Food

buttermilk fried chicken

for the first installment of our food series, jess wanted to try a buttermilk fried chicken recipe that didn’t smack of KFC. this isn’t the usual fare at nook, which is probably one of the reasons it was so appealing to make, plus it was a perfect sunny saturday and we had cold beers in the fridge. what goes best with cold beers? fried chicken. you’ll need:

the brine is in order to prep the chicken. bring all the ingredients to the boil and then let it cool down. soak the chicken overnight (12 hours) and then rinse the pieces under water, otherwise the meat will be too salty. basically the brine just makes the chicken super tender (and boy does it turn out tender…)

now prep your coating – mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, spice, paprika) and divide into two bowls.

pour the buttermilk into another bowl.

from here it’s super simple, dip the chicken into flour bowl 1, then buttermilk, then flour bowl 2…

place the battered pieces on a tray lined with baking paper, thusly:

heat your oil so long, to 160 C / 320 F

when the oil is ready place your first piece of chicken in (sizzle sizzle)

turn the pieces every now and then

you can put a few pieces in at a time, enough to sit comfortably in the pot. frying time is 10-12 minutes…

mmm perfectly crispy fried chicken

let them chill on a cooling tray for a few minutes

garnish with your favourite herbs – jess quick fried some fresh marjoram

nom nom nom!

serve with locally brewed beer, crisp white wine & a simple green salad

perfect…

bon appetito…

ps: this was much  much better than KFC, obviously.

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i love coffee

i really liking this new local blog i love coffee

ilovecoffee.co.za is about coffee culture. the beans, the people, the places, the experience. think of it as an expedition to find the best coffee experiences SA has to offer while meeting and introducing you to the people that make it all possible.

perhaps they can help me find the perfect flat white in cape town; at least i have already found it in stellenbosch.

image from simply photo

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debbie carlos

when it comes to food styling i usually find myself attracted to the simplest of shots. something like a perfectly cooked egg on a piece of toast just does it for me. mmm… perfect eggy. debbie carlos has a very tasty looking collection.

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greek salad

after spying a classic walnut, blue cheese & pear salad on robyn maclarty’s blog koek, i immediately thought of my favourite salad of the authentic greek kind. i’m not talking the watered down version you get at mugg & bean and numerous other cafes across the country – greek salad does not have lettuce in it.

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a clock without hands

i wish i had more information about marcine miller (an american living in paris, i think?) – but i do know that her blog is beautiful and her photos are gorgeous (and BIG! i love when people have tons of large photos to scroll through). do yourself a favour and go get lost in her world for a little while. she also has a great flickr stream (how i found her blog in the first place, thanks flickr)

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roast red pepper & tomato soup

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i’ve been making a lot of soups lately  – even though it’s unbearably hot here right now. they’re cheap to make, i can freeze the leftovers (which end up tasting even nicer a few weeks/months down the line when you reheat them), you can eat them hot or cold, and there is little to no margin for error. i mean, it’s soup – toss it in and let it simmer.

so yesterday i made a roast red pepper & tomato soup. i didn’t follow a recipe, i basically had a bag of rosa tomatoes that needed to be used and were too ripe & soft for a salad – and winged it from there.

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happy pancake day

i woke up this morning and it was raining. yay, said me. i love the rain, mostly because it’s the anti-heat (and i loathe heat) plus it also brings that lovely aaah smell in the air. it’s also pancake weather. that was our family tradition (is it yours, too?) – when it rained, mom made pancakes.

but then i noticed pancake day is trending on twitter, is everyone in sync with me today? no, it’s actually shrove tuesday aka fat tuesday – the day you get to stuff your face before lent starts (ash wednesday, you heathens). i don’t practice lent, but i DO practice rainy pancake days.

i prefer crepes to the thick american variety, hot (or cold) with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar & butter. follow this basic crepe recipe, mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with sugar, sprinkle on the pancakes and you’re done. or you could go the whole hog and go the nutella / caramel treat route…

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