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the v & a market on the wharf

February 27, 2013 in food shops and markets

v and a market on the wharf, waterfront, Cape Town

The V & A market on the Wharf is a fabulous new addition to the growing Cape Town food market scene. It opened in December last year and is filled with exciting producers who are very passionate about what they sell. Located in Nobel Square between the Two Oceans Aquarium and the V & A Hotel its easy to access and you don’t have to lug all your shopping around, you can simply drop it off and collect on your way out.

I popped down again over the week end to see how things were getting along and was delighted with what I found. There are a mix of vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables,meat, cheese, to delicious prepared food like dim sum, cakes and steak sandwiches. Its the perfect place to pop in for lunch or an early supper and go home with a few local, organic or artisan food items. The best part for me is getting to chat to the vendors, many of whom make the product themselves. Understanding the origin of the food we eat is so important and this connection is what makes shopping at a market so much more rewarding than a supermarket.

I am not going into great detail about all the vendors there, but rather encourage you to visit and see for your self. I took a few pics to give you a glimpse about what you can expect.

They have a stunning demonstration kitchen upstairs with gorgeous Kitchenaid equipment. You can attend a food demo, cooking class or hire the space for a private party. Well know local food personality and cook book author Sonia Cabano will be running a series of fabulous food workshops and kitchen parties from 1 March. Please contact her directly for inquiries and bookings soniacabano2000@gmail.com cell 071 674 0222.

For all the pictures of the market – check out Drizzle and Dip

a delectable cocktail with strawberries and coconut water

October 29, 2012 in food shops and markets, recipes

strawberry cocktail

coconut water cocktail

strawberry and coconut water cocktail

I have wanted to experiment and make drinks using coconut water since I first sipped the delectable nectar straight out of a coconut a couple of years back at a food market. It was love at first sip and I’ve been looking for it ever since.

Only recently have fresh coconuts become more common on our shelves, so a couple of weeks ago, when Tandy came to cook her bouillabaisse at my house, I decided to make this drink. I had strawberries which are now in season, so thought this was a perfect partner and would not overpower the subtle flavour of the coconut water.

You can make this a ‘virgin’ (no alcohol), or add a splash of white rum to make it more exciting. It so Delicious I really should give it a name (any suggestions are welcome).

The fun and games started when two women with one large kitchen knife attempted to hack the coconut open. It is not as easy as it looks, and require some brute force and a level of accuracy. It’s at times like these that I do wish I had a man in around. My coconut came with a little picture instruction booklet on where to cut the top off, which we eventually managed to do. The impossible part came later when we tried to crack the whole thing open to get to the white fleshy bits, so I opted instead to give Tandy the fruit to take homes, since I’m not a fan of coconut flesh anyway.

 

This is what you need to make 2 strawberry cocktails:

Serve with loads of ice.

To celebrate the strawberry season this Saturday the Slow Market at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosh is hosting a Summer Strawberry Fair. This is what its all about: (…..and yes – strawberry sausages from Rudi’s)

‘Berry Berry Fun. The start of summer and my goodness do we celebrate all things Pink at the Summer Strawberry Fair on the 3 November at Stellenbosch Slowmarket. Seasonal freshly picked palettes of strawberries, Robertson Valley pomegranate juices and delectable reductions ideally topped on Ice Cream. Our local Boland farmers adorn us with blueberries & blackberries and our award-winning  producers and traders infuse their popular meals with all things berry. Berry Cordials, Strawberry Daquiree’s, Strawberry Pesto, Berry Ice Cream, Rudi’s Strawberry Sausage, Strawberry bakes and strawberry jams. Even our crafters infuse berries into their soaps, bath salts and design. Our designer goods market known as The Treasury Market will be joining us. The perfect shopping boutique of hand-picked and local goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.  They join us on every first Saturday of the month and on this special occasion.

I will also be at the market between 10am – 1pm  at the entrance to the main hall selling and signing my book. It will be available at a very special price  of R160 per book and would make an ideal Christmas gift if you have started planning this.

Please pop along, Id love to meet you.

I look forward to connecting with you again in the future.

Visit my Drizzle and Dip Facebook page to get updates of all my posts.

I can also be found enthusiastically pinning beautiful food images on Pinterest. 

melanzane parmigiana with chorizo from a guy clark from masterchef sa

September 26, 2012 in food shops and markets

I met Guy Clark at the Big Bottle Festival at the Cellars recently and was immediately struck by a man hugely passionate about cooking and becoming a chef. Guy was one of the top 18 finalists on Masterchef South Africa.

