Spotlight on Word Chef Says

WordChefSaysWith all the food blogs in SA seeming to originate in Cape Town, it's nice to have a representative from Jozi for a change!  The Word Chef of Word Chef Says has a professional involvement in food, and the blog is where she lets it all hang out – so to speak.  So let's find out more about the blogger behind the restaurant reviews and recipes: 

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

Jolly old Jo'burg.

2. How long have you been blogging?

Since 2005. I've had about 8 blogs, but I've only kept Word Chef Says going.

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

I work in the food and wine industry, but my blog is my private creative outlet. There are things you can say in a post that you just don't want to, or can't, say out loud out there.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Trying to put creative posts up regularly. Some bloggers have a natural talent for always being entertaining, but others have to really try hard some days!

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

I wouldn't say there's a specific person who inspires me, but there are so many interesting foods and wines out there that just NEED to be tasted. And those in turn NEED to be written about so others can enjoy them too 🙂 I watch BBC Lifestyle often, and read a lot of magazines and articles on food and wine, which inspire me to be more creative. Wine is one of my great passions, and apart from collecting, I am in the process of doing a wine degree (that of course requires a lot of tasting…for learning purposes of course! 😉

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

I generally blog during the week at work. There's nothing like a creative break between doing projects to really just relax your mind! I often blog while I'm eating lunch (reading all our bloggers amazing recipes makes me hungry!)

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

Probably Italian meatballs and spaghetti, with a delicious red blend. I don't have 1 single favourite wine – I have favourites from different farms. Springfield (Methode Ancienne), Warwick, Boekenhoutskloof (Chocolate Block), Cederberg, Blaauwklippen…there are just so many. Depends what food you're drinking it with.

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

There are a good handful, and most of them are talented locals.  Browniegirl, Cupcake, Kingfisher2, Tagine & Tea, Wots for lunch, Jenny Morris, Nafisa….are some of my good blogging buddies who's blogs I visit regularly.

9. Favourite restaurant?

Different one every month – January is Bistro 277 on Main in Bryanston, Jhb. I also love the restaurant at the Victory Theatre.

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

French champagne, brie and cranberry pizza starter, a good hearty oxtail main, a white choc TV bar for dessert, good cup of coffee with an amarula liqueur……then a bottle of vodka so I won't be aware of my descent from this planet!

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Spotlight on Mint Tea and Tagines

MintTeaTagine copy I always maintain that expats have an unusually high affinity for blogging – which is great because as an expat you find it easy to come across like minded people in the blogosphere that share your viewpoint from the outside of your country looking in.  And this affinity is definitely increased when the blogger in question is a fellow South African!  But this is not the only reason why I fell instantly in love with Mint Tea and Tagines, written by South African expat Wendy in Morocco.  Where to start… it might have been the lovely writing style, the beautiful photos affording us a glimpse into a foreign world, or the drop-dead delicious recipes.  Or a combination of all three!  Let's hear what Wendy has to say for herself.

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

We have been living in Morocco since March 2008

2. How long have you been blogging?

5 months

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

It is such an exciting adventure to live in Morocco, so it is nice to share experiences with people who (I hope) appreciate the food aspects of a country like this. It is also interesting to read what other people enjoy and there are some really good recipes you pick up along the way. I really enjoy taking photos as well so it is a good place to share this.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

None as yet

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

It would definitely have to be the places I have travelled to and live in. I love the experience of being in a new country, tasting what locals eat, going into supermarkets and little shops to see what there is for sale… Morocco is great as you can really be inspired by seasonal fruit and veg, what's available for that day in the market and sometimes whatever someone has kindly given you as a gift. Spain is my other love at the moment and being just a ferry ride away is definitely beneficial!

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

I fear I am becoming a bit of a blogaholic, so pretty much whenever I get the chance! I do like to try and get as much in when the kids are still sleeping in the mornings, or later at night.

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

I cant say my signature dish, but something I do rather well (if I have to say so myself) is my homemade ravioli.

