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Introducing Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef


Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin in Langebaan is one of our 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received this accolade for the third year in a row.

Congratulations Bella.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Corona Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 186 of Level 1, Last Day of 750 days of Lockdown, 4 April 2022


Monday 4 April 2022, Day 186 of Level 1, last day of 750 days of Lockdown 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a much cooler day, overcast this morning, with a light drizzle at lunchtime, and sunny this afternoon but the cloud over Lions Head confirming that rain is in the way from tonight, for two days; for writing client posts and editing a newsletter; for a walk to Woolies at lunchtime; for receiving a book to review from a former South African who has lived in the UK for the past 40 years, Julian Roup having the same surname as the maiden name of Jenny Stephens, definitely related but Continue reading →

Meet Chef Jenny Morris of Yumcious : 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!


Chef Jenny Morris is a household name, not only locally but also internationally, through TV cooking shows, a radio show, six cookbooks, and through her restaurant Yumcious and her catering company Giggling Gourmet – The Cooks Playground, both in the Cape Quarter.  Chef Jenny is one of our 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs. She has won a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil,

Chef Jenny is planning to reopen Yumcious this week, after the sad passing last month of her dear husband and business partner David.

Jenny and David opened Yumcious six years ago. She writes cookbooks, the latest one being ‘Yumcious’, with another up her sleeve. She and Reza Mohammed have done cooking shows  on their Fabulous Food Academy on the Food Network.  She also is a regular presenter on Heart FM.

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Meet Chef Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!


Last year Chef Isabella Niehaus from Langtafel in Langebaan was recognised as one of our Top Women restaurateurs. This year she is recognised as one of our 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs in the Cape. She wins a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Bella hosts wonderful Sunday lunches from her home overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon, connecting people arriving as strangers and leaving as friends. She has published the award-winning ‘Duinhuis Smake, Geure’, which was named Best in the World in the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She also has a new e-Book ‘Isabella’s Mussel Feast’.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 52 of Level 1, 11 November 2020


Wednesday 11 November 2020, Day 52 of Level 1, Day 230 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warm 26C day, windstill, with another such day forecast for tomorrow; for a writing morning, followed by a deep clean of my apartment, getting up to 5000 steps before I left for a proper walk in Camps Bay, including a shop at Woolies, needing croissants for my guests this afternoon; for getting help from gorgeous Llewellyn to become the admin of the client’s Facebook page 🍎; for the surprise of receiving two Discovery Gameboard plays, despite not having received any points since I hit Diamond status about 10 days ago; for an easy transition from Discovery Coastal Core to Classic Smart, costing only R19 more per month and heaps more medical and dental benefits, Maki Chase holding my hand virtually 🙏; for a R164 Discovery Insure cash back for driving less; for the honour of being interviewed by THE 6 foot 6 inches Derek Watts today, in my home, more details to come when it is aired; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

‘Around my Table’ by Denise Cowburn-Levy a mouthwatering Food Travel Book to Cape Town, the West Coast, Greece, Italy, and Thailand!


At the launch of the first book by Denise Cowburn-Levy at Bokeh Creative Space in Sea Point last night, I was lucky to win a copy of her book ‘Around my Table’, for knowing the answer to a question relating to Chef Liam Tomlin, described by Denise as her mentor.  The 260 page book is part memoir, part travel book to the West Coast, Greece, Italy, and Thailand, and part recipe book, with food associations with each region and country of her travels, including those of Cape Town. Continue reading →