Spotlight on Janice Tripepi

JaniceTripepi One of the charming SA food bloggers that I met when I spoke at the South African Food Blogger Conference in Cape Town in March, was Janice Tripepi.  When you read her blog, the energy and enthusiasm just seems to fizz from every page – and when you meet her in person, you find that she is just as bubbly in "real life".  So if you are in the mood for some Italian inspiration with a stop over in Durban, let's have a chat to Janice!

1.  Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world? 

I am based in South Africa – but loooove travelling and have no aversion to change … so today it’s Durban, South Africa ….. tomorrow, who knows!!!

2. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since September 2009 – so over 6 months already

3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?

I really enjoy telling my stories – my food is totally contextual – it fits my lifestyle and mood and always reflects my inner workings.  I invent many of my recipes – following my paritcular desires and fancies on the day.  I will also structure a particular meal around the people who will be sitting at my table.  So blogging for me is primarily a Story that has an accompanying meal  – I love writing – cooking and above all eating.

4. Any downsides or frustrations? 

Not really – I get a bit frustrated with the technical aspect of it all – for instance – badges!!!^&##  a function that I simply cannot fathom.

5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?

I am  inspired by  ingredients – generally I go shopping and find either a piece of meat or veggie in season – and the meal builds from there.  I do also get inspired by recipes – I am a voracious recipe book reader.   Sometimes it’s The Occasion that inspires me – a birthday dinner etc.  Oh me oh my – I guess I have many different inspirations ……. This is not an easy question to answer.  I reckon I could write an entire book on this.
 
6. Where and when do you like to blog? 

I looove to blog in my study in the early mornings after my swim – my mind is sharp and alert and the whole household is still sleeping.
 
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine? 

I am known in the extended Tripepi family for a number of dishes – Mario loves my panetone bread and butter pudding.  Silvana loves my Oxtail, Ricardo my Mediterranean Cabbage Rolls, Crayfish Cardinale, Roast Silverside with mushrooms, Stuffed Fillet, Massimo – my Veal Marsala. Daniele – cotolette ripiene.  And so the list goes on.

8. What other food or wine blogs do you read? 

Everyone’s – I just looove Nina’s My Easy Cooking, her recipes are awesome as are her pics – Mint Tea & Tagine's photographs transport me to Morocco -  I am inspired by Less of Me’s courage, oh gosh here I go again,  I love to read Caro’s wine blog – I am an avid wine drinker but a bit of a plonker with regards to wine knowledge and Browniegirl's – cos I attended the Bloggers Conference in Cape Town in March ….. very very exciting!!!

9. Favourite restaurant?

Well now – I have many – again it depends on my fancy for the day – Ille Maurice – Spiga d’Oro – Harveys – Wakame – Balducci’s – Baia – Sarocco ….  

10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…  
 
A starter that combines foie gras and caviar
A pasta dish – taglietelle with white truffle and butter
A fish course of scallops and crayfish
A meat course of oxtail and sweet breads
A dessert of chocolate – dipped in chocolate – served on chocolate and meringue and a raspberry coulis.
A cheese board – gorgonzola – straccino and parmesan with mustard fruits and grapes.
 
Well – if today was my last day – this is what I would order ……. Tomorrow it will probably be totally different.

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Spotlight on A Minute of Wine

MinuteOfWineI haven't profiled a wine blogger in a while, so it's good to meet Iain & Julie of A Minute of Wine.  They describe their blog as being dedicated to bringing you honest, simple, enjoyable films about some of the top South African wine estates and the personalities that make them so unique. Ian hails from Canada but both of them are now based in Cape Town – all the beter to be near the winelands! Here's the low-down on this dynamic couple:

1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?

I [Ian] am originally from Canada but I visited Hout Bay a few years ago, fell in love (with my now wife Julie), and never left…so Julie and I are based in Hout Bay, and spend as much time in the winelands as possible.

2. How long have you been blogging?

As our "medium" is film, we have officially been blogging for six months, but we have been producing Harvest video podcasts for the past three years (we did the worlds' first online video Harvest report in 2007 – a different film for each day of the harvest), and wine video content for the web for four years.

3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging? 

