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Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Collabortaions, Salads, Vegetarian Dishes | 0 comments

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

This is a recent post I wrote for the awesome blog, The Mom Diaries by an inspirational mamma friend of mine. Please check it our for inspirational stories about motherhood, the highs and the lows, and great recipes, of course! Often, we as mothers decide what our children will or will not like without giving them a fair chance to explore and try new ingredients. This said, it’s really important to cultivate an interest in food from a young age. My daughter of eighteen months has surprised me again and again with her adventurous spirit, but...

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Salad on the go

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in raw food, Salads, Summer food, Vegetarian Dishes | 0 comments

Salad on the go

It’s a beautiful September afternoon, a light rain is falling outside and the branches are covered in bright green new leaves… It always makes my heart skip a beat when the seasons start to change, there just seems to be this excitement and expectation in the air as nature holds her breath for summer to arrive. One of my recent projects is a salad shoot with my dear friend and fellow foodie Jill Chen. We’d planned this salad shoot before the arrival of Summer and crammed it in-between our busy schedules. The more I look at...

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The Andaman Islands

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Travel | 0 comments

Way back in 2000, I, Michael, tried to catch a ferry from Kolkata to Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. The promised crystal clear waters, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and cheap huts on the “un-touristy” island chain just seemed too alluring after having trekked in Nepal for two weeks. Unfortunately a delayed flight and a missed ferry meant that the plans had to be curtailed, with the thought in mind that I’d have to come back. Little did I know it would happen 8 years later with my incredibly beautiful wife! The last 30 days on these...

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A Creative Collaboration

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in About, Collabortaions | 2 comments

A Creative Collaboration

I recently assisted a dear friend of mine on an urban engagement shoot she did with this gorgeous, oh-so-cool, hipster couple who are just radiating love and joy. Michelle is a real up-and-coming wedding photographer to keep your eye on, you van view her site here – where she blogs about life and her passions, apart from photography, that is. She had the idea of photographing this newly engaged couple in Cape Town, the city they love, just being who they are and allowing their love for one another and their city to really tell the...

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Red Wine Poached Pears

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

Red Wine Poached Pears

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...

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My version of a French-style Omelet

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

My version of a French-style Omelet

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...

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Kale Chips

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

Kale Chips

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...

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Healthy Nut, Seed and Date Balls

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

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...

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Birthday Celebrations

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

  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...

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Making Granadilla Cordial on an Autumn Afternoon…

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Drinks | 0 comments

Making Granadilla Cordial on an Autumn Afternoon…

  I recently visited my parent’s beautiful guest house in the Garden Route with my little girl. I can’t believe I can call her a little girl and not a baby! It was such a magical time for me being in the home where I grew, up with my daughter and watching her enjoy the beautiful garden, swing that her grandparents hung in an old tree for her and the friendly bullmastiff, Juno. My father’s garden is so full of surprises and I just love to see what my mother’s been cooking with his bountiful produce. While I was...

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