Not wanting to ride on the crest of his new-found fame, Guy realised he needed to up his skill set in order to make it in the industry and gain credibility as a chef. He has been working in a professional kitchen ever since.

Now that my book is published and I have a little more time, I invited him into my home to cook one of his favourite home-style recipes, and to get to know to know him a bit better.

How has being a finalist on Masterchef changed you and affected your life?

Without doubt, mcsa was the greatest door opener for me. I resigned immediately after it as a property consultant and started working in the Madame Zingara kitchen. Mcsa gave me a platform to find my passion.

How would you like your career in food to pan out? 

I am currently working at Reubens in franschhoek. Right now, all I care about is honing my skills and learning under a top chef. My own cooking show is in motion, I have already met up with a director and its going to be full of travel, laughs, good food and smiles!

How would you describe your food philosophy?

I use these wise words when I cook: “the lust for comfort is the thief of passion for the soul”. Kahlil Gibran. Food is an infinite source of hedonism. I get goose bumps if I let my mind explore the untapped flavour pairings and pulling it all together on a plate.
Mindblowing in the best possible way!

What are a few of your favourite things to eat and drink?

I love cheese, I don’t know why exactly, its just a medium that carries so many flavours. Breakie is definitely eggs benedict with a fresh hollandaise sauce, orange zest and smoked salmon. At lunch I enjoy Asian flavours and food, its light and healthy and it doesn’t make me tired. Dinners are when I mostly play around with flavours. I recently made a reduced apple cider, lemon grass, lime leaf, goose berry and coconut cream sauce, served it with crispy pork belly, ginger zest sweet potatoe fries and asian broth veg. Cooked it whilst visiting my parents, we all loved it purely cause its different! Food tastes better when shared with loved ones and friends. Fact.

Do you have any favourite restaurants?

My favourite spots to dine: When I lived in Mumbai, India, I dined at a restaurant called Saltwater Cafe, sublime fish is always served there. The Blue Marlin in Obs has without doubt the kitchest decor but the best sushi. Reubens of course for local cuisine done well. Bombay Bicycle Club for ribs and a touch of madness. My best place to dine however, is at home with an amazing woman.

Melanzane Parmigiana is Southern Italian in origin consists of layers of aubergine and cheese that is baked. Guy added a delicious spin to this comforting classic by adding chorizo, and I have to say it was delectable.

Recipe | serves 4

What I loved about Guys version (apart from being ridiculously delicious), was he didnt fry the aubergine. Often this can lead to the dish becoming very oily. He added butter which is proof that being a chef is in his DNA.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us Guy and I for one will be watching to see how you get on in Franschhoek and in your future cooking career.

Guy can be found on Facebook.

I look forward to connecting with you again in the future.

Visit my Drizzle and Dip Facebook page to get updates of all my posts.

I can also be found enthusiastically pinning beautiful food images on Pinterest. 

the launch of luscious food + wine affairs

September 5, 2012 in events / parties, food shops and markets

 

Writer, cookbook author, freelance chef and cooking teacher Sonia Cabano invited me to the launch of her fabulous new Luscious Food + Wine Affairs on Saturday. It was a market day brunch event that saw a bunch of us being taken to two fabulous local food markets, buying a few ingredients and then returning to the most exquisite house in Gardens where we all got stuck in and helped prepare a deletable brunch.

It was so much fun.

First up we visited the Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill and all the photo’s I took on the day can be found on yesterdays blog post.

We then headed to the City Bowl Market on Hope Street to potter around and pick up proper bacon from Martin at Curedeli. He also sells his famous Bacon Jam there every week.

Sonia says: ‘The aim with the workshops is to encourage people to explore and have fun with food and wine in a cosy, domestic atmosphere, to share and celebrate. Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to seasoned gourmets. A convivial table is my idea of heaven, and eating well is our birthright”.

The Market Days are particularly close to Sonia’s heart as she has an abiding passion for small, local artisan producers and suppliers of good, natural and seasonal food.

I initially thought what a fantastic idea for tourists visiting cape Town to get a first hand and guided tour of our markets, and then the opportunity to eat locally produced food they helped prepare in a beautiful Cape Town home. It is of course this, but also a brilliant opportunity for any local person who is interested in food and its provenance to enjoy this inspiring experience with Sonia. This would be a wonderful event to plan with a group of friends, a supper club, a wine club, a birthday celebration, a corporate team building. Any excuse really.

Apart from the market day tours, Sonia will also be doing a series of Cooking classes for small groups of 8 – 12 people and they will all be hosted at Villa Awe. And yes you will be in awe.

