Category: For tickles and giggles
|10/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cupcakes, For tickles and giggles, Recipe books and publications|
Just because I felt like making mini, chocolate cupcakes … I did.
And they were divine!
I think more people should make mini cupcakes.
You don’t feel as guilty when they’re bite-sized …
For the recipe check out issue 1 of Baked and Delicious.
*smacks lips and contemplates making more mini cupcakes tonight*
|10/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Events, For tickles and giggles|
And without further ado, this year’s winners are:
- Chef of the Year: Wynand van Rooyen of the Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant, Cape Town (back row, right)
- Chef School Challenge Winners: Megin Meikle and Darren O’ Donovan from HTA Culinary School of Art in Randburg, Johannesburg (front row, left and back row, middle respectively)
- Stalwart of the Kitchen: Delvin Reck from Scotty’s Restaurant and Bar in Plettenberg Bay (back row, right)
Three personal highlights for me were meeting one of my South African idols Nataniël, who was one of the best MC’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and listening to (he’s freaking hilarious!); meeting some of Cape Town’s most prominent food and wine bloggers such as Relax with Dax, Batonage, Drizzle and Dip, Squashed Tomato and Food and the Fabulous; and the amaaaaaazing chocolate ice cream and chocolate, fudge brownie sundae I devoured at the end of the evening.
*wipes corners of mouth*
Thank you to Ogilvy PR Cape Town for the invite!
|07/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under As seen on TV, Bakeries, For tickles and giggles|
Produced by foodie Justin Bonello’s Cooked in Africa team, I’ve only heard good things about the reality show thus far … so will have to catch it for myself to confirm them rumours.
What: Charly’s Cake Angels
Why: Because they are mucking amazing
When: Saturdays at 16h00
How: With cupcake in hand
|06/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Events, For tickles and giggles|
Looking forward to congratulating the winners of the awards for Sunday Times Chef of the Year, Sunday Times Young Chef of the Year, Sunday Times Stalwart of the Kitchen and Sunday Times Chef School Challenge; as well as meeting some of South Africa’s best and most notorious foodies and – of course – hopefully taking a quick pic with Nataniël!
Watch this space for more news …
|06/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Breads and other carbs, For tickles and giggles, Restaurants|
Hands up who’s a fan of the fabziliciousness that is the shisa nyama at Mzoli’s Meat Market, Cape Town; not to mention the awesomeness that is their rustic, homemade bread … *drooling over laptop right now*
Thank you to Catherine from Singita Game Reserves for this (beautifully styled with logos et al) pic of the
not-so-attractive fabzilicious bread!
Makes me want to skip the Weigh Less eating plan (it’s not a diet, remember) and head on over for a bite of my own …
*taps finger on chin and considers proposition*
Actually, I think I will make a turn there and find out what’s in that bread … watch this space …
|05/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under For tickles and giggles|
I will always remember my Standard 3 teacher Mrs Moss and her little fluffy dog called … wait for it … Fluffy.
She had a husky voice refined through years of smoking way too many cigarettes, was determined to get all of us to sit up straight during assembly (and didn’t succeed) and had one of the biggest hearts I’ll ever remember.
I don’t think she’s still around -- based on the fact that she was already quite
ancient old when I was 10 years old -- but also because she smoked every freaking second she could!
Here’s to you, Mrs Moss.
Thank you. *smiles*
Who is/was your favourite teacher?
|04/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under For tickles and giggles|
|30/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under For tickles and giggles, Restaurants|
In all honesty, I’m a rather fussy Italian restaurant diner based solely on the fact that I actually know what good Italian food should taste and look like, and I barely ever eat out at an Italian restaurant because of my fussiness.
Having said that, however, last night was delicious – grazie, Il Leone!
The melanzane alla parmigiana starter was orgasmic, the gnocchi with Gorgonzola were stinky (in oh such a good way) and divine, and my filetto – which was done to perfection – topped with black pepper sauce was … *sigh* … I’m still trying to find the appropriate adjective for it … fabzilicious!
Dessert consisted of a crepe of sorts (had no idea us “I-ties” made crepes…but hey…no worries!) drizzled with a hazelnut chocolate sauce, accompanied by a scoop of creamy (what tasted like homemade) vanilla ice cream *heavenly* and slivers of fresh fruit.
Word to the wise, when in Cape Town do as the Capetonians do and get yourself to Il Leone Mastrantonio.
|29/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cafes, For tickles and giggles|
Happy International Coffee Day!
Where does your favourite coffee come from?
However, loving the coffee doesn’t mean I love the Vida e Caffe barista and employees screaming my order out or the obligatory ‘obrigado’ when I drop a contribution in the padlocked tip jar … Most times, coffee is my remedy for waking up after a red-eye flight to Jo’burg or a heavy session of Pinotage the night before, so screaming and yelling … not good for my brain … *shhhh*