Crumbed Chicken and Herb Salad with Cheesy Mayonnaise Dressing

November 21, 2014 in Recipes

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It has been a while since I posted a recipe that I created myself…….

I have been tasked to develop four delicious recipes using the Knorr Crispy & Tasty Chicken Coatings.  The first recipe I get to share is the Crumbed Chicken & Herb Salad with Cheesy Mayonnaise Dressing.  The recipe is very simple, tasty and it’s perfect for the hot season!

To get the best out of this recipe, one should not over cook the chicken strips.  Half a minute to a minute is enough.  The end results are gorgeous looking succulent strips that’ll tempt you to nibble on them.  The salad includes some toasted pumpkin seeds which add crunchiness as well as flavour.  Hope you get to try out the recipe.  Let us know what you think.   Get the recipe here……

Crunchy Lentil Salad

November 11, 2014 in Recipes



Right about this time, a lot of people cannot wait for the year to be over.   Some are already in holiday mode making a list of all the things they will do with their time as well as their bonuses.  That’s not a bad thing.   Making plans for tomorrow never hurt nobody.  Besides, the idea of a holiday is alluring even the thought of a mighty cobra slithering away at Hout Bay Beach can’t dampen the anticipation……

Just don’t forget to take care of yourself today in order to get to tomorrow in a fine fit form.  I came across a Crunchy Lentil Salad from the Cook from the heart cookbook.  Lentils are a good source of dietary fibre which among other benefits helps to relieve constipation.   The salad makes for a perfect lunchbox item.


Other tips for a balanced, healthy lunch box from the Cook from the Heart cookbook:


  • Reduced-fat dairy – such as low-fat milk, unsweetened yoghurt or reduced-fat cheese.
  • A lean, protein rich food – anything from tinned fish, a boiled egg, beans or lentils to lean meats, such as skinless chicken or trimmed beef.
  • Healthier nibbles – include healthy snacks in your lunch box so you are ready for the whole day. Try to include at least two different colours of fruits or fresh vegetables in your lunch box. Nuts and seeds are also healthy options.  Continue Reading…….

Tsogo Sun Launches SunSquare Cape Town

November 6, 2014 in Explore Mzansi, Out & About

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The Mother City was abuzz last week as Mzansi personalities (foodies, musicians, comedians, fashion designers, TV presenters, radio DJ’s, journalists, bloggers etc.) gathered at the newly launched Tsogo Sun, SunSquare Cape Town.

SunSquare Cape Town is bringing a contemporary new accommodation experience to Cape Town.   This hotel fits within Tsogo Sun’s portfolio of over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations in South Africa.

SunSquare Terrace


Tsogo Sun CEO, Marcel von Aulock, comments: “When reviewing the property’s recent R35 million refurbishment, we saw the SunSquare brand as an ideal fit for the hotel’s contemporary style, ambience and location in the city’s tourism hub. The decision was thus taken to rebrand the De Waal property”.  Continue reading and have a look at the pictures here…..

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Master Chefs, Fine Food and Master Cars at the Mercedes-Benz AMG Performance Tour

October 27, 2014 in Food News



I got to have a mouth-watering lunch at the Twelve Apostles last week (I’ll share details later) and had a chat with the executive chef, Christo Pretorius.  He mentioned his experience at the Mercedes-Benz AMG Performance Tour.  They got to cook, interact with the people and most of all, they got to drive the cars.  How fabulous is that?

The AMG Performance Tour started on the 1st of October in Century City before making its way around key dealerships in South Africa’s biggest cities with the third stop taking place on the 17th of October at South Africa’s top Mercedes-Benz dealership, NMI-DSM in Umhlanga.

These fine dining events showcased three of South Africa’s top chefs and gave them the opportunity to create exquisite gourmet meals that are both visually beautiful and of the finest quality, just as Mercedes-Benz owners are accustomed to! Chefs Christo Pretorius, Pieter de Jager and Bertus Basson demonstrated to specially invited guests’ what revs their engine with a skillful culinary display that was an impressive entrée to the main event.


More about the Chefs:

Christo Pretorius – The award-winning chef hails from Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal but is currently the sous chef at Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. After completing his training at 1000 Hills Chef’s School in Durban he spent some time abroad honing his skills before working his way down the coastline and finally settling in Cape Town where he tantalises the taste buds of locals and visitors to the Mother City.

Pieter de Jager – Hails from Pretoria where he grew up cooking in his father’s restaurant. He completed his studies at the South African Chefs Academy before going on to spend some time cooking up a storm in some fine European kitchens. Currently patrons of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in the Franschoek area can benefit from de Jager’s skills as he spends time doing demonstrations and presenting cooking classes at the vineyard.

Bertus Basson – popularly known as a judge on The Ultimate Braai Master, Basson is also famed for establishing the immensely successful restaurant Overture at Hidden Valley in the Western Cape. This popular restaurant has been voted as one of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants by Eat Out for the past six years in a row and it comes as no surprise thanks to Bertus’ commitment to using traditional South African cuisine as a base for producing more progressive dishes.  Continue reading…….


New Championship Boerewors Advert and a Boerewors Chakalaka Pita Recipe

October 23, 2014 in Recipes



And the 300th post goes to……..Sizzle Sizzle!

I’m totally loving the new Championship Boerewors ad (see feature video), more especially the radio ads.  By the looks of it, I’m not the only one.

The Championship Boerewors campaign represents what I believe in, it brings the people of our country together.  It has been an honour to be part of the campaign.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Throughout the competition we have seen South Africans from different parts of the country enter their boerewors recipes.

