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Try Nida Degutiene’s Recipe for Chraime – a Lesser-known Alternative to Gefilte Fish

A Taste of IsraelJenny Morris recently featured a recipe from A Taste of Israel by Nida Dequtiene in her weekly 48hOURS column.

In the column, Morris relates the story of the Lithuanian Dequtiene’s experience of Israel and the food blog that A Taste of Israel developed from. “This book” Morris writes, “is an open door into the kitchens of the ordinary Israeli home.” She adds that it contains recipes “for dishes that do much more than satisfy hunger”.

The recipe for Chraime (fish cooked in tomato sauce) featured in the article is a lesser-known alternative to Gefilte Fish.

Try it out for yourself:

Chraime (fish cooked in tomato sauce)

Serves 6

Ashkenazi Jews from central and Eastern Europe take great pride in their traditional gefilte fish recipes, but Sephardic Jews, hailing from the Iberian Peninsula or North Africa, don’t look twice at the boiled fish patties. Their culinary answer to this Ashkenazi favourite is chraime – saltwater fish stewed in a spicy, aromatic tomato sauce. From Shabbat, through Rosh Hashanah, to Pesach, not a single Sephardic holiday is without chraime.

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More Than an Everyday Cookbook: Taste the Little Karoo by Beate Joubert

Taste the Little KarooProe die Klein-KarooStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Taste the Little Karoo (Afrikaans: Proe die Klein-Karoo) by Beate Joubert:

The little Karoo is known for its beautiful landscapes, food traditions, atmosphere and warm hospitable people. Joubert captures the essence of this region and its people through the recipes included in Taste the Little Karoo. These unique recipes range from snacks and side dishes, breads and soups to salads, hearty meat dishes and braai recipes, as well as delicious desserts to round off a meal. There is also a chapter that provides recipes for the pantry such as pesto, dukkah and chutneys.

Taste the Little Karoo is more than an everyday cookbook as the recipes and beautiful photographs will inspire readers to be creative in the kitchen, as well as when choosing the setting and décor for entertaining family and friends.

About the Author

Beate Joubert is well known to television audiences as a contestant on the second season of the Afrikaans kykNet cookery show Kokkedoor. She owns and manages the Alfresco Deli on her family farm Joubert-Tradauw near Barrydale in the Little Karoo, where she serves traditional Karoo dishes with a twist. Joubert has worked in wine cellars in the Napa Valley in the United States as well as in France. During her time as a student she also worked at various restaurants across South Africa.

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Probeer Inè Reynierse se LKHV-resepte vir wortelkoek, blomkoolkasserol en varkrib met bedruipsous

Low carb is lekkerLow Carb is LekkerInè Reynierse se jongste kookboek, Low carb is lekker, is propvol smullekker resepte vir enigeen wat graag ‘n laekoolhidraat-hoëvet-leefstyl wil navolg.

Karla Janse van Vuuren het met Reynierse gesels oor haar boek, wat ook in Engels beskikbaar is as Low Carb is Lekker.

Reynierse vertel meer oor die grootste uitdagings van ‘n LKHV-leefstyl, asook die voordele en negatiewe aspekte van die dieet. Sy deel ook ‘n heerlike resep vir wortelkoek en gee raad aan diegene wat skrikkerig is vir ‘n LKHV-dieet.

Lees die artikel en probeer Reynierse se wortelkoekresep:

Beplan jy nog ’n boek en is daar enige resep wat jy nog graag wil decarb?

Vir seker! Ek gaan nie rus voordat ek nie ’n ordentlike vetkoek-, pizza- of koeksisterresep het nie.


Met ’n laekoolhidraat-leefstyl is ons geneig om die gebruik van groente wat onder die grond groei te beperk omdat hulle so ’n hoë koolhidraatinhoud het. Dié resep is aangepas om ’n klein bietjie wortel baie ver te rek terwyl jy steeds die wortel in elke happie proe, sonder al die koolhidrate wat daarmee saamkom.

Lewer 16 mediumgroot snye met 5 g koolhidrate per sny.

Is dit moontlik om ‘n heerlike Sondagmiddagmaal voor te berei sonder om koolhidrate te gebruik? Reynierse dink beslis so: “My ideale Sondagmaal sal beslis heerlike gebraaide varkrib met biltong-sampioenblomkoolkasserol insluit.”

