A Saturday Quickie!

September 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s the most beautiful day here on the East Coast – Spring has Sprung, the air feels like Champagne and it’s the weekend. It’s moments like this I just love – a whole two days lay sprawled at my feet and I am in the mood to cook. I’m off to go and check out some local food stalls at the Essenwood Craft Market.   They seem to be beefing up their veggie, meat, bread etc food outlets which DELIGHTS ME TO NO END!! There is room for everyone in my world – the more markets and outlets for our awesome local produce – the happier I am. Competition IS HEALTHY – and at the end of the day who benefits? – It’s the consumer that benefits and that means YOU and ME!   The more compe tition, the more outlets, the more markets – the better the quality needs to be to attract the buyers’ eye and the keener the prices will be – and the whole world is watching their ronts at the moment!


This is a quickie post – with a quickie idea for a quickie Saturday lunch. The beach is calling my name – the faint smell of suntan lotion beckons – the market (I always pop in to buy flowers there – SOOO CHEAP!) awaits – so it’s a quickie and can be cooked on either the braai (YAY IT’S BRAAI TIME AGAIN) or your oven!





Veggies Grilled Mediterranean Style with Grilled Sole And an ice cold bottle of Neil Ellis – Sauvignon Blanc with Lunchtime Sunshine!






A selection of seasonal veggies – washed and cut into equal density

and cooking time slices.


1 cup of Olive Oil – extra virgin chateau ’99! (hehehe..)

2 tsps Rock salt – smoked would be awesome

2 tsp Smoked Paprika

2 tsps Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Minced Garlic – as much as you can handle but at least 1Tbs.

Rosemary – a bunch

1 piece of string



nb: this is an Italian style basting – you could add flaked chilli, cumin, coriander, thyme, honey, some booze – the combinations are endless.


I grilled brinjals, zucchini, red onion, red & yellow peppers. You can grill any vegetable that you like – even potatoes (don’t cut them too thick) grilled are delish – the more the merrier! The colours of this platter both cooked and un-cooked really are dazzling and the braai or grill give the softened veggies a wonderful smokey flavour that just smacks of summer!



You know that fabulous bottle of oil you have been saving for something special – weather it be olive, chili, almond or even walnut oil – this is it!!





Into a jug add the oil, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic and give it a good stir.


Tie the bunch of Rosemary with a piece of string to make a basting brush.

Use the brush to baste your veggies and, in this case, the fish on the braai.

Serve up the fish with lemon wedges.



In the blink of an eye – the veggies and fish are ready – I kid you not – In 5 minutes the food is all cooked, on your plate and you are sipping a glass of vino!


La vita e Bella!!



 I must say that Carey’s recipe for Thyme and Rock Salt Quickie Bread would be awesome

served with this – perfect for mopping up those juices -so pop over to her blog here and get

her fabulous recipe!!! 




Invite your friends and family over – tell them to bring their cozzies, cooler boxes and a great attitude and

Mamma Mia have some Great Simple Food and good old South African Fun!


Buon Appetito






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27 responses to A Saturday Quickie!

  1. The markets in the UK were fantastic with such lovely varied produce. I also like Essenwood market, haven’t been there in a while, enjoy the weekend.

  2. I can imagine what those markets were like – i think that markets are SO VERY important – and i wish we could have like a Billingsgate market here – how about a blog post about those markets SupaG – i would just love to hear more about them. I have seen some on tv – and i would kill to get my hands on some of those sausages and cheese at those english markets. Have a great weekend angel xxx jan
    ps: Essenwood are encouraging more fresh produce stalls – which i am so happy about – i am hoping that we will have Essenwood Craft and Fresh Produce Market soon!

  3. Jan what a wonderful post.. just love your photography ! and the basting brush a la Jamie O.. so cool.. and yes I have definitely voted for you..
    have a great day on the beach.. and b t w .. just a curiosity re your choice of wine… lol my next door neighbor is Neil Ellis winery… so cheers !!

  4. oOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH i am LOVING your neighbour – send over a cup of sugar or something – or muffing – MAKE FRIENDS …. we can go visiting – i’ll make the pasta!!! hehehe …. Neil Ellis is one of my favourtie S Blancs Thanks angel xxx

  5. Jan, I can tell you are a summer baby!!! Lovely idea to have such a quicky healthy meal!!

  6. I actually have done a post or two on the markets while I was in the UK just scroll back a bit on my blog.

  7. Awesome – i will do go and have a goodlook thanks Supa G xxx

  8. It sounds wonderful – it is till quite chilly in Cape Town!! Congratulations on being a finalist – your posts are always excellent – good luck, Jan!!

  9. It’s always braai-time in our part of the world, my darling ;)

    This looks wonderful! Have been in Durban each day this weekend – the wind is CHILLY, or is that just my thin KZN blood?? Off to vote for you again xxx

  10. There is still a nip in the air – thats the Champagne part of the Durban Air at the moment – it’s just ever so slightly nippy- soon enough we shall all be swimming in our our perspiration – so i just love this time when the suns out and getting closer and closer but there’s a tiny weeny nip in the air – CHAMPAGNE (or should i say method cap classique – or whatever it is) …. is in the air!!! hahaha …

  11. Even a half a degree up on the barometer and i am planning breakfast, lunch and dinner Al Fresco!!!! Thanks Pinks I am pretty chuffed with my nomination xxx have an awesome Sunday xxx jan

  12. Thanks Nina – my middle name is “Al Fresco” – ANY opportunity to eat outside and i grab it with both hands!!! xxxx jan

  13. Sounds and looks delicious.

  14. on my way to vote! hope you have had a great weekend :)

  15. Thanks T – i have really enjoyed my weekend hey. Hope yours was great too xxx jan

  16. Thanks for the visit Richard – thanks for the complement too …. have a great week xxx jan

  17. lekka, lekka, lekka my soul sista

  18. hahahahaaa … great stomachs eat alike!

  19. I read this yesterday.. I could swear I’d left a comment. Went to vote for you, so just cruised by again. LOVE the pictures Jan. You’re a pro (and the food recipe of course LOL. HUGS xxx

  20. Delishious fishies… Me want some please *standing in line with BIG plate…* xxx

  21. It’s hard not to love South Africa with the promise of summer and happy days filled by the poolside ahead! :) Love this fish and veggie idea – simply scrummy :) xx

  22. Thanks Lea – i agree! The grilled fish and veggies is such a quick and healthy summery meal. Perfect for those sunny pool days. I must admit that i come alive again in summer – light clothing, ice cold wine and sunshine. My goodness but we are soooo blessed with loads of wonderful sunshine! xxxxx jan

  23. Hahaha … i just love sole – one big central bone to contend with! I have my eyes open for a nice whole big fish to put on the fire – i have an awesome recipe to share. thanks Shaz – and you are ALWAYS welcome angel xxx jan

  24. Thanks Sis-Dinx – and thanks for the votes angel. Keep it up!!! xxx jan

  25. that looks absolutely scrummy!!! it’s so weird, we braaied some angelfish on Sunday, I think with summer on it’s way, we are all craving fresh fish!! Lurve the veggies!!! Thanks for my bread suggestion too! xx rooting for you Jan xx

  26. I agree Carey – our bodies are a wee bit tired of the heavy winter food – which we need to warm us up. Even a hint of summer and my body demands – crunchiness – vibrant colours and barely cooked food! Thanks Carey xxx jan

  27. i love this – the simplicity – i can almost taste it xxx

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