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Hellobox Olive Oil – Salad Nicoise Deconstructed

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300G Fresh Tuna Loin or midcut of Norwegian Salmon
1 small packet fine green beans  (blanched and cooled in ice water)
4 hard boiled eggs, shelled and quartered
1 Cos or Romaine lettuce
1 small packet baby or fir potatoes, unpeeled,  cooked and halved (not too mushy)
1 small punnet Cherry Tomatoes
1 cup black Olives pitted
1 small jar Capers
1 Red onion finely sliced
2 Lemons, juiced
Oregano (fresh)

Vinaigrette Dressing (mix all ingredients well)
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 T Red Wine Vinegar
2 t English Mustard  (or Dijon if you prefer)
1 t Honey
black pepper and salt
1 clove crushed Garlic
Freshly chopped oregano (or dried if you don’t have)

Mix the vinaigrette first, so that it has time to infuse the flavours.

Slice the tuna or salmon into fairly thin slices, as you don’t want this to be too thick and remain raw inside.  Toss this in some olive oil and dried oregano.

Heat a non stick pan and add some butter and olive oil to this.  When hot, place the tuna or salmon on one side for about a minute and then turn and do the other side. This should be slightly pink inside, but not too rare. Take out, place in a bowl and squeeze over loads of lemon as well as some Maldon salt and fresh black pepper.  This can be broken up into flakes once cooked.

Take your salad platter and place the ingredients separately, so the guests can choose what they want to put into their salad.

You could also add chopped Cos lettuce leaves to the bottom of the dish. Garnish with fresh oregano.

Serve the dressing on the side for them to help themselves to.

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South Africa’s Heritage Day – Ginger & Lime style

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What is a weekend without a braai?!!  I know in our household, it would just not be possible.  That fire is lit for any occasion, and very often.

Something happens to a man when he stands in front of a fire and you put a pair of tongs in one hand and a beer in the other.  Not quite sure what it is, but he seems to be transported onto another level.  The chest puffs up a bit, he stands taller, he rocks from side to side, waving the tongs around and says: “ Nou braai ons lekker, boet!”

Seems to be a very happy place for most South African men.  Just watch them around a fire.  There is a code of conduct here, you never mess with another man’s fire!  You could kiss his wife, but hey, the fire!!!  No no, this is out of bounds! This is a sacred rule they learnt from their Dads when they were little kids, as when a male at a braai doesn’t have a mate around, any other male presence around the fire with him would do, so any boy children are roped in.  There needs to be a pack of them for it to be really successful, this is not a solo thing.  They are the hunters returning from the field with the catch of the day, while the gatherers are chatting over chilled glasses of Sauvignon Blanc doing the prep of the salads in the kitchen. This is tradition. Do not try to change this system, it works!

And then, when the meal is produced, so proudly:  “Now look at that, hey!  What a feast! Isn’t that amazing?” they say.  And now you must praise loudly and go into raptures about how incredible they are, and what a meal this is!

Never mind that you did the shopping, and you have been preparing the marinades and the sauces for hours, putting it all together and out at the fire, ready to cook.  No credit for that, love!  This is just what we are supposed to do!

And we grab another glass of vino and smile to ourselves, life is so simple when you know how to play it.

Enjoy this Heritage Day with two of our favourite gourmet braai recipes.


1 kg baby potatoes
2 t salt
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 jar of small capers
1/2 cup black olives, pitted
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped dill
4 hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters

1/2 c fresh lemon juice
1/2 t sugar
1/2 c olive oil
1 t Djion mustard
salt & pepper

Boil potatoes in salted water, but don’t let them get too soft.
Cool and peel, then slice in half.
Mix the dressing well, and pour over the warm salad.
Add the capers, olives, herbs (keep a few back to the top) and onion and toss together.
Check the seasoning and then let it stand to absorb the flavours for an hour or so.
If too much oil has been absorbed, then add more.
Top with the eggs and the rest of the chopped herbs.