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

I keep track of the Food24 blogs, as well as a couple of others that I sort of migrate to via sites like Cooksister! I also like Foodbuzz as there are loads of really good blogs on there.

9.  Favourite restaurant?

One of the most memorable I have ever been to would be a tiny restaurant called Pique Nique in the back streets of Beira, Mozambique…the best seafood ever!

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

Butternut Ravioli in Sage Butter Sauce

Lamb Mechoui with roast potatoes

Asparagus for veg 

Some French and Italian Cheeses 

Lindt Dark Chocolate

Mint Tea

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Spotlight on Spit or Swallow

SpitOrSwallow copy Ever found yourself at a loose end in the Cape winelands, keen to go and do a sneaky wineroute but not sure which farms will deliver the most bang for your buck, so the speak?  Well, newcomer Spit or Swallow is the answer to your prayers! The Spit or Swallow team's mission is to visit every wine farm in South Africa and to review it for your viewing pleasure.  Plus there is also an opportunity for you, the reader, to leave your own reviews of the estates they visit.  Let's find out a little more behind this intrepid and dedicated team.

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

In Cape Town South Africa. Close to all the wine lands. Our mission is to visit every wine farm in the Country and blog about it.

2. How long have you been blogging?

I've only started blogging from Nov '08, although we've been visiting wine farms for years before that.

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

Experiencing something new and always learning more about wine, and the industry as a whole.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Not enough time to visit a lot a wine farms. We normally only have weekends and for some reason wine farms close quit early on Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Good wine

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

At home, but we normally try and tweet directly from my phone, when visiting the farms. Almost like a live report. We do have a policy to do a twitter entry everytime we open a bottle of wine.

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

Food: Tomato stew
Wine: Saronsberg – Provenance Rooi 2005 (Bordeaux blend)

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

I do follow a lot of wine farms and wine journos on Facebook and twitter.

9. Favourite restaurant?

Ginja – Cape Town

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

a King Cone (like a Cornetto – ed.)

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Spotlight on Kitchen Diary

KitchenDiary

It's funny how you read one post from a blog and you just KNOW you're going to like the writer.  That's exactly what happened when I first came across Kitchen Diary.  Browniegirl is just so talented, and so wise, and shares not only recipes but also wonderful life stories, like her post this week on memories of her nursing career.  But the star remains the food – I mean… Nutella love bites, stilton soufflés, pancakes… and the yummy list continues, all made with love and usually with a story attached.  So let's get to know the lovely lady behind the blog a little better:

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

I live in Fish Hoek, Western Cape,  South Africa   

2. How long have you been blogging?

I'm really a baby in the blogging sense of the word, I started writing my own blog in July 2008. I have been reading and commenting on other blogs for about 18 months before that. I love it!!!

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

I think first up "meeting" so many fantastic people all over the world who share my passion for food. Also, I have learned sooo much from other bloggers since I started reading blogs and it has really got my creative juices flowing….in more ways than one, lol! The many ideas out there are wonderful. Its like owning a massive cook book!!! It got me photographing everything I attempt now in the kitchen. Family has to wait for the flashes to finish before they can tuck in!!

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Not enough hours in the day to blog……..seriously it is time consuming if you want to do it properly and communicate with all your commentors. As a result I don't get to read all my favourite blogs as often!! Its great though I love it….kind of addictive really (blush)!!

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

Firstly – my mom who was a great cook and baker in her day. More recently I love Gary Rhodes, James Martin, Rick Stein, Antony Worrall Thompson, David Lebovitz and of course Nigella & Jamie……and then those fantastic bloggers I was talking about….Warda at 64sq ft Kitchen, Ilva at Lucullian Delights, Jeanne at Cooksister (you may blush now, Jeanne!), Susan at Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy….hmm too many to mention!! 

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

My PC is in my study. I blog anytime when I can, especially when I have just baked, taken and edited photos!!