Without a doubt it is the wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know the personalities behind South African wine, from the winemakers to owners to marketers to cellar hands to viticulturists…everyone is open, inviting and willing to share, even in the heat and pressure of a harvest, which is unbelievable.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Living in Hout Bay means we have to drive the N2 to the winelands every day (during harvest) for content – BIG frustration….but the biggest frustration is the lack of bandwidth in South Africa. Although it is getting better, we look forward to the day when someone can download and watch 6 of our films, all at the same time (as our subscribers in North America and elsewhere can do).

5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?  

Both Julie and I have a passion for wine which is how we started in this business (I have a banking background and Julie is a graphic designer by training). We initially wanted to learn more about how to make wine, so we thought "lets make movies about it" and learn as we go….it has since grown into a passion to promote the South African wine industry on an international stage as best we can…to show the glorious beauty of the winelands and its people to viewers from around the world who would otherwise not be able to visit our shores.

6. Where and when do you like to blog? 

We blog from home and in the evenings…I usually edit the films at night (when all is quiet) and it is easier to upload at night when the strain on bandwidth is less….

7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?

Our favourite everyday drinking wine is the Jordan Chameleon Cab/Merlot – it is affordable, but clearly made with love from everyone on the Jordan farm, and while I am editing I like to drink whatever wine the film is about…often we are in the cellars or vineyards during the day, surrounded by these smells and visions of amazing wine, so it is very inspirational to edit while tasting what's in the bottle, which is usually the distillation and summation of everything we experienced during that day.
 
8. What other food or wine blogs do you read? 

I love reading Neil Pendock, because even though I don't necessarily agree with everything he writes, it is obvious he has no sacred cows, no one he is pandering to, and he is not afraid to say something, even if it means offending his "host" and not getting an invite to the next years function! Honest writing (and filmmaking) is what I look for….Oscar Foulkes, Bruce Jack, Kitchen Cowboy…blogs written from the heart.

9. Favourite restaurant? 

We have recently opened a restaurant in hout bay with our good friend Pete Goffe-Wood called 'Wild Woods' and even if we weren't partners, our favourite place would be wherever Pete is cooking! It is honest, down to earth, amazing food…he is a magician in the kitchen…the people of Hout bay finally have a local bistro worthy of the world class views!

10. For my last meal on this planet I would order… 

An endless plate of Sushi for my wife Julie and as many bottles of Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg as I could find….

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Spotlight on Faridah’s Flavours

FaridahsFlavours Food bloggers in South Africa seem to be so tightly concentrated in the Cape that I get quite excited when I find somebody who is blogging about food from another part of the country – and that was the case with Faridah, who is based in Johannesburg and blogs at Faridah's Flavours.  Faridah writes like the kind of person whose kitchen table you'd like to sit at with a mug of coffee and a rusk for a good chat – and her home-cooking recipes reflect her no-fuss attitude.  Let's get to know her a little better:

1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world? 

Johannesburg

2. How long have you been blogging? 

Since March 2009

3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?  

The friends I've made – and the platform to share my recipes and thoughts.

4. Any downsides or frustrations? 

Hmmm…seeing as I can only blog at work (shhh) I tend to have to WORK more often than I can blog!

5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write? 

My late Dad cooked superbly. My great appetite is my real inspiration.

6. Where and when do you like to blog?  

When I'm having a quiet moment at work – and when I've got something worthwhile to share.

7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?  

Marmalade glazed bread & butter pudding.

8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?  

As many as I can Google!

9. Favourite restaurant?  

Bismillah in Fordsburg. And Lord Prawn. And Ocean Basket. NO, don't make me choose.

10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…  

Roast chicken with a crispy skin, roast potatoes, sweet carrots, chocolate mousse.

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One week to go till South Africa’s first food blogging conference

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If you are a South African food blogger worth your fleur de sel, you will no doubt have looked on with envy as your American and British counterparts attended the BlogHer Food and Food Blogger Connect conferences in the US and the UK. Reams of Tweets reported back on the excellent presentations, and websites filled up with pictures of happy food bloggers finally meeting and mingling "in real life".  Admit it – you felt left out and unloved.

