Archive | August, 2016

egg and bacon in bread baskets

These toast baskets are the prettiest and most perfect vessel to hold a soft poached egg. Topped with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes, they become a piece of breakfast heaven.

poached egg and bacon in bread baskets

Inspired by a favourite dish at a favourite Jozi breakfast spot, I have wanted to make these for years. I stopped in for this famous dish of theirs while up in Joburg recently and they remained as delicious as I remember. The version at Nice is made with a tomato and onion relish that is fab, but I’m obsessed with roasting tomatoes and adding balsamic. They roast into gooey perfection with the balsamic giving a hint of sweetness that makes the juice an umami bomb of flavour. I literally can.not.get.enough. Continue Reading →

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sunday roast at bertus basson at the spice route

Bertus Basson at the Spice Route

Sunday roast at Bertas Basson at the Spice Route , Paarl

Every Sunday through winter and probably through summer, Bertus Basson at Spice Route will be knocking together an amazing four course traditional Sunday roast. I really should be called a feast though, because an abundance of delicious home-style food is brought to your table to devour. Each week the protein component will vary, but you can always expect 2 meat roasts, some side vegetables – with a few gourmet touches of course, a salad course with something fishy. A soup vibe, bread, pate, and to end off with a decadent dessert. The roast potatoes are straight from a heavenly place and look like they have been cooked at least 2 – 3 times to deliver the crunchiest possible skin and fluffy interior imaginable. Actually I would go back for just the roast potatoes. To coat it all – as if it were necessary, there was gravy, there was cheesy kale and hollandaise for the sirloin. I could say there was too much food, but like a rookie I couldn’t resist the brioche toast with pate and onion marmalade and the fresh foccaccio with the cauliflower soup. I suggest nibbling on those and saving yourself fo the main event. I also suggest not eating before or after this meal and taking along stroll to work it off. With beautiful panoramic views from the restaurant, it couldn’t be a better location to while away a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.  Continue Reading →

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visit china town in johannesburg

It was the first time I’ve been back to Cyrildene since I lived in Joburg nearly nine years ago. It has changed somewhat, and become more of an established ‘China Town’ or ‘New China Town, as its known, with large gantry pillars at both entrances announcing that you have entered it. I also l lived in Derrick Ave when I was studying at hotel school at the end of the 80ies, so this neighbourhood has a deeper connection to me. The block of flats I lived in with a friend is totally unrecognisable now with the entire area in from of that strip now filled with shops and pavement fresh produce markets. It used to be a Jewish area with kosher shops so it couldn’t be more different now than it was back then.

China Town, Cyrildende, Johannesburg

China Town, Cyrildende, Johannesburg

The fresh produce on sale was in abundance and beautiful. If I lived in Joburg I would shop there all the time. In fact I have never seen such an array of the freshest greens at any market in South Africa before. There were so many plants I had never seen or only heard of, and it’s a complete adventure if you are into sourcing fresh produce.

My biggest regret is that I ran out of time, or rather eating opportunities to stop and have lunch in one of the restaurants. I had done my research though, and The Northern Plate, or Northern Dish was the restaurant I had earmarked to go to had I had the time. Its where I will be going the next time I visit.

I pointed my camera at everything and got somewhat carried away. The area is a little shabby so don’t expect anything glamoroius, but this is as authentic as you are going to get.

My pictures tell most of the story. Continue Reading →

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a food & travel adventure to johannesburg

Street food stand at The Fox Market Shed, Johannesburg

I’ve just got back from a whirlwind food and travel adventure to Johannesburg where I caught up with the food scene in our biggest and most vibrant city. I used to live there, so Joburg is my second home and I love visiting. Normally I stay with family and friends and land up spending most of my time in their homes and don’t get out as much as Id like. Last week was a little different. I stayed in four amazing hotels and bounced around old favourite haunts and discovered a few amazing new places. kulula.com  – South Africa’s number one low-cost airline and Avios Rewards Programme (who they have recently partnered with) invited me to fly to any destination in South Africa for a foodie adventure and I chose Joburg. South Africa is filled with exciting destinations and Avios customers can earn three Avios for every R10 spent on Kulula flights. If you are not collecting points every single time you fly, you are wasting an opportunity. Places to go, people to see, and food to eat is what I always say. Continue Reading →

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