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

Oh goodness, there are so many dishes that I just love. My hubby would say my Spaghetti Bolognaise. My dog would say the gourmet chicken pasta with veg I cook for her every day, for myself my brownies…the ones with the cheesecake topping!! I enjoy a good smooth merlot and in summer I really enjoy Four Cousins sweet rose – yummy!!

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

Faaar too many to mention here but a few I have mentioned above and you can add all the food24 blogs and about 50 more at least onto that. Gosh I have to go now….lotsa blogs to read 🙂

9. Favourite restaurant?

For all those expats out there….sorry but I have to say this……..SPUR for a fabulous Pepper Burger!! Then there is a tiny restaurant in Muizenberg called Carla's where I tasted my first prawns last year at age 55 (that was my age not the prawns!!!) A moment not to be sneezed at!! 

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

Low GI/GL be damned……Prawns with lots of fresh red chilli, croiander & lime braaied over hot coals served on a bed of savoury rice and of course I would hate to exit this mortal coil without having Norwegian Salmon prepared a last time by my son in law…….wink wink nudge nudge I hope he sees this and for dessert ice cream and bar one sauce (lots of sauce!!)

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Spotlight on Vanielje Kitchen

Vanielje Kitchen One of the huge advantages of blogging is the phenomenal people that you meet, and last year I had the great pleasure of meeting Inge of Vanielje Kitchen.  After a brief meeting in London, I traveled out to Somerset to visit her and it was as if we had known each other all our lives.  Inge's passion for food is inspiring and I was thrilled when whe told me she was going to spend six months this year in South Africa writing a cookbook with her mom.  If it's anything like her site, it can only be gorgeous! **UPDATE**  After a misunderstanding with her blogging platform a month or two ago, Inge sadly lost a lot of the content and all the formatting of her beautiful blog - the current version is a visual shadow of its former self, but the writing and recipes remain inspiring.  I hope that after the writing project is complete, Inge will be back with us in full force!

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

I am usually in Somerset which is just a little bit further on than Wiltshire.  I am lucky enough to have an apartment in one wing (the west wing no less) of an amazing Georgian manor house in a beautiful park near Bath.  Perks:  Organic kitchen garden, deer in the front park, venison on the table and amazing neighbours. At the moment, however, I have taken six months time out which I am spending in glorious Cape Town, helping my mom set up a new business and writing a cookbook with her.

2. How long have you been blogging?

Forever and not long enough.  I never have the time I want, yet the support and love makes me feel like I’ve always been part of the family.

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

I love being able to revisit a great meal once the original has been long consumed.  And I like the thought that I am creating a record for my daughter, as my mom has passed her knowledge on to me.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

There is not enough time to cook all I want, eat all I want, read all I want…wow, half the world should be so lucky!

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

My mother, Kassie, as always is my mentor, my inspiration and my muse.  My dad is my biggest cheerleader and my daughter is my biggest critic.  I cook because it is creative, as is writing, and for my inspiration I only have to look at my world around me.  Colours, scents, memories, family, friends, occasions, it is all an excuse to eat.  I LOVE FOOD.

 6. Where and when do you like to blog?

I blog at my desk in the lounge, usually at 3am, or with the tv blaring (my husband and daughter are both half deaf).  I would like to be able to blog surf in bed on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with the sun streaming in my bedroom window and a large coffee tray on the floor next to my pile of books and magazines.  Or post in the kitchen whilst enjoying a cup of tea, with some biscotti in the oven and a little Louis on my cd player.  I am currently saving all my 2p coins towards a laptop with wifi.  Have connection, will travel.

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

Food.  And by that I mean real food.  Simple, delicious, intense, seasonal, easy, real FOOD.  And chocolate (but that’s uberfood:  Theobroma cocao – food of the gods.)

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

http://vanielje.com/blog/other-peoples-kitchens/

 and counting.  There are so many good writers and cooks out there.

