roast chicken & italian sausage with herbs and orange

roast chicken and italian sausage tray bake

I seem to have been on a roast chicken mission recently born mainly out of a desire to clear out my freezer stocks. I have 3 freezers – one chest, which seems to reach maximum capacity very quickly. I hate wasting food so freeze any scrap of leftovers I can. This on top if being a food stylist where any excess shoot food that is freezable gets tossed in. I had these chicken pieces and amazing Sicilians sausages from Giovanni’s so decided to combine in a saucy tray bake with fingerling fir potatoes (delicious) and loads of seasonings. Continue Reading →

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chicken pie with ricotta & spinach

chicken pie with ricotta spinach

This fresh and vibrant chicken pie with ricotta, feta and spinach comes from Cait McWilliams from the hugely popular BBC Lifestyle TV series the Great South African Bakeoff. Tonight is the finale of the second successful season and its going to be nail-biting. Cait is in the final with Carol and Nasreen starting out with the signature bake challenge then the technical bake challenge and the final challenge being the showstopper. Continue Reading →

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eat at chefs warehouse beau constantia

Yesterday we lunched at the brand new Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Wine Estate and it was every bit as exceptional as I had imagined. Falling under the Liam Tomlin Chefs Warehouse stable of restaurants, the Beau Constantia kitchen is run by Ivor Jones (ex Test Kitchen), and we were all blown away by our meal. Ivor and his team of chefs work in an open plan kitchen that faces directly onto the restaurant floor, and service was seamless and a delight to watch. The menu runs along the same format as The Chefs Warehouse & Canteen where 8 tapas dishes for 2 are served as a set menu. You can add a bread service or oysters to start, and a few incredible desserts, cheese or chocolates to finish. Whilst you don’t get to pick and choose what you will eat, they will take into consideration any dietary requirements.

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

They are also the only restaurant in the group that take reservations, which I’m pleased about, and think essential given the location. I love how this space has been opened up and expanded with elegant, contemporary and comfortable seating both inside and out. Slowly as they build to capacity all areas will be full. At the moment they are focusing on serving inside the restaurant, which is like a glass box with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Constantia Valley.

Ivor Jones, The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The menu will evolve slightly with some dishes being updated but you can always expect 8 plates of utter deliciousness. Continue Reading →

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