Category Archives: Food news

Live-Cook Channel challenges home cooking skills: making Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake!


During earlier Levels of Lockdown last year I was invited to participate in the Live-Cook Channel cook-alongs, starting with none less than Chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen. I had the assistance of my MasterChick Jenny Stephens at my side, and she did most of the cooking and I made notes, poured the wine, and took photographs. This was to become our pattern in three such Live-Cook Channel challenges. Yesterday I decided to challenge myself to do the cooking of Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake on my own, making it a real hands-on experience.

It was a nerve-wracking experience in preparing it on my own, but I am proud of the end-result.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 61 of Level 3 Adjusted, 24 February 2021


Wednesday 24 February 2021, Day 61 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 336 of Lockdown 😷.

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Gratitude for a lovely sunny day, but with a strong wind blowing now; for an organized writing morning and meeting preparation; for Minsky returning home at 8h00 this morning after galavanting for 12 hours, being very worried about her and sleeping very badly; for a very quick walk through Bakoven and its lanes, too short a walk to make any impact with Discovery; for returning to Labotessa Café which I discovered last week, having a breakfast lunch; for a good first Status meeting at Anatoli; for a meeting with Juanita Levetan, a member of the Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay Ratepayers & Residents Association, exchanging experiences about cleaning litter in Sea Point and Camps Bay; for a partly nerve-wracking Live Cook Channel cooking of pan-roasted prawns and hake, with linguine and a fennel crème, designed by Chef Reuben Riffel; for topping up petrol at BP President on Regent Road, only needing a third of a tank added, happy that Michael was on duty, a fabulous petrol attendant; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, one generating 500 points, and a total of 675 between the two, allowing me to buy a Woolies R100 voucher; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 59 of Level 3 Adjusted, 22 February 2021.


Monday 22 February, 2021, Day 59 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 334 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a 22 C day, with no wind; for Minsky coming home early this morning, after another night of galavanting 🙀; for a long writing day, having to first delete some Apps and videos from my phone so that my Instagrammed pics come into my camera roll; for a lovely snooze this afternoon after my disrupted sleep and worry about Minsky; for a late afternoon walk to Clifton and back, the first time since Wednesday that I have earned 300 Discovery points 💙 ; for a very noisy apartment client directly above me having checked out today 👏👏👏; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →

Anatoli Restaurant celebrates sharing Mediterranean cuisine, one of oldest restaurants in Cape Town!


Anatoli Mediterranean Restaurant has been serving Modern Turkish cuisine for the past 37 years in its home in Napier Street in De Waterkant.  Originally created in 1984, Turkish Chef Tayfun Aras owned and ran the restaurant for many years. The restaurant changed hands more recently, the current owners having changed very little about the restaurant to date.

Anatoli has tweaked its menu, to add a broader Mediterranean touch to it, without losing any of its popular dishes such as the flat breads, the Mezze tray, and many of the main courses and desserts. And the belly dancing on Saturday evenings remains, adding a vibrant and colourful touch to the dinner. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 57 of Level 3 Adjusted, 20 February 2021.


Saturday 20 February 2021, Day 57 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 332 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely relaxed day; for finding Version 3 of the Jacques Pauwgate story on Daily Maverick this morning , and having to post it, the Waterfront restaurant now named; for a litter clean up with Imtiaz, from Bakoven through the lanes and steps to Camps Bay Drive this morning, and cleaning at the Tidal Pool this afternoon again; for collecting my free copy of Daily Maverick 168 at Pick n Pay; for a Skype meeting with the Canadian Tour Guiding Tour Operator and fellow Committee members from around the world, making me grateful for the amount of Lockdown freedom we have in our country compared to many other countries; for Jenny Stephens joining me for dinner at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant, a fun evening with lots of good food; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 56 of Level 3 Adjusted, 19 February 2021


Friday 19 February 2021, Day 56 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 331 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely gentle day; for a lighter writing day; for organizing a 50th anniversary Matric celebration for our English class next month; for a walk to Clifton and back, only achieving 200 Discovery points today; for popping into DisChem in Sea Point, buying cute pink masks which I had seen someone else wear; for a wonderful Girls dinner evening at Utopia with Joanne Clegg and Natalia Joynt Paizee, being there for four hours, we had such a good time and ate such wonderful food; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Jacques Pauw Daily Maverick debacle: Version 3 reveals Den Anker as the Waterfront restaurant in the centre of the shitstorm!


On Tuesday I posted the story from Daily Maverick about investigative journalist Jacques Pauw claimed wrongful arrest for not paying his bill at an then unnamed Waterfront restaurant, arrested by the police, and spending part of a weekend in a holding cell. This was followed a few days later by a retraction of the story on Twitter by Pauw, describing a completely different set of circumstances, taking full responsibility for the events, and apologising to one and all involved.

Daily Maverick has been at great pains to explain its journalistic procedures and fact checking what took place when it allowed Pauw to post the story in its medium. Not only did Pauw not retract his story in the same publication in which his story first appeared, but Pauw’s actions caused the publication severe negative publicity. It has parted ways with Pauw as one of its contributing journalists.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 52 of Level 3 Adjusted, 16 February 2021


Tuesday 16 February 2021, Day 52 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 347 of Lockdown.😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an energetic day in walking with Imtiaz up to The Roundhouse, the oldest building in Camps Bay, to clean up litter near the Camps Bay High School, loving its views from there, and a good heart exertion, earning 300 Discovery points; for a fabulous 8 hours of sleep; for finishing my writing in time for the walk; for a treat fruit salad and basil sorbet at The 41 for that exertion; for writing a second story this afternoon when the Jacques Pauw story broke about his 360 degree turnaround; for a relaxed afternoon; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Journalist and Restaurateur Jacques Pauw apologises for his Daily Maverick article about wrongful arrest after Waterfront meal!


Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw had the Cape Town restaurant industry abuzz about an opinion piece he wrote in Daily Maverick last week about his arrest by the police in the Waterfront in 6 February 2021,  after his credit card payment for the balance of his R1600 restaurant Hill was declined. The article was shared in the Cape Town Restaurants: The Good, Bad, and Nastyyyy Facebook Group, and attracted more than 400 comments, almost all expressing outrage.  I and others called for the restaurant and its manager to be named and shamed!  Restaurant lovers were speculating as to which restaurant it could have been.

Today Pauw Tweeted a correction and apology to everyone involved, blaming himself for the events.

Pauw’s 360 degree turnaround story of the events sounds suspicious, as if he struck a deal with the Waterfront and the police. As a minimum his reputation as a journalist is severely affected.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Noah Café a secret hideaway, unique in its Tamboerskloof Sourdough bread based menu!


It was a chance photograph of the entrance to Noah Café that attracted my attention to this secret hideaway in Tamboerskloof, not even seeing a menu or any other details upfront. I decided to book, and invited my friend Gary Peterson to join me.  I felt transported to a Mediterranean desert island, captivated by its uniqueness.

Located in the 10 bedroom Noah House and now run by new Dutch owners in the former Underberg Guest House, Noah Café pays tribute to a homegrown sourdough bread baked in Tamboerskloof by Ailine Liefeld of A Sour Story! Continue reading →