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 headsup 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).

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  • Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.

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  • Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was real sweet to watch.

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  • Found Jack Parow’s own hand crafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.

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MISSES:

  • My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.

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  • The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?

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  • 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.

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  • 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 of been a nightmare. I believe in second chances so will try again next year!

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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 in 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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Love

M

Easiest Dessert ever!!

Easiest Dessert ever!!

As promised, I have another Nigella inspired recipe and this one is REAL simple to make.

It’s a chocolate cheesecake and requires only 6 ingredients. British folk or I assume it’s only British folk because of all the Come Dine with Me shows I watch use “digestive biscuits” as a base for their cheesecakes but I am unsure what would be the equivalent for us so I used tennis biscuits.

To be honest I would use Oreos or another biscuit next time as I didn’t like the coconut flavour in the tennis biscuits however the topping is still tasty AF… so here goes:

Ingredients

250 grams biscuits

75 grams butter

400 grams Nutella

500 grams plain cream cheese

60 grams icing sugar

100 grams hazelnuts (optional)

Method

You can either go old school and crush all the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin (a wine bottle works too) or simply put it in the food processor. Melt the butter and add to the crushed biscuits, the texture of the biscuit / butter mixture, as Nigella puts it should be sandy. Press the mixture into your cake tin and refrigerate.

In another bowl mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth, add the Nutella until all is combined.

Remove the biscuit base from the fridge and top with the Nutella mixture. You can toast some hazel nuts, blitz them in the processor and sprinkle over your cheesecake. It looks pretty, adds texture and flavour.

The cake needs to set in the fridge for a minimum of four hours. And Voila! Done and dusted.

I don’t have a picture of a single slice but it looks real good and professional.

Let me know if you give it try, until later!

x

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For the chilli lovers…

For the chilli lovers…

Finally made the time to POST!!! I’m feeling real chuffed about it

This recipe is basically Nigella’s however I adapted it slightly. I love her cooking style;  its simple and has you drooling just watching her.

I have a few more recipes from her collection that I will copy and let you know how it goes.

It’s a chilli sauce that can be used for anything really, chips, eggs, steak etc etc. I was thinking of making a pasta dish with it sometime this week.

Ingredients:

4 x red peppers

2 x red chillies (I added 3 coz we extra like that)

1 x garlic clove

Zest of 1 lime and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice

80 grams fresh coriander

2 – 3 teaspoons of salt

Method

The recipe calls for groundnut oil (125 ml) or any flavourless oil (vegetable, sunflower…) but I used olive oil because it’s all I had

Nigella’s recipe says to use 290 grams of roasted peppers from a jar which I could not find so I used fresh peppers and roasted them in the oven (150 degrees approx.) with olive oil, salt and pepper. As soon as the skin became wrinkly I removed them from the oven. Once the peppers are cooled down, remove the skins – this is pretty easy.

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Once done add the peppers and all the other ingredients to a blender or bowl if you using a hand blender and blitz. I used a blender and while blitzing I added the oil slowly until the texture was almost salsa like but not as chunky. You can decide how you would like it.

The sauce is REALLY good; you can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Also a lovely gift idea.

Have a blessed day further!

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