But all that is about to change – the inaugural South African Food Blogger Conference kicks off in Cape Town on Sunday 21 March.  Speakers include Jeanne Horak-Druiff of the award-winning blog CookSister! , Much-loved South African food bloggers Jane-Anne Hobbs of Scrumptious and Nina Timm of My Easy Cooking, and Food24 editor Sam Wilson.  Here's the programme:

  • 09.30 – 10.00:  Registration and Champagne/orange Juice
  • 10.00 – 10.15: Welcome & Introduction by Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris 
  • 10.15 – 11.15: WRITING – 'Finding your Blog Voice' by Jeanne Horak-Druiff and 'Effective Recipe Writing & Editorial Techniques' by Jane-Anne Hobbs
  • 11.15 – 11.45:  'Getting to know your camera' by Nina Timm 
  • 11.45 – 12.00:  Short Coffee Break 
  • 12.00 – 12.45: 'How to be a better Blogger' by Jeanne Horak-Druiff 
  • 12.45 – 13.30:  Lunch Break
  • 13.30 – 14.15: 'Social Networking – Getting Connected' by Sam Wilson 
  • 14.15 – 15.00: 'Food Styling' by Nina Timm 
  • 15.00 – 15.15:  Short Tea/Coffee Break 
  • 15.15 – 16.00: 'The Legalities & Ethics of Blogging' by Jeanne Horak-Druiff 
  • 16.00 - 16.30: 'Monetizing Your Blog – how to make money from blogging' by Nina Timm 
  • 16.30 – 17.00:  Questions & Answers with all the speakers
  • And here are the details:

    DATE:  Sunday 21 March 2010
    TIME:   9.30 for 10am – 5pm
    VENUE:   Giggling Gourmet's Cooks Playground
    COST PER PERSON: R430.00 (including a goodie bag and a buffet lunch but excluding travel or accommodation expenses)

    If you have not yet booked your place, there is still time – please contact Colleen (aka Browniegirl) of Kitchen Diary on collywolly50atyahoodotcodotuk

    See you there!

     

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    Spotlight on Chef Caro

    ChefCaro Chef Caro is not only Food24's nutrition and kids' food expert – she also has her own food blog on the Food24 platform!  Blogging from Cape Town, she shares her restaurant and wine farm visits with us, together with delicious home cooked recipes.  Let's get to know her a little better…

    1.  Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?

    In Cape Town, SA

    2.  How long have you been blogging?

    Just under a year now and i love it, it has opened up a whole new world for me.

    3.  What do you enjoy the most abotu food or wine blogging?

    I love the comments and the community, and of course seeing what everyone else has been up to!

    4.  Any downsides or frustrations?

    Not really, just that i can't get to my blog as much as i'd like.

    5.  What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink or write?

    Fresh produce always inspires me. I buy what looks good and then I 'ready, steady, cook' it from there. It can be interseting, and not always good! But I am learning all the time, you can never know everything. That's what so great about food, it keeps changing and evolving and inspiring me in different days. Who knows what'll happen next?

    6.  Where and when do you like to blog?

    I like blogging in the evening when I have time to really see whats going on and not rushed to get other work done.

    7.  What's your signature dish or favourite wine?

    Hm, I don't really have one, I go through stages. My brownies are famous though, and I can make a mean steak.

    8.  What other food or wine blogs do you read?

    As many as I can!

    9.  Favourite restaurant?

    At the moment, Bombay on the Beach in Muizenburg – as good as it gets Indian. SUBLIME food in a very casual setting and completely reasonable.

    10.  For my last meal on this planet I would order…

    Mashed potato covered in a rich Porcini mushroom and garlic cream sauce. Oh heaven!

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    Spotlight on Spice4life

    Spice4Life Another enthusiastic food blogger from the Food24 stable is Aisha from Durban who blogs at Spice4Life.  From recipes, to traditional housewives' remedies, to words of wisdom… Aisha is your one-stop shop for all of it.  Let's take a closer look:

    1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?

    In South Africa – Durban.

    2. How long have you been blogging? 

    Since January 2009.

    3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging? 

    My passion for cooking and baking.

    4. Any downsides or frustrations? 

    No – simply enjoying it!

    5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write? 

    My family and friends, my daughters inspire me to write.

    6. Where and when do you like to blog? 

    I blog from home and anytime, whenever possible.

    7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine? 

    Roasts and vegetables – all kinds.

    8. What other food or wine blogs do you read? 

    CookSister

    9. Favourite restaurant? 

    Ninos in Westwood Mall – best service and best food.

    10. For my last meal on this planet I would order… 

    Chicken and mayo trammezzini and a mango smoothie.

