Hi, I am Sam and this is my recipe, food and travel photography blog. I’m a passionate cook that decided to quit corporate slavery 7 years ago and build my dream life around food creativity.

Cooking and baking have been my biggest adventures and consumed me for as long as I can remember. I’m now a professional food stylist, recipe developer and food photographer hunting down the delicious things in life. The internet is my natural habitat, and Drizzle and Dip is my home. Thanks for stopping by as I nurture what I love to do the most. To create.

My background is a mix of hospitality management and food brand marketing, and all of this has helped me along the way. I wrote my first cookbook in 2012 and have just finished my second one. Its due to be published in March 2015 by Penguin Random House South Africa. I cant wait.

I’ve travelled extensively (mainly in my youth), hitchhiked across Europe and driven across America. I long to do more of that.

I like to dream, especially during the day, and I cook mainly because I love to eat. If I’m not in my kitchen, studio or glued to the internet, you might find me hiking on a mountain or swimming in the sea. I’m lucky that I get to live in the beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa.

To view my professional food styling website and view my commercial showreel, click here.

Other people have said a few nice things about me here, and last year I won the Best South African Food blog in the Fairlady Consumer awards 2013

Please get in touch if you would like to work with me:  slinsell (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Sponsorship / advertising on Drizzle and Dip
  • Recipe development and content creation to match your brand objectives
  • Food styling and photography
  • Travel writing and photography


All the images on Drizzle and Dip are taken by myself, and I’m currently shooting with a Canon 5D Mark 2.

When I’m out and about I will generally capture images with my iPhone 5 and post these to my latest obsession-  Instagram

To purchase any images please see my gallery on Stockfood.com for options, or contact me directly.

Food philosophy

I share Michael Pollan’s sentiment: “Eat food, not too much, mainly plants”, and believe our bodies need a little bit of everything to function well. Despite all attempts to lead an ongoing healthy existence, I am susceptible to over-indulging on the nicer things and find it simply impossible to resist champagne, a gourmet burger or salted caramel.

My recipes are inspired by ingredients I love and those that I find in abundance in my kitchen. For whatever reason, because I am a compulsive food shopper or have excess after my shoots. I eat with the seasons and relish the change as food comes and goes, and like an old friend, I get to experience again after a period of absence.

I thrive on experimenting with new techniques, ideas and flavours, and generally try to take the fuss out of any method, eliminating unnecessary steps.

I work in a mix of metric and cup measurements depending on my mood and the ingredient. You will find a handy conversion chart on my site to help. Drop me a note in the comment section if you have any questions, nothing makes me happier when you do.

Blog philosophy

I pride myself that all the content on this site is generated by myself but I will make mention if anyone has contributed (doesn’t happen often), when a product has been given to me (it’s better to contact me before sending me stuff), or if a post has been sponsored (I need to pay my rent). If you would like any further information or clarity about my blog and my editorial policy, please drop me an email.

NB – I do not post press releases on my site nor do I accept guest posts.


Copyright Drizzle and Dip 2009 – 2014 All rights reserved ©

I support a sharing policy as defined by Link with Love. Please don’t use any of my stuff without asking for it, unless you share an excerpt or picture and this links directly back to the source with full and clear credit given to me:  Samantha Linsell and Drizzle and Dip.

Cooking is an adventure, so find the best ingredients you can, pour yourself a glass of wine and come and play in the kitchen.

I hope you enjoy my little foodie home on the web.


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right from the beginning I loved tucking in

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Elaine January 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

loving your blog. Look forward to reading more. What a baby shot!

drizzleanddip January 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

thanks — thought it was rather appropriate. s x

rowan January 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

hey sam. the blog is looking good. nice stuff.

jules January 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

Loving the blog. Well done Sam. am looking forward to more recipes/anecdotes. Enjoy! J x

drizzleanddip January 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

thanks jules xx

spin sister February 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Sammy look forward to more of your blogging. I am enjoying it ALL so much, thanks. Keep on going sister. V

eatingplaces March 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! The pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to try a few recipes.

drizzle & dip March 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

thank you so much!
sam x

nigel price March 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

hi Sam

Just checking up on you! How is your year going? Had a look at your blog…You’re very busy :) Great, looks good!

