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Crofter’s Kitchen – Lunch with a Rock Star Chef in her home in Noordhoek (Cape Town)

Crofter’s Kitchen – Lunch with a Rock Star Chef in her home in Noordhoek (Cape Town)

I love small intimate lunches where you can watch each dish being lovingly prepared while you relax with  fellow minded foodies.  Chefs are usually hidden in their kitchens and one does not get to interact with them.    As a foodie I am passionate about knowing what I am eating and about the people behind the place where I am eating.   I search for information before I visit places in order to gain a better insight into the upcoming experience. …

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CHEF SANDILE’S CHAKALAKA RECIPE

CHEF SANDILE’S CHAKALAKA RECIPE

Chakalaka is a traditional South African spicy vegetable relish.   It is usually served with pap or samp & beans and is most commonly found in black communities across the country.   It has become so popular that one can now buy it in cans in the supermarket and order it at KFC!  Everyone’s recipe for Chakalaka is different – I have never tasted two that taste the same.   It can range from mild to searing hot – depending on the cooks…

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Hottest New Restaurant addition to Cape Town – Janse & Co

Hottest New Restaurant addition to Cape Town – Janse & Co

I have a new favourite restaurant in Cape Town!   Janse & Co literally blew my socks off!  It is quite simply beautiful.  My type of decor – clean, contemporary, dark, open, Asian inspired……..yet warm.   It is almost like a well choreographed play.   The attention to detail is seen in every aspect of this shop from the design to the menu, the open plan kitchens, the simple box with the cutlery and the beautifully plated food. It was one of the…

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Chef’s Table Cape Town in the home of Chef Santi Louzán

Chef’s Table Cape Town in the home of Chef Santi Louzán

Chef Santi Louzán is the perfect Chef to launch a Chef’s table in his home in Cape Town.   He is warm, welcoming, creative, a showman and one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.  Santi hails from Galicia in Spain.  Here he learnt from his Mom and Granny to “love the ingredients” – he was surrounded by artisans and family members who were farmers and fisherman.   In his teens he moved to England with his family.   He started at…

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Taste the Cape – try a gourmet traditional South African Meal paired with Spice Route Wines in the Cape Winelands

Taste the Cape – try a gourmet traditional South African Meal paired with Spice Route Wines in the Cape Winelands

Strangely enough in South Africa it is really hard to taste our local cuisine.   As such I challenge you as foodies to go searching for it………and believe me it won’t be easy!   Most of the cuisine is buried in peoples homes – and making friends with locals can take time!  Most people will leave our shores having experienced the most amazing fine dining restaurants and will leave pretty clueless about our cuisine and its influences. The local flavours…

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The Foodbarn Studio

The Foodbarn Studio

UPDATE MARCH 2018 – THE FOODBARN STUDIO CLOSED DOWN AND HAS JUST OPENED UNDER A NEW NAME – CROFTER’S KITCHEN.   SAME FORMULA AS BELOW – BUT SMALLER AND MORE INTIMATE AND LIMITED TO 14 PEOPLE PER MEAL.  IT IS NOW THE SOLE VENTURE OF CHEF NICKY.  Chef Nicky.  Cost – R765 per person excluding gratuity.   To book contact Chef – Nicky Gibbs, 0837315208, nickygibbs247@icloud.com   I tried it out recently and had the most wonderful lunch – so head to this…

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A touch of Reverie with Chef Julia Hattingh – Reverie Social Table

A touch of Reverie with Chef Julia Hattingh – Reverie Social Table

Reverie ………….a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie.   A daydream………. a fantastic visionary Chef Julia Hattingh has created a space where people will quite simply come together for dinner.   The table seats 18 people who will gather at this table d’hôte restaurant to relax, laugh, chat, interact and enjoy an evening where Chef Julia will send our her inspired creations for you to dissect, photograph, nibble and chat about with your neighbour.   Each…

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Happy Days at The Flagship – a dining experience with Chef Duncan Doherty & a tribute to the founder Chef Bruce Robertson

Happy Days at The Flagship – a dining experience with Chef Duncan Doherty & a tribute to the founder Chef Bruce Robertson

Sadly the Flagship has closed down – but I will leave this blog here as a tribute to my friend and favourite Chef ever – Bruce Robertson. It all started with an email saying that top South African Chef Bruce Robertson was launching a Table D’Hote in his home in Scarborough.  I googled it and found it was a dine at home concept – so I interpreted it as a dine at home restaurant and immediately released a blog saying…

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New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

Cape Town is a creative hub and with the artists come artisans who are channeling their creativity into the food and entertainment world.  This creativity is best felt and experienced by exploring areas of the inner city and its fringe areas e.g. – Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant and Woodstock.   The trend over the last few years has been a return to artisan roots and to support the smaller local artisanal businesses.   There is a very public shift away from big brands eg Illy…

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Terra Madre Market – a feast to celebrate the love of good food

Terra Madre Market – a feast to celebrate the love of good food

UPDATE – NICOLE HAS SHUT DOWN THE PICNIC LUNCHES ON HER FARM AND IS FOCUSING ON SELLING HER TERRA MADRE RANGE ONLINE.  If this changes again I will update it here!   If you are passing through Elgin – one can call her and stop in to buy the products from her apple farm My mate Nicole was raised with lambs legs gently swaying above her pram.  Her Mom and Dad both arrived as immigrants from Greece and owned one of…

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