9.  Favourite restaurant?

River café in London. It’s been a while since I went and it is pricy but I’ve never had a bad meal there and I always want to order at least half the menu.  Usually it’s a good day if there are more than three things on a menu which entice me.  The downside of growing up in a restaurant is that I’m really fussy.  Not that I like fussy food.  I like simple food, but then there is nowhere to hide and it has to be perfection itself.

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

It would have to be one of my mom’s big family meals.  Everyone sits down to a table groaning with seasonal dishes which seem to keep replenishing themselves, and everyone can have as much or as little of their favourite dishes as they wish.  Somehow my mom always seems to get it exactly right and I have seen more ecstatically satisfied and gloriously replete guests reluctantly leave her table, than any other I’ve ever eaten at.  Those who have eaten her food find it instantly recognisable, and her table is never empty.  I could think of no better last meal than one eaten with my family and friends.

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Spotlight on Tongue Tickle

TickleJPG When I first stumbled across the Food24 bloggers last year, one of the first blogs to catch my eye was Tongue Tickle.  The pictures were colourful and eye-catching, and the writing style was so bright and enthusiastic – and the enthusiasm was contaigious!  As I got to know the blog's lovely owner Naqiyah, I realised that the blog is merely an extension of her bright and bubbly personality.  Naqiyah shares her knowledge of traditional dishes (she even did a feature on the foods eaten during the holy month of Ramadan) as well as mouth-watering goodies such as the sensational choc-mint brownies whe's tempting us with at the moment.  Let's get to know her better…

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

Johannesburg, South Africa, in a kitchen that spills out her secrets almost everyday!

2. How long have you been blogging?

I've been a blogger-voyeur for as long as i can remember. But I put finger to keyboard early in 2007, February. What a wonderous world it has opened for me! Nothing feels greater than sharing your passion, and love of food with people.

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

Its about the connection – the joining of one common language that is food. I love the harmony plating up something delish, and having the world view your art. It is art right?

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Plenty! "which angle to take the pic from", "how many ladybugs should i put crawling out of my polenta pud.." !! Blogging is therapeutic. I use my love of design and photography to make my food more appealing to the eye, and to encourage poeple to try to make it.

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

My husband. he loves good food! And he's always proud of my many foodie achievements. Nothing feels nicer than putting out a well presented plate at supper time, and have him say how lucky he is 🙂 after all, we do eat with our eyes 🙂

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

Early mornings for me. It helps me clear up my day to get on with designs, or arb house things. I blog as i cook, so apart from making the time, its my escape to something other than work on my pc!

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

Until recently, my love of 5 fruits and veggies a day. I love fresh juices, and curries prepared with some or the other veg thrown in. I often find myself starting with a simple mutton curry, and adding carrots to it for more depth.

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

Jeanne's, my super sweet Cooks! 😉 and a few that i normally stumble upon by accident. theres a wealth of glorious food blogs available, so I catch up when not working or cooking.

9. Favourite restaurant?

I'm a traitor! i used to love Adega until 2go opened it doors. I love the range of Middle-Eastern food and pastas available. And I have to try almost everthing that i can eat on their menu!

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

Solly Mangra's mutton biryani!

 

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Double triumph for La Colombe at the 2008 Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards

Remember a while back I posted about the Eat In Produce Awards?  Well now it's the turn of the Prudential Eat Out Restaurant awards.  The 2008 awards were announced at a ceremony in Cape Town late November last year, and it seems that I'm not the only one smitten with La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig.

La Colombe was not only awarded the 2008 Restaurant of the Year title, but chef Luke Dale-Roberts also won 2008 Chef of the Year. The awards are regarded as the “Oscars” of the restaurant industry and are judged by a highly-regarded panel that includes Eat Out’s award-winning editor Abigail Donnelly as well as restaurateur Dario De Angeli, director of the SA Chefs Association, Arnold Tanzer, and food alchemist Peter Goffe-Wood. Two other high-profile awards, the Prudential Eat Out Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Woolworths Taste Bursary Award, went to Frank Swainston (whose divine honey roasted chicken is one of my kitchen standbys) and Nerita Bharuth respectively.

