9th Gin to Christmas

Inverroche Amber We’ve gotten to the single digits and Christmas is approaching fast.  Here’s my 9th Gin to Christmas all the way from Stilbaai, Western Cape.  Festive greetings friends! Red bush, Rooibos tea flavours emerge to taste with hints of sweet toffee apples that give way to delicate florals. The spice returns towards the end…

Home-made Sweet Chilli Sauce

The alternative to slaving away in front of a bubbling pot of chillies would be to succumb to the supermarket version, but do you really know what is crammed into that bottle?  Prepare a batch of this home-made sweet chilli sauce and be assured of the ingredients and the amount of heat, you determine what…

10th Gin to Christmas

The Botanist Gin With an array of botanicals this gin has a spunk of bitterness and is dubbed as a traditionalist in the slow distillation process. I dressed The Botanist up for Christmas with a spunky red coat and African flair.  Bring on the 10th gin to Christmas, with a fiesty sideplate of nacho chips…

Home-made Biltong

With the recent price-hike of beef, this snack has become a delicacy and quite an art to prepare at home. Today I share with you a traditional home-made Biltong recipe; all these ingredients are easily obtained from your local supermarket and will require a little patience. Brine 60 ml white wine vinegar 3 tbsp worcestershire…

11th Gin to Christmas

Triple 3 Juniper The second Christmas treat and gintail is made with the Triple 3 100% Juniper Berry gin.  This handcrafted South African gin is perfect to celebrate the festive season; with christmas-inspired aromas and flavours which include pine, cloves, menthol and vanilla.  The best way to enjoy this flavourful gin is to serve it with…

Parmesan-and-Rosemary Popcorn

My first #12GinsToChristmas post is presented with the decadent Parmesan-and-Rosemary Popcorn. This tasty savoury snack can be enjoyed on it’s own or served as part of the Christmas snacks with family and friends. Ingredients ½ cup popcorn kernels or 1 bag of microwave-popcorn (plain/salted flavour) 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 teaspoons finely chopped…

12th Gin to Christmas

Bloedlemoen – Handcrafted Gin Today I crack open the first of the 12 Gins to Christmas. The Gin Advent Calendar was ordered from DailyDrams.com and contained 24 miniature bottles of local and international gin.  What a surprise to find an “old friend” as a welcome to the Ginvent series on the first day. What makes…

Gran’s Christmas Cookies

Oh my….I’ve recently decided to take on the mammoth task of moving, therefore the adventure of “spring cleaning” and packing kicked off with a bang.  I’ve paged through some (very) old cookbooks and tried to make sense of the handwriting.  Some of the handwriting is faded and jagged. Nostalgia plays a trick on one’s senses…

Christmas treat: Beer and Bacon Nuts

I’ve made this recipe last year, and with massive success.  It was a hit with friends and family, so this year the trusted creation will be back on the Christmas-snack list.  Originally “poached” from the Yuppiechef recipes page and then tweaked.  I had to make a few batches after the initial batch did not last…

SPECIAL OFFER: Backsberg Pinotage Rosé discount code

My unique code allows my followers a 10% discount on the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé for the duration of December 2017 when purchased online via the Backsberg website. The cellar door price is R55 a bottle, so by using your 10% discount a case of 6 Pinotage Rosé costs a mere R297! The unique code is…

Mike Ratcliffe – the Man Behind the Cape Wine Auction

Mike Ratcliffe – MD of the Warwick and Vilafonté Wine Estates and is one of the most innovative producers of wine in South Africa. He is deeply involved in many wine industry bodies, one of which is as a founder of the annual Cape Wine Auction, which raises millions of Rand for charity. We sat…

Darling Sweet launches new flavour

Time for Tea! … Darling Sweet launches new flavour Not only the SWEETEST toffees, but also the SWEETEST proprietors! I’ve had the privilege of dealing with Frits about a year ago, regarding an order I’ve placed on their website.  It was an absolute pleasure dealing with him and Darling Sweet.  He is the nicest person…

Time Anchor Distillery

Sip your gin in style with Time Anchor Distillery. Time Anchor Distillery prides themselves in the commitment to the art and science of craft distilling as well as the soul of the craft movement which inspires them every day. Known for their Livingstone Botanical and London Dry gins, they are now introducing two Mirari gins,…

Oh my, Diwali snacks and sweets

Diwali is a five day celebration that occurs in autumn each year, following the cycle of the moon, in either October or November. In 2017, Diwali is celebrated in south India in October 18th and in other areas in the world on October 19, 2017. India’s Diwali is one of the most interesting and beautiful…

Oh my, Restaurant Week Spring 2017 is kicking off on 19 October

SAVE THE DATES FOR RESTAURANT WEEK’S 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – SA’S MOST CULINARY EVENT IN JOHANNESBURG, CAPE TOWN, THE WINELANDS, PRETORIA & DURBAN – FROM 19 OCT UNTIL 5 NOV The word is out and the news is huge! Restaurant Week– the much anticipated international culinary event – is confirmed to celebrate its 5 YEAR…

Oh my, Classic Red Wine Sauce

Treat your steak right this weekend, and slather it in a rich home-made Red Wine Sauce. Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry red wine (Hermanuspietersfontein Kleinboet) 2 onions, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 2 cups good-quality liquid beef stock (low/no salt) Salt, to taste Ground black pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon cold butter…

Oh my, chocolate & tea pairing with Carmién tea.

Carmién Tea is pairing up with Winston&Julia handmade Artisan Chocolates. Carmién tea is not just about producing and selling Rooibos tea. Our aim has always been to give our customers a full taste experience in creative and innovative ways, and over time we have developed many tea tasting combinations from savory to sweet to chocolate, but the…

Oh my, red wine Risotto with a punch

We celebrate Pinotage day on Saturday, 14 October.  Here’s an epic Risotto recipe which you can indulge in with your favourite Pinotage (both in the dish and on the side). The only rule is; if you won’t drink it, don’t cook with it. Your mid-week dinner this week a bowl of rich rice, with a punch…