Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Love my Sideboard

Every foyer needs a sideboard.  I was on a budget, so I went to have a look at my favourite online virtual store called Gumtree.  I found this sideboard on Gumtree and knew it was a perfect match.  I paid R900 for it which I think is a major bargain!

This is what my foyer used to look like:

Monday, 22 April 2013

Social Club #8 - Vietnamese Please

definitely learn something new at every Social Club, but that is the point actually, right?  I have never  had the desire to go to Vietnam or thought about experiencing with Vietnamese food recipes, so when Kelly suggested that she is going to show us how to make Vietnamese spring rolls, I didn't have a clue what to expect.
I found some interesting facts about Vietnamese Cuisine here, but this is what stood out for me: Vietnamese cuisine traditionally features a combination of five fundamental taste "elements"  in the overall meal: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth). Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird's eye chili, lime and basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables, and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.
Most northern Vietnamese foods feature light and balanced flavours that result from subtle combinations of many different flavouring ingredients. The use of meats such as pork, beef, and chicken were relatively limited in the past, and as a result freshwater fish, crustaceans – particularly crabs – and mollusks became widely used. Fish sauce, soy sauce, prawn sauce, and limes are among the main flavouring ingredients. 
When we arrived, the table was set and we grabbed a chair, settled in and caught up with everyone with a glass of wine in the hand of course.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Groot Constantia - Oldest Wine Farm in South Africa

So if you had the choice of being at your 9-5 or tasting wine, I know you would also choose the vino.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new wine label and the official opening of the new tasting room at Groot Constantia Estate.

We met at the Aquarium and got picked up by the Red City Sight Seeing Bus and was on route to the wine estate.  On arrival we had some champers and bloody delicious canap├ęs from Jonkershuis Restaurant.  My favourites were the asparagus and prosciutto bundle with hollandaise sauce and the bobotie springrolls with peach and cinnamon chutney.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sun-dried Tomato Coriander Hummus

I think that chickpeas is the bomb diggity! You can do so much with it and it is so healthy for you. LIKE.  I discovered "A beautiful mess" blog recently and just love these sisters style and recipes and thought I would try out their Sun-dried Tomato Coriander Hummus recipe.  I have made this recipe twice and adjusted it a bit, as I didn't like the overpowering tomato flavour and added more garlic!  Yesterday I had a few friends over and I took out the home-made Sun-dried Tomato Coriander Hummus and they were really impressed and insisted that I share the recipe so here goes!


I went to an event called Doodle Bug which is where communal sketching take place.  So you get there, grab a drink and pick up a pencil and start doodling.  Towards the end of the night, some artists take part in the sketch battle.  Two participants gets given a subject and then they have to sketch on a transparency on the projector which projects on the wall for the crowd to see.  Eventually there was a winner that won the battle!  It was such fun to cheer the artists on and see them sketch under pressure.  A fantastic concept and I will definitely be there again.

That's me sketching