apple and strawberry crumble

apple and strawberry crumble

apple and strawberry crumble

Winter has arrived with full force in Cape Town as our first big cold front hits. Up until now we’ve had a long and beautiful autumn and I’ve loved spending so much time in the vineyards soaking in all the beautiful colours. I decided that this apple and strawberry crumble was perfect for todays stormy weather and I’ve been dying to make it since I first tried it a couple of months back. The strawberries add so much value, and it has officially become my favourite crumble recipe.

apple and strawberry crumble

Sophie is a cousin of a friend of mine who also happens to be a qualified pastry chef and this is her recipe (more or less). It’s utterly delicious. She served it with a vanilla bean crème anglaise which finished it off perfectly and reminded me how important it is to go the extra mile with what we serve our crumble with. My preference will always be lightly whipped cream with vanilla (Chantilly cream), home-made vanilla ice cream, or crème anglaise.

autumn leaves

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visit franscHHoek this winter

Babylonstoren, Franschhoek

I was lucky enough to spend 2 days and a night in beautiful Franschhoek last week. Partly for the launch of the HH campaign where amazing special offers in the wineries, hotels and restaurants are happening. I also decided that I prefer Franschhoek in winter to summer. Its got the whole vineyard, soon to be snow capped peaks vibe going for it. Unbelievable restaurants with big fireplaces and draw dropping views, what more do you want. Its only an hour from Cape Town, so I don’t really need much of an excuse to get out there. Neither should you. * All images taken with my iPhone 6+

Babylonstoren Franschhoek

Babylonstoren

Our afternoon started off at Babylonstoren and a walk through their most exquisite edible garden followed by a mushroom inspired lunch in the House of Shadows. I last visited the estate in February so it was wonderful to see how much the garden changes with the seasons. They are now producing a few cultivars of mushrooms so we had a quick look at their facility and their first shiitake springing from the logs. This place inspires me beyond. Continue Reading →

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sweet potato ‘noodles’ with chorizo and orange

sweet potato 'noodles' with chorizo and orange

sweet potato 'noodles' with chorizo and orange

I bought a large spiraliser while in the US and now find myself twisting all manner of vegetables into long thin ‘noodles’ and ribbons. Not only do they cook super quickly – thus I assume keeping more nutrients in and making them healthier, they have a wonderful texture and trick your brain into thinking you are eating an actual noodle. Brilliant. Low carb and nutritious meals all the time. My very favourite is zucchini in the ‘noodle’ format, which I love to simply stir fry with olive oil or Parmesan infused olive oil, salt and pepper and eat with lashings of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You can find out how I do that here, but I happily eat them raw too and I’ve been spiralling them (I’m not sure this is even a word?) into all kinds of salads lately. Continue Reading →

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banana bread with blueberries and chocolate

banana bread with blueberries and chocolate

banana bread with blueberries and chocolate

I think I went a little OTT with this one, but I figured the world doesn’t need another banana bread recipe (yawn), so I mixed it up. Blueberries, banana and chocolate are all happy flavor partners and I had all three on hand. I also felt like baking, which is happening a lot these days. The onset of winter and my intense desire to nest at home goes hand in hand with turning on my oven and baking delicious treats or bread. Continue Reading →

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pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

I was blown away by an amazing array of beverages available in the USA on my recent travels there. The category has literally exploded, and in line with what I saw in London two years ago. Sadly I wasn’t in either place long enough to drink my through these hundreds of amazing sounding drinks flavours.

The one thing I did drink a lot of in America on this trip was lemonade. Continue Reading →

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