It’s been a good long while since there was a new blog post around these parts and even longer since there was a packed lunch. This year I want to get back to sharing my packed lunches here with you. I’m going to start slowly. I’m out of practice so it’ll be almost like starting from scratch. I hope you’ll stick with me as I find my blogging feet again.
This meal, as with most of my packed lunches, is basically leftovers from dinner the night before. It was meant to be a chicken noodle stir-fry. But the chicken I had waiting in the fridge had crossed over to the dark side. So I bumped up the veggie content and added roasted cashews for some varied texture and sriracha chilli sauce for some flavour.
Smoky stir-fried noodles,
steamed sugar snap peas, rainbow carrots and broccoli,
Autumn in Cape Town, possibly my favourite time of year. There is a chill in the air, but it’s still sunny during the day and my cat is extra generous with her purr-filled snuggles. It’s also time for one of my favourite food themed events, Taste of Cape Town.
The event started yesterday evening and runs until Sunday and is once again being held at the Green Point Cricket Club. Tickets cost R80 for a standard ticket (R100 at the door), R180 for a premium ticket (R200 at the door) and R685 for Taste Clubhouse Experience tickets. All tickets include entry to the festival and a wine tasting glass, a premium ticket includes R100 worth of Scoins (the festival currency) and a clubhouse experience ticket includes R150 worth of Scoins plus complimentary bar service in the private clubhouse and a Taste of Cape Town gift.
Inverroche gin tasting
Las Paletas ice lollies
Lindt chocolate studio
There are seven participating restaurants this year, plus an additional two pop-up restaurants which will change each day, offering tasting portions of three dishes each. Alongside the restaurants there are various theatres and experience tents where you can participate in a hands on session or watch a dish being prepared. As well as a food market featuring artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries.
I attended the festival last night and was lucky enough to receive complimentary entry to the event for myself and Richard (my boyfriend). Our game plan for each year’s event is to share the dishes we buy so we get to taste a wider variety and make our Scoins go a bit further. Here are some of the dishes we tried.
If you live in Cape Town and are a fan of all things beer you will no doubt know that the fourth annual Cape Town Festival of Beer is taking place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club next weekend. I myself attended the festival for the first time last year and enjoyed meeting brewers from all over the country, tasting many new to me brews and even managed to find a few that appealed to my lager averse palate.
This year there will be over 200 beers to try, as well as guided beer tours and a larger than life beer pong tournament. Apart from all the beer there will also be food stalls, live entertainment and even some wine options for those not to fond of the beer side of things. There will also be a designated kiddies areas with child minders so there is no need to fret if you can’t find a babysitter.
Tickets can be bought via webtickets at R120 (including a beer glass). But for you lucky blog readers, I’ve got two sets of double tickets to giveaway for either the Friday (22 November) or Sunday (24 November) sessions. To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below to leave me a comment telling me which of the beers or other aspect of the show you are most looking forward to. You can also optionally tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry. Entries close at 12:00 next Tuesday (19 November) and I will randomly choose two winners once the giveaway has been closed.
I’ve been invited by Tandy over at Lavender and Lime to host the November 2013 instalment of her I Made It Challenge series. With the last three challenges being nougat, cassoulet and mission impossible (!), I knew I wanted to choose something simple yet still impressive. Something I’ve been wanting to try, but just haven’t gotten around to.
After thinking about it for awhile it finally came to me. Paneer! A squeaky fresh cheese that I’ve most often encountered in Indian cuisine. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making this for the longest time, but being the supreme procrastinator that I am, just hadn’t gotten to it yet.
So my challenge to you it to make your own paneer and use it in a dish of your choice. I will probably be following the instructions over on The Kitchn or wikiHow, but you are welcome to follow whichever recipe/instructions you feel most comfortable with.
If you choose to participate in this month’s challenge please take note of the following.
Everyone who takes part must link back to this post
So it’s the last day of the 14 days of Zespri challenge and as a reward for sticking with me during all the kiwifruit madness I have a little giveaway for you.
Not only did the awesome people at Zespri supply me with a few a two week supply of kiwis and and pack of kiwifruit accessories, they also gave me an additional pack of items to give away to you.
The hamper consists of the following items:
a Zespri branded lunch bag,
a Zespri Gold lunchbox with matching spife,
a Zespri Green kiwifruit holder with matching spife,
a Kiri kiwifruit hand cream,
a Kiri kiwifruit lip balm and
a Fruit & Veg City voucher to the value of R150 to buy your own two week supply of kiwifruit.
