacham-Amit and her husband made their green smoothie for us and it was delicious. Continue Reading →

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easy grilled salmon on thai pesto noodles

easy grilled salmon on thai pesto noodles

This is one of those simple and delicious meals to whip up for a week night supper. The Thai pesto is from Pesto Princess – a local brand of delicious and super convenient fresh pesto’s and I am never without a few jars at hand. I store them in the freezer until I need them for those emergency supper moments when I havent done any planning but feel like something delicious. This happens all the time. The Thai pesto is made from coriander (cilantro) and cashew nuts so I think it lends itself better to noodles vs pasta, but really either will do.  Continue Reading →

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