Cape Town food stylist – Nelleke Elston

Red Wine Poached Pears

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Baking, Fruit salads, Poached fruit, Salads, Winter food | 0 comments

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Red wine poached pears are such a classic. I’ve seen them paired with rare roast beef and this is my variation of that salad that I recently saw while flipping through an old Gourmet magazine… On sunny Winter days like today, I sometimes get a salad craving, but still want something hearty and filling for lunch. This is a seared pork fillet and red wine poached pear salad for an occasion just like that. There’s something so lovely about the texture of a soft poached pear in a salad. I love to use fruit in my cooking, I need no excuse to combine most things with it. Red wine poached pears somehow bridge that gap between savoury and sweet and can become the most delicious dessert or be tossed in a salad on a Winters day.

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My version of a French-style Omelet

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Breakfast | 0 comments

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There are few things as delicious as an omelet made with farm fresh eggs… This is the secret to my mother’s incredible breakfasts that keep her guest coming back to her guest house, year after year. There’s something almost surprising about that deep rich yellow, almost orange, yoke that makes you realise that the shop bought eggs are far from the authentic thing…

Since the start of the guest house, my parents have kept chickens to supply the guest house with fresh eggs. It started as a novelty, but as people have become more aware of where their food is sourced, it’s really a conversation point and the children who visit, love to join my father when he collects the eggs. The hens are spoilt with a diet of kale leaves, chicken feed and spinach greens and I think this must be the secret to the beautiful colour and taste of their eggs.

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Kale Chips

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Health, Vegetables, Vegetarian Dishes | 0 comments

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Kale burst onto the ‘super food’ scene faster than you could say Goji berry. It has also, it seems, stayed in vogue  for longer than most of the super foods that simply seem to disappear quietly making room for the latest health-promoting product. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of ‘super foods’ is definitely a real one, they are most definitely foods that are absolutely loaded with essential nutrients and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, but my own lifestyle leans more towards eating a well-balanced diet and eating whole foods and Organic, when possible. So my first encounter with kale wasn’t when I was perusing through the shelves of my local health food store, but it was in fact, in my father’s vegetable garden…

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Healthy Nut, Seed and Date Balls

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in raw food | 0 comments

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Today is another beautiful, sunny Winters day in Cape Town. The branches of the oak tree that hangs over my house are almost bare and it feels like a familiar time of year when I’me grateful for every sunny day. I’ve caught myself making my third cup of tea before the afternoon has started… It’s the type of weather that just calls for a sweet treat with your tea and makes me wish I was able to snuggle on the couch for the afternoon with a good book. I have been enjoying the glories of my daughter having a two hour nap and am catching up on some long-overdue blogging and shoot-planning. Life with a toddler has left me missing little things like spending the afternoon baking without having to fight my way through Tupperwares and potatoes rolling on my kitchen floor. I must say though, I wouldn’t replace it for the world, and the busyness has somehow made me into a more focused and productive person.

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Birthday Celebrations

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Baking, Cakes, Restaurants | 0 comments

 

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I recently celebrated my 30th birthday at the Company’s Garden Restaurant in the beautiful Cape Town, city centre. I haven’t written too many posts directly referring to restaurants, but I had such an incredible experience there and love the food and decor so much, that it’s definitely worth a mention. My sister-in-law took these gorgeous pics of the party-happenings and I made my birthday cake (something that happens most years), afraid this is the lot of a pastry chef slash undercover cake critic…

I thought I’d share some tips for this simple rosette cake. This was my first attempt, but surprisingly easy and very big on wow-factor. Firstly, I made a simple butter cream icing, the same recipe I’ve mentioned in another post on my daughter’s birthday ruffle cake. I like to use quite a lot of butter, as this tones down the sugar, but does unfortunately make it a little more pricey to make. It is so worth it though, trust me. (more…)