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December 2017 Newsletter

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

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December 2016 Foodie News

2016 is speeding ahead like a run-away train.  It is the time of year where it is time to pull out Advent Calendars, eggnog (or the South African version “Melktertjies”), put up a Christmas tree, stock up on Festive Season treats such as Christmas cake, etc.  Because this time of year can get a little silly, this newsletter is jam-packed with everything from gift ideas, to tips & hints on how to work with phyllo pastry, how to choose a loaf pan, how to truss poultry, how to carve a turkey, etc.  I have also included mouthwatering recipes for seasonal favourites such as home-made Christmas Cake, as well as a variety of recipes for everything from starters to mains, side dishes, desserts, etc.  In other words, everything your need to prepare for your festive entertaining.

Since I watched the “phyllo” challenge on the culinary reality TV Show Koekedoor 2 earlier this year, I decided to dedicate a whole newsletter to phyllo pastry before the end of 2016, and here it is!  The innovations the contestants came up with, such as Kanya’s technique to scrunch up a tube of phyllo dough around a pipe was definitely inspiring.  I’ve included recipes for sweet and savoury phyllo pastry in just about any shape and size you can think of – from baskets and crackers, to cigars, parcels, rolls and even triangles.   Read more further down.

As usual, I have also included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster.  They are mostly from her popular Art of Cooking recipe book.  Almost all the photo’s of phyllo dishes on Cooking Up A Storm’s website was plated and styled by Carolie and photographed by either herself of her husband Adri.  Truly talented people!  Read more further down.

Be sure to stock up on ready-prepared dips, pates, pickles and pesto’s for your Festive entertaining.  Read more about the extensive range of products by Mediterranean Delicacies in my post Mediterranean Delicacies.  Be sure to enter their competition and stand a chance to win a hamper of Mediterranean Delicacies’ products.  Read more further down.

In my post Country Meat I tell you more about Sernick’s Certified Bonsmara Beef brand which includes the full range of beef cuts and is available exclusively at Sernick’s Country Meat branded retail butcheries in Johannesburg and Kroonstad. Be sure to visit their new store in Linden. Read more further down.

If you suffer from “phyllo phobia” – the fear of working with phyllo – you are in luck, because in my post Fun With Phyllo I tell you everything there is to know about this versatile pastry.  From how to thaw and store it, to step-by-step instructions on how to cut it and create a variety of shapes and sizes.  Read more further down.

After receiving a special request from a client for a small quick and easy Christmas Cake, which was a tall order if you know something about baking Christmas Cakes – I experimented with baking a modernised version of a traditional Christmas Cake in a small loaf pan, which worked like a charm!  I decided to call it Unbelievable Christmas Cake.  I also include a variety of recipes that can be made in the humble loaf pan – from bread, to cake, to terrines and desserts.  Be sure to read my post Cool Kitchen Tool: Loaf Pans for more info on this essential kitchen tool.  Read more further down.

During the December school holidays kids will get a chance to get those creative juices flowing when they attend one of my culinary activities.  I am launching Gingerbread House Workshops were participants will get to build and decorate their own Gingerbread house with royal icing and candy.  I will also be doing culinary events with a festive theme at Bedford Centre and Rosebank Mall.  Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” culinary parties for kids are very popular. Not only do kids get to make sweet and savoury items from scratch, they also get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!  I also offer Masterchef culinary parties for kids and adults and hands-on culinary sessions for adults for e.g. team building or a special occasion.  Read more further down.

If you would like to learn to cook or to expand your culinary knowledge, you need not look any further.  I specialize in customised on-site culinary lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper, nanny or office staff – in your own kitchen!  Regardless of what lifestyle you are following (e.g. Banting, Low GI & Low Fat, Vegetarian, etc.), your current level of skill or the size of your kitchen, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please make contact for more information. Also see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

Carolié de Koster, author of the Art Of Cooking recipe book, contributes recipes to my website and newsletter on a regular basis. Carolié runs cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions in New Zealand under the name Carolié’s Culinaire.  Be sure to read Carolié’s letter about the goings-on in New Zealand, here.  Since Carolié and her husband moved to New Zealand almost 5 years ago, I have been processing orders for the Art Of Cooking recipe book on her behalf.  The Art Of Cooking Recipe book is by far my favourite recipe book of all time and I use it in my own kitchen every day!  It makes a great gift too!   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm’s online shopRead more further down.

Cooking Up A Storm is a stockist of Wizbake Re-usable Baking Sheets. I use mine every day!  The sheets are reusable and is a great alternative to baking paper. Each sheet can be used more than a thousand times! It is a great stocking filler!  This Proudly South African product can be ordered from Cooking Up A Storm’s online shop.

I post recipes and foodie news on my Facebook page weekly, so be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page if you want to be the first to get info on foodie events, new ingredients, new restaurants to try, etc. as and when it happens!

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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December 2016 Recipes
The Festive Season is upon us, and if you feel a little overwhelmed with all the food preparation that’s lying ahead, the selection of recipes included in this newsletter, everything from starters to mains, side dishes, desserts, etc. will definitely get you on the right track.

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Mediterranean Delicacies
Mediterranean Delicacies has an extensive range of authentic Mediterranean-style food products which includes everything from dips & pates, olives & olive oil, pickles, meze products, pesto’s, cheeses, seafood products and phyllo pastry.

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Country Meat
Country Meat’s slogan: “Our farm. Our meat. Our pleasure”, says it all.  Country Meat, part of Sernick Group, prides themselves on being one of only a select few value chains that can claim true “farm-to-butcher” status.

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Fun With Phyllo
Phyllo pastry is such a versatile ingredient.  It can be used for everything from snacks and appetizers to main dishes and impressive desserts!

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Cool Kitchen Tool:  Loaf Pans
Loaf pans are traditionally used for easy, quick cake or bread recipes, like a Madeira cake or banana bread. The humble loaf pan, often overlooked for its plain design, is definitely an indispensable item in the kitchen.

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Culinary Events For Kids
During the December school holidays I will be running culinary events for kids at Bedford Centre and Rosebank Mall as well as at my own venue in Robindale, Randburg.

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Culinary Parties For Kids
A culinary party is a very popular birthday theme for both boys and girls. During the party the kids make a variety of age-appropriate sweet and savoury recipes that are finger-licking good!

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Customised Culinary Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

Culinary Lessons

Art Of Cooking Recipe Book
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm’s online shop.

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Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site culinary lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Culinary demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Culinary classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on culinary sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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August/September 2016 Foodie News

In this newsletter, I am celebrating the end of winter with a variety of recipes where the lead role is played by some or other type of fish.  There are of course too many types of fish to include in one newsletter, but I tried to include as many as possible!  It ended up being a bit of a fish festival with recipes for everything from the humble and economical hake and tinned tuna to the more extravagant and pricey oysters and caviar! I also tried to include a variety of cooking methods that are suitable for fish, e.g. baking, steaming, grilling, deep-frying, etc.  And a few recipes for salsa’s and sauces to compliment the fish recipes, from pink seafood sauce to tartar sauce.

Continue reading August/September 2016 Foodie News

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June/July 2016 Foodie News

The halfway mark of 2016 is around the corner, which means autumn is almost over and winter is not far away! Now is the time to stock up on “cold weather” essentials to make comfort food such as soups, stews, breads, etc.

The theme of this newsletter is “olives”.  Olives appear in most of my favourite dishes, from pizza to pasta, to sauces, sandwiches and stews.  Not forgetting salads and snacks!  It is such a versatile ingredient: it can be stoned and stuffed, or chopped up and used as a flavouring. It can be used as a main ingredient or to compliment other ingredients in a recipe. And then there is olive oil, also known as liquid gold. I can simply not imagine a world without it!

The recipes included in this newsletter will definitely help to keep you warm in the chilly autumn weather.  In line with the “olive” theme, I’ve included a variety of new and exciting recipes that has olives or olive oil as an ingredient.  From tapenade to ice-cream!  Read more further down. 

As usual, I have included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster.  They are mostly from her popular Art of Cooking recipe book.  Read more further down. 

In my post “O”live a little! I provide information about the ever-growing South African olive industry, the different classifications of oil and table olives, and olive trivia. Read more further down. 

In my post Munch Away! I introduce you to The Munching Mongoose, an exciting JHB-based company that delivers farm-fresh product to your door on a weekly basis.  Their slogan, “fresh, organic and more … bringing the market to your door!” says it all!

In my post Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate, I tell you more about Annalene du Toit, the master-mind behind Kloovenburg’s successful olive industry.  The Kloovenburg Pastorie is one of the Riebeek Valley’s most luxurious overnight accommodation options.  Don’t miss out on their current promotion.  Read more further down. 

