The top seven!

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here they are, the Divas who blogged and cooked their way into the semi- finals: Sue Green, Usha SinghZirkie Schroeder, Janice Tripepi, Kristie Snel, Anél Potgieter and Nina Timm. Grouped together will be Usha and Zirkie, then Sue and Anél and finally three-in-one episode, Janice, Kristie and Nina.

The challenge in the semi finals for all Divas is to design a menu, write unique recipes and write a mini post, a description, of the event. And of course, then to cook and style it for the judges.

From now, only points count. The judges have finally been told who the bloggers are can now evaluate their blogs as well. They will score each blogger points on a specific set of criteria which includes their blogs’ content especialy the recipes’ authenticity and ability to produce great dishes for their readers as well as their blogs’ monetisation value and appeal-to-advertisers. The judges’ scores will remain a secret until all seven semi-finalists have cooked and then the three with the highest scores will be announced. They will go through to the finals and one of them will be the Ultimate Dinner Diva of 2012.

This Saturday we see the first two semi-finalists Usha and Zirkie in action. We adore these ladies and always feel inspired by their sincerity, integrity, dignity and work ethics – not to mention their kindness and …. well, just being pure love personified. People reading their blogs will enjoy hearty, unpretentious food and always, the feeling of being a mother, sister, friend will come through in their writing and food. We paired them as we feel they have a lot in common, and so do their blogs and the spirit of their food, their authenticity and gracious generosity. Watch them in action this Saturday morning, SABC2 (Channel 192 for DTSV) at 8:30 am.

Zirkie’s Menu
Bites for a year-end get-together

Bobotie squares
Cheese bites with biltong
Avocado and cottage cheese profiteroles
Baked Baby marrow fritters with a tomato sauce
Sticky boneless pork ribs with pineapple salsa
Tempura baby vegetables
Creamy passion fruit stars

Zirkie describes her event like this to the judges:

“I love people and enjoy spoiling them, especially with food. Since my family will not all be together on New Year’s Eve, I am having a year-end function, early in December.  The function is for my husband, my three children, my sister and brother-in-law and my uncle.  I am serving little bites that will be eaten throughout the evening, whist we reflect upon the past year. We will have drinks with this and it will be an informal fun-filled and happy affair.  Depending on the weather I will preferably set up a table outside with loads of candles.”


Usha’s Menu
Diwali celebration lunch for family and friends

Mashed Potatoes & Mixed Vegetable Fritters, & Lassi
Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)/Burfee
Main Meal
Kadhi (Indian Soup made with yoghurt & spices)
Sprouted Green Mung Bean Curry
Spiced Baby Potatoes and Baby Brinjal
Nuts Pulaw (rice cooked with nuts)
Whole wheat Roti

Usha decribes her event to the judges:

“Diwali is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, and it is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is generally celebrated over a period of 5 days, each day having its own significance. On Diwali day most households have a special lunch, where the table is laden with sweet delicacies, tasty savouries, scrumptious main dishes, rotis and rice dishes.  Main dishes are generally kept simple and healthy, because the savouries and desserts are rich. This allows the family to have a balanced meal and time to relax before the evening prayer and the ceremony of lighting the clay lamps and fireworks.”

To find the recipes, click on the image blow.

 And you can click here to see a preview..

9 responses to The top seven!

  1. Looking forward to Zirkie and Usha’s cooking this Saturday! Gonna be a blast

  2. We do too!

  3. Thanks for the kind words!!

  4. As always Anne you are just to kind and generous with your words.
    Thank you very much

  5. what you say about pairing Zirkie and Usha is so true – Zirkie is always so supportive towards fellow bloggers and comes across as being caring – and so does Usha. Both menus look scrumptious – will definitely be watching – have even got hubby to watch as well. Good luck to both Dinner Divas.

  6. The battle of the kind-hearted divas…….cannot wait!

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