Monthly Archives: October 2011

Just because …

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*

And the winners of the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 are …



Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 Winners

The Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 winners were announced last week Thursday, 6 October at the Foodcorp Innovation Centre’s, 7th Floor in Cape Town.

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)

- Young Chef of the Year: Ashleigh Heeger from The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale Roberts at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town (front 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)

Nataniel and fabzilicious at the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011

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!

For those not into the WRC there’s the Charly’s Cake Angels reality show

In between catching some Cape Town sunshine (sans howling wind, please!) this Saturday afternoon, I’m going to make it a mission of mine to catch an episode of Charly’s Cake Angels on SABC3 at 16h00.

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

Where: SABC3

How: With cupcake in hand

Looking forward to the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 tonight

Guess who just received a last minute invitation to the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 taking place tonight at Foodcorp, Cape Town?

*grins broadly*

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 …

Mzoli’s Magic Bread

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 …

Back to the farm – sweetcorn bread recipe

Thanks to my dearest friend, Catherine – originally from Graaff Reinet – I’ve officially fallen in love with her rustic sweetcorn bread.

Trust me, this is what carb dreams are made of, guys and gals.

It’s a definite crowd pleaser – in fact when I took it to Anthea’s fondue birthday party it was a hit with everyone! I must’ve given out the recipe about ten times …

And here’s number eleven, just for you:

Ingredients

500g Snowflake self-raising flour

40g sugar

1 tin KOO creamed sweetcorn

125ml milk

a pinch of salt

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180C

Mix all the ingredients into a gooey (very gooey) mixture

Bake for an hour or until the centre is cooked through

Enjoy warm, cut into thick ‘doorstop’ slices, smothered with butter or margarine … ‘nuf said

Forget the diet … um hum … I mean eating plan when you bake this bread because you won’t be able to resist.

*Slurp*

 

 

As easy as ABC – Happy World Teacher’s Day!

In honour of World Teacher’s Day, here’s a little Jackson 5 and their hit song “ABC”, which was released way back in 1970.

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?

 

 

 

An ode to avocado

You know, I used to hate avocado but now … I love it!

My two cents for the afternoon …

*smile*

Show flat karma cupcakes

After years of day-dreaming about it, I’ve finally found my dream loft apartment situated in the funky neighbourhood of Observatory, Cape Town.

Now in order to afford the loft apartment, which is by no means beyond my budget but I also don’t want to live on bread and water whilst trying to pay off two bonds, I need to sell my current apartment in Salt River.

As an offering to the Property Fairies (there are fairies for everything!) I decided to make mini cupcakes to sweeten the deal. The mini cupcakes tasted like a little bit of heaven in every bite (if I may say so myself) and will hopefully secure me a sale … soon!

Thanks to issue 1 of Baked and Delicious for the easy and fabzilicious cupcake recipe. *yum*

P.S. The apartment hasn’t sold yet but there’s still time … and if you know of anyone looking to invest in a studio apartment with awesome views of Cape Town … inbox me!

 

One bite and all resistance “Crumbles”

The worst mistake I could’ve made this weekend was to go to Canal Walk, on a Saturday and on the first day of the month … Utter consumerist-suicide!

But I was on a mission to find the perfect birthday-gift-fairy for my friend Anthea. So off I went in search of a fairy … *giggle*

So, I found the perfect gift for my fairy-fundi-friend Anthea at the Cape Arts & Crafts store, which sells everything you can think of from scarp book bits and bobs to home decor to bongs to rugby paraphernalia to even Emo-wear covered in skulls in florescent colours. A true gem of a store simply based on the fact that you can find everything and anything you never thought you needed, wanted or even liked under one roof!

Now besides finding the fairy, I also found a Crumbles Double Choc-Chip Cookie the size of a side plate … I kid you not.

The cashier ladies gave the cookie rave reviews – even going as far as to say that I’d be back for more … I was intrigued and after biting into the cookie – and devouring it in about 2 minutes flat – I’m very happy to report it was yummilicious and I’ll definitely go back for more.

I’ve had a look online for Crumbles but can’t find a website and/or listing for it so I’m presuming it’s a home industry set-up, which hasn’t gone big yet. Whatever the case may be, I’d recommend you pop into Cape Arts & Crafts and grab a cookie, or two, for yourself.

*yum*

 

 

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