Foodies are spoilt for choice in the month of July with a variety of food festivals and shows across South Africa.  In my post Upcoming Foodie Events I provide details of a few of the best ones. See you there!  Read more further down. 

In my post Cool Kitchen Tools: Olive Pitter, I tell you more about this indispensable kitchen tool.  Read more further down.

After the success of last year’s “Christmas in July”-themed holiday classes for kids I will be running Holiday Culinary Classes For Kids during the June/July school holiday’s It is also an option to book a private class for a group of friends.  Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” culinary parties for kids are very popular.  Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!  I also offer Masterchef culinary parties for kids and adults and hands-on cooking sessions for adults for e.g. team building or a special occasion.  Read more further down.

If you would like to learn to cook or to expand your culinary knowledge, you need not look any further.  I specialize in custom on-site cooking lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper, nanny or office staff – in your own kitchen!  Regardless of what lifestyle you are following (e.g. Banting, Low GI & Low Fat, Vegetarian, etc.), your current level of skill or the size of your kitchen, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please contact me for more information. Also see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

Carolié de Koster, author of the Art Of Cooking recipe book, contributes recipes to my website and newsletter on a regular basis. Carolié runs cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions in New Zealand under the name Carolié’s Culinaire. Since Carolié and her husband moved to New Zealand almost 4 years ago, I have been processing orders for the Art Of Cooking recipe book on her behalf.  The Art Of Cooking Recipe book is by far my favourite recipe book of all time and I use it in my own kitchen every day!  It makes a great gift too!  Contact me to order.  Read more further down.

I post recipes and foodie news on my Facebook page weekly, so be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page if you want to be the first to get info on foodie events, new ingredients, new restaurants to try, etc. during the course of the year.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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June/July 2016 Recipes
In line with this newsletter’s olive and olive oil theme, the recipes included in this newsletter consists of a variety of dishes that has either olives or olive oil (or both!) as ingredient(s). From starters and mains to sides dishes and desserts.

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“O”live a little!
Olive oil, also known as “liquid gold”, has long been considered sacred.  The olive branch was often a symbol of abundance, glory and peace. The leafy branches were even used to crown athletes at olympic games!

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Munch Away!
With Food Fairs and Farmers’ Markets popping up like mushrooms all over South Africa, we are spoilt for choice with the range of options – you can choose between indoor or outdoor markets, or ones that either has an urban, suburban or “country” look and feel!

 

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Review: Kloovenburg
Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate is situated in Riebeek Valley in the Swartland, Western Cape, and is known for its spectacular olive products, but also for its wines, export table grapes, etc.

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Upcoming Foodie Events
According to Wikipedia a food festival is a celebration, usually held annually, that has food as its central theme. Some food festivals are focused on a particular item of food, whereas other festivals showcase a combination of food items and culinary equipment, etc.

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Cool Kitchen Tools: Olive Pitter
A must-have tool in the kitchen is an olive pitter.  It is also known as a stoner.  It is designed to remove the pits or stones from small round fruits, such as olives or cherries.

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Holiday Culinary Classes For Kids
During the June/July 2016 school holidays Cooking Up A Storm’s popular Holiday Culinary Classes For Kids will take place in Robindale, Randburg.

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Cooking Parties For Kids
A culinary party is a very popular birthday theme for both boys and girls.  During the party the kids make a variety of age-appropriate sweet and savoury recipes that are finger-licking good!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

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Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Culinary classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on culinary sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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March/April 2016 Foodie News

It is hard to believe, but it is already autumn!  An excellent way to celebrate the new season is with a Mexican fiesta!  Mexican cuisine is very versatile – it comprises everything from hearty soups and stews to salads and light meals. Mexican ingredients are also affordable and readily available.  No wonder Mexican food is all the rage these days!  

The Mexicans know how to throw a party.   Like when they celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May”) is often mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day (which is celebrated on 16 September).   Cinco de Mayo is in fact observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  On both these days Mexicans across the world celebrate Mexican pride and heritage by way of parades, cultural exhibits, and fairs. 

The recipes included in this newsletter is everything you need for your own Mexican Fiesta – from starters and mains to sides dishes and desserts.  I’ve included recipes for Home-made Tortillas, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Taco’s – to name a few.  Also soups and salads.  And of course delicious Mexican desserts such as Flan and Churro’s With Chocolate Sauce. I have even included a recipe for the morning after the Fiesta.   Read more further down. 

As usual, I have included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster.  They are mostly from her popular Art of Cooking recipe book.  For the sake of first-time readers of my newsletter, Carolié de Koster, author of the Art Of Cooking recipe book, has been a mentor and friend to me for the past 11 years. Carolié contributes recipes to my website and newsletter on a regular basis. Carolié runs cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions in New Zealand under the name Carolié’s Culinaire. Since Carolié and her husband moved to New Zealand 3 and a half years ago, I have been processing orders for the Art Of Cooking recipe book on her behalf.  The Art Of Cooking Recipe book is by far my favourite recipe book of all time and I use it every day!  It makes a great gift too!  Contact me to order.  Read more further down. 

I have had so much fun these past few weeks developing Easter-themed treats for Cooking Up A Storm’s first ever Easter-themed Culinary Events for kids.  It will take place at Rosebank Mall (19 to 27 March) and at Clearwater Mall (24 to 29 March).  It will be in the same format as the Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event which I have been running at Bedford Centre for the past three years.  Kids ages 3 to 12 will get to decorate a different Easter-themed edible item on each of the days.  Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” culinary parties for kids are very popular. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish.  Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!  Be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page to stand a stand to win a culinary party for kids worth R3000.  A culinary party or class is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s. I also offer Masterchef culinary parties for kids and adults and hands-on cooking sessions for adults for e.g. team building or a special occasion.  So if you love Mexican cuisine and would like to learn to make it but you feel you need a little (or a lot!) guidance, be sure to book a cooking session for yourself and a few friends or colleagues! You choose the date, the time, who you want to invite and where you want to have it.  What could be easier?  Read more further down.

If you feel like trying out a new restaurant, be sure to “andele” on over to Frida’s Coffee Bar in the East of JHB where you will find hearty Mexican fair with a South African twist in a family-friendly environment.  In my post Fiesta at Frida’s, I tell you more about this coffee bar with a vibrant Mexican theme.  It is definitely worth a visit!  Read more further down.

I get requests from my clients on a daily basis to teach them or their domestic workers to cook food that is quick and easy to prepare, yet tasty and healthy.  In my post Review: Make 5 Recipe Book I tell you more about Heleen Meyer’s exciting new recipe book in which you will find a variety of recipes that can be whipped up in no time with everyday ingredients.  The book is also available in Afrikaans.   Read more further down.

If you would like to learn to cook or to expand your culinary knowledge, you need not look any further.  I specialize in custom on-site cooking lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper, nanny or office staff – in your own kitchen!  Regardless of what lifestyle you are following (e.g. Banting, Low GI & Low Fat, Vegetarian, etc.), your current level of skill or the size of your kitchen, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please contact me for more information. Also see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

I send out a newsletter every 2nd month, i.e. the next one will go out in March.  I post recipes and foodie news on my Facebook page weekly, so be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page if you want to be the first to get info on foodie events, new ingredients, new restaurants to try, etc. during the course of the year.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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March/April 2016 Recipes
The recipes included in this newsletter is everything you need to whip up your own Mexican Fiesta – from starters and mains to sides dishes and desserts.  There’s something for everyone – some recipes are on the healthy side, others are downright decadent. The recipes can be used for casual meals at home or for fancy entertaining.  Be sure to try them all!

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New:  Easter-themed Culinary Activity For Kids
Kids are in for a treat these Easter holidays!  Following on the success of the Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event I have been running at Bedford Centre for the past three years, during the 2016 Easter Holiday’s I will run my first ever Easter-themed Culinary Events for kids.

Fiesta At Frida’s
Frida’s Coffee Bar is a unique coffee bar with a colourful Mexican theme.  The walls of the coffee bar is adorned with the works of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954).

Review: “Make Five” Recipe Book
In the Make Five recipe book, popular South African author and food consultant Heleen Meyer, shows you how to make the most of everyday ingredients in 5 creative and healthy ways.

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Culinary Parties For Kids
A culinary party is a very popular birthday theme for both boys and girls.  During the party the kids make a variety of age-appropriate sweet and savoury recipes that are finger-licking good!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

AOC CD
Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Culinary classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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January/February 2016 Foodie News

Happy 2016!  May you be able to tick off a few items on your “foodie” bucket list this year. Whether it is to learn a new skill, try a new ingredient or restaurant, travel to exotic foodie destinations, etc.  A dear friend of mine recently visited Israel and brought me some Sumac and Za’atar.  After tasting it, I decided that my first newsletter for 2016 will have to have a Middle-Eastern theme.  So you can expect everything from starters, mains, sides dishes and snacks that has one of the two spices as an ingredient.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I of course had to include a few quick and easy recipes that can be used to impress your Valentine – because nothing says “I love you!” like something home-made!

