Highlights GFWS 2014

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Pretty much a pictorial of all the awesome that happened this weekend at Good Food and Wine Show Durban. As anticipated, it was my favourite event this year and crammed with foodie fun. Even though I love doing this recap post after the show I never feel like it accurately portrays everything that goes on.

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This was me since Thursday morning

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I was meeting up with Nicola and Inge so I knew it was going to be great.

I got to see Chef Dampies from Granny Mouse in the Midlands make an orange infused sago pudding. Interestingly he used micro herbs in the dessert, which sounded strange but after taste testing with the girls it definitely worked. A really daring twist on the traditional sago pudding. There is also chocolate mousse in there, which Chef Dampies got Inge to Quenelle, her first time using the technique and she nailed it.

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The result of all the different flavours and textures was this beautiful dessert. Inge and I almost carried away with us. Chef Dampies was such a pleasure to watch, fun and so humble.

 

Good food and wine show 2014 highlightsNext up we went over to watch Andrew Draper from Harveys restaurant cook up a storm in the Miele Master Kitchen. Andrew is always really fun and entertaining to watch. He made a Salmon and chicken dish whose names I can’t recall, sorry.

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On Saturday I could only attend in the morning since I had a Wedding on the South Coast to attend. I chose to spend the morning doing a quick round of the stalls and eyeing out what I wanted to purchase to take home, it was also my mums birthday so I wanted to get her some treats.

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Paul Vieira created a life size Peugeot RCZ car made entirely of sponge cake and fondant icing. The car was completed on Saturday night I believe, I missed the completed car but got to watch its progress from Friday and then buy a slice on Sunday. All proceeds went to Meals on Wheels. The cake was actually delicious!

I picked up some Wicked Donuts for home, they have a new Snowball flavour which I loved and Mauro Castano also gave it the thumbs up saying it’s his favourite. The donuts were a hit and their case had to be restocked regularly.

New to the scene are Scoop Me S’more ice cream sandwiches, I won’t say much right now since I plan on featuring them separately here. I will say that nothing disappointed! both the cookies and ice cream are amazing and true to their flavours.

Balsamic Beads is a clever concept that I’m certain will transform the way we serve and plate at home. The little black beads look like caviar but are made of balsamic, they also have them in worcestirshire and are oh so yummy. I’ll fill you guys in about them as well.

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One of my all time favourite caterers were there, Chilli Chocolate Chefs. The stall looked beautiful and i went home with way too many things from them. Their cheesecakes are sublime and that is high praise considering I am a cheesecake snob of note. I took home a slice of the honeycomb cheesecake and oreo cheesecake. The honeycomb was the favourite.

Mum got a large slice of rainbow cake. The thing about rainbow cake is that it looks fantastic but often doesn’t taste like anything special, Mum was so impressed with the CCC rainbow slice, soft super spongey cake with a frosting that was just perfectly light and not overly sweet. Their Lindt biscotti is a must try and the perfect accompaniment for any coffee connoisseur, my brother nicked mine after trying one and I had to buy more on Sunday. THAT good. They have a new recipe book out called Entertain, if you didn’t pick one up at the show contact them here.

Marc Stocken from Cape Town took home the title of Spekko Cook Idol at this years show. His Asian salad starter and lamb main earned him R30 000.

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I checked out Siba’s chef theatre before leaving, she made her Salmon roll salad which i tried and was one of my favourite dishes at the Media Dinner, so I was very happy to watch her prepare it. The inspiration behind this dish was Siba’s pregnancy cravings. She is 8 months pregnant and will be welcoming another little boy soon. Siba is exactly as warm, sweet and friendly as she seems on TV.

Good food and wine show durban 2014 highlightsOn Sunday I came with Amy, we wanted to check out Mauro Castano in the chef theatre and then Hayden Quinn in action. Mauro made a rugby cake as well as showed us how they do buttercream roses “Hoboken style baby!”.

Mauro letting some girls try their hand at buttercream roses.

Mauro letting some girls try their hand at buttercream roses.

Mauro was super interactive in his theatres and a generally nice guy. Definitely a clear favourite with the crowds this year.

Hayden Quinn is hilarious and completely laid back, you gotta love it. He made a slow roast tomato tart, you’ll find the recipe in his new book as well as in the Good Food and Wine show programme. I got to go up and get a slice, it was so good. I’ll definitely be making this at home.
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L-R: myself and Mishal Mookrey who was MC at the theatres, beautiful cake displays, myself and Amy in faux India

L-R: myself and Mishal Mookrey who was MC at the theatres, beautiful cake displays, myself and Amy in faux India

Once again, I really feel like I can’t fit all the awesome into a post or express how much fun was had, if you love food you can’t miss this event. Thank you to everyone who shared in the experience with me and to Tammy from Wired for making this year’s show that extra bit awesome.

 

 

 

The Body Shop Xmas Collection

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Yup, its already that time where all the xmas beauty collections make us want to empty our savings. The Body Shop always does great xmas themed scent collections for the season and I cannot wait to try out this lot. Last years Ginger Sparkle, vanilla and Cranberry were major hits.

Here it is, introducing Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry and Vanilla Brulee. The break out and totally new scent here is Glazed Apple but the Vanilla brulle just sounds so deliciously tempting. I cant wait to inhale it all.

