The best Italian dishes are not necessarily served in Italian restaurants…
A while ago, we gathered with a few fellow passionate Italian aficionados to share our home cooked Italian dishes with each other.
Having lived in Italy, Danielle was the most authentic Italian cook amongst us and she brought, besides her husband, a panettone, two pasta dishes and the Italian flag along!
At first we had to toast with an aperitif. Glasses of bittersweet Sanpellegrino chinotto soda were raised whilst we nibbled on savoury, circular biscuits from Southern Italy – known as taralli.
Janie repeated the tricoloured Italian flag in her assembly of antipasti – rounds of salami; glistening caper berries and olives; soft white cheese mounds topped with red pepper pesto and thin leaves of prosciutto.
Ludolf’s bruschetta with fragrant brinjals and roasted peppers followed. As we started to dish the long anticipated delicate layers of pasta and porcini, we filled our wine glasses with robust Barbera from Piedmont – a gift from dear friends.
The second pasta dish brought meat to the table, infused with roasted tomato and herbs. A fresh garden salad provided some added texture and colour.
An Italian classic, Tiramisu, adorned our green dessert bowls whilst we sipped on sweet Amaro, bought in Napoli. Janie is well know for her sweet delights.
And it was with pure delight that I opened my gift of Bonifante panettone weeks later. I used the golden, yeasty bread with candied orange and citron to create a heavenly bread and butter pudding – served with a butterscotch sauce.
Long live the Italian legacy …
You can watch us on Dstv channel 147 at 18h00 on Friday 01 December in “Kom Ons Braai”.
The repeats are scheduled for Friday 21h30; Saturday 09h30, 11h00 and 23h00; Sunday 18h00; Monday 06h00 and Tuesday 15h30.
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Kom kyk saam op Vrydag 01 Desember 2017 om 18h00 hoe ons, ek Carla en my man Ludolf, deelneem aan die TV-werklikheidsreeks, “Kom Ons Braai”, VIA (DStv-kanaal 147).
En as jy verskil met dié episode se uitkoms, stem na afloop van die program op Facebook op die VIA TV bladsy vir die span wie jý dink moes gewen het en staan ‘n kans om R1000 te wen! https://www.facebook.com/viatvsa/
Ek dink nie my man het werklik besef waaroor die TV-reeks handel nie, maar siende dat ek gaande is oor al wat ‘n kompetisie is en hy ‘n meesterbraaier is , was ek taamlik vol selfvertroue oor ons vermoëns.
‘n Ellelange inskrywingsvorm het gevolg en ons moes ‘n tema, spyskaart en speletjie vaspen. Ons tema – ‘n Safari-ete.
Safari dui beide op ‘n maaltyd wat in opeenvolgende gange in verskillende plekke genuttig word, sowel as op ‘n beplande ekspedisie na ‘n bewaringsgebied om wild te besigtig.
Hoe wild sou ons nie in ons wildste drome kon raai nie… Maar meer daaroor later.
One of my favorite Dermaceutic products is the Turn Over cream.
I love this skin care product, because it is a real time saver – for me it is a serum and a night cream in one. So at night I cleanse my face and neck, dry my skin and apply my Turn Over on my face and neck.
Twice a week I apply it on the delicate eye area as well to keep this skin rejuvenated.
The Turn Over contains 15% Glycolic Acid which stimulates the production of collagen. Turn Over refines a rough skin texture, clears breakouts – it is a great zit zapper.
And it is the ultimate product in anti-ageing.
I just love the instant tingling sensation I experience when applying it to my skin, after the tingle subsides, my skin just looks radiant and feels so soft.
The Turn Over retails for R800 including VAT and lasts anything from 2-4 months.
I buy my Turn Over cream from Sonette Donker’s Skin iD Skin Studio – 083 250 5111 http://www.skinid.co.za/
Celebrating International Pinotage Day, this past weekend was all about pairing Pinotage wines and biltong – whilst being dressed in purple!
The lush gardens of Leriba Hotel in Centurion were the perfect place to indulge in our local, heritage delicacies. The green lawns were adorned with festival goers dressed in purple and white.