By now most of us have settled into a “new year” routine.  If your wheels are already coming off when it comes to packing lunch boxes or planning meals for your family, the recipes included in this newsletter will give you lots of ideas for not only packing lunch boxes, but also for informal entertaining and even for Valentine’s Day.  Read more further down. 

As usual, I have included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster.  They are mostly from her popular Art of Cooking recipe book.   For the sake of first-time readers of my newsletter, Carolié de Koster, author of the Art Of Cooking recipe book, has been a mentor and friend to me for the past 11 years. Carolié contributes recipes to my website and newsletter on a regular basis. Carolié runs cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions in New Zealand under the name Carolié’s Culinaire. Since Carolié and her husband moved to New Zealand 3 and a half years ago, I have been processing orders for the Art Of Cooking recipe book on her behalf.  The Art Of Cooking Recipe book is by far my favourite recipe book of all time and I use it every day!  It makes a great gift too!  Contact me to order. Read more further down. 

In February I will host my first ever Valentine’s Day classes, so forget the flowers and expensive restaurants and rather give an edible gift made with love.   It will take place at my bigger all-weather venue in Robindale, Randburg.    Read more further down.

The Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event I did at Bedford Centre in December 2015 was a great success.  Just like the previous two years, it was a win-win for everyone seeing that mom’s could go shopping while we entertained their kids with a fun culinary activity.  No less van 750 kids visited our kitchen!  Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking parties for kids are very popular. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish.  Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!”Be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page to stand a stand to win a cooking party for kids worth R3000. A cooking party or class is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s. I also offer Masterchef cooking parties for kids and adults and hands-on cooking sessions for adults for e.g. team building or a special occasion.   Read more further down.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to either learn to cook or to expand your culinary knowledge, you need not look any further.  I specialize in custom on-site cooking lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

In my post “Spice up your life” I have a closer look at the popular spices sumac and zaatar that everyone is talking about.  I have included a variety of recipes has one of these spices as an ingredient as well as tips on how it can be added to take meals to a whole new level.  Read more further down.

If you need inspiration for packing lunch for your family members, my post Lunch That Packs A Punch will give you a lot of ideas on what to do to ensure that those lunch boxes come home empty!  Read more further down.

At Anja’s Banting Pantry you will find a wide variety of ingredients that are low carb, gluten free, sugar free, i.e. it is suitable if you are following a banting lifestyle as well as for diabetics and people with allergies.  They have stores country-wide and an online store where you can shop to your heart’s content from the comfort of your home or office.  Read more further down.

Almost all special milestones and occasions are marked with a celebration that involves some form of cake, and Magnolia Bake & Cake can create a masterpiece to suit your taste. From enchanting multi-tiered works of art to miniature confections that double as wedding favours. Every order is handmade with attention to detail and lots of love. Be sure to give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!   Read more further down.

I send out a newsletter every 2nd month, i.e. the next one will go out in March.  I post recipes and foodie news on my Facebook page weekly, so be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s facebook page if you will be the first to get info on foodie events, new ingredients, new restaurants to try, etc. during the course of the year.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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January/February 2016 Recipes
The recipes in this newsletter are quick and easy to make and can be used for everything from filling lunch boxes (both kids and adults) to fancy entertaining. They are also very tasty and will definitely appeal to young and old.

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New:  Valentine’s Day Classes
Nothing says “I love you” like a home-made edible gift, so be sure to book for my first ever Valentine’s Day classes where participants will learn to make a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed items – from heart-shaped cupcakes, to cookies, meringues and cake pops.

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Feedback: Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2015
During the 2015 December holidays I once again had the opportunity to run the Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event for Bedford Centre in Bedfordview, and as usual, all of us had a blast!

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Spice Up Your Life!
Here I am not referring to the pop song “Spice up your life” by popular British group Spice Girls that was a chart-topper in 1997, but rather to the popular spices sumac and zaatar that everyone is talking about.

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Lunch That Packs A Punch
The tips below will help you to stock your pantry and fridge with lunch box essentials so that you can pack healthy lunches in no time.  Variety is key!

Anjas Banting Pantry

Review: Anja’s Banting Pantry
Whether you have jumped on the “bant” wagon or not, Anja’s Banting Pantry is definitely worth a visit.  They cater for “banters” as well as diabetics and people with allergies. MagnoliaLogo

Review: Magnolia Bake & Cake
The first time I came across a cake by Magnolia Bake & Cake was when I did a Master Chef birthday party for siblings in 2013 (see photo below). The cake looked like a creation straight out of Food Network Challenge!

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Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids are very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted and the party can take place at your house if you prefer, or at one of my venues in Gauteng.   The recipes are age-specific and tasty!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

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Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.

 

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October/November 2015 Foodie News

We are in the last stretch of 2015 and with the December holiday’s a mere 9 weeks away, it is time to dust off your cake pans and stock up on ingredients for the festive season’s cooking and baking.  Now is the time to try out new recipes!

The recipes included in this newsletter have been chosen with the upcoming festive season in mind and it will hopefully give your festive season cooking and baking a kick-start and also lead to a stress-free Christmas – on the food-front at least!  I have included a few great beef recipes courtesy of Karan Beef, as well as a few side dishes and desserts that are sure to let the complements roll in. They are:  Dominique Ansel’s Cronut Recipe, Gremolata, Tuna Salad With Olives, Green beans and Chickpeas, Peppermint Bites, Spicy Sweet Potato With Garlic Herb Sauce and Spinach Gnudi.

As usual, I have included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster.  They are mostly from her popular Art of Cooking recipe book. The recipes are: Asparagus Dippers, Chocolate Loaf Cake, Classic Baked Cheesecake, Croissants, German Stollen, Ginger Biscuits, Microwave Fruit Cake or Dessert, Ring Doughnuts, Speculaas Spice Biscuits and Swiss Picnic Cake.  For the sake of first-time readers of my newsletter, Carolié de Koster, author of the Art Of Cooking recipe book, has been a mentor and friend to me for the past 11 years.  Carolié contributes recipes to my website and newsletter on a regular basis. Carolié runs cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions in New Zealand under the name Carolié’s Culinaire. Since Carolié and her husband moved to New Zealand 3 years ago, I have been processing orders for the Art Of Cooking recipe book on her behalf.  The Art Of Cooking Recipe book is by far my favourite recipe book of all time and I use it every day!  It makes a great gift too!  Contact me to order. Read more further down. 

If you have never heard of, or tasted, a cronut, you are in for a treat!  In my post Crazy For Cronuts I not only tell you what to expect when buying this pastry-based invention the world is talking about, I also provide you with the inventor of the cronut, chef Dominique Ansel’s recipe for cronuts (which he adapted for home cooks).

If you cannot bake to save your life, the good news is that you can get your hands on these sought-after pastries at a handful of bakeries in South Africa. My favourite by far is XO Patisserie.  It is situated in the trendy 27 Boxes in Melville.  Cooking Up A Storm subscribers get 10% discount, so what are you waiting for?

In the post Get Set … Bake! I tell you more about The Great South African Bake Off, a local version of the hit British reality series which will be aired in South Africa in October 2015. Following in the footsteps of the Afrikaans cooking competition, Koekedoor, the hunt is once again on for the best South African amateur baker.  Read more further down.

If you are inspired to expand your culinary repertoire, but are not sure where the find the ingredients or equipment to make these recipes at home, be sure to pop in at Linda’s Bake & Pack in Melville for a unique shopping experience.  Read more further down.

In my post Beef It Up!, I tell you more about the success story of South African Karan Beef, who produces only Class A beef.  For the past few weeks, popular radio stations such as Jacaranda FM, 94.7 and 702 have been running Karan Beef competitions where listeners could win daily cash prizes or a grand prize of a meal prepared by a Chef for you and your friends!  It had the whole of JHB salivating!  Be sure to try the Karan Beef recipes included in this newsletter – there are many more on their website.  Read more further down.

Seeing that quality meat comes at a price, in my post A Cut Above The Rest I talk about how important it is to choose the cooking method most suitable for a specific cut of meat to achieve a tender, succulent and juicy end result.   Read more further down.