There’s entertainment for every member of the family at the judging events.  If you’ve never been to one, make sure you attend next time.  Have a look at some pictures from the KwaZulu Natal provincials here

Some of the contestants ask for feedback after the judging session but unfortunately judges cant remember the numbers and they don’t know the person behind the number.  I jotted down some tips for those who want to enter next year:  Continue reading….


The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Awards: Meet the Finalists

October 22, 2014 in Beverage News

2014 Bollinger Exceptional Award finalists

We often hear of food service awards but not so much on wine service……

Background on the awards

The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Awards is an annual competition, which is aimed at enhancing and recognising the calibre of local sommeliers and wine service staff, was launched in 2011 and proved to be a resounding success.

Champagne Bollinger is a proud sponsor of The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award.  The competition is a joint initiative between Vinimark The Wine Company (importer of Champagne Bollinger and South Africa’s largest independent specialist wine wholesaling company), and The Reciprocal Wine Trading Company, importers and distributors of Riedel Glassware.

5 Bollinger Styled Pack Shot

Ginette de Fleuriot, Marketing Manager at Vinimark The Wine Company and organiser of The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award comments, “This industry-wide initiative was established to advance the interests of all of the country’s fine wine producers, as well as those who make their living from the sale of wine in hotels, restaurants and wine bars.  The sponsors and organisers trust that this competition will continue to act as a catalyst for the hospitality industry to expand training facilities and support local sommeliers and sommeliers-in-training, in the interests of all those who enjoy dining out.”

Neil Grant, Chairperson of the South African Sommelier Association (SASA), states: “Wine service has a poor history in South Africa and only with incentives such as these will we find an improvement within the industry.  Chefs in South Africa over the past 10 years have proved how good they are and now wine stewards/sommeliers need to be part of this movement so we can challenge the international markets.” SASA has committed to mentoring the winning candidates to further assist in guaranteeing continued professional wine service of an international standard.  Continue reading……


World Osteoporosis Day – Taking Care of Your Bones

October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized



Today is World Osteoporosis Day ……

In the days of our youth, it is seldom that we get sick as a result we take health for granted.   A lot of people live for the moment and do what’s good for them right now forgetting to invest in the future…. Then we experience difficulties later in life….. A bit of knowledge and discipline go a long way……

What is Osteoporosis?

“Osteo” means bones and “porosis” stands for porous / weak

Osteoporosis is a bone condition affecting bone structure and strength thus making them thinner and fragile because of reduced bone density.  Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” …..Continue reading……

Cooking from the Heart 2nd Edition Cookbook Launched – Homemade Ice Tea Recipe

October 17, 2014 in Recipes

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Health statistics show that about 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily in South Africa.  This means that 10 people will suffer a stroke and five people will have a heart attack every hour.   According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, a staggering 80% of cardiovascular diseases could be prevented through modified behaviour – like reducing salt.

In the past, hypertension was associated with rich, developed countries or with wealthier sectors of society.  Today, high blood pressure is a condition that affects the majority of society, rich or poor, rural or urban.  Almost everyone we know will tell you their mom, dad, uncle or aunt is suffering from “high-high”.   Food is our life, it is the human body’s fuel, however, everything in life has to be moderated.  Too much of a good thing is bad and too little is bad altogether.   It is therefore important to obtain as much information as possible and be well informed in order to make better choices…..

A brand new edition of Pharma Dynamics’ flagship recipe book, Cooking from the Heart, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSF), was launched last week to mark National Nutrition Week (9 – 15 October), as a way to reduce the public’s risk of heart disease and stroke by adopting a healthy eating plan.

With more than 61% of South African adults overweight who are likely to be among the 6.3 million suffering from hypertension – a precursor for heart disease and other forms of serious illness – it has never been more important for South Africans to make healthy eating part of a healthy lifestyle.

Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says the new cookbook comprises of more than 30 flavourful, no-fuss, heart-smart breakfast, lunch and snack recipe options to suit everyone’s pocket.  Continue reading and get the recipe…..




2014 ABSA Top 5 Olive Oils

October 15, 2014 in Food News



In an effort to support and appreciate olive oil producers and manufactures for the dedication and exceptional craftsmanship, as consumers we should take the liberty to savour the fruits of their efforts.  Award ceremonies present opportunities for us consumers to know which of these oils are the best.  With all that stated, I hope you are keen to know who produces the best olive oil in the country…..

The crème de la crème of South African extra virgin olive oils were unveiled at the Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards yesterday.  Groote Vallei, Morgenster, Rio Largo and Willow Creek were recognized as the winning producers, edging out an impressive line-up of leading olive oil exponents for the coveted Top 5 positions.

The Absa Top 5 accolades were awarded to: Rio Largo Premium Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Intense), Rio Largo Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium), Groote Vallei Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium), Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Intense) and Willow Creek Estate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium), see featured image.  Continue reading…..

Black Bottle Tells a Story Dating Back from 1879

October 11, 2014 in Beverage News

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There’s a new whisky on the block….the Black Bottle!

The famous Black Bottle blend of single malt and grain whiskies is living up to its name, bringing back its distinctive black bottle after a break of a century. In keeping with the history of the Aberdeen original created in 1879, the recipe has also been revised to bring it in line with the creator, Gordon Graham’s, original product.

The changes follow 18 months of development.

Black Bottle perfect serve styled

“The revised look and blend offer a more authentic version of Black Bottle’s history and was rigorously researched before the recent global introduction to rave reviews.  It won the World’s Best Relaunch Award at this year’s World Whisky Design Awards following its debut in Scotland a few months ago,” says SA brand spokesperson, Taygan Govinden.  Continue reading and have a look at the video here..

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