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(two ways)
Serves 6 – 8 people

800g firm white fish fillets, sliced into cubes (can be an assortment)
12  deveined prawns with the shells on, cut in half lengthways
400g baby calamari, sliced into thin rings
(You can also add in a cup of mussels or clams)
Tin foil to make parcels

3 thumbs of fresh ginger thinly sliced
1 cup of coriander
1 lime slices
2 sticks of finely sliced lemongrass

Chili Ginger and lime sauce for  seafood parcel
2 t grated ginger
1 t grated garlic
2 deseeded chopped red chillies
1 1/2 T sesame oil
2 T peanut oil
1 lime,  juice & zest
1 T fish sauce
1 1/2 T soy
1 t brown sugar or palm sugar, grated
1/2  t hot chili flakes

Mix these together well in a bowl.
Add in the roughly chopped ginger and lemongrass.
Add the fish to this, and coat well.
Take a double square of foil and put the fish with the sauce in the centre of the foil.
Top with the coriander and the lime slices.
Make sure the parcel is closed very well.


2 T Capers
1/2 a cup of pitted Olives
1 cup of halved baby tomatoes
1 packet of baby spinach
Handful of each: basil & flat leaf parsley
4 cloves of sliced garlic
3 T of olive oil
1 lemon, sliced
Salt and Pepper

Take a double square of foil and put the fish in the centre of the foil.
Add in the ingredients above and then drizzle with olive oil and season well.
Make sure the parcel is closed very well.

Now place the parcels on a heated Weber and close the lid.
They need to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the fish is just cooked through.
Do not overcook the fish.

If you don’t have a Weber, you can do this on the open braai, but make sure the fire is not too hot.

You can serve these with steamed rice to mop up the juices.

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Location: The Beach House Collection, Yzerfontein
Menu: Denise from Ginger & Lime
Photographs: Shannon Sweetman – Dog Meets Girl



For the Love of Living Debut – The Beach House Collection Yzerfontein

Soul Food Retreat Yzerfontein Gabi Lowe

Upon reflection, it is such a difficult thing to pinpoint the moments that made these two incredible experiences that we have just hosted at The Beach House Collection, in Yzerfotnein, so special…. there were SO many!

Was it the magnificent beach house venue? Was it the food prepared with love? Was it the perfect mix of fabulous people? Was it the connection that happened between the people? Or in the case of the SOUL FOOD RETREAT, was it our amazing resource, Gabi Lowe? Was it the energetic connection that happened subconsciously between the people during the yoga & meditation session with Dominique?

I guess it is a combination of all of all of these things.

It had been my vision for a while to create this new side to the business, FOR THE LOVE OF LIVING experiences that would be more than just the evening FOR THE LOVE OF COOKING INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES at Ginger & Lime, as it seemed that our guests were ready for this. Gabi had been working on her WORKSHOPS, and was getting more and more requests for a retreat,  and so it seemed natural for us to do a collaboration.

Gabi and I spent many hours visualising what this would look like…chatting, planning and honing the model for the SOUL FOOD WORKSHOP.  We became more and more enthusiastic the more we put into the project. It has SO much potential, and we both see that. Then Gabi spent much time on the IKIGAI PRESENTATION, and the workshop element, and my team and I created the menu, planned the flow of the events, did the shopping and all the necessary preparation. My BEACH HOUSE COLLECTION Team prepared the houses for us……. and all was set to go!

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Much energy, careful thought and detailed planning, as well as hours of discussion (often over a glass of wine, of course)  went into these projects, as you can image, as they don’t just happen. So with this, they take on a life of their own, and become a reality.

So the dates were in the diary, marketing began and the bookings started to flow in. With each one, we became more and more excited! You know when you are a kid and you aren’t sure if anyone is going to come to your party? That nervousness in the pit of your tummy…excited & scared all at the same time? Well that was us in a nutshell.

Soon the events were fully booked, and prep was in full flow. Katy and I headed out to Yzerfontein a day earlier, with our cars so full that we could hardly see out of them, and it was pouring cats and dogs! I have to say, the old back has taken a bit of strain with all the lifting, carrying and unpacking, but guess that is part of it all.

My team and I got busy in the kitchen, Gabi & Jaimi got stuck into setting up all the elements needed at the venue for the workshop, and the BHC team put the final touches to the rooms.  We all met up later on at White Sands for dinner, and to plan further.  We were all on a bit of a high, I have to say,  and you could feel the energy bouncing off the walls with our excitement.