During the December holiday’s I will once again run Mrs Claus’ Kitchen at Bedford Centre in Bedfordview.  This will be the 3rd consecutive year in a row, and it will be just as much fun (if not more!) than the previous two years!  It will once again be a win-win for everyone seeing that mom’s can shop while we entertain their kids with a culinary activity!  The event will run for 15 days, and we will be making a different festive-themed item on each of the days.  Be sure to pop by!    Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking parties for kids are very popular. The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!”  It is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s.  Masterchef cooking parties and hands-on cooking sessions for adults for e.g. team building or a special occasion offered as well.  Read more further down.

I specialize in custom on-site cooking lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

This is my last newsletter for the year – I will be posting recipes and foodie news on my Facebook page until December though, so like my facebook page and you will be the first to get info on foodie events, new ingredients, new restaurants to try, etc. in the following months.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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October/November 2015 Recipes
As usual, the selection of recipes included in this newsletter will provide you with a variety of new and tasty recipes to try.  There is something for everyone – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned cook! Be sure to try them all!

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Beef It Up!
Karan Beef needs no introduction.  It has a deep-routed South African heritage and once you’ve tasted it, you will return for more time after time.

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A Cut Above The Rest
Meat is often the focal point around which meals resolves. The variety of types and cuts is vast and meat can be prepared in a myriad of ways.   It is important to choose the cooking method most suitable for a specific cut of meat to achieve a tender, succulent and juicy end result.

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Crazy For Cronuts
When New York City chef Dominique Ansel invented the Cronut®, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, it transformed him into a pastry superstar overnight.

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Review: XO Patisserie
XO Patisserie in Melville, Johannesburg, is one of the few bakeries in South Africa where you can find a local version of the cronut, the popular croissant/doughnut hybrid.

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Get Set … Bake! 
The Great South African Bake Off, a local version of the hit British reality series will search for South Africa’s best amateur baker.

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Review: Linda’s Bake & Pack
Linda’s Bake & Pack is as synonymous with Melville as the Melville Koppies!  This popular establishment offers a wide range of quality, well-priced products.  Their motto is to serve their customers, whom they regard as family, with friendly and expert advice to the best of their ability.

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Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2015
In just more than 9 weeks Mrs Claus’ Kitchen will start at Bedford Centre in Bedfordview.  For the 3rd consecutive year, my team and I will entertain kids while Moms, nanny’s or grandparents can go for a cup of coffee or do some shopping.

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Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids are very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted and the party can take place at your house if you prefer, or at one of my venues in Gauteng.   The recipes are age-specific and tasty!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

AOC CD
Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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August/September 2015 Foodie News

This theme of this newsletter is beans … from the humble white bean to the most expensive bean of all, the coffee bean.  Even though the latter is not actually a bean but a seed, they are referred to as ‘beans’ because of their resemblance to true beans.  Legumes appear in just about every cuisine in the world, from re-fried beans in Mexican cuisine, to a French Cassoulet (a stew consisting mainly of meat and white beans).  Legumes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be consumed in many forms including whole, split, or ground into flour or paste.  Legumes are versatile and inexpensive and easily be incorporated into your lifestyle.

Seeing that we are nearing the end of Winter and Spring is only a few weeks away, I decided to include a combination of quick and easy one-pot dishes, such as soups and stews that has some form of legumes in it, as well as interesting salads and desserts that can be served when entertaining.  I’ve included a few classic recipes, like the coffee-based Tiramisu as well as some modernised variations of old classics, such as the Irish Coffee Dessert. The recipes I have included in this newsletter are: Cherry Tomato & Green Bean Salad With Lemon, Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup, Falafel (Chickpea Fritters), Hummus (Chickpea Paté), Affogato (Coffee Dessert), and a recipe for Japanese Cotton Cheesecake that only has 3 ingredients!  As usual, Carolié de Koster also contributed a variety of mouth-watering recipes:   Green Lentil & Vegetable Soup, Spicy Bean Stew/Salad, Home-made Baked Beans, Muskadel-Espresso Chicken Breasts with Prunes, Turmeric Chicken With Buttered Couscous, Coffee-infused Moroccan Lamb With Figs, Apricots & Cashews, Chilli Beef Sauce With Chickpeas & Beans, Aromatic Middle-Eastern Lamb With Chickpeas & Polenta, Zucchini Cake, Chia Coconut Ice-cream, Irish Coffee Dessert and Tiramisu.  Read more further down.

Carolié’s popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.  Read more further down.

For first time readers of my newsletter,  I write about local and international trends that relate to food in some or other way, cool kitchen gadgets, cool food products, cool foodie events and of course mouthwatering recipes that I have come across and tested myself. Please “like” Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page and you will get notified the moment I post something new, whether it is a new recipe to try or an upcoming foodie event.  Read more further down.

In the post “Keep Your Finger On The Pulse” I tell you more about the different types of legumes, from alfalfa to wax beans, with photo’s, nutritional information and uses.   I also include information on pulses, which are in fact a sub-category of legumes and includes dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas. Read more further down.

The post “Bean There, Done That” focuses on the importance of including beans in a healthy lifestyle. So much so that The United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses to celebrate and recognize pulses for their contribution to global nutrition. Read more further down.

A bean theme would not be complete without reference to the most popular bean of all, the coffee bean.  In my post “From Bean To Brew” I provide information on where coffee comes from.  I also tell you about the health benefits of drinking coffee, the art of Latte Art, etc.  Read more further down.

The post “The Way You Like It” is about Seattle Coffee Company’s success story in South Africa.  Read more further down.

SA Coffee Club is for people who are passionate about coffee, and about learning more about roasting, brewing, cupping, etc.  In the post “Join the club!” I tell you more about how to join, etc. Read more further down.

There is a new revolution on the uprise … the NutriBullet revolution, which promotes the benefits of consuming raw food and conscientious eating.  In the post “Cool Kitchen Tool: NutriBullet”, I tell you more about how you can enhance your overall vitality with minimal effort with using the NutriBullet extractor.  Read more further down.

The upcoming Hartiwood Food & Film Show will put a unique spin on “dinner-and-a-movie”, with pairing fine food and films in a culinary adventure with French flair.  Read more further down.

Booking a spot for you child in my upcoming holiday baking classes will provide your child with a fun culinary activity (whether he/she is currently on holiday or not) as well as some “me-time” for Moms!   Read more further down.

Make your child’s next birthday extra special by booking an “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party. The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: “I made it myself!” Most of them eat it right away though!  It is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holidays. Masterchef cooking parties and hands-on cooking sessions for adults offered as well.  Read more further down.

Cooking Up A Storm was the first cooking school in South Africa to offer customised on-site cooking lessons.   After 10 years in the industry my cooking lessons are still the most comprehensive.  Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  You can book lessons for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Read more further down.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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August/September 2015 Recipes
As usual, the selection of recipes included in this newsletter will provide you with a variety of new recipes to try.  From the well known coffee-based Tiramisu to Japanese Cotton Cake, and that is just on the dessert side!

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Keep Your Finger On The Pulse
Legumes are among the best plant-based sources of dietary protein.  Not only are legumes highly nutritious, they are also very cheap, which makes them an important food staple in many developing countries.

Dry Beans

Bean There, Done That
Dry beans are part of the legume family and are categorised under pulses together with dried peas, lentils and chickpeas, also known as pulse crops.

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From Bean To Brew
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages and it has been enjoyed by people around the world for many centuries. 

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The Way You Like It
The guys at Seattle Coffee Company believe that life is too short to drink bad coffee.  I could not agree more!

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Join the club!
If you regard yourself as a coffee connoisseur, or if you cannot imagine a life without coffee, then SA Coffee Club is theclub to join!
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Turning traditional juicing and blending on its head, the nifty NutriBullet is the perfect kitchen countertop companion.

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Foodie Event: Hartiwood Food & Film Show
In September this year, real food and reel films will be showcased at the Hartiwood Film and Food Show (HFAFS).

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New Event: Holiday Baking Classes
Due to the success of Cooking Up A Storm’s Holiday Baking Classes in previous years, similar classes will be held during the August/September private school holidays.

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Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids are very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted and the party can take place at your house if you prefer, or at one of my venues in Gauteng.   The recipes are age-specific and tasty!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

AOC CD
Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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June/July 2015 News

This theme of this newsletter is nuts … nature’s most versatile, nutritionally balanced health food.  It is the perfect on-the go snack and could feature in every meal of the day. Think granola for breakfast, nuts sprinkled on salads or stirred into stir-fries or pasta dishes for lunch or dinner.  Not to mention breads and all the nutty sweet treats and desserts there are to choose from!

