Category Archives: Travel

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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Baobabs, a book review

A fascinating book filled with specialist information made palatable for non-botanists.  Lots of illustrations and bright clear photographs make this a beautiful book.  I got caught up in the book and spent a happy afternoon with it. The book starts … 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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Today’s Grand Cru – Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

The main course at the InterContinental Johannesburg’s Chef’s Table was Chicken Ballotine stuffed with pistachio nuts, chorizo and a medallion of chicken, smokey pork belly lardons accompanied by autumn vegetables, Pomme William and rich chicken jus. The food and beverage … Continue reading

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Today’s Grand Cru – KWV Sauvignon Blanc 2013

The Symphony of Salmon starter at the InterContinental Hotel, Johannesburg at OR Tambo is a trio of dishes – a salmon fishcake, a salmon spring roll and smoked salmon and prawn roulade – by Chef Yoshan Naidu. The salmon spring … Continue reading

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Today’s Grand Cru – Laborie Blanc de Blanc 2010

Bubbly and canapes were paired at the recent Chef’s Table I attended at InterContinental Hotel, Johannesburg at OR Tambo Airport. It is always a pleasure to be presented with a glass of bubbly on arrival and it is usually the … Continue reading

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