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Then the next day, the guests arrived, and with this, we were officially launched.

Gabi really held the room with her compassion, understanding and her deep wisdom, as she shared her presentation on finding your purpose in life, or your IKIGAI..  She tapped into the core of each person there, and I know that every person felt this.  There was deep sharing, and this brave group did not hold back.  They were open and showed vulnerability, feeling safe and held, and trusting the process.  There were tears, but there was more laughter overall, which is fabulous!

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We served a nutritious and energising lunch, to make sure that our guests did not go into a slump.  The afternoon included playtime, in the form of Vision Boards, and the group (albeit some of them a tad reluctantly) got stuck in to this project, and some amazing work was created.

The sun came out, and it was a gorgeous day, so Gabi added in some exercises that would take place on the beach, to enjoy the fresh air and the nature.  This was followed by a session of yoga and exercises by Dominique, as well as a meditation.  The sunsets were spectacular, going from yellow to orange to deep deep scarlets.

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During the Yoga session with Dominique we went outside to appreciate this!

Dinner was an interactive cooking experience, which everyone jumped at and got stuck in.  People mingled freely, chatting openly to each other, forming deep connections over the chopping boards & steaming pots.  I remember looking around at some point, and my heart was singing with happiness to see this.

A few people decided the night was too good to end too early, and had a bit of a party, but hey…. it was a day of digging deep, which can be stressful, so a release is called for sometimes.
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There was more retreat work the next day, and we finished off around lunchtime.

Goals were set, practical steps were put in place for going forward, and firm friendships were formed.  The team sat down and chatted after this, and we really felt that it was an amazing experience. We are getting feedback to see how our guests feel, and how we can improve or any changes we can make, but we are so happy with the result.
We look forward to many many more such retreats, and are looking to add in more resources to add even more value to appeal to more people.

