Nineteen at Steyn City

Recently I recieved my first voucher from Zomato to try out Nineteen – a classy restaurant set in the magnificent Steyn City, Dainfern Midrand. I was very pleased when I saw it was for Nineteen, a restaurant I had been wanting to try for some time.

My partner and I decided to do brunch and we were so glad we did. Surrounded by a golf course, a waterfall inspired by roman aqueducts, and the glass built Nineteen, it was perfect. 

It was the perfect sunny day and we opted to dine from the breakfast menu.

We began with a cappucino and latte and relaxed while sipping on some good caffeine. 

My fiancè and I did find service a little slow, and it was a quiet morning so we were unsure why that may have been, but we were in no hurry so we didn’t mind.

I ordered the eggs benedict and added smoked trout as an extra. It was absolutely delicious.

Ruen ( my fiancè) ordered the full breakfast for R70 and it had it all.

Their food is fresh, with care taken in the preparation of their meals and this made me a very happy customer. Their prices are well worth what you pay as well.

The design of Nineteen is fantastic. African inspiration and texture of wood, steel and glass can be found. Their bathrooms made me fall in love – a touch of elegance with a vintage feel.

Nineteen is a lovely spot for a quiet dinner or a relaxing breakfast date. It is full of class and have the most delightful employees.

If you are giving Nineteen a try, make sure you make a reservation -http://www.steyncity.co.za/nineteen-restaurant.html

It may be a little difficult to find when in Steyn City, so make sure to ask security for directions. Once found you will be so glad you visited.

The Whippet

I have been living in the beautiful city of Johannesburg for just a little over a month and have visited a few restaurants in that time. The Whippet, situated in Linden Randburg has been my FAVOURITE visit so far. 

I absolutely love doing breakfast – people who wake up early for you are people worth having around. 

We were looking for an awesome breakfast spot on Zomato and a friend came across The Whippet. I was so excited to visit when I read the reviews and it definitely lived up to it. 

The decor is simple yet trendy, celebrating local design and architecture. You can opt to sit inside, or the outside seating area along the beautiful buzzing street corner.

The staff are welcoming, friendly and just eager to serve you, and the food is DELICIOUS.

I am a coffee snob and was absolutely pleased with the great cappucino served. 

Our table of four orded a breakfast burger and a blushing steak rosti – both were fantastically good. 

The blushing steak rosti is a potato and herb rosti topped with blushing steak slices, baby spinach, cream cheese and a poached egg. It is covered with a hollandaise sauce and served with a tomato atchar. I am not the biggest steak fan but I could eat the blushing steak rosti for breakfast anyday.

The breakfast burger is a bbq basted smash burger patty with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, onion jam, tomato and a poached egg served on a toasted english muffin.

This has become my favourite restaurant in Johannesburg. You can find more information about The Whippet on Zomato.

So, if you’re ever in Randburg pop into The Whippet and you will be happy you did. 

Address: Corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Linden, Randburg

Granadilla and Raspberry Ice Cream

Summer is almost here, and what better way to cool down than with a frozen dessert using delicious berries. 


I found this recipe on Woolworths Taste and it is incredible. It is super easy to make and you can buy ALL your ingredients from Woolworths. 
It is the perfect dessert to make when you have friends and family over for lunch. I prefer to make it a night before so it has sufficient time to set. 

Here is the link to the recipe:

Easy granadilla-and-raspberry ice cream

How delicious does that look?!

Banting Lamingtons

Healthy eating has become an important part of many people’s lives. It is now easier for us to satisfy cravings with healthier dessert recipes. 

I came across this recipe while looking for a low carb dessert to make, and thought it would be the perfect time to make them after a week of indulgence while away in Johannesburg.

It was pretty delicious. The rich chocolate flavour satisfies the sugar craving, as this recipe isn’t very sweet. It is soft, moist and flavourful. 

Recipe makes 16 squares

Banting Lamingtons

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

4 tbsp xylitol

1 tsp vanilla essence

4 eggs, separated

4 tbsp coconut milk

A pinch of salt

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the sauce

100g 85% Lindt chocolate

3/4 cup coconut milk

2 cups dessicated coconut

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease and line a 15cm x 15cm baking tin

2. Cream butter, xylitol, and vanilla essence until pale

3. Add coconut milk, salt, coconut flour and baking powder

4. Add egg yolks and mix well

5. Whisk egg whites and slowly add to mixture

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Once cooled, cut into 16 squares

7. While the lamingtons are in the oven you can get onto making the sauce. 

8. Start by melting chocolate and slowly mixing in coconut milk

9. Once cool, dunk the squares into the sauce and coat with dessicated coconut. 

I have certainly enjoyed making AND eating this one.


The Waffle house

The Waffle House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you are ever in the South Coast of Kwa – Zulu Natal, The Waffle House is a MUST do!

Located in Ramsgate, this beautiful little place is one of a kind. 

I have been here twice already and the waffles are amazing. They serve up both sweet and savoury waffles and delicous drinks to accompany your waffle. 


I often opt for the sweet waffles because I have a massive sweet tooth. Their prices are totally affordable and worth every cent.


The Waffle house also has a little art gallery and craft shop where local products are sold. 

A little walk leads into the forest, which is serene and peaceful and thereafter gently leads you onto Ramsgate beach. 


We had so much fun exploring The Waffle House. It is definitely a local experience one cannot miss. 

