I am very fortunate to know a super bunch of ladies and fellow #bwb bloggers, and every few weeks we get together to catch up in person. Our recent meet up was held at the swish 15 on Orange Hotel in Gardens with Executive Chef Sanel Esterhuyse and Pastry Chef Retha Thorpe as hosts of their macaron workshop. We were greeted with champagne, a selection of teas, coffees and juices, and canapés. The dedicated waiter kept the champagne flowing and with glasses in hand, we took to our ‘stations’ to begin the workshop. It felt like we were at a ‘Master Class’, watching the pros demonstrate the art of macaron making, then taking on the challenge of making our own.
The ingredients used to make these delectable treats are inexpensive and readily available, the techniques used to create them, however, are important to learn. The Chefs explained each step, the common mistakes made in their preparation, and how to properly pipe the mixtures. I need quite a lot more practice with the piping and a kitchen maid, as a proper blender is a must. With any baking, you should follow a recipe and properly measure out ingredients to avoid a flop, and we were given printouts of the recipes and some useful info to take home. If you want to read what the other bloggers had to say about the workshop, pop over to the #bwb website for all the reviews.
If you like bubbly and would like to taste the exquisite food and desserts by Chefs Sanel and Retha, the first Sunday of every month they have a Bottomless Bubbly Sunday lunch buffet for R495 pp (Prokard dining discounts apply). Phone (021) 469 8000 for bookings.
Nicola, Charlene, Retha and Heather working their magic
If you live in Paarl this is for you. A press release for the new Bella & Boo natural frozen yogurt store.
No matter what the season, if you’re going to have a treat, you’d like it to be as healthy as possible. That’s why Bella & Boo frozen yoghurt is a great choice. Luckily, fans of the phenomenal froyo can get their ‘fix’ whenever they like, as a Bella & Boo pop up store is now at Paarl Mall – the first branch in the Western Cape. Even better is that there’s also a decadent option that’s on the menu for the duration of winter.
Here’s the bit you really want to know. The froyo from Bella & Boo is an all natural froyo (using only the best Bulgarian yogurt). Artificial flavourants and colourants are out and instead, this froyo is packed with good-for-you probiotics; something that’s especially good if you have little people to feed.
There are so many choices at Bella & Boo. Have your froyo as is (there’s everything from fruit flavours such as Wild Berry to slightly naughtier options like Caramel, Caffè Latte and Nougat. From there, it’s topping time. Marshmallows, Oreo Biscuits, Coconut, Chopped Peanuts and Strawberries are just some of the options. Or for those who want something truly more-ish, try the new Chocolate Hot Pot. Think chocolate cake drenched in hot chocolate sauce, topped with a generous helping of vanilla frozen yogurt.
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Easter Monday was a perfect day to spend with family and friends wine tasting in Stellenbosch. Now, I have had difficulties with producing breast milk and after a few weeks, and since I have stopped taking Eglonyl, my milk as dried up. I would have loved to have been able to breastfeed Paige exclusively and for longer but unfortunately I was unable to. I’m ok with it, I tried my best, and Paige is a happy and healthy formula baby. This means that after months of being teetotal, I can enjoy a glass of wine and if you are going to drink, there is no better place than on a wine farm in Stellenbosch. It is a personal choice whether to drink or not and it’s unfair to judge others if they drink responsibly. Moms that breastfeed should not feel guilty for indulging in a glass of tipple, as long as you wait 3 hours before the next feed. All in moderation I say.
Well, we decided to start our day with a high altitude wine taste at Uva Mira in the Helderberg region. The views from the tasting room are exquisite and overlook False Bay to Table Mountain and to Cape Point on a clear day. Unfortunately their whites were sold out but we enjoyed our tasting of their rose and reds, particularly their Syrah. From there were visited the neighbouring farm, Hidden Valley, to join friends for a tasting and cheese board. The cheeseboard and 6 wine tastings for two costs R240 which, in my opinion, is a little expensive for what you get but the setting makes it an enjoyable experience.
The Ernie Els wine experience was fantastic and I will be sure to visit this farm again. Two tasting options are available, 4 generous wine tastings for R30 or 8 wine tastings for R60. Since this was our third farm for the day, we were conservative and tasted 4 of their excellent wines. Graeme sat this one out as he was driving and looked after Paige who by this time had woken up from a very nice long nap. She was as good as gold but at her age, 11 weeks, is very portable and happy as long as she gets a bottle and some cuddles from everyone. Our wonderful day out was marred when, as we were leaving, our friends noticed that valuables were missing from their car. Unfortunately, you have to be vigilant with safety even in the beautiful surrounds of the winelands.