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    Spotlight on Fairy Food

    FairyFood Who would have thought it would take me nearly five years of food blogging to finally find another foodblogger from my hometown of Port Elizabeth?!  Well, here she is – Debra of Fairy Food!  Clearly we share some roots, because for her last meal, one of the things she'd order is a childhood favourite of mine:  fgazed gammon with pineapple rings & cherries :)  Here are a few more interesting snippets about Debra…

    1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world? 

    I live in one of the most beautiful cities in SA – Port Elizabeth. 

    2. How long have you been blogging? 

    I’ve only started my foodblog in January this year, so I’m quite a newbie

    3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?  

    I love how it keeps me on my toes!  I’m constantly looking for new ideas and it really inspires me to be more creative in the kitchen.

    4. Any downsides or frustrations? 

    Nothing, it is pure joy all the way

    5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write? 

    Well… I’ll say my inspiration is my hubby, it is for him who I’m cooking for after all!  I just love how he enjoys every meal I prepare for him and it motivates me to better myself even more.  But to tell you the truth, I love cooking and I love food and that is inspiration by it self. 

    6. Where and when do you like to blog?  

    I usually blog from home whenever I can find a little time.

    7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?  

    Not really sure what my signature dish is, think it might be my Smoked Ham & Mushroom Lasagna, but I think my hubby might tell you it is my Spaghetti Bolognaise… although I enjoy cooking any form of pasta.

    8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?  

    Oh there is just too many to name them all.  I like to read as many as I can – I’m like a sponge when it comes to food blogs, I can just absorb and absorb!

    9. Favourite restaurant?  

    I’ve got two – firstly I fell in love with Boer’geoisie situated in Pretoria.  Their venison pie is just to die for.  My second favourite is the Oystercatcher in Port Elizabeth – their seafood is really good

    10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…  

    That’s a real tough question!  They’ll have to warn me a week ahead of time so that I can have all my favourites like Bacon Carbonara with fresh crusty Garlic Bread, Calamari, good old traditional Lasagna, a real good quality fillet steak with a creamy mushroom sauce, loads of veggies like Butternut, Peas, Greenbeans… oh and Gammon decorated with cherries and pineapple…. you see there’s just too much food and so little time 😉

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    Spotlight on Scrumptious South Africa Blog

    ScrumptiousIt's always lovely to come across somebody who shares your passion - and there is no doubt that a passion for good food and good writing practically radiates forth from Scrumptious Blog.  But it's even nicer when you meet the person behind the blog and find them to be as warm, funny, caring and interesting as their blog would lead you to believe.  I was lucky enough to meet Scrumptious Blog's Juno earlier this year on a flying visit to Johannesburg and she was all these things!  Although you may not be lucky enough to meet her in person, you can follow her gorgeous recipes on the blog, and find out more about her in this short interview:

    1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world? 

    I live in Forest Town, so close to the Johannesburg  Zoo that we can hear owls hooting in the morning, and the lions roaring at night.  But not for much longer - we are moving to Cape Town at the end of 2009 and I am looking forward to a whoe new chapter in my cooking and eating career.
     
    2. How long have you been blogging?

    In May 2007, I was researching a magazine article (I'm a freelance writer ) about blogging and I wanted to find out how easy it was to create your own blog.  It was an incredibly quick and simple process.  Once I had set up a blog, which I called Salmagundi , I thought I might as well put something in it.  A year later, when recipes were starting to crowd out the other posts on the blog, I started a second, off-shoot blog, entirely devoted to food and cooking.  It was first called 'What's for Supper?' and  some months ago I changed its named to 'Scrumptious Blog'.
     
    3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?

    I love inventing dishes and writing about food and cooking: it's fun, interesting and a good creative outlet. In particular,  I  enjoy writing recipes.  I am hopelessly pernickety when it comes to how recipes are worded and structured: I try  to make my own  ecipes accurate and concise, but at the same time entertaining and informative.  It is a real challenge for me to write an original recipe in plain English that is clear enough for any beginner cook  to follow with confidence, yet not so detailed that it annoys and patronises experienced cooks and foodies.  Another particular joy of writing a food blog is that there are none of the normal limitations set by magazine editors: no restrictions, no word counts, no fears about offending sponsors or advertisers. I can say what I like, and bang endlessly on my drum.  
     
    4. Any downsides or frustrations? 

    My biggest frustration is that, because I usually cook in the late afternoons (I make an evening meal for my family every day) the light fades before I've had a chance to take good-quality photographs.
     I'm also very annoyed that my ancient double oven has no knobs, and that someone (who shall remain nameless) keeps pinching the pair of pliers I use to turn the ovens on.   
     