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Leaving Singapore was sad, we had such a good time there, but always remember, it is always great to leave wanting more, and I am sure we will be back.
The Airline lounge has a buffet of all this fabulous Asian breakfast specialties, from prawn dim sums to potsticker dumplings, edamame beans, gorgeous Asian broths where you add in your own hard boiled egg, chicken pieces, glass noodles, tofu, crispy veg, seaweed strips, and potent chilli sauces to add a whack of flavour.  Heaven!  I had to taste a bit of everything, while Gavin looked the other way, with his muesli and fruit salad.  What a great way to start the day, instead of all the sugar laden cereals, heavy breads and decadent bakes, with cured meats and cheeses that the Western world tend to favour.
Come to think of it, in Thailand, we didn’t eat bread or pastries since we left Singapore, but there is of course rice with everything.  I do feel this is better, as it is a natural product, albeit a carbohydrate.
Landing in Koh Samui, after a quick flight, felt so familiar.  How many times have we landed there at that little airport in the past, say 12 years or so, with small children, or with friends to celebrate milestone birthdays, or with clients for photoshoots. Memories of people that have joined us over the years, the good times we shared, the laughter and the fun times, all bubble to the fore of my mind, and I feel warm inside. The kids growing up here, our 3 month sabbatical, when the kids said NEVER AGAIN to home schooling, as we were way stricter than any teachers!
Moments in time…that is what I think happiness is, just a series of fabulous moments that make you happy at the time, and then again later when we recreate these in our minds.
We took the 40 minute drive past familiar places to the FOUR SEASONS property on the North of the Island.  Clouds were getting darker, and the air was thick with humidity. With excitement we hoped we would actually get to experience a wonderful thunderous tropical downpour! The property is a superb place with many one to 2 bedroomed villas, and then the bigger “estates” they call them, which have up to 5 bedroom villas, with rim flow pools, lounges both in and outdoor, kitchens and so on. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to stay at one of these, on our own.  Well, with the Chef & the butler… just saying!  We kept looking at each other, wondering what on earth we had done to deserve this magical treat!
Our Villa was perched high up, with spectacular views over the sea with different hues of turquoise water, and the sprawling manicured, yet wild thick tropical vegetation that led down to the beach area.  We just sat soaking in the view, in absolute awe of the spectacular place we were in.  Our suite was huge, simply decorated with slight turquoise highlights, light wood, bamboo and light muslin curtains and the biggest bed we have ever been in. You literally had to hop, to get onto it, the mattress was THAT thick. The best thread count for the linen, and the lightest Hungarian goose down duvet, made us feel pampered beyond belief.
This led onto a dressing room, with his and hers basins and wardrobes, and all the walls were clad in ivory speckled caesarstone. What a great idea! Light and functional! Then through to the bathroom with a huge oval caesarstone bath, a very happy sight for us from the drought stricken areas. This looked out over the sea, palm trees gently swaying in front of the window. All of this had large sliding doors opening out onto a spacious deck. Here we had a minibar, tea & coffee station, and an outdoor lounge. Oh heaven!
So, we were now hungry, so unpacked quickly, and called a buggy to take us up to the famous Sunday Brunch (from 11 to 4pm) where you literally eat until you just can’t any more! Cocktails are recommended to start, so of course I chose something gorgeous with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, just SO good. Like a Tom yum Soup flavoured cocktail. There was a 3 piece band playing discreetly, and maybe 10 tables or so, a quiet civilised affair. This does tend to be more of a couples getaway than a family style resort, and is seriously upmarket. We just kept going back and back, for small tasters, trying to pace ourselves to get to try it all. You could choose a hot dish as well, and I went for the Lobster with beurre blanc and avocado, which was heaven. Gav went with the New Zealand Lamb chops, which were okay. Think he had order envy!
Oh and then there is a whole room dedicated to the desserts and the extraordinary cheese platter. We had to have a sliver or two, again just for the taste, as by now, we were bursting!
The rains did come, gently while we were just finishing off our meal, and by the time we got back to our villa, the heavens really opened, and it was incredible. I ran a huge bath, with all the lovely coconut bath salts and oils provided, and just lay there, soaking it all in. How blessed are we! Had to have a short nap thereafter, just seems the right think to do. Luckily Gav set his alarm, as I think we would have slept right through.
Our wonderful personal Chef Kob and the ever efficient butler Khun Pui, were waiting for us in the lounge when we finally went through. I was going to have my first lesson with Chef, and Pui opened some delicious wine, as we know that it is impossible to cook without wine, right!