The Body Shop glazed apple collection

The Body Shop frosted cranberry collection

the body shop vanilla brulee collection

There is also an adorable Christmas makeup collection, with the cutest lip and cheek stain, nail polishes, Eyeshadow palette and shimmer sprays. I’m not sure if the glosses are new to The Body Shop but I notice they have them in all the collection flavours.
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What are we eyeing girls?

GFWS 2014 Media Dinner at Ocean Breeze Elangeni Maharani

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Okay so here it is, I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre Good Food and Wine Show dinner on Thursday night. This is the ultimate for me, amazing food at a gorgeous Durban venue, all the foodies, fans and famous under one roof. I teased with pictures on instagram and twitter, so here is the whole shabang.

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This is just the entrance, all the seafood you can fathom

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Ain't nobody forgetting sushi

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Siba's smoked salmon roll salad bites

Set at Elangeni Maharani pool decks Ocean Breeze, with food to cater to every whim and fancy. The idea is to take the Celebrity chef recipes and have the Elangeni Maharani kitchen recreate the dishes for us to gorge on. Megan and I had a game plan, start at the beginning, try it all, work your way to the epic dessert corner.

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Deconstructed caprice salad

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Some of my favourite dishes from the night were Siba’s salmon roll salad, Sanjeev Kapoor’s spinach, mushroom, lentil and cashew nut curry with Kholambi baat which is a kind of coconut rice.

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Siba is such a sweet lady and expecting another little lad soon

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The epic cheese table

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Durban, you amaze me

I’m not even going to say much at this point because, dessert…

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And Mauro iced our cupcakes. I got to chat to him a little and he mentioned that he was really a bit worried about coming to SA. He thought he was coming to the wild or bush, in reality he says it’s been better here than most of Italy. He was amazed at how beautiful Durban is and says him and his wife will be holidaying here soon.

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We did loads of smizing and posing while trying to pretend like we aren’t two seconds away from going full fan girl on Hayden Quinn

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I know Megan, I know

It was a spectacular night and honestly just fuelled my fire for the weekend ahead of #GFWS2014 bliss. I can’t get enough! I visited the show today and there’s tons to see and experience plus so many new local food finds.

Are you heading to the show this weekend? Tweet your pics and experiences with the hashtag #GFWS2014.

Wicked Donuts everywhere

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A while back I came across Wicked Donuts and the amazing sugary goodness they’re producing. Hand and home-made real yeast donuts transformed into fancy pants gourmet treats.

Whopper box

Whopper box

Wicked Donuts are a Durban based start-up and the donuts are made using Jeanne’s own dough recipe. There are no artificial colourants, they are vegetarian and all jams and jellies are home-made. you can also get gluten and egg free donuts by request. There are 16 gourmet flavours to choose from and 4 classics, you can view the full flavour list here.

everywhere we go, we be like

everywhere we go, we be like

I went by their I Heart Market debut to meet the lovely Jeanne and try out some of the donuts. They make a donut especially for I Heart Market called I Heart SUrprises. It is a donut filled with either caramel, chocolate or jelly. The range of flavours are really amazing. I devoured a Peanut Butter bomb in seconds, smothered in peanut butter and drizzled with chocolate ganache and peanuts. Because the donuts are proper yeast donuts and not the pretend stuff you find in the shops the shelf life is pretty limited. This is why you can’t buy them and eat them much later or the next day, they should be consumed as soon as possible. I also shared a chocolate chubby with mum and it was delicious chocolate covered donut with a decadent bar-one centre.

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The donuts are going places! They’re now available at The Boiler Room (at the old Lion Match Factory) and Republik daily. You’ll find them at I heart Market, Wonder Market and Market at the Square. Novelty donuts for special occasions or a special flavour that you’ve been dreaming of can be made. they also do deliveries so you can get you Wicked fix wherever you are. Sjoe! all this donut talk is making me hungry.

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Great news, they will be at Good Food and Wine show this weekend, make sure you pop by their stall and fill up on delicious.

Cuppa for CANSA pictures and fun

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On Saturday afternoon myself and most of the other Bloggers Who Bless Durban team went over to Hashtag on Windermere road (you’ll find my review of the place here) for a Cuppa for CANSA hosted by the lovely Viveshni aka Madame Macaron.

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Pretty table decor

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V outdid herself with organising and making everything perfect. The place was decorated to the theme of pink, black and bling. Check out the beautiful and crazy delicious dessert table

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Cake, macarons and cake pops made by Madame Macaron

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The best part is everything tasted as amazing as it looked. Savoury refreshments were catered by the talented french trained Boutique Boulangerie who you will also find at I heart market and Morning trade, I’m a big fan of their goodies.

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Scrumptious strawberry pavlova cupcakes from Smith's Bakeshop, yes they're amazing

Aside from all the noshing that went on we also had a great afternoon and all proceeds from entry fare, raffles and auction went to a worthy cause. Sadly I couldn’t get a bid in edgeways, there were some big bidders in the house. But everyone walked away with a happy, warm feeling in their heart I’m sure.

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The mandatory blogger selfie

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Well done on the wonderful event and fundraising effort Viveshni :)

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