Food

French Cuisse

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.

French Cuisse is a tumblr by 22 year old William Matthew Vale who works in the restaurant industry. he sees it less as a food blog and more like his own personal “culinary portfolio”. it certainly is a wonderful portfolio given that the food looks amazing and the photos are crisp and inviting. he only posts the ingredients and the end result, so if you intend on recreating his awesome looking dishes you may be in for some trial and error cooking.

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Brunch at The Table

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.

to cheer myself up i paid a visit to my old friend Jessica’s restaurant The Table over the weekend for a spot of brunch. Jess and i have known each other since we were 7, and in my mind we are still just kids – you know? but she’s a grown ass woman who makes amazing food and owns her own restaurant with her husband, Luke.

up till now they’ve only been serving lunch on the weekends at The Table, but they recently started offering brunch on Saturdays – to accommodate people who need to get home in time for the rugby (joking! but only a little bit). if you have ever tasted Jessica’s scrambled eggs, you’ll know. photos by Jessica and myself.

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Brunch at The Table

this is what i ate – portobello mushrooms with lanquedoc cheese on sourdough.

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they have also recently expanded The Table, meaning there’s lots more seating indoors and two cosy fireplaces to choose from. i love this new room with all the fairy lights, and that beautiful round marble top table. you might find me there on Saturdays.

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A Collection of Recipes

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!)

i thought perhaps a nice challenge for 2014 would be to try all the recipes in the book, and possibly share them with all of you. i can’t promise exceptional food photography or styling, but at least you’ll be able to try out my mom’s Malva Pudding, my mother in law’s buttermilk rusks (with coffee in the morning, just the best) or my grandmother’s fudge – which actually made an appearance at our wedding and was a sweet, sweet hit.

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1-2 Simple Cooking

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?

so when i found 1-2 Simple cooking by friends Joy and Tiffany i subscribed right away. not only do their recipes truly look simple, healthy and delicious, but they have also categorised them into handy sections like “fast food”, gluten-free (for all of us trying to avoid the carbs…), vegetarian, vegan etc etc. keep your eye on these two.

1-2 Simple Cooking wants to revolutionize the way singles and couples cook and eat at home. We understand the challenges that come along with cooking for one or one other person – food waste, meal monotony, the dreaded clean up! It’s difficult as it is to learn how to cook, and even harder to maintain on a daily basis. That’s why we’re here – to teach you basic tips, simple recipes, and techniques to simplify your life and empower you to become the home chef you’ve always wanted to be. Cooking should never be fussy and food should always be fun and approachable.





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Food Studio

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.

Food Studio is about sharing stories of people that believe in good and honest food. With good and honest food we mean food that both tastes good, has a positive impact on our health, food that´s responsibly produced, food that´s a result of plants and animals being treated well, and food that inspires us!

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Provisions

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.

We believe that great food isn’t just about ingredients, it’s about everything that makes a meal – it’s about the rolling pin you use to roll out dough for a pie; the vintage server you use to cut the pie once it’s baked; and the beautiful plates you serve it on. We wanted to create a shop that reflects this. But we knew we couldn’t stop at just products. So Provisions also gives you great recipes to make your pie — and an article showing you how to roll out dough like a pro.













Photography by James Ransom

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