Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Boston Terrier making spaghetti carbonara

I just couldn't resist posting this corny video... You could say I am 'slightly' obsessed with Boston Terriers (see a fraction of my brag book about Rocket, our delightful little Bostie below), so a Boston in the kitchen gave me a good giggle. Enjoy :)


Our Little Miss Rocket

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thai Shredded Chicken Salad

Fresh, spicy and healthy. The perfect warm weather lunch.

Thai Shredded Chicken Salad
Serves 4 – 6

You will need
4 chicken fillets, cooked, cooled and shredded (season with salt & pepper)

For the dressing:
2 small red onions, thinly sliced
2 Thai chillies (or bird’s eye), chopped (remove the seeds if you want it less spicy)
2 – 3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tbls palm or castor sugar
4 Tbls fresh lime juice
2 Tbls fish sauce
1 Tbls rice wine vinegar
1 Tbls sesame oil

For the salad:
2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
2 cups Cos lettuce, shredded
1 cup carrot, julienned
½ cup celery, sliced

For the garnish:
½ cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
Fresh coriander
½ cup spring onion, chopped

How to make it

For the dressing:
Combine all the ingredients and stir well. Allow to marinade for at least 15 minutes until the sugar 
is dissolved and the onions become limp.

To assemble:
Combine all the ingredients on one large flat serving platter, or divide between individual bowls.
Scatter the shredded chicken over the salad leaves.
Layer the marinated onions on top of the chicken and drizzle over the remaining dressing.
Garnish with peanuts, coriander and spring onion.
Serve immediately.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Don your dirndls at the Bierfest this weekend

Much to our delight, beer festivals are all the rage and 
hardly a weekend goes by without a hops-induced event.

This weekend Montecasino plays host to South Africa’s largest Oktoberfest-styled event, 
the TOPS at SPAR BIERFEST. Not only can revelers sip on specially-crafted 
Bavarian biers in the 4000-seater Brauhaus, they can also feast on fine 
Bavarian cuisine, dress-up in lederhosen, pigtails and dirndls, and dance to 
ridiculously infectious oompah beats!

Attendees will be partaking in a 204-year old tradition that began 
in Munich, Germany. History has it that when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig 
married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810, he invited the entire city 
of Munich to what eventually became the world’s biggest after-party.

Founding partner South African Breweries have once more called upon their 
Master Brewers to craft three special, limited edition Bavarian-styled biers just for Bierfest. 
The ever-popular Royal Bavaria Oktoberfest Bier, the traditional Krystal Weiss 
Protea Edelweiss and the speciality dark ale - the King Ludwig Munich Dunkel. 
Master Brewers will be located onsite for tasting and bier education at Bierfest’s 
Braumeister Ecke (a.k.a Brewmasters’ Corner).

There are four ticket options:

· Ze Braumeister! R906.30 per person. Includes: premium traditional Bavarian Meal, Dedicated Fraulein to your table, Complimentary Premium bar (Limited), Complimentary can of JIGUJA Detox Drink, VIP reserved seating, Premium costume accessories, ze complimentary 1L Bierfest stein (1 per person), Parking, Glamcam Photo. 

· Ze Brauhaus! R450.30 per person. Includes: Traditional  Bavarian Meal, 
Complimentary Bar (Limited), Complimentary can of JIGUJA Detox Drink, 
Costume accessories, Glamcam Photo.

· Über Bier Hall Ticket: R195 per person includes 1 x 500ml bier, a can of JIGUJA
and a dress-up item.

· Standard Bier Hall Ticket: R125 per person includes entrance to the event, 
along with a complimentary bier tasting.

For more details and bookings, visit 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What kids around the world eat for breakfast

I think this article posted by the New York Times is just extraordinary! Photographed by Hannah Whitaker and written by Malia Wollan, they explore traditional breakfasts around the world - 
I wonder what South Africa would have been? Biltong perhaps?

Read the full article here

Saki Suzuki, 2 ¾ years old, Tokyo

Doga Gunce Gursoy, 8 years old, Istanbul

Nathanaël Witschi Picard, 6 years old, Paris

Emily Kathumba, 7 years old, Chitedze, Malawi

Birta Gudrun Brynjarsdottir, 3 ½ years old, Reykjavik, Iceland

Viv Bourdrez, 5 years old, Amsterdam

Aricia Domenica Ferreira, 4 years old, and Hakim Jorge Ferreira Gomes, 2 years old, São Paulo, Brazil

Phillip Kamtengo, 4 years old, and Shelleen Kamtengo, 4 years old, Chitedze, Malawi

Koki Hayashi, 4 years old, Tokyo

Oyku Ozarslan, 9 years old, Istanbul

Tiago Bueno Young, 3 years old, São Paulo, Brazil

Tomato & Jalapeno Salsa

We are just loving the warm days and smell of braai (BBQ) in the air, aah, summer days ;) 
Serve this salsa with your meat this weekend to add some zing and freshness.

Tomato & Jalapeno Salsa
Serves 6 – 8 as a side

You will need
4 cups exotic tomatoes, chopped
3 – 4 jalapenos, chopped
1 small chilli, chopped (optional)
1 red onion, chopped
2 tsp garlic, chopped
½ Tbls sugar
Squeeze of lime juice
Salt & pepper to taste
4 Tbls chopped coriander

How to make it

Mix the tomatoes, jalapenos, chilli (if using), onion, garlic and sugar together.
Season to taste with lime juice, salt and pepper.
Just before serving, stir in chopped coriander.
Serve at room temperature.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy World Egg Day!

Happy World Egg Day!

We just LOVE eggs (see recipes here, herehere and here),
why not try this fabulously healthy scrambled egg filled avo this weekend? 

Filled Breakfast Avo
Serves 2

You will need
1 large avocado, halved, skin on (room temperature)
3 XL eggs
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 small chilli, chopped
1cup mini tomatoes, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh parsley

How to make it
Halve the avo, remove the pip but leave the skin on.
Scramble the eggs and cook till almost done.
Add the garlic and chilli and fry for another minute or two.
Remove from the heat and add the tomatoes. Season well with salt & pepper 
and stir gently to combine.
Garnish with fresh parsley.
Divide between the avo halves and serve immediately.

-          Leave the skin on, then it serves like a little bowl.
-          Top with cheese for a more decadent version.
-          Serve with toast for a more filling meal.
-          Make a filling of tomatoes, onion, feta and parsley 
           and serve it as a side at a braai. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bosses Day gifts from LekkerBek

Show the Boss your appreciation with a
gourmet gift on Thursday 16 October.

Click here for all our Bosses Day gift ideas.