This newsletter is jam-packed with information and recipes on the ten most popular tree nuts, i.e. almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts, pistachios, pine nuts  and walnuts.  I have also included a few recipes with peanuts or peanut butter as an ingredient although peanuts are not a true nut but a legume.  With close to 40 recipes that has at least one type of nut as an ingredient, there is something for everyone.   Some recipes are on the healthier side and some are down-right decadent, but they are sure to hit the spot with friends and family!   Be sure to try out the biscuit and rusk recipes.  Now is the time to get baking and to stock up for the upcoming school holiday’s!  These biscuits are great served the Italian way with sweet sherry or even better … Frangelico or Amaretti liqueur!   As usual, Carolié de Koster also contributed a variety of recipes.  Her popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.

A great place to shop for nuts to your heart’s content is Impala Fruit & Veg in Northcliff.  The store is situated between a florist and a bakery, with a butchery and liquor store within walking distance. There is also a fishmonger and a chocolatier close by which truly makes it a one-stop shopping experience!  More details in my post “One-stop shopping”.

A nut theme would not be complete without reference to the seriousness of nut allergies, so if you are not sure what to look out for on labels or what the symptoms of nut allergies are, “A Tough Nut To Crack” is a must read.  Some people who can’t tolerate peanuts or eat peanut butter can consume other nut butters. See my post “Nuts about butter” for information on Jozi’s Nut Butters and how they create jobs as part of the non-profit organization Oasis South Africa.

Be sure to enter the Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts competition.  You stand a chance to win a hamper of your favorite Montagu products to the value of R500.00.  More details in my post “Sunshine In A Packet”.

In my post “Get Cracking”, I tell you more about the cool nut crackers available these days as well as info on the history behind the famed ballet “The Nutcracker”.

For first time readers of my newsletter,  I write about local and international trends that relate to food in some or other way, cool kitchen gadgets, cool food products, cool foodie events and of course mouthwatering recipes that I have come across and tested myself.  Please “like” Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page and you will get notified the moment I post something new, whether it is a new recipe to try or an upcoming foodie event.  Read more further down.

My “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking parties for kids are very popular. The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!”  It is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s.  Masterchef cooking parties and hands-on cooking sessions for adults offered as well.  Read more further down.

I specialize in custom on-site cooking lessons – for yourself, your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless!  Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

BrazilNutBiscotti

June/July 2015 Recipes
You will be nuts about the selection of recipes included in this newsletter.  There is something for everyone.

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In A Nutshell …
These bite-size nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. 

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Get Cracking!
The word “nutcracker” might conjure up images of the nutcracker soldier from the “Nutcracker Ballet” rather than the kitchen tool used to crack open the shells of nuts.

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Sunshine In A Packet
From the small town of Montagu on the foot of the Langeberg, comes the success story of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts – one of SA’s foremost dried fruit, nuts and seed importers and suppliers.

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Nuts About Butter
Jozi’s Nut Butters are quality, artisan nut butters that are not only completely natural, but also healthy and delicious!

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One-Stop Shopping
Impala Fruit & Veg is situated in Northcliff and has been around for no less than 32 years.  It is almost as synonymous with Northcliff as Northcliff Koppie itself!

A Tough Nut To Crack
An allergy to tree nuts is one of the most common food allergies.   A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to an allergen (protein) in a food.

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Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids are very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted and the party can take place at your house if you prefer, or at one of my venues in Gauteng The recipes are age-specific and tasty!

CUASLogoforFaviconCustomised On-site Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

AOC CD
Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Customised on-site cooking lessons –  for yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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February/March 2015 Foodie News

The first quarter of 2015 is in full swing, and by now you have probably forgotten your New Year’s Resolutions.  If changing to a healthier lifestyle was one of them, keep reading!  I believe following a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination.  The only place to start is where you are right now.  The secret is in getting started.  I trust that the contents of this newsletter will help you along the way!

I was very excited to hear about the 1st International Low Carb High Fat Health Summit that will be taking place in Cape Town later this month.  No less than 17 local and international nutrition experts, including our own Prof Tim Noakes, will be sharing their medical expertise on lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular health, obesity and the “cholesterol myth”.  I trust the Summit will shed some light on the way forward and what exactly a balanced diet should consist of in order to avoid these diseases.

For first time readers of my newsletter, I send it out every 2nd month and I write about local and international trends that relate to food in some or other way, cool kitchen gadgets, cool food products, cool foodie events and of course mouthwatering recipes that I have come across and tested myself.  When I am not writing my newsletter, I teach individuals of all ages to cook.  Either custom-made on-site cooking lessons for individuals or cooking parties for kids.  I also do team-building sessions and talks on Nutrition for Corporates as part of their Corporate Wellness Programs.  Please “like” Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page and you will get notified the moment I post something new, whether it is a new recipe to try or an upcoming foodie event.  Read more further down.

The recipes I include in this newsletter consists of a variety of starters, mains, side dishes, snacks and desserts, so there is an arsenal of recipes for you to choose from and with which you can spoil your loved ones.  I have also included recipes that are either low in fat, or high fat, or low in carbs or completely wheat-free – so there is something for everyone’s taste!  They are: Asian Spinach Bundels, Baby Marrow, Bacon & Mushroom Boats, Home-made Cauliflower-base Pizza, Thermomix Banting Bread, Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken Rolls, Rosemary & Lemon Grilled Lamb Chops, Wheat-free Egg Pancake With Fresh Berries and Coconut Macaroons.  As usual, I have also included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster from her popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book. Carolié’s recipes are: Green bean, Potato And Melon Salad With Nuts, Avocado With Hot Barbecue Sauce, Rainbow Mousse, Raw Beetroot and Carrot Salad, Cauliflower salad, and Mango Ice-cream.  Read more further down.

I hear complaints from friends and clients alike on a regular basis about the limited options available on restaurant menu’s for patrons following a healthier lifestyle. Whether it is LCHF, Low GI & Low Fat, gluten-free, etc.  I was therefore thrilled when I found out the popular restaurant chain Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s have jumped on the “bant wagon” so to speak and are now also offering banting-friendly options on their menu.  Click on the word “banting” on the right hand side of my home page under Trending for more banting-friendly recipes.  Please use your own discretion if a recipe contains ingredients that are on the orange or red lists.  Read more further down. 

I recently attended a demonstration of the Thermomix ® TM5, also known as the “all-in-one kitchen appliance“, and I was blown away by all the new features and the ease with which a vast variety of recipes can be prepared with one appliance!  For those of you who have a Thermomix, be sure to try the Thermomix Banting Bread.  It takes under 2 minutes to weigh, mill and mix the ingredients and the bread will be ready to eat in 45 minutes!  Read more further down.

In my post “Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?” I take a closer look at the high fat coffee drink Bulletproof® Coffee which has taken the world by storm.  I also provide a recipe for this energy-giving brew.  Drinking it will apparently help melt away fat, boost your energy and improve your focus.  Read more further down.

MCT Oil, together with unsalted grass-fed butter, are two of the three ingredients used to make Bulletproof Coffee.  Supplementation with MCT oil was initially used to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption.  The Lifematrix Pure MCT Oil is a leading keto oil on the market, helping thousands of people convert their energy needs from carbs to good fats.    Read more further down.

We are urged to eat more healthy fats like grass-fed butter by people that are in the know, like Prof Tim Noakes.  His popular book, The Real Meal Revolution, recently won the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award.  In my post Grass-fed Butter Is Best!, I look at the benefits of eating butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows and introduce you to Mooberry Farms, a small family run farm based in Northriding, Randburg, where they pride themselves in producing grass fed butter as well as other dairy and poultry products that are natural and organic.

My cooking parties for kids have proven to be very popular due to the fact that it can take place on-site, i.e. at your house or venue or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg.  You also choose in which language the party is conducted and the items the kids make can be tied in with the theme of the party.  Make your child’s next birthday extra special by booking an “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party. The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!” The recipes are age-specific and really tasty! It is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s.   Read more further down.

For 19 consecutive days my team and I entertained kids between the ages of 2 and 10 years while their Moms, nanny’s or grandparents did their Christmas shopping or go for a cup of coffee.   Mrs Claus’ Kitchen was a great success for a 2nd year in a row!   Read more further down.

I specialize in custom-made cooking lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, or your budget, learning to cook will change your life.  Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything.  The possibilities are endless! This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker:  “Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview.  Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info.  Read more further down.

Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm. Read more further down.

In this newsletter:

  • February/March 2015 Recipes
  • It’s All About That Base!
  • TM5 – The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance
  • Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?
  • Grass-fed Butter Is Best!
  • Get Oiled Up With MCT Oil
  • Feedback: Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Dec 2014
  • Cooking Parties For Kids
  • Private Cooking Lessons
  • Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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February/March 2015 Recipes
In line with the healthy theme, most of the recipes I have included are on the healthy side, but they are nevertheless very tasty and worth a try!  As usual, I include my own favourites as well as a few recipes by Carolié de Koster.