Probeer die resepte vir varkrib met bedruipsous en blomkoolkasserol:

Varkrib met bedruipsous

​Jy het nodig:

Vir die rokerige braaibedruipsous:

4 e klapperolie

1 ui, fyngekap

2 e fyngedrukte knoffel

1 t gedroogde gemengde kruie

2 t gerookte sout (gewone sout sal ook werk)

2 e fyn koljander


Don’t Miss the Van der Wat Sisters’ Prue Leith Pop-up Restaurant to Celebrate TWO

TWO Pop-Up Restaurant in Pretoria

TWOMasterChef SA finalists Seline and Leandri van der Wat – and masterminds behind the beautiful new cookbook, TWO – are excited to invite you to join them at their pop-up restaurant next week.

The Van der Wat sisters will be setting up shop for one night only in the popular restaurant at the Prue Leith Chefs Academy on Thursday, 29 October. Patrons will be seated at 7 PM.

Dinner costs R495 with a wine pairing, or R360 without wine. Remember to mention any dietary requirements when booking.

Don’t miss this!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 29 October 2015
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Venue: Prue Leith’s Restaurant
    262 Rhino Avenue
    Pretoria | Map
  • Refreshments: Dinner and wine pairing
  • Cost: R495 with a wine pairing, or R360 without
  • RSVP: Anna-Marie,, 012 654 5203

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Listening to Distant Thunder: View Works by Peter Clarke (1929 – 2014)

Listening to Distant ThunderListening to Distant Thunder by Elizabeth Rankin and Philippa Hobbs celebrates the life and art of Peter Clarke, one of South Africa’s foremost artists.

Written over the span of seven year’s in collaboration with Clarke, this book puts his life in the context of the social history of South Africa from the 1940s onwards.

If you want an idea of the value of Clarke’s work, have a look at fine art auctioneers Strauss & Co’s website for a record of his pieces auctioned, and to be auctioned, by them:

Peter Clarke

We have auctioned 33 lots by Peter Clarke

Portrait of a Young Boy
signed and dated 15.3.1972
48 by 35,5cm

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Recognise, Tie and Untie All Knots With The Field Guide to Knots by Bob Holtzman

The Field Guide to KnotsStruik Lifestyle is proud to present The Field Guide to Knots by Bob Holtzman:

Choose the right knot for the job with this unique guide to outdoor knots. Whether you need to build a shelter, abseil a cliff, tie up a horse or anchor a boat, you’ll find the selection process in The Field Guide to Knots quick, easy, and unlike any other knot book. You’ll learn not only how to tie knots, but also how to recognize and untie them, and how to assess your needs and choose from among the often bewildering options of knots, bends, hitches, loops and lashings. Clear step-by-step instructions accompanied by colourful diagrams make even complex knots easy to learn and remember. The Field Guide to Knots contains 70 carefully chosen knots that provide invaluable tools for safety, survival, and enjoyment of every outdoor sport.

About the Author

Bob Holtzman has been writing about outdoor sports for more than 25 years. A former editor of boating and outdoors books for International Marine and Ragged Mountain Press in the US, he is the author of The Camping Bible, Adventure Survival Handbook, and a series of boating books for children. He enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking and writing the blog Indigenous Boats, and he is president of Mythic Gear, a company that manufactures drysuits for boating and paddlesports in the US.

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Over 70 Delicious Recipes for Main and Side Salads: Presenting All Sorts of Salads by Chantal Lascaris

All Sorts of SaladsStruik Lifestyle is proud to announce All Sorts of Salads by Chantal Lascaris:

All Sorts of Salads features over 70 delicious recipes for main and side salads. Gone are the days of having lettuce as your main ingredient as this book will take the home cook out of his or her salad rut and provide some interesting and tasty dishes to explore and enjoy!

The book is for anyone who wants a greater choice of salads in their daily diets, including those who want to prepare them for health reasons. It has a helpful “shortcuts” section that advises the reader on what can be prepared beforehand and frozen, as well as a whole chapter devoted to making fresh and delicious homemade salad dressings.

All Sorts of Salads is simple enough for novice home cooks, yet also provides inspiration for experienced home chefs.

About the author

Businesswoman Chantal Lascaris and her husband Reg Lascaris, who is very well known in the South African advertising industry, often have to entertain guests from all over the world. This is what inspired her to make fresh and tasty salads that suit every palate.

