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Easy Cooking mussels

Mussels are often referred to as the poor man's shellfish because they are relatively cheap and plentiful. Prepared properly, they can be a meal for royalty, let alone a poor man!

By Nina Timm 11 Apr 2014 12:33

"Plants, coffee and everything else..."

Second Avenue in Harfield Villiage, Kenilworth is surprisingly quiet and peaceful at 9 in the morning. With its lively exterior of colourful flower pots on the steps, Twigs with Beans - a quaint little coffee shop/nursery/vintage furniture shop - is quite inviting.

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Apr 2014 11:26

The gods must be happy

A shared love of food brought Agnes and Jonny together. The very same love has also made their restaurant, Manna Epicure ("heavenly food"), such a success.

By Eugene Yiga 31 Mar 2014 09:50

East meets best

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Unless we're talking about Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen, in which case I suggest you come right in!

By Eugene Yiga 27 Mar 2014 09:53

Oink oink - I'd love some pork!

I know I might shock the socks off some of you, but I love pork in any form, shape or size! I often say that my last meal before I depart to "higher grounds" will be a crisp pork belly with all the trimmings.

By Nina Timm 25 Mar 2014 09:39

Master Bartending Academy Awards 2014

I'd always thought that being a bartender was a thankless job and not a sought-after career; however I was proven wrong.

By Jordan Scott 13 Mar 2014 12:02

Shimmy to wow your socks off this winter with Chef Adrian Cook

When I was invited back to Shimmy Beach Club to review a preview of the new winter menu, resistance was futile - who could resist the temptation of dining at one of Cape Town's most gorgeous spots?

By Angie White 11 Mar 2014 14:33

This little piggy went to market

There are such amazing markets in and around Cape Town, and every market has its own unique flavour and atmosphere.

By Nina Timm 21 Feb 2014 11:37

Sizzle and steak

Chinese philosopher Wu-men once said that if your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the happiest season of your life. I couldn't agree more.

By Eugene Yiga 20 Feb 2014 11:15

Spice it up on Valentines's Day!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and although I have made two delicious desserts, my better half will enjoy "man food", especially if it has a subtle hint of spice and heat.

By Nina Timm 13 Feb 2014 09:17

Easy Cooking in the month of love

February is indeed the month of love and since we have so much love to share, why limit it to Valentine's Day only?

By Nina Timm 3 Feb 2014 09:50

Easy Cooking with Nina Timm - back to school lunchboxes

It's a new year with 365 days full of promise and exciting possibilities. Here in my kitchen it is definitely going to be a year filled with much excitement. My first cookbook, 'Easy Cooking from Nina's Kitchen', will be on the shelves late February 2014.

By Nina Timm 28 Jan 2014 09:49

Korean barbeque gets African twist

My first visit to Galbi almost didn't happen. Even though the restaurant is visible from Long Street, actually getting inside it required navigating through a back alley and past some shops in an obscure Cape Town mall.

By Eugene Yiga 9 Dec 2013 09:59

Browser & Grazer opens at The Woodstock Foundy

The Woodstock Foundry, a new development in Woodstock, Cape Town, recently welcomed Browser & Grazer, a single-source catering company that provides a full range of catering needs - including healthy menu options, equipment hire, bar service and staffing hire.

By Evan-Lee Courie 5 Dec 2013 10:57

Eat your heart out

For the second year in a row, The Test Kitchen was named the country's top restaurant at the Eat Out Awards. We spoke to head chef Luke Dale-Roberts to find the secret ingredient of his winning recipe.

By Eugene Yiga 12 Nov 2013 10:46

Monkey Shoulder launches in SA

Dean Callan, global brand ambassador of Monkey Shoulder, a scotch whiskey, recently visited our shores to introduce the triple malt to SA ahead of Summer 2013/14.

