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…

Oh my, #PinotageDay

Every year, wine lovers from all over the globe celebrate South Africa’s national wine, Pinotage.  With ONE WEEK to go…here’s more about this varietal.

The second Saturday of October is always a highlight on the wine calendar as International Pinotage Day is celebrated. Over the past four years interest and excitement has grown immensely for this special day which is celebrated on 14 October this year.

Oh my, Japanese gin in my hands!

The Japanese Gin has made its debut in South-Africa, and it’s in my hands! A very special bottle of Roku Gin (Limited Edition) made its way from Heathrow International (UK) to my house. Read about this exceptional product…
Special thank you to Amelia Visser for the consignment.

Oh my, Capsicum taking on lunchboxes

Students from the Capsicum Culinary Studio in Gauteng will be taking part in Saturday’s Soweto Eat In 2017 which will take place at the Funda Ujabule, UJ Soweto Campus.

Oh my, Ataraxia wines

Read the post by Dalene Fourie about Ataraxia wine; because I couldn’t have said it better myself.