Sunday was the official launch of Victoria Yards in Lorentzville, Johannesburg. We very briefly popped in a while ago but this time we made sure we had enough time to wander around. You might wonder what this Victoria Yards is? It’s described as “a uniquely integrated urban space”. It’s in a ‘dodgy’ part of Johannesburg that few people venture into. And maybe that is exactly the point. This is a space shared by artists and small businesses, artisans, and urban agriculturalists. The focus however seems to be on skills development and integrating the community into this project, instead of just displacing them in favour of a more affluent crowd. I truly hope they can reach or stick to this ideal. This is a food blog, so before I get carried away, let’s get back to the yums. Between the artists and gardens, all sharing once derelict buildings, is a little corner fish & chips shop. In fact it is called The Fish & Chips shop. They serve herby battered hake and chips made from real potatoes on site, all slathered in salt and vinegar and rolled in newsprint. Oh and tartar sauce made with Cross and Blackwell tangy mayonnaise. That’s […]
We like brunch. It’s our favourite weekend activity. I don’t like breakfast, forcing down oats or musli, no matter how delicious, anything before 10:30 is a struggle. But brunch is that magical meal that says “I have the luxury of time. I can eat my eggs at 10:30 at my leisure.” For our Anniversary we thought it appropriate that we go have brunch somewhere new, and Richmond Studio Cafe sounded smashing. The cafe is owned by award winning photographer Antoine de Ras. It used to be his studio, but now we all get to visit this space filled with old cameras, impactful photographs, cool lighting, and great coffee. Sitting by the street facing window watching the world go by is blissful. Another gem is the parquet floors and beams. They where salvaged from The Bohemian, mostly just referred to as The Boh, a legendary music pub where many musicians caught their break and most patrons rarely left sober. It’s a nice feeling, knowing that a part of the Boh still lives on in Richmond. Now what about the actual food? We ordered two perfect Origin cappuccinos; a breakfast sandwich named The Khumalo filled with egg, cheese, bacon, salsa and […]
Bars – not quite a cake, not quite a biscuit. More like a tart? Not sure. All I know is that they are quick to make and oh so yummy. I found this recipe for Turtle Bars in a Real Simple magazine. Remember when it was published in South Africa? Yeah, long time ago. I have one prized copy that contains this recipe. Mind you, I modify it every time because I never quite have all the ingredients at hand. Pecan nuts are expensive, so I used mixed nuts, for example. Oh, why are they called turtle bars? Because once out of the oven the combination of melted chocolate, nuts, and chewy filling, make them look like little turtle shells. So I am sharing my version of turtle bars with you. They are real simple to make 😉 Turtle Bars (makes about 30, depending on the size of your squares) Ingredients 500 ml (2 cups) of cake wheat flour 125 ml (1/2 cup) icing sugar 230 g (about 1 cup) butter 1 tin condensed milk 1 large egg beaten 5 ml vanilla extract 250 ml (1 cup) mixed nuts or pecans, roughly chopped 2 80g slabs of chocolate – I […]
Dinosaurs and Egypt – two of my childhood fascinations. I even wanted to become a palaeontologist at some point, until I realised I was rather average at biology and science. Fortunately, travel gives you the opportunity to explore new worlds, ancient even. Recently we escaped the winter chill in Joburg, and headed to Egypt! Of course this doesn’t just mean incredible ancient treasures to visit, but also new foods to try. Before going I did a lot of research about what to eat and what to avoid. Anything uncooked seemed to be off limits, so no salads. On the other hand, carbs definitely plays a lead role on every menu. Most meals are served with a pita like flatbread, Aish Baladi. It is made with whole wheat flour, covered in wheat bran, and baked in scorching hot ovens. It is sold and made everywhere and eaten by everyone, rich and poor. We saw men carrying baskets full on their heads, women selling it from tiny shops, and hotel cooks baking it on premises. Often served with soft cheese, baba ghanoush, salsa, or whatever was placed in front of us. Koshary is one of Egypt’s national dishes and a version can be […]
It was a cold Thirsty Thursday and we found ourselves scrambling for a table at Tonic Gin Bar in Linden. The idea was to participate in the Great Cucumber Exchange with Hendricks gin – you bring a cucumber and get a G&T in exchange. The tiny bar was packed, but luckily we were accommodated in the restaurant space next door, the soon to open wine bar, Tanen. And so this review went from gin to wine in one fell swoop. Let’s start with Tonic is owned by Dennis and Caitlin Human. Every time I’ve been there I have seen Caitlin waiting on customers, taking orders, making sure everything is ship-shape. Tonic has an overwhelming amount of gin on offer. Drinking your way through the entire list would take years. Or would it? Is that a challenge? I digress. If you find the selection as overwhelming as I do, you can stick to the gin cocktail menu. I have now twice selected the Mother Fluffer, for obvious reasons. The name, and the fact that this G&T is garnished with pink cotton candy and a toasted marshmallow. Tonic does not only serve drinks, but also delicious eats, like olives marinated in gin […]
Portugal. I have a soft spot for that team. Perhaps because I have a few Portuguese friends and their passion for the game is infectious. Perhaps because of Pasteis de Nata, the best Portuguese invention before Ronaldo.
Until recent years it has been quite difficult to find a well brewed cup of coffee in Pretoria, let’s be honest. Joburg’s coffee culture has grown steadily in the last 10 years, and I would say it is inexcusable if you get served a bad cuppa these days. There are just so many good ones. Just check out the 2summers blog for many a review. But Pretoria seemed to still be stuck in the days when a weak coffee with a twirl of whipped cream was considered a cappuccino. That has started to changed, I am happy to say. I have had wonderful coffee at places like Lucky Bread, Aroma, and Alfies. I think I have a favourite though. Spout Coffee Company is a coffee shop made of two recycled shipping containers, the first in Pretoria they say. It is situated in the new Pretoria foodie hotspot, The Village, Hazelwood, sharing 16th street with other great finds like the afore mentioned Alfies. Apart from the fact that the structure is beautiful in itself, the coffee and baked goods are pure works of art. It was not the first time I enjoyed a perfectly brewed coffee at Spout, but it was […]
I love food. I think about it all the time. Where to eat, what to make for dinner, what to bake at 10pm with limited ingredients and dessert urgency. My boyfriend knows this. “You should start a blog”, he said. After a photo hosting site’s service terms change brought an abrupt end to my previous blog, I was reluctant to start a new one. But food. What better way to start over than with old-school dadelbolletjies, aka date balls. Now these aren’t the healthy protein ones. That’s a post for another day. These little treats are, or at least used to be, a staple on the shelves of most tuisnywerhede (home industries) and kerkbasaar (church fete) tables. You’ll find various hand scribbled versions in grannies’ recipe books (look for the stained pages – that’s where the good stuff is). A recipe by Anna Carolina Alberts from her book Butter & Love inspired me to whip up a batch. I used hers as a base, consulted a few hand scribbled inherited recipes, and then finally added a few of my own touches. Like the cocoa. Because chocolate makes everything better. Did I mention they are really quick to make? Ingredients 250 g […]