This soon became  our routine every evening for the next 6 days, we came to the kitchen around 6pm, and Chef had prepped and chopped all ready for the quick finishing off, that is so symbolic of Thai food. Do your prep, mis en place, then you are ready to eat in 20 minutes. Every evening she did 3 to 4 dishes, which you eat all together, no start, entree, main. We exchanged food tips, she shared her knowledge and talent freely with me. The lady could cook, that’s for sure!  No recipes, just like me, just “gooi”, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
She made everything look so simple, and yet the flavours were complex and layered. She made her own pastes, and this really made the amount of ingredients added later, minimal. She really cooked the paste well in little coconut milk for a long time to release the flavours before the next steps. All stuff I know, but great to see the order she does it is. I have loads of pictures which will explain this in an easy way.  Crab curry was a hit, as was the Crab in coconut milk and lemongrass, the steamed sea bass with ginger, lime, basil etc, and a new one for me, Wingbean Salad, which we will definitely try, perhaps with substitute ingredients.
I will go through the dishes we prepped, and do my best to recreate this in our next Thai class, some great new recipes.
The beach area was just so picture perfect, and again, I think no words are needed here.  I found time to write, to read, to meditate and just to BE lying on my round bed shielded from the sun, and hydrated by endless glasses of chilled water supplied by the charming beach staff.
The water was a perfect temperature and was clean and clear, wonderful for swimming. There was a raft just off the beach, a good ten minute swim, and I enjoyed doing that, then just siting there, semi meditative and contemplating the world. So connected, so at peace…it really was heavenly. Gavin went on a SUP a few times as well as a water bike, such a funny site! Peddling away on the water.
We hired a scooter, much to the amusement of the Four Seasons staff, I mean WHO does that?  I think it was quite novel to them, and they were not quite sure what to think.  We took short rides around, went to Nathon, the local capital, and walked around the shops, went to Tescos to pick up my favourite Tom Yum stock cubes, and some other special ingredients. But to be honest, we were quite ready to get back to our haven, our beautiful perfect peaceful world, and didn’t stay out too long. You do realise the massive contrast from the real Thailand and resort Farang Thailand, a huge difference and this can be quite disturbing even for us, coming from SA!  There is such an unkempt, and rough local side with rubbish everywhere, alongside the pristine resorts of the 5 star world. Such a contrast!
We so enjoyed our massages so much, what a spoil.  Those girls just know how to do this so well, so generously giving of their calm energy, and so personal. How do they do this! It must be so exhausting. And they all treat you like you will be one of their permanent clients, knowing that you will be gone again soon.
I did the early morning Yoga at the outdoor Sala amongst the thick vegetation and palm trees, which was the teacher Sana’s own kind of yoga, called Dynamix, and this was a strengthening type of yoga which prepared your muscles for the poses that you learn. Quite amazing, and incredibly strenuous. I also joined him for Tai Chi, which we did on the beach, early morning dappled light on the sand. The gym was perched high up at the resort with incredible sweeping views and was really well equipped, and air-conditioned. They had Muay Thai boxing for those who wanted to try this, but I passed on this one.
We did venture out once to Five Islands Restaurant, on our little scooter of course, just to have a bit of an outing. We had celebrate one of my big birthdays there 11 years previously. They had moved, but the set up was identical, and we enjoyed a lovely meal there. Gav had the Duck in Red Curry, (for a change) and me…. well Crab Curry, of course! I will have to try to recreate these flavours with prawns, as we just don’t get fresh crab here, and I am not sure the frozen one will be the same. Perhaps I could make a crab stock… now there’s a thought, as this will bring in that sweetness that you find in this dish, and another depth of flavour.  Have to try this…
I so enjoyed our time in Thailand, made so special by being where we were, and looked after by our wonderful Chef and Butler.  What an incredible experience it was, and how blessed are we!  The people are as I always remember, warm, gentle and smiling.  They just can’t do enough to make your stay perfect.  They are so proud of Thailand and want you to experience the best of this.
The days went past too quickly, and on the last morning I took my early swim as usual, before the sun rose in the velvety warm water of our pool, as I did every morning. I watched the sun rise and sky change from inky black to a midnight blue, to warm oranges and then yellow. I was filled with joy, with gratitude and felt so calm and at peace. I was determined to take this feeling with me into my real world, my challenging world of busyness and endless lists! How do you maintain this calm when juggling 20 balls in the air and trying desperately not to let any of them fall! But it must be done, for one’s life to be sustainable, and we need to have this inner core strength in order not to become overwhelmed. So now in my morning meditation, I go back to that place, I feel the emotions and the connection, and it helps me to start my day off in the right way.
I am looking forward to sharing the food that I prepared with Chef Kob with you all soon!
Huge generosity of soul and spirit!