It’s All About That Base!
The well-known Col’Cacchio pizzeria recently included a Banting-friendly pizza range on their new summer menu.
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TM5 – The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance
The Thermomix ® TM5 is the 5th generation food processor developed by Vorwerk.  The Thermomix ® TM5 is not called the all-in-one kitchen appliance for nothing. 

Bulletproof-Coffee

Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?
Bulletproof® Coffee (also known as Fat Black) is a brand founded by Californian businessman Dave Asprey.  He claims drinking Bulletproof coffee will help melt away fat, boost your energy and improve your focus.

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Grass-fed Butter Is Best!
Grass-fed butter is all the rage these days for being used in Bulletproof coffee, high fat lifestyles such as Banting and Paleo, but more so for its health benefits.

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Get Oiled Up
MCT Oil, probably best known as one of the three ingredients of a Bullet Proof or Fat Black coffee, is one of the latest natural supplements to catch the attention of foodies and fitness fanatics alike.

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Feedback:  Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Dec 2014
During the 2014 December holidays I once again had the opportunity to run the Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event for Bedford Centre in Bedfordview.

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Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids have proved to be very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted, as well as if you want the party to take place at your house or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg.

CUASLogoforFaviconPrivate Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!

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Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.   It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Jeanri Verster

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Custom-made private cooking lessons – in your own kitchen! For yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
  • Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Custom-made healthy meal plans
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.

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August/September Foodie News

Winter is thankfully almost over, which means Spring is imminent!    On the 24 September South Africans across the country will be celebrating our rainbow nation’s heritage as well as Spring!   
This month’s selection of recipes will definitely jump-start your Braai Day planning.  You are spoilt for choice with no less than seventeen mouth-watering recipes.  They are: Gazpacho (chilled tomato soup)Home-made Basil PestoBraaied Corn On The Cob, Sweet & Sour Chicken & Bacon Bites, Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Pork Fillet, Fruit & Veg Chicken SosatiesGrilled Pineapple Wedges With Coconut Sugar and Home-made Spiced Chai Latte.   Now that I’ve seen the movie “Chef”, I will be adding a Cuban Sandwich to my own National Braai Day menu.   I will post a recipe on my Facebook page early in September.
As usual, I am including recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster from her popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book.   The theme she chose for this month is bread.  The aroma of freshly baked bread is irresistible and will combine well with any meal, from breakfast to a braai. The recipes are:  Basic Sweet Dough and a few of its delicious variations, such as German StollenHungarian Bubble LoafYugoslavian Nut Roll and Italian Panettone.  There are also recipes for French Loaf, Light Rye Bread and Ring Doughnuts.  All from Art Of Cooking.  Carolié has also included a recipe for Danish Health Loaf, a delicious and unusual bread that will end the search for a crunchy wheat-free loaf.    Read more further down.
Bedford Centre’s Mrs Claus’ Kitchen was a roaring success last year and this year this event will be bigger and better.  It will run for 19 consecutive days from the 6th to the 24th of December and like last year, kids will be making edible Christmas themed treats on each of the days.   Read more further down.
Now that you have a variety of recipes to choose from for your National Braai Day festivities, all you need is a cool butchery to buy your meat at.  Pick Your Protein is an online butchery that offers a wide variety of fresh, top-quality meat, at eye-catching prices, delivered to your door!
In my post Know Your Chai From Your Chia, I not only explain the difference between Spiced Chai and Chia seeds, I also give you instructions on how to grow your own Chia Pet, which is the best pet in the world in my opinion.  You don’t have to walk it or clean after it. All you need to do is to give it water!  Read more further down.
Kokkedoor, the very popular locally produced Afrikaans reality show, had viewers glued to their Telly’s for 13 weeks over the past few months.  I can’t wait to see who is going to be the ruler of the roost in Kokkedoor 2015!   Read more further down.
The “Chef” movie is currently showing in cinemas.   It is a heart-warming story about a chef who falls in a culinary rut at his job at a popular restaurant in California.  After getting a scathing review by a food critic, he confronts the food critic in public and he finds out the hard way exactly how powerful Twitter is.  He ends up going on a road trip with his best friend and his son, during which he rekindles his creativity and his love of food.    Read more further down.
Before Linden became a residential suburb in the 1950’s, it was well-known for its peach orchards. In fact, the Linden area used to be the biggest exporter of peaches to the UK!   Paputzi’s, a popular restaurant in 4th avenue, Linden, still has some of the original peach trees in the garden.  They recently started offering Banting items on their menu, so be sure to check it out!
The format of my “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking parties is similar to that of the popular “I Can Cook” on DSTV’s CBeebies.  Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish.  Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad:  I made it myself!  Most of them eat it right away though!  The recipes are age-specific and really tasty!  You have the option to have the party at my venue in Robindale, Randburg (close to Randburg Hoërskool) or at your house or venue.   Read more further down.
I specialize in tailor-made cooking lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny.  You choose what you would like to learn to cook. The possibilities are endless! It can be our secret!  This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker:  “Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview. Read more further down. In this newsletter:

  • August/September 2014 Recipes
  • Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Dec 2014
  • Pick Your Protein
  • Know Your Chai From Your Chia
  • Who Will Be The Ruler Of The Roost?
  • Review:  “Chef” Movie
  • Paputzi’s is just peachy!
  • Cooking Parties For Kids
  • Tailor-made Cooking Lessons
  • Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

Happy cooking! Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.  SweetDoughKnots1 August/September 2014 Recipes National Braai Day (and Spring!) is just a few short weeks away, so I decided to focus on quick and easy recipes that can be enjoyed outdoors. Xmas Tree Cone Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2014 I am very excited to announce that the 2nd “Mrs Claus’ Kitchen” will take place during the December school holidays at Bedford Centre in Bedfordview.  Like last year, my team and I will be assisting kids aged 2 to 10 in making a different Christmas-themed treat every day. Logo + slogan final Pick Your Protein I recently discovered an online butchery that delivers – it could be the next best thing since sliced bread!  Pick Your Protein is the new Gauteng branch of a traditional family butchery, located in the heart of the Northwest Province. Chia2 Know Your Chai From Your Chia Coffee shops and restaurants use the term Chai Latte or Chai Tea Latte to indicate that the steamed milk of a normal latte is flavoured with a spiced tea concentrate instead of espresso.  The correct name for the blend of black tea and spices such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and star anise, is Masala Chai or Spiced Chai though. KokkedoorLogo Who Will Be The Ruler Of The Roost? I am a big fan of reality television shows, so a reality show in the form of a cooking competition is right up my alley. The second season of kykNET’s Kokkedoor, the very popular locally produced Afrikaans reality show, ended a few weeks ago when Johnny Hamman and Elsa Buys were crowned as the winning team. ChefMovie Review:  Chef MovieIt has been a long time since a movie was released where the story line evolves around food.  In a nutshell, in the movie “Chef”, the chef played by Jon Favreau quits his job and teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son and goes on a road trip with a food truck. PaputziLogo Paputzi’s Is Just Peachy! f you are Banting, and you have been battling to find a restaurant that offers Banting options in the Linden area, look no further, as Paputzi’s, the well-known and popular coffee shop/restaurant in 4th avenue, Linden, recently added Tim Noakes breakfast and lunch options to their menu.  

Cooking Parties For Kids My cooking parties for kids have proved to be very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted, as well as if you want the party to take place at your house or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg. CUASLogo

Private Cooking Lessons In Your Own Kitchen If planning meals and cooking for your family is driving you up the wall, and you would like to hand the responsibility over to your nanny or domestic worker, all you need to do is tell me when and where. You will not only empower your employee, you will have time on your hands to do other things!  The lessons take place in your own kitchen and are tailor-made to your preferences, i.e. your domestic worker will learn to make recipes that you love to eat! AOC CD Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer. Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Tailor-made private cooking lessons – in your own kitchen! For yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Motivational talks and individual consultations on healthy eating
  • Weekly or monthly healthy meal plans with grocery lists for the busy cook
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake reusable baking sheets, silicone bakeware, etc.
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
 
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June/July 2014 Foodie News

It is a well-known fact that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach … so if you want to catch that special guy or just make something special for one of the men in your life, whether it is your Dad, your hubby, son or brother, the recipes in this month’s newsletter are sure to get you points!

This month’s selection of recipes consist of comfort food to keep you warm in this cold weather.  They are: Roasted Pork Fillet With with Steamed Romanesco, Baby-marrow, Bacon & Pea Soup, Tomato Bredie, Coconut Flour Crumpets, Home-made “Ice-cap” Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding. The latter is from Di Burger’s book Chocolate’s African Odyssey.  Read more further down.

