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Don’t Miss the Launch of Beer Safari by Lucy Corne at Capital Craft in Pretoria

Invitation to the launch of Beer Safari

Beer SafariStruik Lifestyle and Capital Craft would like to invite you to join them for the launch of Beer Safari by Lucy Corne, aka The Brewmistress.

Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.

The launch of Corne’s latest book will take place on Tuesday, 1 December at 7 for 7:30 PM at Capital Craft in Pretoria.

Don’t miss this!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 1 December 2015
  • Time: 7 PM for 7:30 PM
  • Venue: Capital Craft
    Greenlyn Village Centre, Shop No. 20
    Corner Thomas Edison & 12th Street East
    Pretoria | Map
  • RSVP: Capital Craft, 012 424 8601

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“Writing Our Own Cookbook was a Dream Come True” – Interview with Seline and Leandri van der Wat

TWOSeline and Leandri van der Wat recently chatted to Se7en about their new cookbook, TWO.

The sisters rose to fame on MasterChef South Africa in 2013, and as Se7en writes “as a country we simply fell in love with them”.

Se7en tried out eight of the recipes in the book, pronouncing the “wow factor” to be high in all of them.

In the interview, Seline and Leandri recommend their favourite ingredients and reveal the kitchen equipment they could not do without.

They also explain how writing the book worked:

Writing a cookbook is about as far as you could get from your usual day to day work, what was the best part about putting it all together for you?

Seline: Look, we’ve wanted a cookbook since we were little girls. Our mother used to buy us children’s cookbooks before we could even read and we both have a cookbook collection that is treasured (although varied due to our different personalities!). So writing our own was a dream come true, especially with a publisher as huge as Penguin Random House! It was so much fun to develop the concept behind the book and then to come up with all of the recipes – and working along somebody as brilliant as Leandri just made it that much more entertaining.

Leandri: It was a creative release – I needed to work on my Masters dissertation at the time of our manuscript deadline but I found working on our book a lot more captivating and satisfying! My best moment of the process was during our photography with Sean Calitz and Brita du Plessis – they are so incredible. We made the cumin steak with a coffee sauce and the leftovers we left for the MD of Penguin Random House, Steve Connolly, and the next day he sent a message to us to let us know it was the best sauce he had ever eaten! That was an incredible compliment!

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Win a Hamper of 9 Cookbooks, Along with a Yuppiechef Voucher Worth R1 000

Random House Struik is giving away a cookbook hamper along with a Yuppiechef voucher worth R1 000. The hamper includes six local titles as well as three by international authors:

HomeThe Supper ClubA Taste of Israel
Low Carb is LekkerTWOTaste the Little Karoo

To stand a chance of winning the prize, all you have to do is fill in your details and answer this easy question:

Question: What is the value of the Yuppiechef voucher that is up for grabs in this competition?

  • A. R1 000
  • B. R100
  • C. R10

The competition closes on 30 November. What are you waiting for? Enter!


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Last Chance to Book for an Evening with Masterchef Stars Seline and Leandri van der Wat

Invitation to the Launch of TWO

TWOLove Books and Struik Lifestyle invite you to join them for a dinner with Seline van der Wat and Leandri van der Wat, to celebrate the launch of their new book TWO.

Seline and Leandri will be in conversation with food blogger Sarah Graham, whose latest recipe book is Home: Food From My Kitchen.

The dinner costs R350 per person, excluding drinks, and all dished prepared will be from the book.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Catered supper
  • Cover charge: R350
  • Interviewer: Sarah Graham
  • RSVP:, 011 726 7408


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Try Phillippa Cheifitz’s Delicious Recipe for Spicy Seafood on Minty Basmati

The Supper ClubWoolworths’ Taste has shared a recipe for Spicy Seafood on Minty Basmati by Phillippa Cheifitz, well-known South African foodie and author of The Supper Club.

The recipe is as easy as it is delicious. It incorporates a mix of seafood in a spicy tomato sauce along with basmati rice cooked in coconut milk with other wonderful flavour combinations.

Try it for yourself:

For the Minty Basmati:

200 g basmati rice
1½ cups coconut milk
1 cup water
2-3 carrots
½ t salt
2 t fresh mint

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Try Ine Reynierse’s Low-carb Recipe for Ninja Chai Tea with a Triple Fat Kick

Low Carb is LekkerLow carb is lekkerWho doesn’t like a comforting anti-oxidant rich beverage with a triple fat kick?

Inè Reynierse’s low-carb Ninja Chai Tea is packed with goodness – and it’s tasty too!

A low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to mean making dire sacrifices for the sake of healthy living. Reynierse’s recipe book Low Carb is Lekker, also available in Afrikaans as Low carb is lekker, contains delicious and nutritious alternatives to the hearty local meals and beverages we all know and love.

So go on, try Reynierse’s Ninja Chai Tea. It will change your world:

It is a meal in minutes and will kick you into fat burning mode before you know it. It is creamy, comforting and lekker local when made with rooibos tea (you could use black tea) and off course the chai spice mix ads just the right amount of foreign whimsy! It is simply divine.


4 rooibos teabags (Black teabags will work too)

2 cups of water (500 ml)

1 tsp ground mixed spice (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

1/2 tsp ground ginger powder or a chunk of fresh peeled ginger

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How to Make Cauliflower “Couscous” – A Super Simple Recipe from Sarah Graham

HomeSarah Graham has shared a recipe for Smoked Trout Salad with Cauliflower “Couscous” on her blog, A Foodie Lives Here.