Marisa March 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

YAY! Another SA foodie. :-) Added you to my RSS feed.

Derick April 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

To a fellow foodie…

Bar Bar Black Sheep’s new menu is launched – please visit http://www.bbbs.co.za and start salivating!

From a fellow foodie… ;)

Søren April 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm

So you fancy Danish blue(eyed) over sweet but boring Swiss on a Friday? Nice! :o)

lisa May 4, 2010 at 5:34 am

new look is fab sam, well done. glad the mothership descided to dock back in.

Chris von Ulmenstein May 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Love the clean look of your blog, and your openness in identifying yourself and in supplying your e-mail address, something the fewest bloggers do! I look forward to meeting you at the Food & Wine Bloggers’ Club

drizzleanddip May 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks Chris, I look forward to meeting you too and all the others :-)
PS: got nothing to hide, its just me

Bronwen May 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

Sam, I am just loving your Blog! x

drizzleanddip May 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks bron xxx

Liz Kobilski July 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Just fantastic, I have been spending some time on this site and I love it! Everything about it! Well done, will definitely be visiting it very often. Well done sister!! X X X

drizzleanddip July 15, 2010 at 7:57 am

Thanks Liz, woudl love you to visit and let me know what you think or add suggestions. love s xxx

Rob Davidowitz July 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

Lovely website and blog.
Thanks for the twitter join – Loking forward to further contact and reads.
Keep this up!!

Quirine July 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Sammy what an inspirational blog!!! i love it… good to meet you and hopefully again some time soon x Q

Liesl August 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Sammy – love your blog – you have a real talent! Keep it coming xx

Linda September 6, 2010 at 11:50 am


Penny Groenewald(Cloete) November 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Hi Sam

We just wanted to congratulate you on your great site! You certainly have taken over from both your granny’s in your love for cooking. My mum loved the crunchie article
about Betty and sends you lots of love and is very proud of you xxxx

Shelley Mileham November 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Hey Samantha, quite accidentally stumbled upon your site and “Wow”, I am impressed!!! You have kept me entertained for the past 2 hours!! I share your passion for food, travel and photography and am thrilled to have found you site!!! I have a shop and would be delighted if you paid me a visit at Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe at 90 Kloof st. Opp. JvR High School. Looking forward to meeting you, Warm Regards Shelley

Kim Charles February 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

So blooming fabulous Sam – well done xxx

Ilse van der Merwe February 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

Hi Sam
Friends of mine trade with exquisite rainbow trout at several markets in and around Cape Town. They sell the trout fresh (whole and filleted) as well as hot smoked. But they get so many requests for cold smoked! Can I put them in touch with your smoking shed?

I really enjoyed your tips at the FBI2011, it was such an inspiring day and so great so meet a lot of like-minded foodies. And your website and pics are just jawdroppingly beautiful.

drizzleanddip February 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

Thank you so much Ilse, please let them get in touch. Sam

kadirecipes April 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

I am really happy I found your blog. It is so interesting……

Skippy June 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hi Sam

Thanks for an amazing blog- suddenly (but atleast finally) just come in to contact with it. Have to agree with one of your comments in the fact that there is nothing more fulfilling than leaving everything behind and following your dreams. I gave up a fantastic job in the corporate world to become a chef and havent looked back! Even wrote a little article for myself to remember that moment I never looked back- would love to send it to you if you interested. Particularly love the articles on baking- my first love!


Sam June 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks so much for the comment Mark, I have never looked back either in following my dream. Things are certainly evolving as I go, so who knows where I will end up. I’m loving the ride though. All the best and happy cooking / baking.

Ursula August 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I found you on Twitter and I have to say I enjoy reading your daily antics and comments. = ) I’m a slave to the corporate rat race at the moment and really have a deep desire to leave it all and do something else with my life. Need to get to CT first, as we all know that’s where the hip and happening people like to hang out. I love love love food, cooking and experimenting to the detriment (mostly delight) of my guinea pig in the kitchen. Your love of photography and your general way of thinking speaks to me.

