Category Archives: Food

World Hunger Day 2018

While Vincent van Gogh’s paintings were not popular during his lifetime, they have since then become very popular.  The work which he considered his finest was De Aardappeleters, or The Potato Eaters.  This is an oil painting executed in April … Continue reading

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Orient – restaurant review

Orient is a large, stylish, elegant eatery at 4 The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.  It has just been (November 2017) revamped in terms of décor and it is tres chic with bright, clean lines and a contemporary feel. Asia … Continue reading

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Don’t burn your sausage

Chris Forrest, comedian, and celebrity chef, Pete Goffe-Wood,  join forces to “scrumptiously blend comedy and cooking together in Don’t Burn Your Sausage.” This “ingenious live show is deliciously funny and rather ‘whisk-qué” and the pair show us how food and … Continue reading

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Ashoka Restaurant

Ashoka Restaurant, named for one of India’s most successful and benevolent rulers, has opened in the Times Square Casino, Menlyn Main, Pretoria. I was present at a recent media dinner launch. The decor is attractive and modern and there is … Continue reading

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Asanka, Rivonia Junction

Asanka is a Ghanaian word meaning “grinding pot”, much like a large, wide rimmed, pestle and mortar, and the asanka is used all over West Africa to  blend and create  wholesome meals from the freshest ingredients. Asanka is also the … Continue reading

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The title Jayne Mansfield turned down

Today’s fascinating. but utterly useless, food fact – On 19 April 1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was ‘Miss Roquefort Cheese,’ because she believed it … Continue reading

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The world’s oldest soup recipe …

Today’s interesting, but utterly useless food fact: The world’s oldest recipe for soup is approximately 6000 years old.  It apparently calls for hippopotamus, sparrows, vegetables, lentils and spices. I couldn’t find a source for this information, even though I looked.  … Continue reading

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Patron Saint of Coffee house owners and keepers

Today’s fascinating, but utterly useless, food fact – 16 April is the Feast of Saint Drogo, patron of coffee house owners and keepers. Actually, Saint Drogo’s lifestoy offers no clue how he got to be the patron saint of coffee … Continue reading

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Taste the Little Karoo, by Beate Joubert

Sometimes a recipe book just speaks to me of someone specific – Taste the Little Karoo is evocative of a friend of mine who owns a holiday home in the Little Karoo and who is a fantastic cook.  The book … Continue reading

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Today’s Grand Cru – Landskroon Shiraz 2013

Cru is “a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized quality”. It is a French wine term which is traditionally translated as “growth”, as it was originally the past participle of the verb “croitre”. At the recent Chef’s … Continue reading

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