Another area (one often sadly neglected in even top South African restaurants) that received recognition was service, and the 2008 Prudential Eat Out Service Award went to Terroir in Stellenbosch.   Service staff were praised for their great attitude, from the reservation process and menu knowledge, to matching wine with food.  As the judges rightly pointed out, it's not only about hiring the right people but also about training them properly, developing their skills and (hopefully!) retaining them.  I could not agree more – roll on the era of the professional waiter in South Africa, and make sure you pay them a competitive wage!

The Prudential Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants were also announced on the night.  Given the variety, both in terms of geographical distribution and cuisine, local and international fine diners will have ample scope to map an exciting new gastronomic route through South Africa’s best eateries.

The 2008 Prudential Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants in order from one to 10 are:

1. La Colombe (Cape Town) – Chef: Luke Dale-Roberts

2. Jardine (Cape Town) – Chef: George Jardine

3.  Terroir (Stellenbosch) – Chef: Michael Broughton

4. Overture (Stellenbosch) – Chef: Bertus Basson

5. Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient (Pretoria) – Chef: Chantel Dartnall

6. Rust en Vrede (Stellenbosch) – Chef: David Higgs

7. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek) – Chef: Margot Janse

8. Roots at the Forum Homini Boutique Hotel (Johannesburg) – Chef: Philippe Wagenfuhrer

9. Bizerca (Cape Town) – Chef: Laurent Deslandes

10. Hartford House (Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands) – Chef: Jackie Cameron

Also launched on the evening was the 2009 gold issue of Eat Out magazine.  The new directory reveals the Prudential Eat Out Awards winners and showcases the 1 000 best places to eat in South Africa. So armed withyour copy, you'll never have to wonder where to go for dinner again!

Congratulations to all the very deserving winners and thanks to Prudential for sponsoring such a great event.

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Spotlight on The Cru

TheCru If there's one thing you have to love (or hate!) about South Africans, it's our directness.  Other bloggers may waffle on about their philosophy and inspirations, but when you visit the "About" page at The Cru, this is what you read: "My name is Brendon Shaw and I love wine."  Sounds like the opening line from a Wineblogaholics Anonymous meeting, doesn't it!  But you can't fault it on accuracy – Brendon certainly does love wine – that much is obvious from every post.  The Cru is dedicated not only to bringing you tasting notes but to bringing you the "all-encompassing experience of wine" – the wine, the company, the setting, and anything else that makes a wine-drinking occasion memorable.  Never one to shy away from controversy, you can also expect some heated debate from Brendon on the state of the South African (and international) wine industry.  Let's get to know him a little better.
 
1.  Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
 
Cape Town – South Africa

2. How long have you been blogging?

 
One year and ten months.

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

 
Being able to express myself in writing, share experiences with random people from around the world and give South African wine as much exposure as I can.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

 
The technical issues that I just cant get my head around. Wanting something to look a certain way and it coming out completely different. And I guess on the wine side, all my friends thinking that I'm some sort of wine guru/snob now just because I write about it. Not the truth – I'm just passionate about it and it's all just a big learning curve for me – plus wine is completely subjective isn't it.

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

 
I've always liked writing and can't single out an inspiration for that. Drinking wine? A bottle of 1987 Meerlust Merlot -  it all just made sense. Cooking? BBC Food and my mothers refusal to cook for her four boys! 

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

 
At work! No, whenever I have a free moment and/or feel the necessary motivation.

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

 
Well I reckon if I was to choose a dish for "Master Chef Goes Large" it would have to be: Rosemary and Garlic Pan Seared & Oven Roasted Chops on a bed of crushed Sweet Potato, Peas and Butternut, with my old mans chilli oil drizzled over the top and caramelized onions on the side.
 
Favourite Wine : Anything from Thelema, Tokara, Camberley or Solms.

