the. giveaway you don’t want to miss

Although wine sales and distribution are currently prohibited we can still work wonders with your imagination. Imagine winning a bottle of the limited release the. Cabernet Franc, which currently sells for R5 000 per bottle. That dream can become a reality for one lucky wine enthusiast.

Wine in a Time of Lockdown

With the re-imposition of the ban on the sale and delivery of alcohol announced recently, there is no doubt the beer, wine and spirits industry is going to be heavily and – perhaps irreversibly – affected. Indeed, in her blog The Brewmistress, Lucy Corne writes that results released by the Craft Brewers Association Of South Africa,…

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Butternut Soup

Cold front upon cold front, and further lock-down-restrictions on top of load-shedding to add to the plight of the foodies – here’s Isabeau Malan‘s Vegan Butternut Soup solution.   Mise en Place: Prepare the ingredients before cooking. Pre-heated oven for roasting Equipment: Roasting tray Juicer & zester Pot Spoon ladle Stick blender Ingredients: 500gr  …

It’s a family affair at this wine business

The Wine-of-the-Month Club is the oldest wine club in South Africa. It started with an idea by Colin Collard – who hailed from a background in direct advertising that had nothing to do with wine – back in 1986. For him, wine was a passion, not a career, but his marketing savvy helped him to…

Introducing Robertson Winery Single Serve

The Perfect Glass of Wine Every Time Robertson Winery launched their Single Serve 200ml wines in a can just before #Lockdown. The perfect serve. The perfect glass of wine every time, anytime and anywhere. Perfect for picnics, parties and everything in between. Robertson Winery, well known as a producer of excellent wines at affordable prices,…

Roodeberg celebrates World Chocolate Day with decadent truffles

Roodeberg, the cherished wine that has stood the test of time for over 70 years, is celebrating World Chocolate Day on 7 July with easy-to-make truffles that accentuate its masterly crafted blends. From the Classic Red, the formidable Reserve and commemorative Roodeberg 1949, to the enchanting Rosé, you will find your perfect match with melt-in-your-mouth…

Self-saucing Chocolate Pudding

The indulgences of winter and lock-down has jumbled into a sweet, sticky and warm mess.  At least this treat was all of that. Craving a baked pudding, but dreading the labour associated with home-made custard, I embarked on the search for a fail-proof baked chocolate pudding with its own sauce. Generous scoops of ice-cream on…

Mint Julep Day

It’s Mint Julep Day! Let’s celebrate the last Saturday of the month with a Bourbon and Mint cocktail. The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon, sugar, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. The Mint Julep is traditionally served in a Highball glass or silver Julep cup over…

Home-made Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

It’s HAMBURGER DAY! “Man who invented the hamburger was smart; Man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” – Matthew McConaughey Personally, I love a Greek-inspired Hamburger, however the 100% lamb patties are extremely rich.  I prefer to combine lamb mince with lean beef mince to even out the richness. Here’s how to make restaurant-quality…

Roasted Tomato Soup

This is a short-cut soup, with the flavours of plump and ripe tomatoes, off set with the fresh herbs.  Always serve this soup with the swirl of cream for added richness. This soup is a crowd-pleaser, even when the crowd is opposed to soup.  Chunks of warm Ciabatta will give you a warm and hearty…

No Wine? No Problem! Three Marvellous Mocktails to make at Home

With more and more households running out wine, beer and other alcoholics, and the ban on the sale of them still in place, we asked some of the lecturers from Capsicum Culinary Studio to come up with a couple of cocktails that were not only non-alcoholic, but equally delicious and perhaps just a little healthier…

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a dish which originated in Italy in the 1970s. The word “primavera” means springtime in Italian. In an era before seasonal cooking was commonplace, pasta primavera was the recipe to order for the best and brightest of spring vegetables.  Today the recipe can be adapted to “pasta and vegetables” (regardless of the season)….

World Baking Day

Chocolate Beer Bread from a box World Baking Day, it’s time to dig out that rolling pin and prepare something delicious! Have a beer to spare?  I am baking bread, I promise.  A chocolate flavoured beer bread. Today we are testing out the Barrett’s Ridge Beer Bread Kit – Chocolate flavour from Yuppiechef.com. Homemade bread is…

Homemade Berry Jam

The long-lost bag of frozen berries, which aspired to be wholesome Berry Smoothies have now succumbed to the stewing pot with sugar and a dash of lemon juice.  The homemade jam you didn’t know you needed, until you rummage through the freezer and start to think of ways of how to get rid of them….

Citrus & Thyme Gin

It would probably surprise you that it took me a few years to truly appreciate a proper Gin & Tonic.  I started my gin journey with KWV Cruxland Gin and Dry Lemon; yes quite a combination.  today i enjoy a good quality gin with the appropriate tonic, not to mention the garnish which enhances the…

Cinnamon & Raisin Rolls from a box

At times my own creativity runs out and then we make use of instant mixes.  Not for the creativity but for the baking. Today I am testing the Gourmet Cravings Original Cinnamon Rolls Baking Kit; which I purchased from Yuppiechef.com. This baking kit makes for quick, easy baking with real ingredients and no preservatives, artificial colours…

Slider Buns

You asked for it; and here’s the bread recipe for the delicious sliders.  Now you can enjoy the Meat-Free Monday: Sliders recipe with your own burger buns. Let me know how your rolls turned out!  

Meat Free Monday: Sliders

Yeah, the days have jumbled into one and it’s really difficult to distinguish between the start and the end of the week now. And because we all need a bit of a treat “on a school night”, here’s our Meat-Free Monday Sliders recipe.  And let’s be honest, I could eat burgers every day of the…