Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup – street food DIY
By     |    Jul 26, 2015
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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup – street food DIY

This dish is the national dish of Taiwan, but it actually originates from Mainland China. The KMT (nationalist’s party) that fled China to Taiwan were the inventors of this dish. What makes it so uniquely Taiwanese? It’s the toasted soya sauce on the braised beef. This style of braising is known as ‘red roasting’ or simply braising with soya sauce. You only add soya sauce once the meat is braised […]

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Winter Special – Japanese Fine Dining at Kyoto Garden Sushi, Cape Town
By     |    Jun 30, 2015
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Winter Special – Japanese Fine Dining at Kyoto Garden Sushi, Cape Town

‎”You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”- Julia Child Oh Julia, you are too right. Kyoto Sushi Garden is well-known for their sushi, but this is not what I want to rave on. I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced authentic Japanese cuisine during my missions back home to Taiwan. Since my home-country used to be under Japanese-rule from 1895 and 1945, […]

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Graciales, the new tapas restaurant at Peddlars & Co. in Constantia
By     |    Jun 8, 2015
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Graciales, the new tapas restaurant at Peddlars & Co. in Constantia

Those who stay in the southern suburbs of Cape Town should be familiar with the renowned Peddlars & Co. (or formerly Peddlars on the Bend), a restaurant and bar space hiding out in Constantia. In April 2015, they expanded their offering with a new tapas restaurant – Graciales, the new addition to the concept destination Peddlars & Co. Their award-winning Chef Brad Ball was instrumental in pioneering this venture and […]

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Chopping off the locks for CANSA
By     |    Jan 19, 2015
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Chopping off the locks for CANSA

My brother had a haircut recently and donated his hair to CANSA to be made into a wig. It was such a lovely gesture, and I’ve been itching for a cut too… So I decided to follow suit. I called up my hairstylist Claudia of Japs (Just Another Personal Stylist) Hair Salon on main road in Sea Point and asked if she could help me out. She told me that there […]

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Cinnamon Apple Roses and Cherry Pie
By     |    Jan 5, 2015
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Cinnamon Apple Roses and Cherry Pie

Pie, pie, oh wonderful pie. For Boxing Day 2014, we hosted my teammates for a day of Jaffle-making and pie-eating. I decided to make some festive pies, an Apple Roses and Cherry Pie, and a Speculaas Pumpkin Pie. For 1 large pie Prep Time: 30 min for pastry & 1.5 hours for the roses and pie filling (the roses are quite time consuming). First step: Make short crust pastry and blind […]

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DIY Short Crust Pastry with Blind Baking Method
By     |    Jan 5, 2015
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DIY Short Crust Pastry with Blind Baking Method

I love pastry. It’s not worth making pastry from scratch  if you don’t use real butter. This recipe is adjusted slightly from the original recipe I got from pastry school through Chez Gourmet, Institute of Hospitality Education SA (City and Guilds). You can use short crust pastry for a wide variety of sweet or savoury pastry-based dishes. Short Crust Pastry 1 large pie   Ingredients: 300g flour 200g chilled butter (cut […]

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Fusion: Championship Boerewors Shui Mai (Dim Sum)
By     |    Nov 25, 2014
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Fusion: Championship Boerewors Shui Mai (Dim Sum)

Thanks to Checkers, I received a braai package to do a product review on the new 2014 Championship Boerewors. I invited my team mates over for a braai with Championshop Boerewors appetisers and a Championship Boerewors braai. Championship Boerewors Shui Mai (Dim Sum) Dim sum is a style of Cantonese food and one of my favourite things. This term is the collective noun for all the varieties of these small/bite-sized Cantonese […]

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Championship Boerewors Braai with the Storm Riders
By     |    Nov 24, 2014
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Championship Boerewors Braai with the Storm Riders

Product Review: Have you tried the 2014 Checkers Championship Boerewors yet? Enter this competition on my blog before the 30th of November to stand a chance to win a braai pack! This special recipe was developed by a regional meat market manager, Koos van Dyk from Polokwane. After a five-month process with three elimination rounds and 55 000 pieces of boerewors on show, van Dyk’s recipe impressed the panel of […]

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Stand a chance to WIN a Championship Boerewors Braai Pack
By     |    Nov 21, 2014
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Stand a chance to WIN a Championship Boerewors Braai Pack

I had my team mates over for a lovely braai, thanks to Checkers and Championship Boerewors, and you could WIN a braai pack too. The Championship Boerwors pack comprises: 3 packs of Championship Boerewors 1 bag of charcoal 1 pack of firelighters 1 X 2l Coca Cola 1 X 123g of Simba Chips 1 X 500ml of All Gold Tomato Sauce 1 X shopper bag How to enter?   Follow […]

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Dusty Rebel and Bombshell Rockabilly Festival South Africa 2014
By     |    Nov 12, 2014
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Dusty Rebel and Bombshell Rockabilly Festival South Africa 2014

In November 2013, the Cape Town Rollergirls participated in the very first Rockabilly Festival on the N7 Ostrich Farm, Cape Town, South Africa, and in 2014 . The Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells organisers, Maria and Zigi, threw a great festival packed with all things rockabilly and brought the 50s sub-culture to life. “Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells were inspired to create a platform where all related aspects of Rockabilly culture can be celebrated […]

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