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Probeer Seline en Leandri van der Wat se nageregpizzas en oop bobotie-burgers met bier-aïoli uit TWO

TWOMasterChef South Africa se gunsteling susters, Seline and Leandri van der Wat, het onlangs twee heerlike resepte met Netwerk24 gedeel uit hul jongste kookboek, TWO.

Die Van der Wat-susters deel nie net hul resepte vir oop bobotie-burgers met ’n bier-aïoli en nageregpizzas nie, maar ook staaltjies oor hul vroegste kosherinneringe en liefde vir sport.

Pizza vir nagereg? Ja, jy het reg gelees. Die susters vertel: “Maak gerus ’n nageregpizza oor die kole sodat dit ’n heerlike rokerige nasmaak gee aan die soet vulsels.”

Probeer die resep:


Jy het nodig vir 8 pizzas:

- 370 ml water

- 10 ml kitsgis

- 800 g witbroodmeel

- 100 ml olyfolie

- 25 ml sout

- 50 ml versiersuiker

- 1 kg vars swartkersies

- 2 houertjies mascarpone

- 60 ml heuning

“Selfs al is ons so lief vir sport, is dit die kosherinneringe wat daarmee gepaardgaan wat die skerpste in ons geheue uitstaan,” vertel die “sportmal” Van der Wats.

Probeer die resep vir oop bobotie-burgers met bier-aïoli, perfek vir die Rugbywêreldbeker:

Vir die aïoli:

die sap van ½ suurlemoen

2 eiergele

1 knoffelhuisie

sout en peper na smaak

200 ml kanola-olie

125 g komkommer (ongeveer ½ komkommer)

125 ml Heinekenbier, opsioneel

Só maak ’n mens:

1. As jy dit gebruik, verhit en prut die bier in ’n klein kastrol totdat dit met twee derdes reduseer. Dit sal die geur van die bier in ’n kleiner hoeveelheid vloeistof konsentreer. Laat dit afkoel voor gebruik.

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Something for Everyone in The Supper Club – the New Recipe Book by Phillippa Cheifitz

The Supper ClubPresenting The Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz – a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for every occasion:

Cheifitz and a group of her friends get together for a supper once a month. The venue, host and menu change on a monthly basis and the menu is matched to the season or particular occasion. This is the inspiration for the book: preparing a well-cooked and delicious meal for friends to gather around the table and reconnect.

With 16 chapters and 90 recipes, there is truly something for everyone. The recipes range from basics such as Lemon Olives and Feta and Phyllo Appetisers, to Crumbled Lamb Pie, Lemon-poached Fish with Fennel and drinks such as Frozen Strawberry Margaritas and White Sangria to delicious desserts such as Warm Ricotta Cheesecake and Hot Cherry Sauce and Crisp Apple Wontons with Apple Sorbet.

The Supper Club will inspire young and old to revamp the age-old tradition of gathering around a beautifully set table with loved ones.

About the author

Phillippa Cheifitz is a well-known Cape Town author who currently contributes to the Woolworths Taste magazine and has won many awards for her books, which include Monday to Sunday, Cape Town Food, Seasons and Day to Day.

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Ronald Cohen’s Portfolio of Architectural Studies Collected in Cape Town – A Study in Watercolours

Cape Town - A Study in WatercoloursFernwood Press is proud to announce Cape Town – A Study in Watercolours by Ronald Cohen:

This artist’s portfolio of 25 watercolour prints of architectural Cape Town is a feast of colour, character and perspective. The late Ronald Cohen, architect and artist, spent a lifetime capturing his surroundings on paper. His first love was the urban scene, where he never tired of recording the lines, volumes and details of beautiful buildings, and the play of light on their facades.

Assembled here loose leaf, on A3-sized, high-quality thick art paper, are 25 of Cape Town’s iconic scenes, from soaring classical edifices to rows of flat-roofed semis, and incorporating schools, mosques, churches and homes, from grand to humble.

A booklet is included, in which each work is discussed, giving some history about the site, its architects, influences and inhabitants.

For lovers of Cape Town and its buildings and history, or anyone with an interest in painting, this is a wonderful collection to have, to enjoy, to frame – and it makes an inspired gift.

About the author

The late Ronald Cohen (1936–2007) grew up in Bloemfontein and qualified as an architect in Johannesburg before emigrating to the UK. In London he pursued a successful and fulfilling career in both architecture and interior design, and painted at every opportunity. He travelled widely, producing a rich body of work from innumerable holiday destinations. But it was in Cape Town that he found “everything to delight [his] senses”, and from where his best work emanated.

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