mushrooms on sourdough

Mushrooms on sourdough

Lazy weekend mornings should not be spoiled slaving over breakfast pots and pans. Nope, rather give me a quick breakie that still packs a tasty punch. My mushrooms on sourdough hits the spot just fine.

Mushrooms on sourdough

You don’t need loads of ingredients for this one. It’s really simple, but delivers big time on flavour. It’s best made with really fresh shrooms, don’t settle for sad should-have-been-chucked-yesterday mushrooms. Fresh thyme and fresh garlic make this dish a winner. I’ve made it with dried thyme – it does the job – but please don’t use pre-chopped garlic in oil. That stuff should never be in your kitchen!

Mushrooms on sourdough

Lastly, sourdough bread. Fresh, crusty and yeasty. YUM! This dish simply needs the sourdough. Store bought white bread won’t do it any justice, trust me.

Mushrooms on sourdough

Here’s how to prepare it.

MUSHROOMS ON SOURDOUGH
serves 2

ingredients

  • 1 punnet (250 g) fresh portabellini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 whole cloves of garlic, lightly crushed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, washed
  • 10 ml olive oil
  • knob of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • half a lemon
  • 2 slices of fresh sourdough, lightly toasted

method

  1. Heat a large frying pan, add the olive oil.
  2. Sauté the mushrooms and the whole garlic together over high heat to sear the mushrooms and release the sweet flavour of the garlic.
  3. Add the sprigs of thyme and the knob of butter. Continue to sauté, taking care not to burn the garlic.
  4. In the meantime, lightly toast the sourdough, not too dark, though.
  5. Season the mushrooms liberally with salt and pepper. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and spoon over the sourdough.
  6. Add some fresh wild rocket if you like.

The wild rocket adds an extra peppery punch, but it’s not crucial to serve it like this. Enjoy it the way you prefer.

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eiffel always love this tower

Eiffel Tower

On 5 March 2017, with the rain gently and steadily falling, I came up the stairs from Trocadéro station, frantically looking for the famous metal structure. A few more steps forward and out of nowhere, there it was… Le tour Eiffel.

Eiffel Tower

I had no words. I was completely overcome with emotion. Like a small child, I jiggled on the spot before tears just came rolling down my cheeks. It could not be helped. For years it’s been a dream to visit Paris and see the Eiffel tower. The food, the pastries, the accent and yes, the tower, have all been at the top of my bucket list, and there, standing in the rain, my umbrella lying in a puddle, the box suddenly had a tick in it and it was overwhelming, to say the least.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

First, we posed for photos of course, and then croque monsieur with hot chocolate from a street vendor before making our way to the tower. A multitude of selfies, more photos and souvenir Eiffel tower key chains happened. Obviously.

Eiffel Tower

A quick bunker and behind the scenes tour before heading up to the second viewing deck. It was cold, it was wet and it was windy, but nothing could spoil that moment. Standing on the deck, taking Paris in from all possible angles, as there’s nowhere for her to hide from the tower.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Another hot chocolate and glorious Ladureé macarons before going up 300m to the top. Wow. Another emotional breakdown. But I don’t care. I could have stayed up there all night. It was simply magnificent. Mind-blowing. Wonderous. A dream come true moment.

Eiffel Tower

It’s not often that you get to tick those bucket list items off. If the opportunity comes around, go for it, mes amies.

Cheerio

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banana loaf breakfast

Toasted Banana Loaf

This weekend or next weekend (or any weekend!) grab a banana loaf from your nearest bakery and give this little number a try. Of course, if you have time to whip up your own loaf, by all means, go for it.

Toasted Banana Loaf SAMSUNG CSCIf you haven’t tried Clemengold’s delicious range of preserved products, then we can’t be friends. So while you’re searching for a fresh banana loaf, be sure to grab a jar or three of Clemengold Preserve. You can thank me later.

ClemengoldHere’s how you’ll be putting this together:

TOASTED BANANA LOAF WITH MASCARPONE AND CLEMENGOLD
serves 4

ingredients

  • 1 x fresh banana loaf, sliced
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 1 jar Clemengold preserved mandarin

method

  1. Toast the banana loaf slices until crispy and golden, either in a toaster or under the grill of the oven. Take care not to burn it.
  2. Stack 2 – 3 slices on a plate and spoon a generous dollop of mascarpone on top.
  3. Top with Clemengold preserved mandarin and drizzle a little of the syrup over.
  4. Tuck in!

