Dining in & out

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Entertaining our friends and family at home is very special. This is where I will share many of these moments with you, including hints on menu planning, my ‘party book’, table settings and of course the recipes.

Enjoying food prepared by others is part of our pleasurable indulgences! We are privileged to be surrounded by some of the best restaurants in South Africa, but we don’t only dine out at so-called fine dining establishments. I am always seeking the best we can find, be it a burger, fish and chips or a hearty curry. I am not an enthusiastic baker, but a cozy coffee shop with unusual pastries and delicious cakes attracts my attention.

This is not a forum for reviewing occasions or restaurants, but it is one for sharing new experiences, flavours, textures and environments that inspire.

Chasing another Michelin star – this time in Italy, La Ciau del Tornavento

2017-06-27T13:38:41+02:00June 27th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures|

We joined a wonderful group of friends to celebrate an 80th birthday in Piedmont Italy. The restaurant selected for a magnificent celebration luncheon was La Ciau del Tornavento located on a hilltop village, Treiso in the Langhe region in Piedmont. Just driving through this exquisite countryside we marked it as a ‘must return to’ on [...]

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Chasing the Michelin stars ….. Dining at JAN

2017-06-25T11:35:38+02:00June 25th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures|

South African gourmet’s were so proud of Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen when his restaurant in Nice, France was awarded a Michelin Star. When we planned to spend a few days in Nice, we immediately made a booking to enjoy a meal at JAN. Unfortunately our food hero Jan was en route back from the [...]

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Mediterranean inspired braai plus all the bits that go with it!

2017-05-04T16:40:29+02:00May 20th, 2017|Dining in & out, From the Kitchen|

We decided to enjoy the lovely balmy warm evening by having an easy supper party. Week-days or busy week-ends call for "make ahead or easy short cuts". One of my favourite Mediterranean style table cloths is a cotton print with lemons. It always reminds me of cafés in Greece, Southern France or Italy. I love [...]

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