Groot Constantia turns 333!

Groot Constantia's 333rd birthday celebration


Groot Constantia has long been one of my favourite spots in Cape Town, and on Friday 13 July the farm celebrated 333 years of uninterrupted wine production – quite phenomenal when you think about it! The day was marked with a special event attended by Groot Constantia trustees, staff and members of the media.


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Almond and chocolate macarons with Elmarie Berry

How to make almond macarons with chocolate ganache


What do you get when you put two foodies in a kitchen with some almonds, sugar and a macaron recipe? In this case it was tons of laughter, some exploding butter and a batch of  scrumptious almond and chocolate macarons!

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The Entertainer 2018 launch

Entertainer 2018


You know when you are invited to a night out with the Entertainer crew you are in for a good time, and their 2018 launch earlier this month did not disappoint. Bloggers and influencers were invited to a night of food and laughter at the Cape Town Comedy Club at the V&A Waterfront to celebrate the launch of The Entertainer’s 2018 offerings and what a great evening it was!

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Classic gourmet beef burgers

Home made beef burgers.


Today I am sharing a classic beef burger recipe you can really sink your teeth into, but before we get into that I wanted to share an eating out experience from the weekend. On Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary (yay!), so we dropped the kids off with their grandparents and headed out to Paarl for a day out at Spice Route.

The weather was gorgeous and we had the perfect table at Bertus Basson, under the shade of a huge oak tree and overlooking the vineyards. We received complimentary vetkoek with roasted pear and pecan nut butter on arrival which we enjoyed as we looked over the menu. I had a starter of chicken liver parfait with toasted bread and onion marmalade while hubby enjoyed the beef samosas. For mains I had fish and chips (huge portion size but very tasty) and my husband had the lamb bredie. It was all so tasty, beautifully presented and served with a smile – definitely one to try! After lunch we wandered through the estate to see what else was happening. The pizzeria and burger bars were buzzing, as was the CBC tasting room (we will definitely get to that next time!). Of course we could not leave without a visit to De Villiers Chocolate where we did a very cool chocolate tasting. Needless to say, after all that feasting we did not need any supper that night!


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Thin crust spelt flour pizza

Spelt flour pizza base.
It’s a new month and time to get back to normal after all of the school and public holidays which have had many of us wandering around much of the time scratching our heads and trying to work out what day it is! (Or maybe that was just me?) Last week I took a little break and the family headed to beautiful Knysna for a couple of wonderfully chilled days. Well, as chilled as you can be with two small children running about. We had a brilliant time and I so enjoyed being out of the normal routine, free from the usual daily chores and away from my laptop screen! Just what the doctor ordered. 

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Vanilla bean and almond meringues with mixed berry sauce

Vanilla and almond meringues with a mixed berry sauce.

At the end of November we packed our bags and headed out of the burbs for a weekend in the Overberg. This was a welcome break after a busy few weeks on the home and work fronts, plus a chance to spend some quality family time together. Our destination was a farm called Landmeterskop near Stanford and were invited to join some good friends who had been there before. What a gem of a place!

We stayed in the spacious and comfortable homestead surrounded by beautiful mountains, grazing sheep and the sounds of nature. The farm is a fabulous family destination and the children had the opportunity to feed the animals each morning and evening, milk the goats and go on a tractor ride. The grown ups enjoyed being able to switch off (there was hardly any signal on the farm) and some amazing star gazing in the evenings. Another highlight of the weekend was being able to collect fresh free range eggs in the mornings to enjoy for breakfast. Which brings me to this week’s recipe… but first, here are a few snaps from our trip.

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Iced cappuccino crunch brownies

 Cappuccino brownie recipe

Earlier this month I attended the Good Housekeeping Celebrity Bake Stars event at D’Aria in Durbanville. There were bubbles and nibbles and foodies galore, and the audience was treated to a demonstration by Zola Nene and Clement Pedro who shared loads of fun recipe tips and tricks.

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Restaurant review: Dash restaurant

It is not often that hubby and I get out on our own for a meal (the closest we get to a date night these days seems to be on school parent evenings, ouch!). So we were thrilled to be invited to Dash restaurant for an elegant meal, just the two of us.   

Dash is situated inside the Queen Victoria Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was the view of Table Mountain, and what a view it is! After a warm and friendly welcome we settled down at our table to peruse the three course set menu. 

The meal started with some fresh ciabatta and a glass of chilled Dombeya chardonnay while soaking up the views and eagerly anticipating our first course. I enjoyed a starter of smoked salmon salad with grilled pineapple, salsa and asparagus. I would thoroughly recommend this dish as it was so fresh and flavourful, absolutely delicious! I am rather fond of my smoked salmon and this starter did not disappoint. My husband chose the soup de jour which was a creamy mushroom soup served with veggie crisps and toasted ciabatta which he enjoyed. 

Onto the main course, and there were five scrumptious sounding dishes to choose from. After much deliberating I opted for the lamb burger with shoe string fries. The burger arrived with a sesame seed bun instead of ciabatta as per the menu but this was not a problem and I suspect actually made it easier to eat. The burger was topped with halloumi cheese, tzatziki, hummus and tomato jam – a feast! The flavours were great but I was put off by the temperature of the food. The bun had not been warmed and the patty was not hot. The shoe string fries were totally moreish and despite feeling rather full at this point I could not help crunching my way through most of them. Hubby decided to have fish of the day, dramatically presented salmon which was cooked perfectly. The salmon was served with small, crunchy fish cakes which were also delicious and an apple chutney.  

Next up was dessert. I ordered the pineapple and sage tarte tatin with beurre noisette ice cream and decorated with almond praline, and it looked positively sublime when it arrived at the table. The ice cream had an unusual flavour and was not to my taste, but the rest of the dessert was very tasty. My husband’s vanilla crème brûlée was gorgeous and incredibly creamy, and was served with a shortbread round and black cherries – definitely a winner.

Overall we had a lovely lunch at Dash. The dishes were beautifully presented with generous portion sizes, and together with the decor made us feel like were having a sophisticated fine dining experience, yet it still felt relaxed. The manager told us that the evening atmosphere is fantastic with the fireplace going, candles on the tables and a pianist. Add the night time view of the mountain and twinkling lights of the harbour and your romantic dinner is complete. 

Dash is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and you can book a table via their website by clicking here. In the meantime, I am going to be dreaming about that smoked salmon salad… 

Disclaimer: We enjoyed our lunch as guests of Dash restaurant. All opinions and images are my own.