The Litchi Orchard

The last friday of every month plays host to The Litchi Orchard Night Market. An evening of live music, local food, art and craft. 

Yesterday was my first visit to the market in Salt Rock, Ballito. My friends and I gathered for drinks and food while enjoying each others company over the live music in the background. 

We were first attracted to Delish Sisters and enjoyed a decadent chocolate brownie filled with large chunks of chocolate and spurts of caramel treat. For R20 you would receive a large slice of heaven. We walked around hoping to come back for a delicious lamp wrap but they were so good they were all gone when we returned. 

Their peach and rooibos mojito which sold at R45 was a real Friday night cocktail that got me happy. 

Our next stop was Yolis Bakery and on offer were a bacon, avo and feta pizza for R45 and a tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza for R40. Fresh and delicious for sure. They were quite large to eat personally, and difficult to share, as they were not sliced – and that is my only downer for this pizza. 

The bakery also had Belgium chocolate cronuts which caught my eye as soon as I entered. These sold for R25.

Our last stop was a little handmade ice cream shop called Scoop selling Waffles on a stick. Yes, waffles on a stick. 

For R45 you got a waffle on a stick with a choice of chocolate marshmallow sauce, lemon syrup or whisky sauce with a scoop of madagascan vanilla or 70% chocolate ice cream. 

Food markets are something I absolutely enjoy and the Night Market gets a thumbs up from me. I had so much fun. 

Prawn and Mushroom Pasta

It’s a chilly weekend in Durban and why not indulge in comforting food like a prawn and mushroom pasta. 

So easy to make and really delicious. I’ve adapted the recipe from JuliasAlbum.com.

Ingredients

800g deveined and deshelled prawns

3 garlic cloves

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp mixed herbs

1 tsp paprika

400g mushrooms sliced

1/2 cup full cream milk

1/2 cup cream

1 cup mozzarella cheese

250g fettuccine pasta

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Cook prawns with olive oil and garlic. +- 3 minutes. Add in paprika and mixed herbs. Remove from skillet and set aside.

2. In the same skillet cook mushrooms, add. more olive oil if needed. Once soft and juicy, add prawns, milk, cream and cheese. 

3. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer until cheese melts.

4. Cook pasta to package instructions and add to prawns and mushrooms. Season to taste and ENJOY! 

Cheat Tiramisu

A while ago I found a recipe for Chocolate Dessert Fingers on a Facebook recipe group I follow. 

I’ve wanted to try it and finally got the chance to.My mum, step- dad and brother came over for dinner so I thought why not?!

The recipe shares similar ingredients to that of a Tiramisu hence a ‘cheat’ Tiramisu.

Ingredients
1 box of boudoir biscuits/ lady fingers (approximately 24)

250ml of fresh cream 

1 tsp of sugar

180g of milk chocolate 

155g of Nestle dessert cream

300ml of strong black coffee 

Method

1. Pour the coffee into a bowl that is wide enough to dip biscuits into.

2. Begin by dipping each biscuit lightly into the coffee ( 8 for each layer) and place them next to each other.

3. Whip fresh cream with sugar. Use half the whipped cream and smear over the biscuits. Repeat the process. 

4. Dip and lay the last 8 biscuits on top. 

5. Microwave 3/4 of the milk chocolate and dessert cream until chocolate melts. Mix together and gently pour over.

6. Decorate with remaining chocolate.

7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

It was absolutely delicious and definitely worth making for a crowd. 

Crunchy Crunchies

The crunchie is a traditional South African oat cookie bar which is absolutely easy to make and so delicious.

It’s Father’s Day this weekend and my kids at school made some crunchies to gift to dad. They had SO much fun making them and were so delighted they were making something for dad.

The recipe is easy to follow and makes a tray full of cookie squares. They are nutty, crunchy, toasty and they are all things wonderful – in one bite.

Ingredients
250g butter
1 tbsp of golden syrup
1 1/2 cups of cake flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut
2 cups of oats
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

Method
1. Melt butter and golden syrup in a microwave.

2. In another bowl sift in all dry ingredients.

3. Add melted butter and syrup to dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

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4. Press mixture into a medium sized greased tray.

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5. Bake for 20- 25 minutes at 180°C until golden brown.

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6. Once cooled, slice into squares and they are ready for a cuppa.

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I couldn’t believe how easy this was?!

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Happy Baking!!!

Cheesy Butternut Pasta

Hello!

Let it be known that pasta is a favourite of mine. Quite often, my fiancé and I have ‘Meat Free Mondays’ and this recipe for Cheesy Butternut Pasta made it worth my while.

A definite WINNER for winter and so comforting. If butternut can be made into soup, why not pasta sauce hey?!

Here is my adapted recipe for delicious and vegetarian pasta.

You can find the original recipe at http://www.therecipecritic.com

Ingredients

500g of macaroni
1 medium sized butternut
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
3/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 cup of mature cheddar
Salt and pepper
Sprinkle of parsley and feta before serving

Method

1. Cook macaroni as per instructions

2. Peel and de seed butternut and slice into cubes and boil until tender

3. Melt butter and set aside

4. Put butternut, butter, milk, stock, paprika, salt and pepper into a blender and blend until smooth

5. Mix into macaroni

6. Add cheese and mix until melted.

7. Serve with parsley and feta if desired

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A definite hit in my home.

And that’s Tasty on my Table.