Our brunch making and eating was helped along by a range of lovely wines from Badsberg in Rawsonville. I particularly enjoyed the Chardonnay which also won a Best Value 2012 wine award.

The menu that we all helped make on Saturday looked like this:  (and I’ve decided that brunch is my new favourite meal).

  • Berry brûlée – fresh berries with Greek yoghurt and caramel
  • Ricotta buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup
  • Eggs Benedict – learn to make perfect Hollandaise and poached eggs
  • Creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon trout or avocado, rocket and tomato
  • Oyster shots – raw oysters, seasoned with spicy salsa and vodka
  • Kudu steak tartare with quails’ eggs and seasoning
  • Sticky chipolatas with a rosemary-honey-mustard glaze (a recipe form my new cookbook)
  •  Breakfast antipasto platter with olives, cheese, deep-fried crumbed mozzarella balls, artichokes, charcuterie and pickles
  • Market-bought breads and croissants with unsalted butter and preserves
  • Coffee and chocolate

And, of course, plenty of Badsberg wines…..

 

Sonia is also bringing more tradition back with the launch of Luscious tea parties in December.

Find more in formation at Luscious Food+Wine Affairs FB page and follow Sonia’s food tweets on @lusciousCT on Twitter.

All the photos from the markets and the day can be found on my Drizzle and Dip Facebook page

 

I look forward to connecting with you again in the future.

Visit my Drizzle and Dip Facebook page to get updates of all my posts.

I can also be found enthusiastically pinning beautiful food images on Pinterest. 

 

delicious butter chicken from dish

August 19, 2012 in food shops and markets

butter chicken with basmati rice and roti's

I cant believe its taken me the whole of winter to get around to tasting and telling you about the Dish food & Social’s winter butter chicken deal. More like a steal. Dish (just in case you didn’t already know), is one of Cape Town’s best catering companies.

Luckily you / we have two more Tuesday’s left to get a taste of it.

Take Tuesdays off (and save over 60%):  by ordering their four-person Butter Chicken with Basmati rice and rotis for just R120.

Have you ever?

Tender pieces of chicken soaked in a creamy, buttery and mildly spicy sauce served with fragrant Basmati rice and flaky home-made char grilled rotis. Peas and butternut in the recipe make it all that much better.

butter chicken with basmati rice and roti's

This is the way the simple ordering system works:

Orders close at 10.00 am on Tuesday, but why wait until then? You have the following options for ordering:

Collection Points (must be specified at time of ordering):

  • Dish Food & Social 3.00-6.00 pm (423 Main Road, Observatory)
  • Liquorice & Lime 5.00-7.00 pm (cnr Kloof/Bellevue St, Tamboerskloof)

Delivery (additional charge):

  • Orders for delivery close at 3.30pm on Monday, and are made between 12.00-4.00pm
    on Tuesday

This whole experience can be taken up a notch by ordering a dessert for R50. This weeks its malva pudding with Creme Anglaise.

Order here now.

While you are there, check what other delectable goodies they have on offer in the Dish Food Market. Their pantry section has marvelous things like proper red wine jus (if you don’t have the time to make your own at your next dinner party), or Spanish smoked paprika and chermoulah marinade. These components can just make your life so much easier.

Did I mention the flaky and soft char blistered roti’s? I may just have to beg Andrea Foulkes for this recipe for the rest of my life.

beautiful fresh roti's to go with your curry

They say this meal feeds 4, but I got 6 generous portions out of mine.

butter chicken

You’ve only got 2 more weeks to get this.

The 2012 eat in awards at the slow market in stellenbosch

March 27, 2012 in food shops and markets

eat in awards at the slowmarket in stellenbosch

On Saturday I headed out to the Slowmarket in Stellenbosch for the 2012 Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards.I hide my head in shame as I admit this is the first time I have visited this lovely market at Oude Libertas, but it most certainly will not be my last.

I had a quick browse amongst the busy stalls and a delicious bacon and egg sandwich from ‘Flamed’ before the winners were announced by Anelde Greeff, editor of Eat In magazine.

Anelde said: “This year we were amazed once again at the talent that South Africa’s small producers have to offer. The judges were inundated with excellent produce and beautiful behind-the-scenes stories from across the country, but it was the passion, innovation and exceptional taste of the 18 winners that really stood out.”

