• Blog,  Food,  Opinion

    Things to do in Gauteng over the long weekend

    Did the long weekend sneak up on you? Are you strapped cash and prefer to stay home? Well, I have a few great things to keep you and the family busy over the long weekend in Gauteng.   If you are like me and enjoy a good glass of wine, Fijnwyn should definitely be on your to-do list. The event is based at Shokran which is a unique events venue situated in a tranquil farm setting amid pecan nut and almond plantations only 12km from Woodlands Boulevard. It is the ideal setting for families to enjoy a day where they will feast their senses on wine, food and music. The market…

  • Blog,  Food,  Travel

    5 Pretoria Markets you need to know about

    Everyone loves a good food market. Especially when you know you are going to get great food, craft beer, vintage clothing and maybe a little live music. Over the past few years, Pretorians have really caught onto the market trend and we are lucky enough to see a good variety of events popping up. Here is my pick of the best markets to visit in Pretoria. Deep Roots Market Date: Every first Friday of the month, 4pm to late Location: 78 Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria Deep Roots Market started a little while ago and slowly but surely become one of my favourite markets to visit in Pretoria. You can expect a…

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    54 on Bath’s stunning new venue

    Tsogo Sun’s luxury Johannesburg hotel, 54 On Bath, launches its new champagne bar and garden by Maison Perrier-Jouët, an enchanting space of crafted beauty inspired by the Maison’s delicate floral style. Against the backdrop of the Champagne Garden’s sweeping terrace and breath-taking views, guests will enjoy an exclusive selection of prestigious Perrier-Jouët Champagnes.   True to Maison Perrier-Jouët’s philosophy of uniting art and nature to bring beauty and wonder to everyday life, the Perrier-Jouët garden is designed to immerse guests in a refined and elegant ambiance in the Maison’s signature green, white and gold, embracing the natural beauty of its surroundings within the refined and tranquil setting of 54 on…

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    I got a taste of Italy at Jamie’s Italian

    Over the last few years international chefs have seen South Africa as a key market to open beautifully designed restaurants and we were all super excited when we heard that Jamie Oliver was setting up shop in Johannesburg.   Jamie’s Italian South Africa opened its doors towards the end of 2016 and really has captured the hearts of Joburg foodies with Chef Shane Smit at the helm. The restaurant itself is a beautiful 300 seater with 2 private dinning rooms, fitted with their own fully serviced bar.   The menu boasts classic Italian dishes, that are easily recognizable however when you taste them you can immediately identify that Jamie Oliver twist.  All the pasta…

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    Hot drinking custard recipe

    Photo: Art of Natural Living   Hot chocolate and coffees are so last season, hot custard is the new trend. There is nothing better then a hot drink while you snuggle on the couch with your favourite movie. Plus its the perfect way to spend a cold winters evening. This drink is easy to make and is fully of creamy decadence. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon custard powder 1 tablespoon sugar milk and water, to taste Directions: In a mug, combine custard powder and sugar. Add a few tablespoons of the milk until it becomes a paste. Boil water, and add, topping off with milk to taste. (I like a little more…

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    MINI LIMITED EDITION BY NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

    As you know when it comes to anything MINI I am always there like a bear. MINI has to be one of the most amazing cars I have ever driven and I plan on driving one for the rest of my life.   Yesterday saw the launch of a partnership between NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and MINI to produce a modern icon of contemporary coffee that epitomises innovation, creativity and quality. The new MINI LIMITED EDITION BY NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto highlights the celebrated core design and performance elements of both brands, resulting in an automatic machine that oozes in style and unprecedented performance. With world-class technology under its hood, this multi-beverage coffee…

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    Taste of Joburg 2015

    If you are like me and you absolutely love trying out new restaurants and experiencing some of the best chefs in South Africa than this is definitely for you. Taste of Joburg is coming to Monte Casino once again and will showcase 12 of Joburg’s finest restaurants.   In addition, there will be a wide range of boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries that will provide a bounty of the country’s finest food and drink on offer, ensuring sampling and shopping for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market.   And for those who want to try their hand at…

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    Recipe: Gourmet Microwave Salmon

    When you work as much as I do and aren’t home long enough to make a meal the first thing that you end up eating is junk food or take a ways. To be honest it gets to a point where you just can’t take it anymore.   This week I decided to see if I could use the limited resources available at the studio to create a gourmet meal and it was a great success.   Here is what you are going to need: A fillet of salmon 2-3 Slices of Lemon Seasoning of your choice (I used a honey mustard sauce) Salt and pepper to taste Microwave dish…

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    Review: Signature Restaurant Brooklyn

    A couple of weeks ago I visited the one of the new fine dining restaurants in Pretoria, Signature.   Signature opened its doors in South Africa for the first time in Sandton. A beautiful restaurant with some of the most amazing views of Johannesburg. In 2014, Signature expanded its offering by opening its doors in the up market centre of Brooklyn Bridge.    The restaurant is beautifully furnished and has an elegant atmosphere that is complemented by the jazz sounds that are being played live on stage.   As much as the atmosphere is exquisite, it was unfortunately slightly damped by the food quality and the service.   When ordering…

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    Gammon with a Sticky Orange and Ginger Glaze

    This is my favourite christmas recipe and my dad does it every year and is always a winner. Ingredients: a large gammon one can (330 ml) ginger ale one bottle (330 ml) of your favourite beer 2 whole star anise 3 bay leaves 3 whole cloves 1 large onion, peeled and quartered 2 carrots, scraped and roughly chopped a small stick of celery a few parsley stalks 1 tsp (5 ml) whole black peppercorns water, to cover whole cloves, to stud For the glaze: finely grated zest of a large orange juice of two oranges 3 T (45 ml) soy sauce 3 T (45 ml) rice vinegar 3 T (45…