this week i wrapped up a new blog design for the wonderful local food stylist, recipe developer and food blogger Sam Linsell of Drizzle & Dip. Sam and i actually live in the same neighbourhood – we are known to bump into each other at our local woolworths (she once caught me there lingering in the cheese section). so it was a lovely project for me to work on, especially because i got to look at her food photography all day long. something which you shouldn’t do when you haven’t eaten, by the way.
here’s a bit of fun for you on this fine Saturday. maybe you went out last night, had a few drinks, or smashed two bottles of great wine over dinner (yes that’s what we did). in which case it’s highly possible you’re in the mood for a big juicy burger right now to get your weekend going. Fat & Furious Burger is a project by french graphic designers Thomas & Quentin, of Studio Furious, who started putting together elaborate burger ideas during their lunch breaks.
have i ever told you how addicted we are to MasterChef? only the Australian one, mind you. we found the American one way too competitive! and the South African one is just embarrassing. so, my husband and i are complete addicts. the latest season just ended (DON’T google or go to the official website if you don’t want spoilers to ruin your day!) so i have had to fill my MasterChef gap with other food related distractions like that movie Chef, which i really enjoyed, and delving into the occasional food blog.
so last week i came down with the mother of all colds. right now i have a cough so fierce you might think i’m a seasoned smoker (i’m not). apparently they call it a productive cough. well, my cough is being super productive. me – not so much. i have been resting and drinking lots of water and playing too much plants vs zombies on my iPad.
i have been wanting to share this with you since my kitchen tea in September, my bridesmaids organised a printed book filled with a wonderful collection of recipes collected from all the women in my life. the recipes were either their favourites, ones they knew i’d love, or ones that had a special history (like the Buttermilk Sponge cake that Jessica and i have been baking since primary school, or any of the multitude of recipes my mom included). it was designed by Pauli and illustrated with sweet watercolours by Amy. you can faintly see the embossing on the cover – Miss Moss / Mrs Visser – a long running joke that i should change the name of the blog now that i’m married (i won’t!)
when we were in NYC we found it pretty easy to eat out all the time because there was so much variety, and you could eat quite cheaply on the go if you needed to (which was amazing for lazy people like us). but it made me think about when we were going to go back home, and how we’d have to get back into the routine of cooking for ourselves, and doing it without wasting – plus on a budget. cooking for 2 can produce a lot of waste if you’re not clever about it, and you have to be good about using your leftovers or re-using ingredients. i always find myself in the supermarket after work just staring at the food aisles thinking, what on earth can i cook tonight?
Food Studio is a Norwegian collective of food professionals, designers and photographers who love, well, food. and natural, Nordic food at that. i first came upon their beautiful design work done by Oslo based studio Bielke + Yang, and then delved a bit into what makes Food Studio tick. they host interesting events, like this one that marries food + music, and set out to challenge the daily way we think about and work with food.
if you don’t read Food52, you should. at the very least subscribe to their newsletter, where you will learn such things as how to make any burger in 5 steps, and how you can stretch one batch of tomato sauce into 5 dinners. they just launched their shop Provisions which stocks kitchen essentials and even pantry ingredients. some interesting items include a salt plate and compostable dinnerware.
you will no doubt remember my old friend Jessica from various posts on the blog, as well as her and husband Luke’s wonderful restaurant Nook in Stellenbosch. after some busy & hectic years they sold Nook and moved to the country for a while, but it wasn’t long before ideas began brewing for their next venture – and that came in the form of The Table at De Meye. already an established eatery, the previous owners Russell and Camilla were sad to sell this little piece of heaven in the winelands – but Jess & Luke planned to continue the tradition of family-style dining inspired by local & seasonal ingredients.
it all started with cheese.
i fell in love with Taleggio cheese since Jess introduced it to me. so i made this pie on an icy cold day while on holiday with my family last winter. it was a hit – the cheese and the mushroom and the flaky pastry are a perfect combination. you can actually see my mom slapping my brother’s hand away from it in one of the photos. it was gone in 5 minutes.