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visit FABER at avondale

FABER restaurant at Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl

Acclaimed chef Eric Bulpitt has moved from Newton Johnson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley and found a new home at Avondale in Paarl. The restaurant is called FABER and I was privileged to be a part of their first official service yesterday and enjoyed a delicious 3-course lunch. I wasnt surprised that Eric and his team managed to seemingly effortlessly knock together a media lunch on their first day as well as serve their first set of clientele. His whole team moved with him to the new spot so they operate like a well-oiled machine. Continue Reading →

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eat at urbanologi

Angelo Scirooco from Urbanologi, Johannesburg

My favourite restaurant experience on my recent trip to Johannesburg was a lunch at Urbanologi. Located in the trendy 1 Fox street The Sheds precinct and inside the Mad Giant Brewery. Very edgy and very cool. The interior has a retro / industrial feel with murals by graffiti artist Justin Nomad. The furniture and interior designer is by Haldane Martin, the tableware by ceramicist Mervyn Gers, and the organic uniform design by Daniella Kisten. Angelo Scirooco – who won the San Pellegrino Chef of the year in 2015 and who worked under Liam Tomlin at the Chefs Warehouse and Canteen (one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town), heads up the kitchen and is knocking up some incredible food. I was blown away by the menu, the presentation and the man himself. The menu is likely to change and evolve but I do hope they never take the deep-fried potatoes with seaweed emulsion off the menu because this mayo is life changing. After a little interrogation I’m so going attempt to make something similar because its that wonderful. We ate as much as we could and the steamed buns with truffle creme and toasted potato skin salt (I know right?) along with the crispy dropped black pepper pork belly with a tamarind dressing are dishes that will linger in my memory for a while.

Here is the visual story of the restaurant and the space it’s housed in. Continue Reading →

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pears poached in dessert wine with with a vanilla & honey no churn ice cream

The key ingredient in this delicious dessert is the exquisite KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest, and its the kind of dish you knock together to impress a few guests. 

Pears poached in Noble Late Harvest

Pears poached in Noble Late Harvest

The pears are poached in a flavoured sugar syrup and then finished off in a second poach with Noble Late Harvest and honey. The sauce is reduced to a sticky syrup and poured back over the pears, and served with a scoop of divinely light – no – churn vanilla and honey ice cream. Continue Reading →

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the famous hummus recipe by yotam ottolenghi and sami tamimi

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's famous basic hummus recipe

If you follow along my blog you will know that I had an exceptional experience in Israel in January and I still havent recovered from the most amazing meals I enjoyed there. I also ate a fair amount of hummus, because when you are in Jerusalem, that is what you do. The best version of what we ate was at a tiny cafe just outside the Machane Yehuda Market. It was smooth and creamy with a delicious flavour and served with pita bread, falafel and a few pickles and condiments. Continue Reading →

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coq au chardonnay

Coq au Chardonnay

I have been wanting to make a coq au Chardonnay for so long, and after a fair amount of research into the recipe, I had a clear idea how I was going to approach it. I wanted to make a white wine version of the famous coq au vin and I wanted to use one of my favourite Chardonnay.  Continue Reading →

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