Thank you for giving people like me inspiration and the guts to leave it all behind and follow that dream… Now just to get that much needed break and get going.= )

Sam August 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

Hi Ursula

Thanks for the kind words and yes I believe that the only way we can be truly happy and fulfilled is to be working in an area that we are deeply passionate about and enjoy. I love that so often my work just feels like play. Its a big step to leave corporate slavery, but with enough self belief and determination, I do believe we can do and be anything that we want.
Good luck!

Bernie August 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Excellent website and blog sam can’t wait to get to cape town in December to try the designer omelettes too…. And I am gonna try out a few of ur receipes here in the Uk…. Nice ne

Sam August 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Thanks Bernie :-)

Larry November 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Hi Sam,
I found your site as a nominee for SA’s Blog Awards. Good luck! I’m an expat from Seattle living in Joburg (Dainfern area). Your blog reminds me of all the wonderful food and restaurants I miss and having to settle with chain restaurants, biltong and braai. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy biltong and braai every so now and then but I sure miss the ambiance and the smells of so many quaint restaurants with their amazing views and fine dining that are so plentiful in the Pacific Northwest.

I like your profile pic as well as your baby picture :) Keep up the fine blogging. Check out my site (www.gigspot.co.za) when you get a chance. Good luck with everything!

Sam November 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thanks Larry

Barb Cakebread January 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hi Sam,
Have just arrived back from the U.K. Have been looking for new ideas for my Catering and Take Home food business. Found lots of new food ideas from many different cafes, sandwich bars and restuarants..always looking for something a bit different. Found your very informative site quite by accident and will be trying out some of your recipes when we reopen.


Sam January 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thanks Barb, that is great. let me know when you reopen.

Phuong February 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi Sam,
I love your photos – they make me want to try to make every single one of your recipes!

Sam February 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thank you so much Phuong.

Judit - Corina @WineDineDaily February 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Hello Sam,
SO glad to found your delicious blog – your photos are absolutely beautiful! It show in your incredible work that you follow your heart and not just what you supposed to do.
Wishing you the BEST :)
J & C

Sam February 27, 2012 at 7:34 am

Thank you J & C for the very kind words. :-)

karoline April 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

googled ‘hake oven recipe’ and this post popped up! we bought some fish in hout bay today and have just polished off your absolutely delish dish – will definitely feature at our next dinner party. thanks for the yummyness!

Sam April 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi Karoline, thanks so much for the kind words, that hake recipe seem to be quite popular and just so very simple. I may need to make it myself again.

Lisa Cunningham June 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Sam, I was so excited when a friend showed me your blog and this morning, being off my baking feet for a while, I had time to browse and read through your posts. Your passion for food really shines through in everything you do from your recipes, photographs and anecdotes. Thank you for being such an inspirational blogger and thanks for sharing your beautiful photography with us all! Lisa

Sam June 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thank you Lisa for the kind words, I hope you visit again.

Michael June 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Good day Sam,

Hope you are well.

I would just like to find out if you perhaps host food photography workshops or know of anyone that does?
It would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks & kind regards,
Michael B.

Mathe - Once upon a Bread August 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi Sam. It was great meeting you at the Palms Market. I love your blog, great recipies!!! I hope you enjoyed my bread! All the best!

Sam August 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Mathe, Many thanks and thought of you today as I ate the last few slices for lunch. Beautiful bread, loved it. I still need to write my post on it, hopefully next week.

Mary Coleman September 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

I have to say, I haven’t gotten excited over a food blog in a long time. But you have an incredible insight to food and photography and I wish you much luck with your future, cause as we say in Tennessee…honey you’ve got it going on!

Sam September 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hi Mary, thanks for the very kind words, made my day. Sharing my love of cooking, baking, food styling and photography with other people who love food is deeply rewarding for me. Especially someone all the way over in Tennessee.
I hope you will visit again.

Richard November 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Love your work, Sam,
You (and Magimix) have turned my beloved into a food monster!
Happy guineapig.

Sam November 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Richard, I’m happy to hear this :-)

Renee December 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

Hi. I stumbled on your site from Pinterest. The strawberry cocktail pin caught my eye, it looks so good! I wanted to say that I love your food photography and styling. I’m not a cook but the photos caught my eye and drew me in with their awesomeness. Cheers!