Xmasy Shredded Ginger Gammon & Glazed Pineapple Rice Paper Rolls

Pineapple Ginger Gammon Rice Paper Rolls Cape Town

To make the Gammon:

  • 1 x 5.5 kilograms mild-cure boneless gammon joint
  • 2 litres dry ginger ale
  • handful of aromatic spices like star anise, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, fresh ginger sliced
  • 350 grams chunky ginger preserve (or orange marmalade)
  • 2 T 5 spice
  • 2 T Chinese 5 spice
  • 2 tablespoons hot English mustard
  • 100 grams soft dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pineapple


Place the joint in a large pan over the hob and pour the dry ginger ale over it, topping up with water so the ham is just about covered with liquid.

Add a handful of aromatic spices like allspice, star anise, cloves, fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks (whole).

Bring to the boil, then lower the heat to keep the joint bubbling gently for 3 1/2 hours.

Towards the end of cooking, preheat the oven to 220°C and start on the glaze.

In a saucepan, add the chunky ginger preserve or orange marmalade and spoon in the hot English mustard. Add the soft, dark brown sugar, 5 spice and cinnamon,  sprinkle in the ground cloves and stir to mix until slightly sticky.

After the ham has had its 31/2 hours (and check that it’s ready by inserting a meat thermometer – it should read 71°), gently lift it out of the pan – no mean feat – and place in a foil-lined roasting tin. Carefully cut away the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat.  Score the surface, and slap on the glaze and place in the hot oven for 20 minutes.  Grill if necessary to crispen the skin.

Transfer to a carving board or metal roasting pan and shred with two forks

Save some of the glaze to gently cook the pineapple in. Remove from the heat when slightly softened. Allow to cool.

Making the mixture:

2 cups each of red, white and green cabbage
6 -8 spring onions, julienned finely
Glazed pineapple (above)
1T Toasted sesame seeds
2 carrots, grated

  1. Finely shred the cabbage and toss with all other ingredients
  2. Add in cool/room-temperature, shredded gammon and toss

Making the rice paper rolls:

  1. To begin making the rice paper rolls, fill a deep bowl with 2 parts boiling water and 1 part cold water.
  2. Dip rice paper sheet in water and remove as soon as fingers touch the water.  Drain excess water.
  3. Lay softened rice paper sheet on a plate, place the mix in the middle, over mixture and fold.
  4. Place in a tray and cover with damp kitchen towel to keep moist.
  5. The rice paper rolls can be made 2 hours in advance if you wish.


About 6 hours before serving, cook the ham for 3 hours only, take the pan off the heat, remove the rind and return the ham to the hot liquid. Set aside in a cool place for about 3 hours. One hour before serving, preheat the oven to 220°C. Put the ham in a shallow, foil-lined roasting tin, cover with a tent of foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then glaze and return to the oven for 20–30 minutes or until golden and burnished.

Fresh Spring Mint & Pea Risotto


What you may need:

2 cups mint leaves
1 t sea salt flakes
1 T olive oil
75g unsalted butter, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 grate garlic cloves
1/3 (80ml) white wine
2 cups (400g) arborio rice
1.5 l chicken HOT stock
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
2 cups peas (fresh or thawed frozen)
200g sugar snap peas, trimmed, blanched and halved
sea salt & black pepper
creme fraiche and pea tendrils to serve

How to create this dish:

Place mint and salt into mortar & pestle and pound until a rough taste forms.
Add oil, stir in and set aside.
Melt 25g butter in a saucepan, add onion & garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 -5 minutes, until softened.
Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes.
Add rice and cook for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring well.
Add the warm stock a cup at a time, adding more as it is absorbed, and cook, stirring, for 20 – 25 minutes, till rice is al dente.
Remove from heat and stir through peas, sugar snap peas and parmesan.

Top with the creme fraiche and the pea tendrils (or parsley if you can’t find these).

Join us for a cooking experience soon please!
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Heritage Day Braai Ginger & Lime Style

This weekend boasts Sunday as Heritage Day, more fondly known by South African’s as National Braai Day. This holiday is abuzz with buying firewood, charcoal, great produce, delicious wine and visiting with family and friends over fire and food.

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We thought we would share some of our most favourite patio pleasers for this weekend’s braai fiesta plans! If you are in Cape Town this weekend, we do hope you have a fabulous time. Don’t forget to book one of our delicious foodie evenings really soon!

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2/3 cup  sliced leeks
vegetable oil for frying
1 large packet of baby spinach
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon truffle oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Dried Red Miso
handful of onion sprouts

For the dried miso
Using a palette knife, spread 2/3 cup miso (any type of cooking miso such as red, white and yellow works well) as thinly as possible on a nonstick baking mat. Place in a warm area to dry out naturally, for 1 to 2 days.
Alternatively, dry in a 230F (110C) oven for 1 to 2 hours, being careful not to allow the miso to darken. Crumble evenly. Keep in an air-tight container.
Fry the leeks or shallots  until crisp. Set aside. (optional)
Dress the spinach leaves with the olive oil, truffle oil, yuzu/lime juice, ground pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
Mix in the fried leeks. Toss in the Dried Red Miso at the end, right before serving, so it stays crunchy.