With 15 categories, from Best New Product to Best Market, nominees were judged  by Anelde Greeff, Anna Trapido, Abigail Donnelly, Pete Goffe-Wood, Jackie Cameron and Deon van Wyk. Nominees were judged on a set of criteria per category but overall aspects such as taste,appearance, aroma, innovation and care for the environment were taken into account

2012’s winners are:

Category Winner:
Best Outlets South: Ocean’s EdgeEast: Piggly WigglyNorth: Braeside Butchery
Best Markets South: Wild OatsEast: The Food MarketNorth: Pretoria Boeremark
Best New Product Karma jams
Innovation Award Earthshine’s Kale chips
Small producer Confectionery Sweet Temptations toffee
Small producer Grocery Quality pickles
Small producer Bakery Oude Bank Bakkerij
Small producer Earth Boon Hill salad leaves
Small producer Dairy/cheese Buffalo Ridge (most notably the feta and ricotta)
Small producer Dairy/other Jenny’s clotted cream
Small producer Paddock Dargle Duck
Organic/Free-range award Croft chicken
Heritage award Rozendal vinegar
Best local food blog Nina Timm’s My easy cooking

There were some fantastic nominees and I luckily got to chat to a few of the winners and sample their wares.

a few of the winning products

The Kale chips from Earthshine was one of the winning products stood out for me.

kale chips

Who would have thought that dehydrate kale leaves could taste this good.  On the plus side: totally delicious, healthy and moreish (I sampled the cheezey herb), on the down side: a bit expensive as a 40g packet literally dissipates in your mouth as you eat it leaving you wanting more.

I also bought a jar of Karma Pear Jam with Pinotage and Rosemary and cant wait to try this. Sitting next to two of the judges Jackie Cameron and Anna Trapido and listening to them rave about these preserves, I simply had to pick up a jar.  The small home industry business in the Eastern Free State Karma Home Products make a range of berry jams, jellies, marmalade and fruit preserves from local and seasonal fruit.  Their products are cooked in small batches without using any preservatives or stabilisers, thus ensuring a home made flavour.

All the pictures of the market are up on my Drizzle and Dip Face Book page

More detailed information is available on each of the winners in the 2012 eat In magazine which will be on shelf from today.

 

Eat Sea Point

March 14, 2012 in food shops and markets

the sea point promenade

Last year I was approached by the guys at Name Your Hood  to give commentary on one of the city Neighbourhoods that was being renamed. It got me thinking that you can be quite familiar with a lot of areas in your home town, but its only when you live in a particular suburb for a long time do you get to truly know it.

Its your local Chinese take out, your favourite food shop for a particular ingredient and the place you go back to time and again because you always find what you like.

I have this knowledge about Sea Point.

I decided to compile a list of places that I tend to go to in this strange eclectic suburb that I live in.  It is purely subjective and does not include any mainstream food retailers here.  I shop at them all.

Whilst I was walking down the Main Road taking pictures of ‘my places’ I realised how many new spots had opened up that I hadn’t notices before. You tend to notice things differently on foot, so this list is by no means conclusive of the best of the best in Sea Point, but as a creature of habit these are the food places I can recommend.

From Glengariff to Victoria Road, here goes…..

buzbey grill

I havent eaten here in ages but it was always good. It comes highly recommended by foodie friends whose opinion I admire, so I decided to include it on the list. Any restaurant that has lasted this long and is still going strong must be doing something right. Great for steaks.

my local chinese

There are a lot of Chinese take outs in Sea Point and Xiang Yuan is my favourite so far. They run awesome specials and do reasonable, made on the premises dim sum.

spice in the city

Spice in the City is a new spice shop on Main Road, in the Adelphi Center. Owned by a fabulous Indian Irish women from Dublin, its worth just popping past for a chat.  They also stock a limited range of fresh herbs to add to your curry.

montagu fruit and nuts

Opposite the Adelphi Center is Montagu. They sell a large selection of dried fruit and nuts at very reasonable prices.  You will also find other confectionary such a as nougat and chocolate.

italian ice cream

Venezia is an Italian Gelateria conveniently open late at night if you have an urge for an ice cream.

For the rest of my list of places in Sea Point, visit Drizzle and Dip

 

I spend the morning baking bread with Evan Faull from Knead Bakery

November 22, 2011 in cook books, food shops and markets

a spent a morning learning about bread and baking with evan faull ~ photographer jon meinking

I spent a delightful morning recently with Evan Faull learning all about Knead and their traditional artisan bread making techniques. It was wonderful to get stuck into the dough and see the process of making a loaf of ciabatta from start to finish.

Evan has condensed and simplified these time-honoured bread making techniques in his chapter ‘Breaducation’ in his fabulous new cook book Cafe Food at Home .

To see all the pictures by guest photogrpaher. Jon Meinking, visit Drizzle and Dip