Mzansi Style Cuisine was invited to the Ultimate Braai Master Season one wrap up party. The party was held at the Cape Point Vineyards with sunset views to die for. Drinks were flowing, the food was on point – braai master style and there was no shortage of entertainment. My kind of party!
Had a quick chat with the host, bush-cook guru and cookbook author, Justin Bonello. His passion for African food is infectious! He said “I’m so proud to be associated with a show that’s so uniquely South African. We couldn’t have foreseen the immense talent and ingenuity of our contestants, who put their lives on hold to be part of our braai evolution. In hindsight, I wonder if I could have come through all the challenges we dished out in the first season the Ultimate Braai Master! The intention was to reinvent and showcase the best braai-inspired dishes ever seen in a reality TV Series, and based on the cookbook that we’ve published from the series, I think we achieved what we set out to.”
We got to meet the behind the scenes crew, the judges, the contestants and we got to taste some of the dishes they prepared during the competition. I took advantage of the opportunity to have a brief chat with the winners, Elaine and Tubby. They are such an incredible duo! You have got to love their drive, ease and I enjoyed listening to their life experiences. Tubby has lived an interesting life and it was interesting to hear some of his international experiences.
This is what he says about his experience on the show “Being part of the Ultimate Braai Master enabled me to make fantastic new friends, and thanks to the tireless advice from Bertus and Marthinus my cooking skills have improved immensely. Winning the competition has also given me renewed confidence in almost all aspects of my life, and with my share for the winnings, my wife Helen and I plan to kick-start our daughters’ savings, and eventually build a cottage on a farm in the karoo.”
Elaine touched up on how she incorporated some of her past experience as a restaurateur into their dishes and how they managed to come up with recipes within a short space of time during the gruelling competition.
Elaine’s thoughts on being part of Ultimate Braai Master “The physical aspect was especially challenging, but the experience increased the appreciation of my country. The pictures in my head will be with me forever,” she said “Given the physical and emotional pressures we were all under, the friendships we forged became immensely close in a relatively short space of time. I know that the friends I made on the show will be forever.”
Judging from the conversations I had with some of the contestants, they have embraced the opportunity, meeting exciting people from diverse backgrounds, experiencing new surroundings. It was an opportunity of a life time never to be forgotten. I’m sure having their recipes in the Ultimate Braai Master Cookbook also sweetens the pie!
One of the judges, Marthinus Ferreira dished up about his restaurant, DW eleven-13, which I’m yet to visit. Certainly cannot wait for that one!
If you feel like you have it in you to face the challenges that come with being a Braai Master while exploring the country and delighting in different dishes from interesting people then here’s you chance.
The competition invites all food lovers who consider themselves above average cooks, aged 18 years and older, to put their passion for cooking on an open fire to test over 60 days in some of South Africa’s most off-the-beaten track locations. Season two is now open for entries until 15 February 2013. Enter on their website www.ultimaterbraaimaster.com
Check out more pictures from the UBM wrap up party here
Who attended the Good Food and Wine Show last weekend? I did. Let me tell you about my experience…..
It was jam-packed foodies and non foodies. However, that didn’t stop one from having fun, sampling, buying, wining etc.
My highlight of the show was meeting and watching one of my favourite food network stars, Reza Mahammad, do a demonstration. He cooked a delectable Pulao dish, which is in his cookbook, “Reza’s Indian Spice.” He is funny, entertaining and he knows how to keep his audience engaged. The man had us in stitches throughout the demonstration! Loved every minute! I even managed to get a pic with him.
Personally, I thought there was a lot of sweet stuff being exhibited with brands such as Sweet Temptations, Jennings Fine Foods, Milanos, Chocolates by Tomes, Sally William’s Nougat, the list goes on. The nice part was getting to sample before purchasing.
Let me share with you a few products/ brands that caught my attention:
Saldanha Tuna – They have very interesting flavoured tunas. People went past the sampling stage and just engaged themselves in eating and devouring the stuff, if I am not exaggerating. That’s how good it was.
Sweet Temptations – I love their wide variety of fudges. I tasted the different types until I couldn’t taste anymore I just had to buy.
Madagascar Chocolate (@madecasse)- Delicious! That is all I can say. They are worth a try!