See, easy and simple. But absolutely mouth-watering!

Toasted Banana Loaf

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moroccan meatballs

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Comfort food! Gimme comfort food, now! Moroccan meatballs with creamy, garlicky sweet potato mash is a plate full of comfort and your name is all over it.

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Give it a try – I promise you won’t regret it.

MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH GARLIC SWEET POTATO MASH
serves 4

ingredients for the meatballs

  • 1 kg lean beef mince
  • 60 ml rolled oats soaked in cold water for 20 minutes and drained
  • 15 ml fine salt
  • 5 ml dried chilli flakes
  • 2.5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml ground cumin
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 2.5 ml freshly ground black pepper
  • half an onion, finely chopped and fried in a little oil

ingredients for the tomato sauce

  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 x tins whole peeled tomatoes
  • 5 ml salt
  • 5 ml honey

ingredients for the garlic sweet potato mash

  • 600 g sweet potatoes, washed and steamed
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

method

  1. Make the meatball mixture by combining all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Shape the meatballs into desired size, taking care not to pack the meat too tightly together. Place the meatballs on a tray and place them in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime prepare the tomato sauce by sauteeing the garlic in the olive oil.
  4. Once the garlic starts to turn a light golden colour, add the tomatoes, salt and honey. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until thick and sweet.
  5. Place the meatballs into the sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to cook for about 20 minutes, semi-covered, until the meatballs are cooked through and tender.
  6. In the meantime, finish the sweet potato mash by peeling the steamed sweet potatoes and place them into a large bowl. Add the butter, finely chopped garlic and seasoning. Mash with a potato masher until smooth and creamy.
  7. Serve warm mash with cooked meatballs, sauce and fresh coriander.

If sweet potato is not your vibe, then regular mash will do just fine – FYI.

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find the light

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So often you get caught up in the daily humdrum. Every morning and every evening start and end the same with a blurred middle that hardly ever delivers any value to life. In this mess of daily routine, you forget that there are simple things that can add a hint of excitement. A dash of something different. My friend, Mishka, highlighted this the other day when she asked why I don’t try a mini content series on Instagram and use it as writing inspiration.

Thanks, Mish… I enjoyed the challenge and here’s the result. A mini content series focused on being aware of light and simply capturing it.

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Morning light. It does all the work and you just have to be ready to savour and save it. This little String of Pearls succulent is the perfect example of that. Patterning shadow lines add a bit of drama, thanks to window blinds.

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Someone teach me the art of portraiture, please! I love capturing a hint of the essence within a person, but my eye needs a lot of practice. Here’s Candace with the light hitting her from behind. Unaware that I’ve got the camera on her. Don’t you think she looks somewhat like a perfect porcelain doll?

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Trinket shopping and milling through piles and piles of unwanted glassware in a secondhand shop in Muizenberg led to a colourful shot as random vases, plates and glass bits and bobs come to life with an uncovered window as a backdrop.

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Often you discover an interesting shot when you’ve opened your eye up to opportunities. This puddle of water in an alleyway at the office came to life when the sun burst through the rain clouds. It’s not a pretty picture, but the movement in the reflection is quite captivating.

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This one’s an oldie from last year when I was in Amsterdam. I was just about to go into the Rijksmuseum when the movement of cyclers caught my eye and I was just in time to shoot them coming in from the outside light. Of course, the illuminated arches above add quite a bit of artistic flair as they themselves are playing with the light.

I enjoyed this little series and will certainly be doing it again, soon.

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black & white captures in the mother city

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Some mother city exploring. That’s Cape Town, in case you didn’t know. It’s a city bursting with colour, but today it’s caught in monochrome. 😄

Cape Town, black and white

Sundays in the city are quiet. There’s not even a soul around…

Cape Town, black and white, graffiti

Grafitti, I suppose like in most cities, lurk around every corner. When the city is quiet, it’s just a little more visible.

Cape Town, black and white, graffiti

Cape Town, black and white, graffiti

Cape Town, black and white, graffiti

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corn cakes crazy

Corn Cakes

Sunday mornings are for calorie filled breakfasts and second helpings of it, too! And don’t even think of calling it a Sunday breakfast if there’s no crispy bacon… Just saying.