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with a salsa verde on a bed of rocket
1/2 t Maldon salt
1/2 t Black pepper
1 T Rosemary needles, chopped
2 x 200g Lamb rumps (or a deboned leg of lamb)
olive oil for brushing
100g Rocket
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil infused with 2 cloves of grated garlic
Heat the oven to 200C.
Mix salt, pepper and rosemary together,
Brush the lamb with olive oil.
Press lamb into the herb seasoning.
Sear over a hot fire until well browned.
Place on a baking tray,  in a medium oven (160C)
Bake for 10 minutes or so for rare lamb.
Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes.
Slice the lamb and strew over rocket on a large platter..
Serve with a salsa verde and serve.
Salsa Verde
1 large bunch mixed soft fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, basil, oregano and mint, as well as some thyme
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons capers or caperberries, drained
2-3 anchovy fillets, finely sliced
1 heaped tablespoon French mustard
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Salsa verde is traditionally made with parsley, but I quite like to mix it up a bit and use a bit of basil and mint in there too. Use it to jazz up meat, fish or roasted vegetables, or you could even enjoy it as a lovely dip for roasted new potatoes.
Pick and roughly chop the herb leaves in the centre of a large chopping board. Add the garlic, capers and anchovies and continue chopping and mixing it all together until fine.
Scrape everything into a large bowl and add the mustard, extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper. You might need to tweak the flavours a little, so keep tasting and add more oil, vinegar and seasoning if needed until you get it just right.

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Salmon using a Himalayan Salt Slab

Salt block cooking is the latest craze to hit the outdoor scene. They are particularly useful for cooking steak and fish on a gas braai.  Salt blocks absorb and radiate heat brilliantly. You get a wonderful crust on a steak from a salt slab.

 Salt slab
 Fish of your choice
 2-3 lemons, sliced
 Olive oil
1. Heat the salt slab according to instruction
2. Take a few drops of olive oil and smear the salt slab with
it (have some kitchen towel handy for this)
3. Place the fish or fish fillets on the salt slab and close the
lid.  Braai for 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Turn the fish or fish fillets over and braai for 2 more
minutes lid closed.
5. Place some lemon slices on the fish when you turn fish

BRAAI NOTE: Please consider the following:
 Salt blocks crack if you whack them on a braai at a high
heat.  Heat them slowly, by degrees, as per the suppliers

 Salt slab get incredible hot, especially on the bottom.  Use
oven gloves to handle.
 Kill the flame and cool it on the braai.
 Please don’t try to impress your guests by putting a salt slab
on a dining room table or any table for that matter.
 Clean salt slabs with a sponge and water.
 The salt slab will grow brown with time.  Its fine though, grab
your pestle and mortar and make some seasoning with it.

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Take an iceberg lettuce, cut off the core and cut the rest into wedges. Slice up 6 spring onions, 2 avocados and chop fresh parsley to garnish the salad with, and serve with the dressing below.

1 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 t English Mustard
1 t Honey
black pepper and salt
1 clove crushed Garlic
1/2 cup flat leaf Parsley
Mix well.
NB: Add freshly chopped flat leaf parsley just before serving as will go brown otherwise.

Photos by Adrian Shields Photography

Year End Function & Team Build Venue – Fresnaye

Book Ginger & Lime Katy venue

We would love to share our versatile space with you! The Peppermint Palace (as it is affectionately known) is the private home of Denise and Gavin Levy on the hillside of Fresnaye. The unique gem, Ginger & Lime, was first created by Denise to fulfill a long time dream of sharing her passion & knowledge of food & her travels with other like minded people. The Food Studio now buzzes with beautiful groups of people, cooking, laughing and playing, and sharing the experience of creating & eating fabulous food together.

The venue has an amazing kitchen which can be used for cooking demos, team build workshops or just a space to brainstorm while cooking. Our warm dining room can seat up to 24 people or alternatively, we can set the long table out on the patio in the warmer months for dining al fresco. Our patio can also be utilised for braai or canapé style events.

The possibilities are endless!!

Although Ginger & Lime Food Studio is well known for it’s fun and interactive cooking experiences, we also cater for bespoke year end functions, small conferences, prize giving dinners and private family special occasion functions. Send us your ideas and we’d love to come up with some creative events and menus to suit your special requirements.

