3 loves of May

Can you believe that we are in the 6th month of the year! The end of June sees us sitting on the halfway mark…surely I am not the only one still trying to catch up with the idea of a ‘new year’ never mind half way to Christmas!

A higgledy-piggeldy term 2 is wrapping itself up, winter has dug its icy claws into us, days are short but retain the same set of demands as their summer counterpart, moms’ day has gone, dads’ day is approaching, brollies, thermals and fires are a basic daily need as is red wine (which is at its best in this cold) and curry!

And…in the hope of making June more ‘palatable’, allow me to share some of my May loves – happy discovering!

1. Real Meal Revolution

In first place this month is sooooooo obvious it pains me! The Real Meal Revolution is a book that claims it is “changing the world, one meal at a time”. Not only a recipe book of note, but so informative that the Banting movement is an obvious choice. This book doesn’t present theory, but rather scientific fact and proof after proof after proof. It is compiled by a team of greats: Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier and further endorsed and supported by droves of doctors who are jumping on board the low-card crusade based on astonishing personal results to back the Banting theory.

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I am simply energised by the ingenious simplicity found on the pages of this book offering recipe after recipe of mouth-watering magic! Just a few of my faves: turn to page 244 for some Grilled Smokey Halloumi, or how about the Coconut Crumbed Fish with Curry Mayo on page 248, or none other than page 164’s Turkey Cabbage Wraps with Caesar Dressing…and did I forget to mention the Pork Fillet Stir-Fry with Green Chilli Paste and Coconut Milk on page 136. I mean really…..!

Do yourself a favour and get yourself in tune with the Green, Orange and Red pages of this book and don’t look back. And the best part of all – all of these recipe suggestions could handle an Eat.Art spice/ salt or Chilli Addict addition.

2.Popcorn

With a great many more movies being consumed by my kiddies than I am comfortable with owing to the ghastly Cape Town winter wetness (already…and it’s not even July!) that has set itself in cosily, I am finding that I am needing to come up with some creative snack options. Hence, I am indulging in a little love affair with POPCORN! Bright, sticky, salty, spicy…..you name it – I am willing to try it. Top of the pops currently are:

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–          Salted Caramel: One cup of kernels to pop on the stove top with some oil, plus your caramel sauce made by melting/ bringing to the boil butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and salt (ha, how about using an Eat.Art variety?) – and drizzling it all over your popped corn.

–          Strawberries and Cream: Pop your corn and cover with a yummy strawberry drizzle made by combining corn syrup, sugar, strawberry jelly sugar and butter until it comes to a rolling boil.

Then…in a separate saucepan melt marshmallows and butter and drizzle again before pouring your sticky corn onto a large flat baking tray and baking for 10 minutes – tossing halfway through.

Yum!

3. High Tea

One of the many perks of living in the Mother City is our unlimited access to the ocean! Speaking of ocean, and of winter – one of my utmost loves is spending a stormy Sunday afternoon watching the sea tantrum its way to beauty. Just recently we were spoilt rotten in the form of High Tea by the Sea at Azure – the 12 Apostles

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Here we blend a little appreciated opulence, with a lip-smacking assortment of bite-sized treats such as chicken-mayo rounds crusted in almonds, merry macaroons and shortbread to melt an iron ore! Add a cheeky bottle of Moet or two and a gathering becomes an occasion (my ‘baby’ brother put a very sparkly ring on his beautiful fiancés finger!) with the backdrop of moody seas and charcoal skies…aaahh, happy souls! An utterly perfect setting for all occasions including those that simply require a little time-out to gloat at a boat and revel in the magic of Cape Town at its finest. Be sure to book – especially the corner couch complete with loads of plushy cushions. What a way to spend a Sunday…

And on that note: a gentle reminder to enjoy the changing textures that come with winter: cashmere, chunky wool, fluffy fleece, velvet, cream and custard (over steamy hot Malva of course)…to name but a few…

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Written for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.

nancy@magpiecreative.co.za | http://www.magpiecreative.co.za | https://www.facebook.com/magpiecreativecapetown

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