    I used to get very frustrated about not having the right ingredients on hand to make any recipe I fancied, on impulse, but since I've bought a new, fast, brutally cold freezer, I've taken to quick-freezing virtually every flavouring ingredient I might ever need, with considerable success. I have a good supply of exotic ingredients in my freezer, including every sort of nut, spice, herb, leaf, paste, stock and sauce you can think of.  Okay, there are a few ingredients that don't freeze well (bananas, cream and line-fish, for example) but anyone who tells you that  frozen food is rubbish hasn't explored the possibilities of a freezer, or is just being a snob.
     
    5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write? 

    My mum,  Jenny Hobbs, is both a wonderful cook and an accomplished writer and novelist, and I learned the basics at her elbow.   I am a devoted fan of of the cookery writers Jane Grigson, Claudia Roden, Richard Olney, Marcella Hazan, Maddhur Jaffrey, Simon Hopkinson  and Elizabeth David.  I don't much like TV chefs when they are cooking on camera – they always seem so terribly pleased with themselves, and they hardly ever admit it when they're ripping off other people's recipes -  but I do have great admiration for those TV chefs who are thoughtful, original writers and who espouse good, fresh, non-fussy home cooking:  Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Delia Smith, Rick Stein, Heston Blumenthal, Rachel Allen, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.  My favourite cookbook is the 
    brilliant Lady Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book, by Hilary Spurling, which is a scholarly and inspiring  treatise about Elizabethan food.  I have also learned so much about cooking from South Africa's wonderful but largely unsung women cookery writers, who, through their magazine and newspaper articles and books over the past four decades, have inspired generations of South African cooks:  Philippa Cheiffitz, Annette Kesler, Lynn Bedford Hall, Abigail Donnelly, Ina Paarman, Carmen Niehaus and the various cook-journalists who've been The Star's 'Angela Day'  since 1964. 
     
    6. Where and when do you like to blog?

    I usually blog in the evenings , in my home office, once homework is done and supper is cooked, using notes and photographs I've taken over the previous weekend.   A glass or three of wine helps.
     
    7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine? 

    I don't really have a signature dish but if I  had to choose one it would be probably slow-cooked roast lamb with garlic, oregano and lemon juice, served with crunchy golden roast potatoes.   Or braaied beef fillet with mashed potato, topped with rocket, lemon juice, olive oil, shaved  Parmesan and flaky sea salt. I  am mad - utterly besotted – about salads and vegetable soups, and make one or the other every day. I have an insatiable passion for  deep-red, freshly made tomato soup, and I adore strong, salty, pungent flavours. My favourite ingredients are garlic, olive oil, lemons, cumin, cheese, plain white yoghurt, chillies, biltong, pork sausages, rare beef and all types of fresh and smoked fish.  If I had my way, I would put anchovies into everything, but I'm the only person in my family who likes them.
     
    8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?

    I haven't really got round to reading other food or wine blogs, but since I've discovered the South African Food Blog Directory, I'm looking forward to connecting with other South African food bloggers. 
     
    9. Favourite restaurant?

    We don't eat out a lot because we have a limited budget and no babysitter on hand (my mom and sisters inconsiderately moved from Johannesburg to the Cape and to Sydney a few years back).  And, to tell the truth, I almost always end up feeling ripped off when we splurge on a good meal.  I just loathe cheffy food, especially if it's dished up in a vertical stack, or with foamy sauce that looks like spit, or served on a square plate with little dribbles of sauce or frizzled twirls of this and that.  For down-home, inexpensive meals, I love the pub food at my local (the Zoo Lake Bowls Club); fragrant mutton curry and crispy samoosas from Johannesburg's Oriental Plaza; and the truly sublime, faintingly good Eggs Benedict at Salvation Cafe at 44 Stanley Avenue, Auckland Park.  If I were as rich as a troll, I would fly to Franschhoek every weekend to eat at  Reuben's Restaurant and Bar.   
     
    10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…

    Beef or venison carpaccio with rocket, shaved Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice and Maldon sea salt,  then Eskort pork bangers and mashed potato with onion gravy and peas. No pud, because I don't much like sweet things – but  I would die happy to finish up with a slice of creamy Gorgonzola with melba toast, a few ripe figs or grapes, and a little glass of sweet Cape dessert wine.

