The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. There are several myths about these popular fruit-studded yeast-risen buns. One of the more well known stories is that an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday. At some point in history the buns was commonly known as Good Friday Buns. During the 1730s in Europe the buns were sold on the streets, and it was here that the name as well as the popular rhyme emerged, as the sellers would shout out ” One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns “… This tradition was still in practice as little as eighty years ago.
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Pull out all the stops this Easter Holiday with this majestic centerpiece, fit for kings! It is made by attaching two racks of lamb end-to-end to form a crown. Order it from your butcher with the ribs already French-trimmed and tied into a crown, or do it yourself at home – it is easier than you think!
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Although bark doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, this rustic looking sweet treat is quick and easy to make and can be customised to any occasion. It is the ultimate home made gift! In its simplest form, it is a thin sheet of chocolate studded with anything from candy to nuts, dried fruit, seeds and even spices. The chocolate is then broken up into uneven pieces or shards. It is called “bark” because it resembles tree bark.
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Hot Cross Buns are as synonymous with Easter as Fruit Mince Pies are with Christmas. I cannot imagine Easter Weekend without them! Be sure to also try the recipe for Hot Cross Pain Au Chocolat, an Easter-themed pastry.
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This recipe is a cross (excuse the pun!) between a Hot Cross Bun and the popular French pastry, pain au chocolat, which is made with yeast-leavened dough and filled with chocolate. “Pain au chocolat” literally means chocolate bread.
Be sure to also try the traditional recipes for traditional Croissants and Hot Cross Buns.
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“It’s the best damn gin on the planet”, according to Ryan Reynolds, actor, writer and producer. Reynolds, who tasted Aviation Gin for the 1st time in 2017, liked it so much that he recently acquired an ownership interest in Aviation Gin, an American craft gin company. Reynolds will not only be the face of the brand, he will also be involved in the entire creative process for Aviation Gin, including its marketing and strategy.
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With less than 7 weeks until Christmas, the countdown has officially begun and it will be here before you know it! The aim of this newsletter is to provide you with everything you need to prepare for your Festive Season entertaining – at least on the ingredient, entertainment and gifting front! It is jam-packed with everything from the latest festivals to attend and restaurants to visit, to ingredients to try and gifts to buy. I have also included a variety of mouthwatering recipes for everything from starters and mains, to side dishes, desserts and drinks. Continue reading December 2017 Newsletter
The gin revolution is a world-wide phenomenon. One of the biggest drivers in the incredible resurgence of gin over the past few years is the sheer number of craft gin distillers that have popped up. South Africa is following suit with a growing number of craft distilleries opening their doors every other month. No wonder as South Africa provides the natural raw ingredients which allows distillers to produce world-class gins. South Africans are celebrating the revival of gin in everything from festivals, to craft gin clubs to craft gin loyalty cards at liquor stores. Not to mention cocktail bars whose main focus is gin and tonic. I think it is safe to say that gin is here to stay! Continue reading The Gin Revolution
It was the interest in local craft gin amongst South African consumers and spirit traders alike, as well as the versatility of gin as a spirit that lead to the idea to build a lifestyle festival around it. With four successful festivals under their belts, the organisers of the Gin & Tonic Festival continue to provide an unrivaled gin experience. Continue reading Gin & Tonic Festival – JHB
The Gin Box is South Africa’s first craft gin club. According to Jean Buckham, owner and founder of The Gin Box, South Africa is experiencing a gin revolution at present. “South Africa is producing world class gins – thanks to the bravery and innovation of the local distillers but also thanks to the abundance of cape fynbos botanicals – including rooibos, and Highveld bush botanicals which are adding a whole new flavour spectrum to South African gin. Through The Gin Box we hope to inform gin enthusiasts about which are the best gins to purchase, what to drink them with and how to build up a gin collection, i.e. a few good gins to offer guests with paired tonic waters and garnishes”, says Jean. Continue reading The Gin Box
The Spirit Merchant Trading Company was created by two of South Africa’s top bar tenders, Denzel Heath and Kurt Schlechter. The SMTC team boasts more than 40 years of international beverage industry experience – spanning across consulting, events and global competitions. They saw a gap in the South African market for affordable, quality bar tools in and traveled the world to source quality bar tools for their online business. Their slogan: “by bartenders, for bartenders” shows that they are passionate about raising the level of bar tending in South Africa. Continue reading The Spirit Merchant Trading Company
Brian Leopold of Tops Radiokop is the mastermind behind an in-store Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer. Yes, you heard right, you will be rewarded for buying craft liquor! The loyalty card will enable the holder to gain points according to the amount purchased. The points can be accumulated and then be refunded to the holder in the form of a voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed at Tops Radiokop. Points can be earned on all craft liquors, so remember to take your Craft Card with you – no card, no points! Continue reading Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer
Koeksisters is a traditional South African confectionary. It is prepared by frying plaited dough in oil and then soaking it in ice cold syrup. These sticky sweet treats have a crunchy exterior and a syrupy centre – they are to die for! Have you tried Ouma Rooi Koeksisters? Continue reading Ouma Rooi Koeksisters
The Funky Ouma range is not only fun and flavourful, it is also colourful. It was Funky Ouma’s beautiful shocking pink Beetroot Salt that caught my eye at a market. I just had to have it! Their slogan “Changing people’s lives, one grind at a time” sums up the motivation behind their healthy salts. Continue reading Funky Ouma
The selection of recipes included in this newsletter has everything from starters to mains, side dishes, desserts and drinks! We’ve also a variety of cookies to bake for the upcoming holidays. There are recipes for casual meals at home or for fancy entertaining. Be sure to try them all! Continue reading December 2017 Recipes
A classic G&T is just the thing to help you cool off on a hot summer’s day. It tastes even better in ice lolly form! Continue reading G&T Ice Lollies
This ice-cream has a unmistakable gin flavour. The gin can be substituted with vodka, whiskey or brandy if you prefer. Or omit the gin for a alcohol-free ice-cream. Continue reading Gin Ice-cream
The ultimate grown-up dessert for a hot summer’s day!
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Use your favourite gin and good quality ice cream and turn a G&T cocktail into dessert.
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