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Oct 2013 14:44

Caffeluxe - two-week challenge

I'm not sure whether it is a blessing or a curse, but I have never been one to need my "daily fix" of coffee. So when invited to do a taste test with Caffeluxe, I wasn't incredibly optimistic about my chances of getting anything right.

By Jordan Scott 8 Oct 2013 16:41

A new lady of the manor

The Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein, perhaps the only hotel in the world to have its own village, will soon become the primary destination it was when it was built as a Colonial retreat in the late 1800s.

By Brian Berkman 8 Oct 2013 06:34

I made macaroons

"I made macaroons," something I never thought I'd say until I came across Silwood's macaroon class.

By Jessica Taylor 7 Oct 2013 15:52

Enjoy a one-to-one, or a two-to-one at 212121

212121 Restaurant should really be called 313121. Initially named after the number of choices guests had for dinner, the menu is now expanded to offer three rather than two starters, one soup, three mains, cheese and two desserts.

By Brian Berkman 2 Aug 2013 10:41

Spend a night or two at The Knight Residence Edinburgh

Taking the train from London to Edinburgh is a gentle way to arrive at the city's Waverley Station, in the heart of the historic old town and The Knight Residence is just a few minutes away by taxi.

By Brian Berkman 27 Jul 2013 11:32

Die Waterkant... worth a stay

The choice for away nights seems to be between self-catering serviced apartments and houses or full-service hotels, but there is also an in-between option that gives you the flexibility of being in your own private space but with breakfast and other amenities available nearby as part of the package.

By Brian Berkman 11 Jul 2013 13:34

Are you game for a drive at Lion Sands River Lodge?

If you want to get up close and personal with our abundant wildlife, you'll look a long way before you can better Lion Sands River Lodge, on the banks of the Sabie River. (All images: Rod Baker)

By Rod Baker 24 Jun 2013 08:40

Alluvia, not just a pretty face

Treated with the honeymoon suite at the Alluvia Wine Estate, there was very little to complain about - it's a truly magical setting. Blessed with a sunny day in the middle of winter, we were lured into the "vineyard lifestyle".

By Sindy Peters 21 Jun 2013 10:26

Let your innner foodie out at the GFWS

The general consensus of the Good Food and Wine Show is that it is only for those who are wine connoisseurs or can identify every herb ever used. This is most definitely not the case, the Good Food and Wine Show brings out anyone's inner foodie and you only need to drink wine to be able to enjoy the variety of cultivars and blends on offer.

By Jordan Scott 29 May 2013 10:57

Something light

When I started my no starch, no sugar, no alcohol eating plan I resolved never to eat my beloved pasta again.

By Brian Berkman 28 May 2013 08:33

Take time out to visit Prince Albert's little huisie

Having a constant supply of water is what drew people to Prince Albert in the Karoo 250 years ago and it is one of the many reasons to visit now. Seeing water flow freely in channels in front of all the houses brings a cool idea to the usually hot Karoo.

By Brian Berkman 21 May 2013 07:14

Iconic foodie brands

Everybody has an icon or hero; we have just survived the Justin Bieber tsunami and, for we old rockers, Bon Jovi brought new life to our nine-to-five exsistence. Middle-aged people stood in queues remembering days when life was carefree and wild. Burger King just landed in South Africa and everyone rushed off to sink their teeth into a giant Whoopie Burger.

By Nina Timm 14 May 2013 09:18

Three things I didn't know about cheese

This past weekend I attended the SA Cheese Festival held at Sandringham Estate just outside of Stellenbosch. Having missed out on it last year, I was quite excited to stuff my face with cheese once again. Oh glory.

By Ilse van den Berg 2 May 2013 16:06

A bite into Bitten

Peppermint tea and scrambled egg on rye. Good ol' no fuss food is what Sarah ordered and it's what her new cooking show is all about. Bitten: Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town, an exploration of simple, unintimidating food and the way it should be enjoyed with the people we love.

By Jessica Taylor 30 Apr 2013 09:39