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visit brahman hills in the kzn midlands

Visit Brahmans Hills in the KZN Midlands

Two weeks ago I flew to the KZN Midlands to check out a few properties and get a close look at one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions. I never get to Natal, so I tried to pack as much in as possible. The first stop on my trip was Brahman Hills right off Exit 132 of the N3 and kind of in the middle of the Midlands Meander. Continue Reading →


strawberry cheesecake with a nutty crumble

strawberry cheesecake with nut crumble

This is a delightful strawberry cheesecake recipe that is more like a mousse than a dense fridge cheesecake. The filling is dolloped onto a fabulous nut crumble base and finished off with a drizzle of strawberry syrup and slices of fresh strawberry.

strawberry cheesecake with nut crumble

It originates from executive chef Phil De Villiers from 54 on Bath in Johannesburg. His is a way more elaborate and sophisticated dish that is made with elderberries, layered with meringues, honeycomb, vanilla jelly and served with strawberry filled ricotta dumplings on the side. They serve this in the fabulous Level Four restaurant at the hotel. I dumbed the recipe right down to ensure it was super easy to achieve for the home cook, and left out the extra components (sorry Phil). I used strawberry syrup because it so happens I made it recently. Also, elderberries are not available in South Africa at all. Continue Reading →


a luxurious stay at the halkin in london

The Halkin Hotel by Como, London

The Halkin Hotel by Como, London

The Halkin Hotel by Como, London

The second hotel I had the thrill of staying at while in London recently was the Halkin by Como. A stones throw away from Hyde Park, this 41 roomed luxury boutique hotel is as close to perfect as you can get.

I spent the day walking around London in the rain and generally trying to pack as much in as possible. It involved a trip to Borough Market, a visit to the east end, and then a tour of some of my favourite food shops in Oxford street. Arriving a little haggard and flopping onto the king size bed in my ultra luxurious suite was literally like arriving in heaven for me. My few hours of languishing in this beautiful hotel room – which cost a million pounds to build (in the 80ies), was some of the only downtime I had on my trip. I took a long bubble bath in the marbled bathroom with underfloor heating and heated towel rails, logged onto the hotels Wi-Fi and kicked back until dinner. Continue Reading →


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