Come on baby light your fire…

Heritage Day - National Braai Day

From small towns to big cities millions of South Africans are preparing to braai for their country on Braai Day, held annually on the 24th of September - National Heritage Day. The day on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to its entire people. This is a pastime that unites us as a people whether we are standing around a braai with family, friends or even co workers, there is something about the fire that draws us closer together. The Braai Day Mission To position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. South Africans gathering around fires,                  

MasterChef SA Series shot at Nederburg Winery.


    MasterChef South Africa is promising one of the most beautiful settings for its debut series, beginning on M-Net on Tuesday, 20 March, with the high-profile Nederburg winery the star venue of the reality cooking show. “This could well be the loveliest venue ever chosen for a MasterChef series anywhere in the world,” says Anne Davis, M-Net’s senior commissioning editor of the series. “We wanted to shoot in the Winelands because Cape vineyards are immediately recognisable to local and international viewers as distinctly South African. The Western Cape is also the culinary capital of South Africa and has great access to fresh produce. We obviously also wanted good weather and the Cape summer                  

Cooking and Caring with Two Oceans.


    The dish "Libyan Uprising" (What'sUpCapeTown was part of this team!) Some of the Cape’s leading food, drinks and lifestyle writers met on a beautiful spring day in October to take up the Cooking and Caring challenge issued by the Two Oceans wine brand. This involved making a dish with fish given the green light by the WWF  SASSI, (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative), paired with a Two Oceans wine. The journalists and bloggers met at a cookery school in the city, mingled, nibbled, noshed and tasted the wines: a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Grigio, a Pinot Noir, a Shiraz Rosé and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. They were then randomly assigned to groups, with each given one of                  

Bo-Kaap Market on Saturday.

    BO-KAAP CULTURAL MARKET ‘FOOD AND CRAFTS’ SATURDAY   24 SEPTEMBER -HERITAGE DAY HAAS GALLERY- 67 ROSE STREET   BO-KAAP   09:00 to 15:00 TRADITIONAL FOODS: TOMATO BREDIE, SMOKED SNOEK, PECAN/JAM TARTS, CAKES, KOEKSISTERS, MELKTERT, ROTI WITH CURRY, SAMOOSAS, LEMON / VEGETABLE/ WHOLE CHILLI PICKLES, SAUCES, DRIED FRUIT... JEWELLERY, GIFTS, CROCHET ITEMS, SOAPS, crafts made from recycled materials... SPECIALS!! Free one hour walking tour of Bo-Kaap starting at 11:00 and 12:00 from the market. Free tasting of traditional ‘Boeber’, a sweet thick drink made with milk. Next Market: 29                  

French cooking classes in Cape Town.


  Meet Nadège, a French Lady, truly passionate about food - and learn how to cook a three course menu of homemade delicious typical French specialities. The course takes place in her private kitchen overlooking the Indian Ocean in Fish Hoek. This French cooking class is ideal for both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cooks who wish to achieve the fabled status of being able to serve French meals at home.   It is a great opportunity for a birthday present, hen party, a first date dinner or simply a great time with your friends or your lover… This is a hands-on class, so bring your apron and chef’s hat, roll up your sleeves and get ready to start cooking in French or in English! Once the                  

Learn to make ‘Curry-in-a-hurry’ in the Bo-Kaap.


  (Picture courtesy of Sailu's Kitchen)   Go check out a food demonstration at the Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market... Llearn how to make a 'Curry-in-a-hurry' when Aunty Galija cooks one of her famous traditional curries in just 15 minutes! The demonstration starts promptly at 12:00. For more tasty treats like roti's, pies, samoosas, koeksisters, milk tart, also dried fruit, pickles and home made konfyt, visit the Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market on Saturday, 4 December at the Schotschekloof (Bo-Kaap) Civic Centre, Upper Wale Street from 10:00-14:00. Our 'Oemies' (Grannies) will have their old family albums out to chat about days gone by while 'Tieties' (Aunts) sell jewellery, table                  

Yes! A chocolate studio in de Waterkant….

Here goes any thought of a diet.... The Cape Quarter in de Waterkant has a new addition to it's tenant mix - that of a Chocolate Studio which offers specialised training workshops to entry level chefs, non professionals and chocolate enthusiasts. And only Lindt Chocolate is used! And what's more, one can buy Lindt recipe books, fondue sets, an assortment of pralines, Lindt couverture and specific chocolate apparatus. For more info on this, go to Can life get any better? The Chocolate Studio Shop B104 Cape Quarter 72 Waterkant Street de Waterkant Cape Town Telephone: 021 417 5080                  

Nontwenhle and the Chocolate Factory

The heart and soul of African Relish

  The heart and soul of African Relish A long weekend of chocolate and wine. How to make delectable chocolates. How to pair desserts and wine.  Hands on course and demonstrations by chocolatier Nontwenhle Mchunu A long weekend of chocolate and wine. 24 - 26 September 2009 Price: R4100 per person sharing (Fully inclusive rate) – includes apron and chocolate kit!!! Inclusive of all meals from Thursday evening to Sunday brunch, accommodation, cooking lessons and demonstrations, walks, excursions and gift kit. Take home your handmade chocolates in special packaging.  Nonthwenle Mchunu from Ezulwini Chocolat, will be hosted by African Relish in Prince Albert for the long weekend of the 23 September