– Renee

Sam December 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thanks Renee, I hope you stop by again sometime. Sam

Roxy December 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

You are exceptionally talented! You make me want to jump in and taste a little of everything I see :) Your photos bring the food to life…can smell and taste it, and it is sure is YUMMY!
I’m dabbling in the food photography thing, but have no experience at all…hardly even know how to manipulate my husband’s camera, but I love to experiment in anything ‘artsy’. You inspire me :)
Love your work Sam. All the best to you.

Sam December 12, 2012 at 6:22 am

Hi Roxy, Thank you very much for the kind words. As for my photography journey, well you need to see some of my early stuff to know where I have come from *cringe*. My main advice on this is to keep practicing, and then practice some more. Read as much as you can on the subject matter, and then read some more. It eventually sinks in and then you have the skills to make magic happen. Im still learning so much.
Hope you visit again soon.

Moana February 17, 2013 at 1:35 am

Love all your photography! What kind of SLR do you currently use?

Sam February 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hi Moana, I’m currently shooting with a canon 5D Mark 2

Denise McCallum February 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Hi there
I have just finished making your buttermilk rusks, I added my own little “twist” by using bran rich self raising flour and a packet of cranberries.
They are drying out in the oven now and I have been snacking on the crumbs and bits that come off when they are broken up…………….delicious!!!

Sam February 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

That’s excellent Denise, I wish we could get bran rich self raising flour in South Africa.
best regards

Denise McCallum February 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hi Sam
I bought the bran rich S/R flour at Pick ‘n Pay…………..I live in Zimbali…..KZN!!

Sam February 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

Thanks Denise that’s great to know, I will look out for it.

Montse Rivero March 3, 2013 at 12:06 am

I love your blog, your pictures and your recipes. I’m from Barcelona anf i live there during the week, but I spend all my weekends at the Emporda, a lovely region in the north of Catalonia. I like to go every saturday at the open-air market and buy fresh vegetables, cheeses and olives. I have, with some friends, a cellar which name is vins de taller. I think, as you that the bestthing to relax is pouring me a glass of wine and cook!.
Ps -sorry my english. I’snt very good.

Sam March 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Thank you Montse :-)

Kate July 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I came across your site from a post that popped up in my Twitter feed. Oh my gosh. What a find.
Everything from your photos to instructions is just simple and appealing. I hate blogs that overcomplicate recipes and make it seem like such a daunting task.

Thanks for giving me great ideas and I am hitting the subscribe button right away :)

Sam July 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi Kate, thanks for the super lovely words, I’m so glad you enjoy and hope you continue to do so.

Jono March 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I love your recipes and photography!
One thing I would like to point out is that whenever I click on one of the links to another recipe, it only shows the image, not the recipe. I have to go back to the recipe index to find the actual recipe! If you could change how the links work it would make navigating a lot simpler :)

Sam March 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

HI Jono – I noticed that 2 days ago and so very annoying – I have tried to disable this plugin but I don’t think I can. I will see what I can do. I am planning a blog overhaul soon so thing swill improve. Thanks for the message.

Heidi May 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Hi Sam!
I love your blog and recipes! I always find heaps of inspiration here and I would love to grow my own blog to be so successful.
I nominated you for a Sunshine Award… It’s just a bit of fun and networking and I do hope you’ll participate and accept…
Heidi x

Sam May 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

Thank you for the kind words Heidi and the nomination, I shall check what this is all about :-)

Pang June 10, 2014 at 2:57 am

I just found your blog, and I can’t stop “flipping the page.”
This is so awesome & wonderful :)
I am now following along.

Kim Calitz September 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

Hi Sam

We at Brandnew Lifestyle absolutely love your work! Please could you email me your physical address so our team could send you something!



Katie H. October 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

You have been featured on Lessons from a Southern Belle!

Rea Khoabane December 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hi Sam,
I trust you’re well. I’m Rea from The Times newspaper and would like to do a food story about you for our paper.

Kind regards

Sam December 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hi Rea – Many thanks – you can get hold of my via slinsell @ gmail dot com.

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