To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below to leave me a comment letting me know which of my 14 Days of Zespri posts was your favourite. For extra entries share a photo of you doing something funny with a kiwifruit or tweet about the giveaway. You’ll have a week to enter and I will close entries next Sunday, 29 September 2013 this Friday, 27 September 2013 and announce the winner the following Monday.
We’re nearing the end of the Zespri kiwifruit 14 day blogger challenge, today’s challenge is to think up a refreshing kiwifruit drink.
Although it’s still pretty cold in Cape Town, it’s the beginning of Spring and the warmer weather is just around the corner. While we’re still wrapped in warm blankets or huddled around fireplaces most Capetonians are dreaming of Summer days filled with braais and picnics. This kiwifruit and mint rooibos iced tea fits pretty neatly into those daydreams.
Poured into a small thermos I think this would make a lovely addition to a packed lunch. Or you could spike each glass with a shot of vodka or spiced rum before pouring in the tea for an iced tea cocktail, yum!
4 Tbsp loose rooibos or 4 rooibos teabags
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
1 litre boiling water
4 tsp honey
1 kiwifruit pureed
Place the rooibos and mint into a tall jug (I used a coffee plunger due to the loose rooibos) and pour over the boiled water.
Leave to steep for at least 15 minutes, the long you leave it the stronger the flavours will become.
Strain the tea into another just or a bottle.
Add the honey and kiwifruit puree, stir to dissolve the honey.
Stick in the fridge to cool until you are ready to server.
Serve over ice with additional sprigs of mint and slices of kiwifruit if desired.
This is going to be my last packed lunch for the 14 days of Zerspri challenge. I’ve really enjoyed eating my kiwifruit lunches and I’ve loved being able to add some new items to my lunchbox collection. I opted to keep things simple with this lunch so I’ve got a sandwich, a little salad, some crunch veggies and a kiwi hanging out in it personal side cart.
A cheese and pickled jalapeno sandwich on low gi multiseed bread,
a simple baby tomato salad with spring onions,
a few sugar snap peas
and a kiwifruit.
Zerspri are currently running a campaign called Occupy Lunchbox through which they’d like encourage parents and children (and anyone else who packs lunches) to make healthy choices when packing lunchboxes. The ambassador for the campaign is a cutie called KID Z, check her out in the video below to hear all about what she stands for as the face of the Occupy Lunchbox movement.
Over the last week and a half I’ve enjoyed eating kiwifruit in all sorts of ways, but my favourite has to be eating it raw, scoop by tasty scoop. Eating it fresh and raw means I can enjoy a low calorie snack high in vitamins B and C with lots of fibre and that helpful actinidin enzyme. Plus it’s low GI too, sounds like the perfect thing to snack on to me.
Up until receiving my Zespri blogger pack for this challenge I’d never actually eaten kiwifruit with a spoon. *le shock* I’d always just laboriously peeled it, cut it into chunks and then eaten it. Eating it with a spife is just so much less messy and more convenient. I thought I’d share with you visually how I use the Cut, Scoop and Enjoy method along with my cute spife when I feel like a quick kiwi snack.
Zespri are currently running a competition until the end of October 2013 where you could win one of four R1,000 Yuppiechef vouchers. All you have to do is snap a photo of yourself, a family member or a friend enjoying a nutritious kiwifruit using the Cut, Scoop and Enjoy method. Once you’ve got your photo you can then enter the competition by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be uploaded to the Zespri website and the winning submissions will be announced in the first week of November 2013.
Ten days into the Zespri kiwifruit fourteen day challenge, I can hardly believe it. I may not have posted every single day, but I’ve been eating at least one kiwi a day since this challenge started. I’m feeling a little lighter, a little healthier and a whole lot more inspired. I’ll definitely not overlook these fuzzy fruits with the jewelled middles if I see them when out doing our weekly grocery shopping.
I used today’s allocation of kiwifruit in an Asian flavoured coleslaw. I mixed it with sliced celery, julienne ginger, grated carrot, thinly sliced red and green cabbage, a sprinkling of sesame seeds and a drizzle of soy sauce. This is a delicious fresh version of a coleslaw, a lot lighter than mayonnaise laden variety, and is a good partner to the salty smoky kassler.
Kiwi coleslaw with celery, ginger, carrot, red cabbage, green cabbage, kiwifruit and sesame seeds,
a little blue bear bottle filled with soy sauce to drizzle over the coleslaw just before eating,