I enjoyed Dutch Waffels! They were scrumptious!
Pies from Fry’s Vegetarian were good too.
I kept on going back for some more pork patties at the South African Pork exhibition stand. They were just mouth-watering.
I also enjoyed chilling and sippin on some cocktails at the whisky cocktail lounge. Walking in between exhibition stands with all the crowds had me exhausted. Plus, the waiters/waitresses were just awesome!
I really wanted to taste and buy some wine but it was too full on the wine exhibition side. Ah well, I guess you win some you lose some.
As I was about to leave, I bumped into a colleague, she had tons of stuff with her including the Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry gift pack with two tiny winy enamel mugs. She was saying, “This was only 40 bucks, can you believe it?” I went and bought myself a gift pack as well. One needs some good old brown sherry in this cold winter weather.
Well, that was my experience. Did you attend the show? How was your experience?
If you missed this year’s show, make sure you attend it next year. All the cool people are there! Follow them on twitter @goodfoodSA or check out the website: www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za
Do you ever go through a magazine and see interesting stories, topics, recipes and wish you could have it translated to you? I do. I even go to an extent of asking one of my colleagues or friends to translate the stories and some recipes for me. Well, someone’s been listening to our prayers…..
I happen to be a magazine collector of note more especially food magazines, I have a fetish for all magazines with food and recipes. Should you come to my place you’ll see a pile of magazines and chances are about 90% of them are food magazines. A friend once asked, “Don’t you have a magazine I can read except for all these food,” Hehe!
A couple of days ago, a few fashion, food and lifestyle bloggers including myself were invited to have a look at the brand spanking new Good Housekeeping Magazine. The first issue hit the shelves in November but I got introduced to the second issue, the December issue.
The editor, Sally Emery, took us through the magazine thereafter we stepped into the kitchen and prepared two recipes from the magazine. We started with the Mixed-pepper & goat-milk cheese puff-pastry plait on page 146 of the magazine and then finished off with the Chocolate-Orange Mincemeat recipe on page 143.
Good Housekeeping is a magazine for women from all age groups, races, cultures etc. You relate to the magazine whether you are a parent, married or just single without a child. After the event, I went through my copy of the magazine. These are some of the reasons that would make you love Good Housekeeping:
At this time of the year most people are looking for Christmas gifts for colleagues, friends and or family. The magazine guides you to all the trendy, handy, colourful gift items. It also tells you where to find them and the price. So, if you are still looking for a gift, get the December issue! Eheee! They’ve got a wide selection of gift items recommended by experts such as Dorah Sithole, Ruendree Govinder, Ann Donald etc. I can go on and on. Basically, Good Housekeeping Magazine encompasses everything ladies need.
Well, ladies and gentlemen that’s not all this magazine has to offer you. Just go out there and get yourself a copy. I assure you, you will praise me for having introduced it to your life.
For more info about Good Housekeeping Magazine:
Visit the website: www.goodhousekeeping.co.za
Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/GoodHousekeepingSA
Follow them on twitter: @GoodHouseSA
Gift Idea: Spoil the ladies in your life by getting them a Good Housekeeping Magazine subscription! That would make a great unforgettable present. Check out more pictures here.
What comes to your mind at the mention of Cape Malay, colourful houses, delicious curries, beautiful ladies wearing scarves over their heads……Well, there’s more to the Cape Malay people than that and I got to know that by going on a tour at the Bo-Kaap……
Shereen Misbach- Habib a friendly tour guide greeted us by our names (makes wonder how does she know it’s me?) and a warm smile and she welcomed us into the museum. To begin the two hour tour, Shereen took us through the museum explaining the history of the Cape Malay people. What’s nice about the museum is that you get to see pictures from back in the day. They give one an idea of where they are from and how far they’ve come.
For the most part of the tour we walk around exploring the streets, looking at the colourful houses and the architecture. Interesting places we got to see include the oldest dutch house in the area, paintings on street passage wall which replaced graffiti etc.
On this tour I got to get inside a mosque for the first time in my life and it happened to be the first mosque in the country. In between the walking around and the interesting site seeing Shereen took us to her home for a quick snack. We were welcomed with Koesisters, samoosas, dahltjies, a salad and fruit juices.
