Weekend Things

Weekend Things

Friday past I was telling friends we need to visit Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (FFMM) to check out different cuts of meat that are rare to find at the local shops and even more so in the Northern Suburbs. As luck would have it we found ourselves parked right opposite the exact butchery the following day in Woodstock and obviously had to pop inside.

I have been following FFMM for a while on Instagram and am always impressed with their social media posts, the quality of their products and the concept of eating good quality, sustainable meat.

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The butchery assistant, Lee, showed us around, he was very clued up about where each type of meat came from.  The whole idea of FFMM is to provide sustainable, good quality meat, using the whole animal from the trotters to the tenderloin, from beef stock to bacon jam. The prices are understandably higher than our regular super market meat prices, however, not ridiculously so. We picked up some short rib for R 150.00.

We met Adrian, the store manager who is very passionate about what they do at FFMM and could educate us on their mission and objectives. The store is a fully functional butchery (Adrian even has the moustache to go), should you happen to visit during the week you might catch them slaughtering a whole carcass.

After a very educational butchery experience, we moved onto the CBD to walk around a bit and found ourselves stopping at House of H to grab a bite to eat. It was a completely random stop as we were tired of walking and decided the next place we find is where we will be having lunch.

 

It was a brilliant find! If you looking for a trendy, hippie, retro place to have lunch – this is it. We arrived and I immediately noticed the chalkboard which had instructions on how everything works.

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Basically, it’s a DIY restaurant; you get a swipe card when you enter and you can immediately go to the bar to find drinks and order your food at the next station, the barman and waiter staff will swipe your card. Once done you will hand your card to the front desk and your bill will be ready. It was a lovely experience and the staff were exceptionally friendly (this has become so rare nowadays).

They are also planning to have a man-cave rooftop summer vibe which will include a tattoo artist and barber with a DJ – this sounds really entertaining and I’m sure us ladies can get part of the fun too. The food was REALLY tasty, I had a cheeseburger and chips and Claud had 400g ribs and salad (obviously once I saw his ribs I regretted choosing a burger).

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Hair Food with #ClicksCurls

Hair Food with #ClicksCurls

Today’s post is quite different from what I would normally do, however; I feel like branching out into some lifestyle posts of things that interest me which hopefully you will find appealing too.

I have really fine, thin strands of hair and was becoming concerned and self-conscious about the amount of hair on my head which in my mind was like 13 strands and decreasing each day. I would find an unusual amount of hair on my office chair, on my pillow, my partner’s clothes – scary stuff.

About 2 months ago my friend who owns Marley Grey was looking for people to participate in a trial for her hair product line. I saw the post on Facebook and thought YES I need to do something to protect my hair as it was clear heat styling was not helping and neither were any of the products I was using at the time.

She came around to my house, educated me on the natural hair journey, transitioning, what to expect, her products, what I can and cannot do and showed me how to wash and style my hair using no heat.

I must admit it takes a lot of care and time but I am prepared to do it to protect my hair and keep it healthy so thanks Marion for saving my crown!

OK so that’s the background, I’m 2 months into my natural hair journey and cannot say I will NEVER blow dry my hair again but I do know that I really shouldn’t.

I came across the #ClicksCurls event on Facebook and immediately purchased tickets which sold out in a flash. What really caught my eye was “goodie bag worth over R 1000.00” and boy they weren’t lying. The event was at Spier wine farm, the day was glorious and it was such a lovely opportunity to connect with people on the same journey. I met a blogger I follow MsPaulaBee and also the beautiful Bonnie Mbuli.

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There were so many brands handing out product and giving us great suggestions depending on your hair type. I wish I went to the talks and comedy show but we got there really early and by 13:00 I was finished! Another friend of mine said she learnt a lot about how to do a proper wash day (LOC) and came to my house the following day with an afro as fly AF.

I will definitely be keeping a beady eye out for the next one!

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Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

I think my luck has changed back into the green! I won tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) thanks to @CapeArgus and Lance Witten for the heads-up on his Twitter account.