Email us for more info:

Some quick venue facts:

The kitchen seats max 20 for interactive
and 24 for demo syle experiences
The dining room table seats up to 24 guests
The patio seats and caters for max 22 – 26
Canape-style event maximum 60 guests

Prime location,  Ample street parking
an Extremely versatile venue with
Professional, experienced and passionate staff

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Join us at the Enchanted Cirque Production this September

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We are excited to announce that the Ginger & Lime food studio is partnering with the Enchanted Cirque Production as they begin their world tour in Cape Town this September. We have now been welcomed into the Enchanted family and we are thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the success of their incredible productions this season!

Please come join us and become part of the magic with Ginger & Lime as we step into character as menu magicians and food engineers. From the moment you walk in to the Enchanted Spiegel tent you will be transported to a world of magic and mystery and a stimulation of all the senses! The carefully curated menu is intended to immerse the observer even deeper into the Enchanted world set before them.

Our intention is to add to the already incredible ambience of this production creating moments between people as they connect with one another through the unique experience during the performance and on the plate at each show. As the spectacle unfolds, we hope that you do enjoy our clean, crisp and purposeful flavour journey alongside us.

We wish that our intent and passion to create an experience to complement Enchanted’s world class flair will no doubt leave you with an undeniable desire to share this encounter with others.

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SHARING PLATES:  for 2 – 3 people

Spiegel & Smiegel Sharing Indulgence 

Cheese and Charcuterie Platter
A Selection of Cheeses:
Creamy Cheese dip with fresh herbs
Lemony Hummus
Beetroot, Apple & Plum Relish
Preserved Lemon Slices
Selection of Italian cured meats: Salami, Proscuito, Coppa
Seasonal fresh Fruit selection: Grapes, Melon & Nectarines
Bread Basket with Crackers, Bread Sticks and Artisanal Breads

w/ The Dragon Tree Red wine

Gourmet SA Platter
Droewors Sticks & Sliced Beef Biltong
Caramelised Onion Marmalade
Sweet Potato and Pea Samosas
Grilled Mielie bites with a Smokey Paprika Butter
Traditional Snoek Pate with Melba Toast
Creamy Peppadew & Feta dip
Malay 3 Bean Curried Salad
Danja chutney
Cracker selection


Beetroot & Salt Cured Norwegian Salmon Slices with Horseradish Creme Fraiche & Pink Peppercorns, Popped with Beetroot Sprouts

 Ginger and Lime Enchanted Signature Plate

Seared Beef Tataki Served on Bed of Wasabi Mayo Poppy Seed Noodles, Topped with Julienned Seaweed Strips, Spring Onion and an Umami Tosa-Zu dressing

Crispy blanched Asian Greens topped with edamame beans, toasted coconut flakes, sesame seeds and a spicy Ginger & Lime dipping sauce

 Red with Passion
Skewer of Roasted, Aromatic Vegetables  (butternut/ sweet potato, mushroom & red peppers) with a Fragrant Red Curry Sauce, Topped with Fresh Coriander and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Topless Beef Slider Trio
A Trio of Topless, Homemade Beef Sliders each Offering a Unique Taste Experience:  an Asian Barbecue Sauce, Sriracha Mayonnaise, an Asian Slaw. Served with a pickle skewer

The above menu is subject to changes due to produce supply

The Power of Food in Connecting People

We received this amazing email about a guests experience at Ginger & Lime food studio. Food really does connect people.

Firstly a big thank you for the amazing morning at Liam [Tomlin’s] cookery class in Ginger and Lime last Saturday. It was the perfect end to our holiday and we really appreciated your hospitality.

As you know it was even more special as I met up with my friend Amy. I had travelled to India ten years ago with a couple of friends and we met a group of South African doctors who had all trained in Ireland and had married Irish girls. They had a reunion trip to India and that is where I met Amy. We hadn’t seen each other since then so we could not believe that we met up again at an Indian Cookery Class in South Africa!! The world is very small!

Our best regards to all your team,
Ann and Shane

Friends reunite from India in Cape Town cooking Thali Tapas

How beautiful is this photo of friends reunited.