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

 
 
At the moment it's La Brigada in Buenos Aires. In the recent past and an all time favourite – The Hussar Grill, Rondebosch.

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

 
Starter: Deep Fried Camembert Philo Pastry Cigars with Strawberry Liqueur
Main: Argentinean Bife de Chorizo with Provincial Fries
Dessert: A 1L mixture of  Almond, Pistachio and Dark Chocolate ice cream
Wine: Angelica Zapata Malbec 2003 (I'll have a case of that thanks!)
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Spotlight on Mother City Living

MotherCityLivingIf you live in Cape Town, "living the good life" usually means things like hanging out at Po Na Na or Kennedy's Cigar Bar and cruising Camps Bay in your convertible on sunny days.  But for Pia of Mother City Living, it means seeking out a life that includes "good food, beautiful places, and excursions to the great outdoors, all within the realms of an ordinary person's budget". Pia seeks out Cape Town's organic food and crafts, as well small, independent producers and retailers – and then shares this treasure trove of info with us on her blog.  So step inside Mother City Living and start living the good life!

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

South Africa (Cape Town)
 
2. How long have you been blogging?

Since August 2006 – so just over two years now!
 
3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?

The more I write about food, the more I learn about how much incredible variety there is out there.  And meeting all the wonderfully enthusiastic folks out there who believe in all things good, healthy, natural and organic really and truly floats my boat. 
4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Not really!
 
5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?

I love food – good, natural, sustainable food.  It's good for me, and it's good for the planet.  What inspires me to write about it is the hope that, little by little, I may be able to share my enthusiasm, and others will love it (and the planet) as much as I do – so that we can all live the good (green) life.  (Yes, I do have rather strong tree-hugging tendencies!)
 
6. Where and when do you like to blog?

From my laptop, wherever that may be, and whenever inspiration strikes (and there's an internet connection to get it out into the world).  I'm always particularly busy after the weekend, as I'm usually off to various markets in search of organic goodies.
 
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?

No two dishes of mine are ever the same… I cook using whatever's available in my garden, or from the local market.   I'm not a big wine buff, but I rather like Excelsior reds.
 
8.  What other food or wine blogs do you read?

9.  Favourite restaurant?

I don't eat out much, but you can find me occasionally at Olympia Cafe in Kalk Bay, or Mamma Roma in Lakeside.
10.  For my last meal on this planet I would order…

A sushi platter with all the trimmings!
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Spotlight on Hell’s Kitchen (now Piece of Cake)

HellsKitchen When I say Hell's Kitchen, many people would think immediately of Big Sweary Gordon.  Not me though – I think immediately of talented SA food blogger Nafisa whose blog is called Hell's Kitchen!  (Update – Nafisa's blog is now called Piece of Cake - different name, same great content!).  It's thanks to Nafisa that I even discovered the wealth of blogging talent gathered under the Food24 umbrella:  she contacted me to ask to be added to the SA Food and Wine Blogger directory, and by following links on her site I discovered many other great foodies.  Nafisa regularly serves up delicious recipes, ranging from the super-healthy to the super-decadent.  Let's find out a little more about her:

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

Originally from Durban, but happily living in Johannesburg (South Africa)

2. How long have you been blogging?

I started in 2006 but been blogging about food since March 2008

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

That I can show everyone how easy it is to whip up a meal.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?

Sometimes I feel I've run out of ideas. So I started buying food books and magazines – the options are endless!

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

I'm currently enjoying the BBC Lifestyle channel. I'm a fan of Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay (of course), Nigella, Anjum Anand and several others. Watching all those cooking shows makes anyone feel like they can do it. I also like trying out stuff that are my favourite dishes from eating out.

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

I usually blog on weekdays during the day and sometimes from home.

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

Butter Chicken

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

I'm also part of Food24's blogging community so I read those ones and several others that I've linked on my blog.

9.  Favourite restaurant?

For now, Bukhara

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

Some sushi as a starter, a platter of grilled king prawns as a main and some tiramisu for dessert!

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