The recipe calls for flaked smoked trout, peas, avocado slices, mint leaves and – of course – cauliflower.

Graham, whose most recent cookbook is Home: Food From My Kitchen, says that besides being ridiculously good for you, with a “crazy amount of Vitamin C”, cauliflower is an incredibly versatile vegetable.

She says her family have almost entirely replaced heavy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes with substitutes such as puréed cauliflower, and shares her recipe for Cauliflower “Couscous”:

Today I’m here to tell you about how perfectly wonderful cauliflower can be when it’s magically transformed into ‘rice’ or ‘cous cous’. Somehow, the raw crumbled cauliflower holds its shape perfectly when cooking and it doesn’t go mushy, and it takes about two minutes to cook. It’s light and fluffy and pretty amazing. And then of course it’s the most brilliant blank canvas for so many flavours and toppings. We’ve had cauli-rice with everything from creamy chicken korma and oxtail, to a simple salad base like I have here. I don’t know what more I need to say to convert you all without sounding perfectly nutty, but it’s one of my favourite kitchen quick-fixes, so give it a bash as soon as you can.

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“Brewmistress” Lucy Corne is Back with Another Indispensable Microbrewery Book: Beer Safari

Beer SafariStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Beer Safari by Lucy Corne, better known as “the Brewmistress”:

Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.

The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the “Big Five Pints” – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.

Beer Safari is the only South African beer book whose author has, in person, visited every one of the 100-plus breweries to get the brewers’ stories, photograph their often quirky brewing setups and of course, to taste their beers. Peppered between the inspiring tales of passionate brewers, are snippets of essential beer knowledge – ideal for the “beerginner” – alongside checklists that will appeal to newbie beer drinkers and veterans alike. Whether readers are looking for family-friendly beery weekends away, the cutest brewpubs with the finest views or a list of where to go for South Africa’s hoppiest ales, Beer Safari is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide.

The directory showcases everything needed to continue the beer journey – for those who prefer to enjoy other people’s wares, there are recommendations for liquor stores and bars offering a supreme selection of beer. Those who yearn to brew their own will find information on homebrewing stores, courses and clubs throughout the country. Written in Corne’s signature light-hearted style, and with a fresh, vibrant design, Beer Safari perfectly captures the exciting and unpretentious nature that characterises the South African craft beer scene.

About the author

Lucy Corne, a Cape Town-based, certified beer judge, has worked as a travel writer for more than a decade, with work published in magazines, newspapers, guidebooks and anthologies around the world. Beer plays a large part in her travels, and breweries often appear above museums on a trip itinerary. She also blogs about the South African beer scene under the moniker “The Brewmistress”.

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Josh Thirion (13) Wins “The Best of the Best” Award with Gourmand at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Bake with JoshBak met JoshOn 15 October, the Gourmand Awards celebrated 20 years of awards at a ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

As part of the celebration, they honoured the “Best of the Best” from the last 20 years of awards. We are thrilled to announce that Josh Thirion won the award for “Best of the Best Children Food Book” for Cook with Josh (Afrikaans: Bak met Josh).

Thirion is a talented boy with a passion for food and cooking. Besides cooking and baking, Thirion loves to draw, especially comic strips. His other favourite activities include sport, drama, reading and singing. Bake with Josh is his second book.

Read about what the award meant for the world’s youngest published author and chef on the Josh in the Kitchen blog:

Josh had previously stated that just by virtue of merely being a nominee for the award was enough honour for him. But he exceeded even his own expectations by bringing home the award.

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Looking for the Perfect Summer Meal? Try Sam Linsell’s Recipes

SweetAs days are getting warmer and longer and the outdoors more and more inviting we know you might be looking for the perfect summer meal to share with your friends and family.

Why not try Sam Linsell’s recipes for Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries with Garlic and Rosemary and Crunchy Summer Salad with a Balsamic and Honey Vinaigrette?

The Cape town-based food stylist and writer has shared these dishes on her Drizzle and Dip blog.

Try the recipes:

Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Wings

Recipe for Barbecue Sauce – from FreshPreserving

20 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes (about 21 medium)
2 cups finely chopped onions (about 3 to 4 medium)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp celery seeds
1-1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp salt
1-1/2 Tbsp ground mace or nutmeg
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries with Garlic and Rosemary

I’m a fan of vegetable fries, crisps or chips. In fact these zucchini shoestring fries are right up there amongst my favourite food. Not at all healthy, but superb for a special treat. The rosemary sizzles in the oil as they fry and the garlic imparts a subtle flavour. You could eat the garlic crisps but I found them a little too bitter.

There is no recipe here because this is just sweet potatoes cut into the thinnest julienne and fried with rosemary and garlic. I used a mandolin to cut ribbons and then sliced these to make the chips.

Crunchy Summer Salad with a Balsamic and Honey Vinaigrette

Salad ingredients: red and green cabbage, red onion, radish, carrots, pumpkin seeds, baby spinach or baby kale leaves

Dressing recipe – enough for one medium salad bowl

1/4 cup olive oil
2Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp Dihon mustard
1T honey
sea salt flakes and back pepper

For dessert ideas you could turn to Linsell’s latest cookbook Sweet, a celebration of the sweetest temptations.


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