Gourmet (South Africa) - - FOOD DIARIES -

Ilove lo­cal and buy lo­cal and sustainably sourced prod­ucts when­ever pos­si­ble; I ac­tu­ally of­ten get my mum to send me a Zim­bab­wean cof­fee called Far­falle that is really de­li­cious. The one cook­book ev­ery­body should own is

Cook with Jamie (12). It’s a bril­liant guide to get­ting into the ba­sics.

My favourite restau­rant in Africa is The Food­barn in No­ord­hoek. I love Franck Dan­gereux’s ap­proach to life, fam­ily and food – and you can taste his food phi­los­o­phy in ev­ery bite.

I would love to meet Mas­simo Bot­tura (7). Up un­til a year ago I would have said Marco Pierre White but I was lucky enough to meet him at the Good Food & Wine Show ear­lier this year.

The top three in­gre­di­ents in my fridge are a good hard cheese (1), a jar of home-made pesto and farm but­ter.

I can’t live with­out a really good, sharp knife (10). If it’s sharp enough it’s your best friend and cov­ers all the main re­quire­ments of a ba­sic kitchen tool.

My favourite food movie is Julie & Ju­lia (4). Not least be­cause I’m a die-hard Meryl Streep fan, but also be­cause it in­cludes so many of my favourite things, from a good dose of nos­tal­gia to blog­ging to clas­sic

French food.

Food in­sta­gram­mars to fol­low? At the mo­ment I’m lov­ing @lind­saysfeast (5) and @ful.filled.

I will al­ways be in­spired by the wit­ti­cisms and end­lessly de­li­cious creations of Deb Perel­man at Smit­ten Kitchen (3) ( smit­tenkitchen. com). She is also the rea­son I first started blog­ging seven years ago.

Per­sonal sig­na­ture dish to cook for friends is pork belly with caramelised onions and a cider gravy (2). My go-to dish on sa­fari is some­thing that cooks long and slow in a potjie pot (11) – a harissa beef brisket comes to mind.

Cook­ing shows I love in­clude Rachel Khoo (9),

I’m an unashamed Nigella Law­son fan and Jamie

Oliver, of course. And good old Rick Stein.

Mu­sic to cook by? Chilled French Café (6).

On my bucket list for restau­rants to visit is Os­te­ria Frances­cana (8). The other me lives in Italy, and this ob­vi­ously ties in nicely with the Mas­simo Bot­tura goals.


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