Corn Cakes

A trusted, not exactly new, favourite is this corn cakes recipe. Now, just to be clear, the basic batter is just that – BASIC. Any old tin of something that’s lurking in the back of the cupboard can be added to spruce it up. Add your fav chopped herbs or a pinch of spice.

Here goes:

CORN CAKES WITH MAPLE BACON & SRIRACHA MASCARPONE
serves 2 – 4

ingredients

  • 375 ml self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 60 ml melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 ml tinned corn, drained
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from twigs
  • 125 g streaky bacon
  • 30 ml maple syrup
  • 125 g mascarpone
  • 15 ml sriracha sauce

method

  1. Sieve the self-raising flour in a medium mixing bowl. Add the salt and dried chilli flakes.
  2. Make a well in the centre, then add the melted butter, eggs and milk. Mix these ingredients with a fork and gradually incorporate the flour.
  3. Once the batter comes together, add the drained corn and fresh thyme. Mix through.
  4. Allow the batter to sit for a few minutes while starting on the bacon.
  5. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan. Sear the bacon on both sides, then add the maple syrup and allow the bacon to caramelise.
  6. In a second frying pan, heat some more oils and gently cook tablespoon fulls of the batter until golden brown on both sides.
  7. To serve, stack the corn cakes with crispy bacon and dollop mascarpone combined with sriracha on top.
  8. Enjoy warm.

Corn Cakes

Happy breakfast planning!
Cheerio

 

 

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lunch in philadelphia

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About 30 minutes outside of Durbanville you’ll find Philadelphia. A quaint little village with friendly shop owners and great little artsy finds. Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’ – from the bible. Hmm, okay.

Quiet streets, filled with gems like art galleries,  a cheese shop and eateries await discovery. Beware the camera fearing beast outside the gem shop. That guy was not a happy chappy.

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One of the most popular gathering spots in Philadelphia is most likely The Peppertree, which is well known among the Cape weekend roadies.

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Another rustic haunt that’s well priced with friendly service and a pretty decent menu is The Deli Shed. The chicken mayo sarmie, which comes in an interesting round shape, is out of this world. They add some chutney, fresh thyme and a hint of grated raw onion – just the way I like it! The coffee is good, there’s a selection of fresh fruit and veggies, a variety of homemade breads and some other pantry fillers that you can add to your bill to take home.

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The quiet streets are a welcome escape from the city hustle. Philadelphia is a treat to any enthusiastic Instagrammer with it’s old school patios, zinc roof sheets, lazy cats, weather worn doors and interesting (slightly weird) warning signs about pinching geranium cuttings.

 

Endless calming fields of wheat singing with a persistent hum in the the gentle breeze surround the little village during the wheat growing season (don’t ask me when that is – we have Google now). All and all, a trip to Philadelphia is a Saturday morning well spent.

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Cheerio!

 

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on the go in amsterdam

Amsterdam Food Vending

Before visiting Amsterdam, I was informed about vending street food and thought to myself,  that’s a little weird and probably not something I’ll give a try. But goodness, was I wrong! All over in the streets of Amsterdam, in small little wall-shops, you will find warm, food vending dispensers from which you can instantly get your hands on on array of delicious Dutch morsels.

 

There’s also burgers and some sweet treats available from these food havens. Over indulgence on croquettes! Any and all the varieties you can think of and let me tell you, the quality is not half bad.

Amsterdam Food Vending

If only we can these glass boxes of yum in South Africa…

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discovering sosso’s

Cannelles

There’s a new little bakery come patisserie tucked away at the back of Heritage Square in Durbanville! Be sure to pop into Sosso’s Bakery the next time you’re in Cape Town’s northern suburbs. The counter lady promises that everything is made, prepared and baked on the premises, with fresh ingredients and REAL butter – which is always a bonus as so many places take the cheaper marge road these days.

Croque Monsieur

They make a killer CHOCOLAT CHAUD (real French hot chocolate) and the croque monsieur is really tasty. They have an assortment of sweet and savoury bakes like cannelles, tartlets, petits gateaux and delicious fresh croissants.

Chocolat Chaud

It’s a quaint and comfortable little breakfast or light lunch spot. Perfect for Saturday mornings.

Cheerio

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