As usual, I am including recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster from her popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book.   The theme she chose for this month is breakfast.  There is a saying that one should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.  With Carolié’s selection of recipes, there is something for everyone.  The recipes are:  Emerald Fruit Salad, Home-made Muesli, Crumpets, Luxurious Scones, Quick Creamy Curried Eggs, Quick Savoury Mince Sauce or Filling and Phyllo Burger. Read more further down.

In July coffee- and choccoholics alike can get their fix at the annual Coffee & Chocolate Expo which will be held at Monte Casino. The Expo promises to be bigger and better than last year with highlights such as a coffee & chocolate beer that has been brewed especially for the expo. To stand a chance to win tickets to the Expo, please 1) “Like” the Cooking Up A Storm Facebook page AND then also 2) “Like” the Coffee & Chocolate Expo post. T’s & C’s apply.  Read more further down.

On the topic of chocolate, if you are looking for a great gift for a special occasion, Di Burger’s book Chocolate’s African Odyssey, is sure to impress.  If you place an order by mid June you will receive a copy signed by the author.  Read more further down.

In my post Nuts About Coconuts I hope to enlighten you about the wide variety of coconut products that are available as well as some of their uses – there are too many to mention!  Read more further down.

Coconut products, such as coconut flour, coconut chips and coconut water are readily available in most pharmacies, health shops and supermarkets.  Also at fruit & veg shops such as the Fruit, Flower & Nut Market in Blairgowrie, Randburg.  Read more further down.

I was very excited to hear about KOO’s More Monate Challenge.  They are looking for the next generation of budding TV chefs and R70,000 in prizes are up for grabs over the next 6 months. Read more further down.

The Dutch Winter Faire is held annually on the first Saturday in July and it provides an opportunity for South Africans of Dutch origin to enjoy cuisine and experiences from their heritage, while simultaneously introducing other South Africans to the “gezelleigheid” and to share in the delights of the Dutch.  Read more further down.

I am looking forward to seeing the “Fed Up” movie.  It was released in the US last month and is a documentary from producers Katie Couric and Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) about America’s food industry and the link to obesity in the States.  The movie’s message is loud and clear: we need to change what we eat.  I believe this movie is a must see for everyone, but especially parents.  Read more further down.

Is your child possibly the next Junior Masterchef?  Make his/her next birthday party extra special with a “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party.  Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: “I made it myself!” Most of them eat it right away though!   The recipes are age-specific and really tasty! It is also a fun activity to arrange for a group of friends during the school holiday’s.  Read more further down.

I will be hosting holiday cooking classes during the June/July school holiday’s at my venue in Robindale, Randburg (close to Randburg Hoërskool).  Kids will work with a variety of ingredients and they will get to grate, roll, cut & crush.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!  You have the option to book for one of the dates or to organise a private class on a date of your choice for a group of friends.  Read more further down.

I specialize in tailor-made cooking lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny.  You choose what you would like to learn to cook. The possibilities are endless! It can be our secret!  This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker:  “Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview. Read more further down.

In this newsletter:

  • June 2014 Recipes
  • In Season:  Romanesco Cauliflower
  • Nuts About Coconuts
  • The Fruit, Flower & Nut Market
  • Coffee & Chocolate Expo
  • Dutch Winter Faire 2014
  • Mama KOO’s More Montate Challenge
  • Great Gifts For A Special Occasion
  • Review:  “Fed Up” Movie
  • Cooking Parties For Kids
  • Holiday Cooking Classes
  • Tailor-made Cooking Lessons
  • Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

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Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.

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June 2014 Recipes
Winter is upon us, so the focus this month is on comfort food that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I also include a few of Carolié’s recipes as usual.

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In Season: Romanesco Cauliflower
Romanesca, also known as summer cauliflower, is a curious-looking cruciferous vegetable that hails from northern Italy.

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Nuts About Coconuts!
Until a few months ago, the only recipe I used coconut oil for, was to make Home-made Ice-Cap Chocolate Sauce (the sauce hardens when poured onto ice-cream).

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The Fruit, Flower & Nut Market
Situated in the heart of Blairgowrie, Randburg, is a charming fruit and veg store that has been around for close to 25 years and is still going strong!

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Coffee & Chocolate Expo
The 2nd annual Coffee & Chocolate Expo will take place from the 17th to the 20th of July at Monte Casino in Fourways and it promises to be even bigger and better this year.

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Dutch Winter Faire
The Faire, which takes place every year on the first Saturday in July, provides an opportunity for South Africans of Dutch origin to enjoy cuisine and experiences from their heritage, while simultaneously introducing other South Africans to the “gezelleigheid” and to share in the delights of the Dutch.

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Mama KOO’s More Monate Challenge
Have you or a member in your family ever watched a program on a Food Network channel on TV and thought to yourself: “I can do that!”.  If so, be sure to enter KOO’s More Monate Challenge.

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Great Foodie Gifts
If you are looking for a great gift for a special occasion, whether it is for someone else or a “to me, from me” gift, one of Di Burger’s books, Chocolate’s African Odyssey or Celebrating Méthode Cap Classique, is sure to impress. 
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Review:  The “Fed Up” Movie
Fed Up unearths the dirty little secret the food industry doesn’t want you to know — far more of us (U.S. citizens) are sick from what we are eating than anyone has ever realized.

Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids have proved to be very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted, as well as if you want the party to take place at your house or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg.

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Holiday Cooking Classes
The June/July school holiday’s are around the corner – my kids have started counting the sleeps already!

Private Cooking Lessons In Your Own Kitchen
If planning meals and cooking for your family is driving you up the wall, and you would like to hand the responsibility over to your nanny or domestic worker, all you need to do is tell me when and where. You will not only empower your employee, you will have time on your hands to do other things!  The lessons take place in your own kitchen and are tailor-made to your preferences, i.e. your domestic worker will learn to make recipes that you love to eat!

AOC CD

Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Tailor-made private cooking lessons – in your own kitchen! For yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Motivational talks and individual consultations on healthy eating
  • Weekly or monthly healthy meal plans with grocery lists for the busy cook
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake reusable baking sheets, silicone bakeware, etc.
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.
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April 2014 Newsletter

With all the attention “banting” also known as following a low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle has been getting in the media recently, I thought it fitting to make it the theme of this month’s newsletter.  In my post To “Bant” Or Not To “Bant” I share my personal experience after I tried out this popular lifestyle for four weeks.  The good news is that it doesn’t look like Banting is just another diet fad.

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February Newsletter 2014

The “back-to-school” dust has settled and kids and parents alike are back into their first-quarter-of-the-year routine.  I think it is cruel of whoever decided that Valentine’s Day should take place mid-February.  In other words, only six short weeks into the new year when everyone who chose “healthier eating” as a New Year’s Resolution will be tempted to binge on chocolate in February!

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October 2013 Newsletter

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We are once again in the last stretch of the year – what happened to the rest of it? It seems to go by faster every year!

With the Heritage Day celebrations still fresh in our memories, I thought it fitting to explore South African food a little more.  According to South African History Online a person’s heritage is made up of the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children. Heritage is also about what has been passed on from the family, community and place where people have been raised.   Our own autobiographies could therefore be told through a succession of food events or recipes. This is what Anna Trapido did so successfully with A Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela. The book tells the story of Nelson Mandela, his family and the struggle for freedom through the meals they shared together. I cannot not help to wonder why research on a nation’s heritage generally focused on heritage places and objects, and that food was not considered a heritage ‘resource’ until recently.

This month’s recipes therefore includes a recipe for Malva Pudding (one of Madiba’s favourite desserts), as well as a quick and easy cookie pop recipe which is a variation of the classic Cake Pop.  See more about cake pops further down.  As usual, I have also included a few recipes from Carolié de Koster’s popular Art Of Cooking Recipe Book.  They are:  Bobotie With Yellow Rice & Raisins, Caribbean Chocolate & Banana Cake (which contains 8 Fair Trade ingredients!) and Deluxe Fruit, Nut & Whole-wheat rusks.  Carolié will be participating in an “Around The World In 80 Dishes” festival in Tauranga, Nieu-Zealand at the end of October and she will be making pancakes with a Bobotie filling!   Be sure to read her article on article on Heritage Food as well as the post on Fair Trade.  Read more further down.

In 2011, cake pops were considered the newest and most popular confectionery food trend.  Its popularity has increased exponentially since then.  Cake pops are also known as cake balls, cakesicles and cake-on-a-stick. It is basically a sweet treat on a stick. While there is no recorded date for the creation of cake pops, most people say that Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley), a popular baking blog, helped make then a “pop” phenomenon and  international sensation!  The versatility and customizability of cake pops make them perfect for any occasion. One of the biggest plus points is that it can be made in advance!  Cake pops are also portable and easy to eat, i.e. mess free!  Read more further down.