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    Spotlight on Kumkani Wines blog

    Kumkani Kumkani is the Xhosa word for king – which tells you a lot about the high regard that this company has for its products.  The company in question is the company of wine people and their five core brands are both household names in South Africa as well as gaining market share abroad:  Thandi (the first certified Fairtrade wine), Arniston Bay, Versus, Welmoed and Kumkani.  Apart from Kukani's main website, they also operate the Kumkani Wines blog from where they aim to inform and entertain us with wine news from South Africa and around the world.  Now read on to find out a little more about the man behind the blog…

    1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
    Stellenbosch , South Africa

    2. How long have you been blogging?
    Just over 1 year (more or less)

    3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?
    To be able to read and write about the things a like and somewhere, someone is reading my writings (thoughts).

    4. Any downsides or frustrations?
    It is sometimes time consuming and it is frustrating when you get no response (comments).

    5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?
    My wife and close friends

    6. Where and when do you like to blog?
    At home, after the kids are a sleep

    7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
    Lamb shanks in a red wine sauce. Favourite wine : Kumkani Cab / Merlot

    8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?
    www.wineandfood.iblog.co.za
    www.blog.arniston-bay.com

    9. Favourite restaurant?
    Pigalle – Green Point, Cape Town

    10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…

    Something that takes very,very long to prepare. Jokes!

    I would order oxtail, with dumplings and a bottle of red wine, preferably a Bordeaux blend.

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    Spotlight on Greedy Gourmet

    GreedyGourmet I can't remember how I came across Michelle's blog Greedy Gourmet, but what I do remember is how thrilled I was.  Firstly, I love discovering new food blogs full of beautiful photographs (which Michelle's certainly is!); and secondly, I had managed to find another food blogging South African, right here in England! And having now met her a couple of times, I can assure you that she is as talented, forthright and funny as her blog would lead you to believe.  So come with me to Michelle's small village in Essex and get to know her a bit better… 

    1.  Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?

    Canewdon, England. A village so small that if 3 cars drove through the high street it was a busy day.

    2. How long have you been blogging?

    My blog was launched around March 2007, but I have really started blogging for about a year and a half.

    3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?

    Eating! Trying out all the different types of dishes out there. I'm also learning constantly, if it's not about the culinary world, it's about photography and writing, it just never stops. I love being stimulated; mentally that is. Oo er, I'll shut up.

    4. Any downsides or frustrations?

    After I have done a photo shoot and sit down to eat, the food is stone cold.  Then I have to listen to my husband whinging, which he excels at; it's Brits' favourite pastime. If the shoot didn't deliver the desired photos I have to do it all over again, which means I'll have to eat the dish again
    where meanwhile I could have tried something else. Me no like repetition.

    5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?

    We live in Essex. Unfortunately, the county's law states that restaurants must serve crummy, mediocre food at best of times, so I realised if I wanted to eat good food, I will have to make it myself. I get my ideas from cookbooks, magazines and blogs.

    6. Where and when do you like to blog?

    In my cluttered (I'm creative, okay?), toy-infested office, when my toddler is asleep.

    7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
    Not a big drinker, but as long as it's white and very sweet. The rest belongs in cooking! Signature dish? Uhm, I don't have one. But Oxtail braised in red wine
    (http://www.greedygourmet.com/2007/07/13/oxtail-braised-in-red-wine/) is one of my favourites.

    8.  What other food or wine blogs do you read?

    http://www.latartinegourmande.com/
    http://101cookbooks.com/
    http://chocolateandzucchini.com/
    http://steamykitchen.com/
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/
    http://cookandeat.com/
    http://whatsforlunchhoney.blogspot.com/
    Oh, and http://www.cooksister.com/ of course. 😛

    There are tonnes of others, but these are the main ones.

    9.  Favourite restaurant?

    Here in Essex, none. Although I'm fond of a lot of restaurants, I've actually started preferring my own cooking, simply because I can choose what I would like, when I like and prepare it how I like it. The name Greedy Gourmet didn't come from nowhere, you know. Hmmm, maybe it should have been
    Control Freak Eater instead.

    10.  For my last meal on this planet I would order.

    Starter: Some fresh, warm seafood medley, like crab and scallops. Main: Slow Braised Lamb Shanks in Red Wine with Roasted Parsnips and Potato Rosti with butter-fried leeks, with tonnes of sauce. Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard….and somewhere in between raw salmon.

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