We ended the tour by visiting the Tana Baru Burial grounds. I’m not a big fan of grave yards (they just freak me out) but the view from there is amazing!
This tour made me realise that one as an individual can get into their car and drive around a neighbourhood. That is not enough to learn about the history, the people and the culture of that neighbourhood. One actually needs a tour guide or someone who knows the neighbourhood very well to take you through it and explain everything. There’s a very interesting story behind every street, house etc.
I wont say much as they say it in Xhosa “Amade ngawetyala” (long stories are reserved for court cases). See more pictures here.
To make a booking contact Tana Baru Tours or Shereen:
Tel: +27 21 424 0719
Cell: +27 73 237 3800
Today’s post is not about food, foodie event, new product….It’s not about a new cookbook. ….It’s about nature, scenery and travel……Today’s short post is dedicated to everyone who’s never been to Cape Town…
We live in a beautiful country. Sadly, some have never explored the beauty of the country. I always get people saying “I’ve never been to Cape Town, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Durban etc”. I’m sure you’ve also heard one or two people say that or perhaps you know a few people who’ve never been outside of their hometown. You may know someone who was born, studied, worked, lived and died in one province.
Perhaps they didn’t have the money to go explore other provinces, that’s understable. Travelling outside the country is a totally different ball game and a topic for another day. Some of us are lucky enough to live in a province or rather a city with one of the Seven Wonders of the World ~TableMountain. Last Saturday I got to be on a boat and the view of the mountain, green point stadium and the devil’s peak is just magnificent! I thought I would share some of the pictures I took. If you’ve never travelled, go on a trip explore the country, visit cousins, friends etc. That’s a good enough excuse to go somewhere else… See more pictures here.
Open-air dining, amazing food, incredible wine, being serenaded by seductive French songbird, fire spitting entertainment, ummmm sharing a dining table with the Western Cape Premier….these are just a few of the things experienced at this year’s Bovril Black Tie Dinner.
On Thursday, 27 October 2011, over two hundred guests geared up in their evening wear, tuxedos and made their way towards Paarl’s main street. On arrival, a group of kids playing Marimba serenaded the guests as they were welcomed with a glass of bubbly. To keep up with the Moulin Rouge theme, a table long enough to sit all the guests was decorated with white-feathers, black hats and my favourite, a leg with fishnet stocking emerging from a bunch of white feathers.
The tastebud tantalising three course menu consisted of the following:
Manna bowl filled with tossed fresh line fish, calamari, prawns and mussels in a citrus herb dressing, drizzled with moskonfyt.
Served with 2008 Longridge Chardonnay
Seared fillet of beef on a potato rosti, seasonal vegetables on a Bovril Jus.
2007 Longridge Pinotage
Turkish delight cheesecake with crème angliase and berry to garnish.
Served with Longridge Noble Late Harvest
The food was just amazing. I ate everything up from the starter including the last bit from the Manna bowl. Looking around I then noticed I was not the only one that cleaned up their plates, maybe we were just hungry or else the food itself was a wow.
The host for the evening, Sandra Prinsloo, charmed us guests with her speech and sparkling personality. The Gugulethu Tenors accompanied by the Frank Pietersen symphonic orchestra, took to the stage & sang their hearts out and were nothing short of amazing. I was almost literally blown away by the sounds of their music.
A singing sensation, Myra Maud, sang like a bird. If you thought French was sexy, wait till you hear this French goddess sing. I couldn’t hear a word of what she was singing about, but it sounded beautiful. Together with Italian tenor, Cristian Mangano sang a beautiful duet.
In between eating, drinking and listening to quality sounds, flame/fire dancers displayed their art. Some dances with flames on their hands, hips you name it. Another one was blowing out flames, crazy but good entertainment I tell you.
Overall, the food was incredible and wines were perfectly paired with each and every meal. It was a bit chilly, but warm blankets were provided for the guests. Each guest took home the November issue of Food & Home magazine, which was placed on each chair. You bet I will be cooking and sharing some of the mouth watering recipes but there’s plenty to choose from.
If you missed this spectacular event this year, be sure to catch it next year! See more pictures here.