Jan Celliers Primary School’s annual Jannies Market day will take place on Wednesday 2 October in Parkview.  Come and say “Hi”!  I will be selling the following products at my stall:

  • imported Silikomart silicone moulds with a festive theme, e.g. gingerbread man, snowman, reindeer, Christmas star, Happy Christmas, etc.
  • imported Silikomart silicone piping bags
  • Norpro batter dispensers
  • the very popular South-African-made Wizbake re-usable baking sheets … and much more!

Is your child possibly the next Junior Masterchef?  Make his/her next birthday party extra special with a “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!”  Read more further down.

I specialize in customised culinary lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny.    When you book four cooking lessons with me, you will receive a manual that covers topics such as Food Safety, Kitchen Safety, Kitchen Hygiene, Food Storing and much more!  The manual can be used as a reference guide in the kitchen.  You choose what you would like to learn to cook.  The possibilities are endless! This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker:
“Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview. Read more further down.

The special offer on Carolié de Koster’s popular Art Of Cooking recipe book and the Art Of Cooking CD is still running.   Get yours now – the price will probably go up in January 2014!  It makes a great gift for any occasion!  This book has become a KITCHEN BIBLE in kitchens in South Africa but also all over the world. It is used in private homes, coffee shops, lodges, guest houses, function venues, retirement home kitchens and school hostels. Colleges added it to their “student kits” for training and this is still the case. Mothers are now buying it for their daughters and sons before they leave home to be able to take along favourite family recipes into their new households!  This book is not available from leading book stores, but can be ordered from Cooking Up A Storm online shop.  It makes a great gift for any occasion!  Read more further down.

Next month I will be telling you more about what Carolié has been keeping herself busy with after she and her husband Adri moved to Nieu-Zealand two years ago. It will also be my last newsletter for 2013 so it will be jam-packed with ideas for festive food and holiday entertaining!

In this month’s newsletter:

  • October 2013 Recipes
  • The Cake Pop Phenomenon
  • New Product: Sand Art
  • New Event: Jannies Market Day
  • Heritage Food – by Carolié de Koster
  • Fair Trade – Ten Principles
  • Cooking Parties For Kids
  • Private Cooking Lessons In Your Own Kitchen
  • Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD – Special Offer
  • Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

Note:  Please click on each heading to read the full post.

MalvaPudding

This month’s recipes are inspired by South Africa’s food heritage.

CAKE POPS

Cake Pop Phenomenon

Talk about upcycling your stale cake!  The original purpose of the cake pop was to use up leftover cake.

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New Event: Jannies Market Day

The character of this popular annual event is not that of a typical flea market, but rather a community market with quality wares on offer.   It is a great place to shop for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts or Thank You gifts for family, friends, teachers, etc.

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Heritage Food

South African cooking developed over a period of about 100 years. It drew its origins from the people who settled here from many foreign lands, after the year 1652 when the first Dutch settlers started a new colony at the southernmost point of Africa.

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Fair Trade – 10 Principles

Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. It advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards.

Culinary Parties For Kids
If you would like to book an “Ek het dit self gemaak/I made it myself!” cooking party for your child’s next birthday, please secure the date with me as soon as possible.  Especially if you want it to take place on a Saturday!

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August 2013 Newsletter

With the sunny weather we experienced in JHB last weekend, I thought winter was nearing its end, but with the cold weather this past week I am wondering if we might not get snow in JHB like last year about this time!

I recently had a request from one of my clients to teach her to make veal schnitzel.  She recommended that I buy the veal from her local butcher, Oaklands Butchery.  I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of meat products, such as veal and wagyu beef, they stock.  I subsequently decided to include a few of my favourite veal recipes this month.   As per usual, I included a few recipes from Carolié’s popular Art Of Cooking Recipe Book.  This month’s recipes are:   Veal & Vegetable Deluxe, Crumbed Ham & Cheese Rolls With Creamed Cucumber Sauce, Veal or Chicken Schnitzel, Braised Veal Shanks (Ossobucco) With Gremolata & Creamy Polenta, Baked Butternut With Honey & Nuts and Frozen Mocha Cheesecake (I just had to include a special chocolaty dessert for the women!).  Read more further down.

Much like spring lamb, veal is extremely light in texture and very tender, and has a lovely flavour. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert chef to create a delicious meal using veal. It can be sautéed, stir-fried, braised, stewed, grilled or broiled. In my post on veal, I am giving you tips and hints on which techniques to use to flavour veal, which cooking methods to use as well as which ingredients will compliment veal.  I hope this will lead to veal being added onto your grocery list on a regular basis! Read more further down.

Wagyu beef, also called the caviar of beef is regarded as the world’s most tender, flavorsome and succulent beef.  It is regarded as a healthier option because it contains a much higher proportion of the desirable mono-unsaturated fats than other beef.  Whether healthier or not, the price per kg might give you a heart attack!  If you haven’t tried it, make a plan to do so soon!  Wagyu beef can be found at butchery’s such as Oaklands Butchery in Oaklands and at fine dining restaurants.  Read more further down.

Due to the popularity of my Cupcake Couture Class (making a pair of high heel shoes out of cupcakes, buttercream icing and sweets) and its “girly” theme, I have decided to schedule a few Cupcake Couture classes in August to celebrate Women’s Day 2013.  Due to the fact that the 9th falls on a long weekend, I have scheduled two additional classes in August.  The dates are: Friday 9 August, Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August.  Space is limited, so book asap!   Read more further down.

I am busy developing a class for mom’s and boys as well.  I will tell you more about it next month!

Congratulations to Ashnee Chetty and Janet Kahn on winning the tickets to the Divine Delights Cake Tasting last month.

Is your child possibly the next Junior Masterchef?  Make his/her next birthday party extra special with a “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party.  The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!”  Read more further down.

I specialize in tailor-made cooking lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny.  This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker:  “Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview. Read more further down.

The special offer on Carolié de Koster’s popular Art Of Cooking recipe book and the Art Of Cooking CD is still running.   Get yours now!  Read more further down.

In this newsletter:

  • August 2013 Recipes
  • New Event:  Cupcake Couture Class
  • The Veal Deal
  • Wagyu Who?
  • Cooking Parties For Kids
  • Private Cooking Lessons In Your Own Kitchen
  • Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD – Special Offer
  • Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

Happy cooking!

Jeanri

Note:  Please click on each heading to read the full post.

Frozen mocha cheesecake

This months selection of recipes the focus in on veal (calf meat).  As usual, I’ve included a few recipes from Carolié’s popular Art Of Cooking Recipe Book.

High Heel Cupcakes

Cupcake Couture Class

During the July 2013 school holiday’s twenty Mom’s and daughters spent quality time together while each designing their own pair of high heel cupcake shoes at my Cupcake Couture Class.

Oaklands Butchery

Oaklands butchery has built up a reputation for supplying excellent quality meats and poultry to households and restaurants for over 45 years since its establishment in 1969. Owners Piero Marangoni and Phillip Ostrin are always on hand to offer their expertise on all your preparation and cooking requirements.

The veal deal

Veal has been an important ingredient in Italian and French cuisine from ancient times.   The veal is often in the form of cutlets, such as the Italian cotoletta or the famous Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel.

Wagyu Who?

For several years now Japanese Wagyu meat, also known as ‘Kobe’-style beef, has been enjoying increasing popularity.  Wagyu (pronounced “wag-you”) is a breed of cattle native and unique in their genetics to Japan (“Wa” means Japanese and “gyu” means beef).

Cooking Parties For Kids

If you would like to book an “Ek het dit self gemaak/I made it myself!” cooking party for your child’s next birthday, please secure the date with me as soon as possible.  Especially if you want it to take place on a Saturday!

Private Cooking Lessons In Your Own Kitchen

If planning meals and cooking for your family is driving you up the wall, and you would like to hand the responsibility over to your nanny or domestic worker, all you need to do is tell me when and where. You will not only empower your employee, you will have time on your hands to do other things!  The lessons will take place in your own kitchen and are tailor-made to your preferences, i.e. your domestic worker will learn to make recipes that you love to eat!

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Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD – Special Offer

Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa.  Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer.

Cooking Up A Storm’s Services

  • Tailor-made private cooking lessons – in your own kitchen! For yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
  • Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
  • Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
  • Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
  • Recipe development
  • Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
  • Motivational talks and individual consultations on healthy eating
  • Weekly or monthly healthy meal plans with grocery lists for the busy cook
  • Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake reusable baking sheets, silicone bakeware, etc.
  • Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.

Happy cooking!

Jeanri