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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Product review: Gay’s Guernsey Dairy

Dairy products


Happy Friday everyone! Before we head into the weekend (can I get a whoop whoop!) I wanted to squeeze in one last post. We are a household of keen dairy eaters and I was recently asked by Doorbell Deli to review a couple of products from Gay’s Guernsey Dairy. Naturally I was happy to oblige and have been looking forward to sharing these great products with you.


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Lemon loaf cake with saffron syrup

Lemon loaf cake with saffron syrup.
A few weeks ago I was given a pack of gorgeous saffron to try out at home. I have only ever used saffron in savoury dishes in the past (this saffron chicken dish is one of my favourites) and wanted to try it in a sweet recipe this time around.

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Spring vegetable and red pesto tart

A slice of vegetable and tomato pesto tart.

I do enjoy a cooking challenge, and when I was contacted by the team at Faithful to Nature and invited to participate in their recent blogger competition I was immediately interested. The challenge was this – to create one seasonal, organic, vegetarian family meal using pantry products from Faithful to Nature as well as fresh organic produce. Each blogger received a voucher to purchase their choice of products from the thousands and thousands of products on the Faithful to Nature website, ordered their goodies online and then used them to create a delicious dish.

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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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Roasted Garlic & Mustard Pork Chops with Creamy Mash

Can flavours determine love? This was the subject of an email that landed in my inbox recently and I was instantly intrigued! New research conducted by Knorr which spoke to 12,000 people in 12 countries has shown that a whopping 78% of people say that they are more attracted to people who enjoy the same flavours as them. I can relate to this – there are very few things that I do not eat (I could probably count my food dislikes on one hand) and living with an extremely picky eater is not my idea of a good time.

Then the research was taken one step further. Watch what happens in this short film, “Love at First Taste“, where complete strangers are paired together based on their flavour profiles. 

I was invited to discover my own flavour profile using this nifty little quiz on the Knorr website. There are 12 profiles in total such as Melty Indulger (cheesy and proud of it) and Gracious Grazer (all about light, fresh and green flavours). It took about a minute to finish the quiz and as for the results – well, put me in a corset and call me Xena, it turns out I am a Meaty Warrior!

Naturally I just had to find out what my husband’s profile was. When we met as students we had very different tastes in things like music and movies, but food was always our common ground. As I peaked over his shoulder while he was doing the quiz I was not too surprised to see that he chose almost exactly the same answers as me and is a fellow Meaty Warrior. Aw, aren’t we sweet?

So it is in the spirit of meatiness that I am sharing this week’s recipe. It is a fabulous, hearty mid-week supper option taking less than hour to prepare. And it is totally delish of course! 

Which flavour profile did you get? Let me know in the comments section! 



Serves 4 

Image courtesy of Knorr

4 pork loin chops, trimmed of any excess fat
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 large red apple, cored and sliced
1 KNORR Garlic & Rosemary Cook-in-Bag
4 medium potatoes (about 500g), cubed with the skin on 
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp warm milk
2 handfuls green beans (about 200g)

Step 1.) It is not necessary to preheat the oven. Rub the mustard into the pork chops. Place them in the bag along with the apple pieces and the Knorr spice mixture

Step 2.) Seal the bag, then gently massage the spices into the pork chops until they are evenly coated. Place the bag on an oven tray with the pork chops in a single layer. 

Step 3.) Bake the pork chops at 180°C for 40 minutes on the lowest shelf in your oven. (Note: leave enough room for the bag to expand without touching the sides of the oven and make sure that the grill is off!)

Step 4.) While the pork chops are in the oven you can start preparing the veggies. Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling, salted water until soft. Drain, add the butter and milk and mash until creamy and smooth. (Think of this as your pre-dinner workout!) Season to taste. 

Step 5.) Top and tail the green beans and cut into 4-5cm pieces. Steam and then season to taste. 

Step 6.) At this point your kitchen should be smelling amazing! Carefully open the bag and pop the pork chops and apple onto warmed plate. Spoon the juices from the bag over the chops. Serve with creamy mash and steamed beans. 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Knorr. Words and images, unless otherwise stated, are my own. 


Milk tart phyllo cups

I am delighted to be teaming up with Mediterranean Delicacies today for a special, #AfroChic recipe that I am sure will entice your tastebuds. I am no stranger to this brand and their products are usually always found in our family picnic basket when we are out and about. But there is so much more to the Mediterranean Delicacies product range than just delicious dips and spreads. Did you know that their product line also includes olives, cheeses, seafood and pastries?

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Peppadew® hot wings with blue cheese dip

Seeing as we are in Heritage month with National Heritage Day, also popularly known as Braai Day, coming up on Thursday, I thought it would be appropriate to share a recipe that can be whipped up on the old barbie! These hot wings are perfect for spring and summer entertaining – enjoy them around the braai with friends, serve them up at your next party or munch on them while you cheer on the Springboks (she said optimistically)!

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