The Capetonian event organisers, Björn and Cobie van Oort, from CVO Marketing, personally welcomed all arrivals. The entrance fee included quality tasting glasses, beautiful magazines and purple tasting cards – to set the place (and pace!) for the pairings.
An array of Pinotage varieties from respectable wineries was present, including sparkling wine, rosé, blended wine and sweet wine. And to my surprise – a white Pinotage, which was a firm favourite.
The wines were paired with generous portions of droë wors and biltong in various flavours: Lemon & black pepper; BBQ; farm style; bacon biltong; etc.
It was a family friendly affair, with a festive live band, food stalls and a junior tent – to occupy the little ones. This event celebrated our national wine and biltong with robust flair.
We cannot wait to paint Pretoria purple in 2018!
Our broadcast date for “Kom ons Braai” on Dstv has moved! The broadcast date is not yet determined.
But in the interim you can view our dear friend, Desmond Solomon, from Tuesday 19 October 2017, when he participates in the TV reality series, “The Great South African Bake Off”. This third series is airing at 20h00 on Tuesdays BBC Lifestyle (Dstv channel 174).
We will keep you posted on our “Kom ons Braai” TV episode’s date. Hopefully it will still be this eighth series on VIA – Dstv channel 147.
Unwrap well-made in Africa.
This was the 2017 theme of the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (HmC) – which is all about speciality foods, crafted drinks and artisan products.
If this resonates with you, make a note of this annual boutique outdoor event.
The opening night had Hyde Park Corner adorned with stylish, independent dressers – sampling the designer fare whilst soulful African music sounded.
Distinct drinks brands, that became synonym with the HmC Fair, were pouring their finest.
This year’s HmC event had some exciting newcomers in the drinks category:
This mall-batch craft distillery in Salt River, Cape Town, has produced a new, limited edition gin. Only three hundred bottles have been crafted of this aromatic spirit – which has been aged in Hungarian oak for five years. Full blooded orange gin.
The mother of all coffees brought their own cold brew. As per the label: Enjoy cold, drink at once and then come back for more!
Not a drink, but a nifty caddy crafted in Cape Town to pack drinks for a picnic, dinner at friends or BYO event.
Love ice lollies? Try these gin & tonic ice cold popsicles crafted from gin from the Cape Town distillery, Hope on Hopkins. Available in classic G&T popsicles as well as berry infused G&T popsicles.
Ideal for the designated driver, these mocktails are available in a range of festive flavours – Fireball; Litchi Fizz; Peach Lemonade; Watermelon Fizz; Lemongrass Ginger, etc. Come on summer!
Qualito have been crafting infused vodkas at their distillery in Phalaborwa since 2005. A single grain craft whiskey and a hand-bottled batch of gin have since been added. The whiskey slumbered in red wine barrels and is exceptionally smooth. The gin is made in a classical style. What a find!
The HmC Fair has indeed unwrapped well-made in Africa, including crafted drinks.
Link to event website http://www.sanlamhmc.co.za/
Ludolf & Carla Smit neem op Vrydag 20 Oktober 2017 om 18h00 deel aan die TV-werklikheidsreeks,“Kom Ons Braai”, VIA (DStv-kanaal 147).
En as jy nié saamstem met dié episode se uitkoms nie, stem gerus na afloop van die program op die VIA TV Facebook-bladsy vir die span wie jý dink moes gewen het – https://www.facebook.com/viatvsa/
Braai is sinoniem met kuier, lekker braaivleis en deesdae … wel televisie. Die gewilde TV-reeks “Kom Ons Braai”, is letterlik op talle Suid-Afrikaners se lippe. Kykers sit weekliks vasgenael voor die kassie en verkyk hul hoe braaibroodjies en aartappelslaai met ‘n “twist”, oftewel kinkel, opgedis word.
Wat ons nasie aan die gons het, is nié die vindingryke braaidisse nie, maar die venynige kommentaar wat deur mededeelnemers gelug word. Op die lug nogal…