A few years back I attended the event, I know it was fun because I cannot remember much due to the countless tastings we glugged down. This year, however, I did not have the same experience maybe because I’m not 23 anymore? Here are my hits and misses of the event:

HITS:

  • I got to meet Reza and take a picture, yes the Spice Prince of India! (I love his show).giphy (1).gif
  • Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.giphy (2).gif
  • Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was sweet to watch.giphy (3)
  • Found Jack Parow’s own handcrafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.giphy (4).gif

MISSES:

  • My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.giphy
  • The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?giphy (5).gif
  • The venue was packed, it was difficult to take pictures or walk around with a full glass of anything. This put us off from wanting to walk around or stand in line to try something new.giphy (6).gif
  • Maybe it was the time of day but the exhibitors weren’t the friendliest – could be fatigue?
  • Big wine farms weren’t on show i.e. Webersburg, Backsberg etc.
  • The GFWS was the same weekend as The Wacky Wine Festival – WHY!

In the end, it was an experience even though I feel a bit disappointed in the event. I tried some interesting pestos and chilli sauces, there were plenty of food options – but carrying around so many items and trying to find a place to sit down and eat would have been a nightmare. I believe in second chances so will try again next year!

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Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

We’ve been making this for quite a while but I keep forgetting to take pictures (current picture is taken in my work lunchbox with a complimentary plastic fork), it is super easy and a taste bomb! You can use chicken, beef, seafood or go veggie – anything you like. Use any vegetables you want.

I know some like using store-bought Thai curry paste – I haven’t found a really good brand to use – let me know if you find a punchy ready made paste?

My version goes a li’l something like this:

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 1 thumb-sized chunk of ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 handful coriander
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 1 cup green beans
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • ½ head of cauliflower
  • 1 tin coconut cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice of ½ lime – optional (I know limes a crazy expensive OMW!)

Method

Cut the breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Fry in a bit of oil until almost cooked through – remove from the pan and set aside.

Chop up the onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, coriander, basil and bash the lemongrass stalk (doing this releases its flavour)

The whole process is pretty fast so I suggest that your green beans, cauliflower and broccoli are all chopped and prepped to be added. Also, open the tin of coconut cream and prepare the chicken stock. I’ve learned that prepping makes everything go much more smoothly; instead of flapping around the kitchen looking for things as you go along.

Add another dash of oil to the pan, fry the onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, coriander, basil and lemongrass stalk; until fragrant – about 2 minutes. Add the cooked chicken and mix.

Next in is the coconut cream and chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice as well as the remaining veggies, reduce the mixture on a medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

After about 8 – 10 minutes reduce the heat and simmer. I like my veggies a bit crunchy so I simmer until it’s the texture I prefer.

Taste the seasoning adding salt if necessary – and voila! Ready to serve!

I served mine with Jasmine rice – follow the packet instructions 🙂

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Pancake a, b, c

Pancake a, b, c

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After getting my Facebook Page sorted and Instagram account linked to this website, I am feeling confident about posting more recipes.

Jamie Oliver posted a pancake video on Instagram which only requires 3 ingredients and I was longing to give it a try. This was my First pancake attempt ever! I jazzed it up with a layer of Nutella, strawberries drizzled with honey, a lick of icing sugar and a dash of cream… It was F A B U L O U S!

Pancake Ingredients:

  • 125 grams flour
  • 3 x eggs
  • 250 ml milk

Mix until smooth, and voila! You have pancake batter! I used a ladle to pour the batter into a buttered pan on a medium to high heat. Tilt the pan to allow the mixture to spread out and allow it to cook – about 3 minutes if not less. Once the underside is golden you can then flip it and cook for another minute, once done remove from the pan and set aside.

And so you continue ladle after ladle…

A pancake can be a base for anything; savoury or sweet or even stacked high and dressed as a cake. Let me know how you like yours in the comments below 🙂

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Get in my belly!!!!

Get in my belly!!!!

I’M BACK! I really hope I’m back?

Trying to find time to blog has become tough… I recently got a puppy so my evenings are spent cleaning up, training and tummy rubs. I felt really bad about not posting anything for a while so made it my mission to visit this cake shop which I have been meaning to pop into for a really long time.

Today was the ultimate cheat day which started with a lamb burger special  (a steal at R 45.00!) which totally rocked my world… but we not here for that.

I’m lucky to be working in the CBD so there are tons of great food places to check out and new ones popping up literally every day. I walked past The Velvet Cake Co a couple of months back and was genuinely intrigued by the décor; bright colours popping through the windows and picture-perfect cupcakes eyeing you as you pass by.

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inshot_20161028_154119After building the courage to go inside the shop and take pics (I still feel really awkward doing this) I ordered a sweetie pie cupcake for Claud which is a cupcake with a marshmallow topping, coated with chocolate on a chocolate cupcake base – can you say heaven? I ordered a vanilla caramel cupcake for myself which I probably devoured in 60 seconds flat. Eating this cupcake made my year fo sure, it was everything you want in a cupcake, melt-in-your-mouth buttercream, pillowy soft cupcake with caramel on the inside and sprinkles on the top! Wait, What?! DEAD DEAD DEAD – it was SO good, you might think I’m over exaggerating but it was REALLY that good. Promise.

I got my colleague a red velvet meringue cupcake which he tore apart in 10 seconds and ended up with meringue on his cheeks, pity I didn’t get a pic of that!

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If you ever looking for THE BEST cake for a birthday party, special event or simply cause YOLO I would give these guys a try… Check their website, these masterpieces are worth every cent!

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Not yo’ average tomatoe soup

Not yo’ average tomatoe soup

With the evenings being soooo cold I thought this would be a good time to try out this tomatoe and red pepper soup. It’s really soooo cold at night I even went to bed with my coat on!  I started this soup on Sunday afternoon as I need good light while using my phone to take half decent pictures. We were then invited to a braai so had to put  the cooking on hold, hence the end result pic looking a bit blegh as it was dark…

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As with my last post; there are 3 elements to this soup – basil pesto, the soup, croutons. (I am trying to impress you guys 🙂 ) We’ll start with the pesto:

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams basil leaves – I used 4 packs from Checkers which is not 250 grams but ah well it worked
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts – I used cashew nuts – Woolies let me down, well actually poor planning did. Pine nuts are also very expensive about R 90.00 a small pack. The cashew nuts worked very nicely also.
  • 5 tablespoons Parmesan cheese – also quite pricey but really makes a big difference and I still have a lot of the cheese left.
  • 120 ml Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 x chilli (optional)20160605_141647

These ingredients are a bit expensive but its really worth it as you get about 3 – 4 jars of pesto from this recipe. You would normally buy the ready made pesto for about R 50.00 for a good ish brand. I wont hate if you bought the ready made pesto, its really no biggie. (but still, homemade is life)

Method for the Basil Pesto:

In a food processor add the basil, garlic, nuts, cheese, salt, pepper, chilli and blitz. While the food processor is running add the olive oil until it forms a paste – pesto – like consistency.

Once done decant into a jar and store in the fridge. You can use the pesto as a side with literally everything, its sooooo gooood!

We will now move on to the soup. I suppose to save time you can first put the veggies in the oven and then make the pesto.

Ingredients for the soup:

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  • 3 red peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 30 grams butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Cream – optional

Method for the soup:

Preheat the oven to 180°. Cut the tomatoes and peppers roughly and place in a roasting dish along with the garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle generously with olive oil and roast for about 40 mins. Once done allow to cool and remove the skins of the tomatoes and peppers – it comes off quite easily.

Dice the onion and saute in a large pot with a little olive oil until the onions are soft, add the cayenne pepper and paprika until fragrant – about 30 seconds. You will then add the tomatoes, red peppers and garlic from the roasting dish along with the vegetable stock and sugar.

Melt the butter in the microwave and once melted add the flour and mix until a paste forms. Stir the paste into the soup – this will give your soup a nice texture. Once all is done use a stick blender or transfer to a blender to iron out all the big bits.

Once done, place on heat again and once the soup boils add the lemon juice and remove from heat. At this point I added fresh cream simply to add a touch of richness but its really not needed as the basil pesto does that anyway. Season with salt and pepper the way you like it.

Lastly; the croutons – all you need is canola oil, a baguette or any bread really, salt and pepper.

Cut / tear the bread into pieces – crouton size pieces.

Heat the oil, use one piece of bread to check if the oil is hot enough. The bread should sizzle once it touches the oil. Fry the bread pieces until crispy and once done place on a paper towel to drain excess oil – season with salt and pepper

To serve; dish soup into a bowl, add a dollop of pesto in the middle and scatter with croutons. Dinner is served 😀

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Excuse the poor lighting and thumb :-/