The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. There are several myths about these popular fruit-studded yeast-risen buns. One of the more well known stories is that an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday. At some point in history the buns was commonly known as Good Friday Buns. During the 1730s in Europe the buns were sold on the streets, and it was here that the name as well as the popular rhyme emerged, as the sellers would shout out ” One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns “… This tradition was still in practice as little as eighty years ago.
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Pull out all the stops this Easter Holiday with this majestic centerpiece, fit for kings! It is made by attaching two racks of lamb end-to-end to form a crown. Order it from your butcher with the ribs already French-trimmed and tied into a crown, or do it yourself at home – it is easier than you think!
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“It’s the best damn gin on the planet”, according to Ryan Reynolds, actor, writer and producer. Reynolds, who tasted Aviation Gin for the 1st time in 2017, liked it so much that he recently acquired an ownership interest in Aviation Gin, an American craft gin company. Reynolds will not only be the face of the brand, he will also be involved in the entire creative process for Aviation Gin, including its marketing and strategy.
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With less than 7 weeks until Christmas, the countdown has officially begun and it will be here before you know it! The aim of this newsletter is to provide you with everything you need to prepare for your Festive Season entertaining – at least on the ingredient, entertainment and gifting front! It is jam-packed with everything from the latest festivals to attend and restaurants to visit, to ingredients to try and gifts to buy. I have also included a variety of mouthwatering recipes for everything from starters and mains, to side dishes, desserts and drinks. Continue reading December 2017 Newsletter
The gin revolution is a world-wide phenomenon. One of the biggest drivers in the incredible resurgence of gin over the past few years is the sheer number of craft gin distillers that have popped up. South Africa is following suit with a growing number of craft distilleries opening their doors every other month. No wonder as South Africa provides the natural raw ingredients which allows distillers to produce world-class gins. South Africans are celebrating the revival of gin in everything from festivals, to craft gin clubs to craft gin loyalty cards at liquor stores. Not to mention cocktail bars whose main focus is gin and tonic. I think it is safe to say that gin is here to stay! Continue reading The Gin Revolution
It was the interest in local craft gin amongst South African consumers and spirit traders alike, as well as the versatility of gin as a spirit that lead to the idea to build a lifestyle festival around it. With four successful festivals under their belts, the organisers of the Gin & Tonic Festival continue to provide an unrivaled gin experience. Continue reading Gin & Tonic Festival – JHB
The Gin Box is South Africa’s first craft gin club. According to Jean Buckham, owner and founder of The Gin Box, South Africa is experiencing a gin revolution at present. “South Africa is producing world class gins – thanks to the bravery and innovation of the local distillers but also thanks to the abundance of cape fynbos botanicals – including rooibos, and Highveld bush botanicals which are adding a whole new flavour spectrum to South African gin. Through The Gin Box we hope to inform gin enthusiasts about which are the best gins to purchase, what to drink them with and how to build up a gin collection, i.e. a few good gins to offer guests with paired tonic waters and garnishes”, says Jean. Continue reading The Gin Box
The Spirit Merchant Trading Company was created by two of South Africa’s top bar tenders, Denzel Heath and Kurt Schlechter. The SMTC team boasts more than 40 years of international beverage industry experience – spanning across consulting, events and global competitions. They saw a gap in the South African market for affordable, quality bar tools in and traveled the world to source quality bar tools for their online business. Their slogan: “by bartenders, for bartenders” shows that they are passionate about raising the level of bar tending in South Africa. Continue reading The Spirit Merchant Trading Company
Brian Leopold of Tops Radiokop is the mastermind behind an in-store Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer. Yes, you heard right, you will be rewarded for buying craft liquor! The loyalty card will enable the holder to gain points according to the amount purchased. The points can be accumulated and then be refunded to the holder in the form of a voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed at Tops Radiokop. Points can be earned on all craft liquors, so remember to take your Craft Card with you – no card, no points! Continue reading Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer
Koeksisters is a traditional South African confectionary. It is prepared by frying plaited dough in oil and then soaking it in ice cold syrup. These sticky sweet treats have a crunchy exterior and a syrupy centre – they are to die for! Have you tried Ouma Rooi Koeksisters? Continue reading Ouma Rooi Koeksisters
The Funky Ouma range is not only fun and flavourful, it is also colourful. It was Funky Ouma’s beautiful shocking pink Beetroot Salt that caught my eye at a market. I just had to have it! Their slogan “Changing people’s lives, one grind at a time” sums up the motivation behind their healthy salts. Continue reading Funky Ouma
The selection of recipes included in this newsletter has everything from starters to mains, side dishes, desserts and drinks! We’ve also a variety of cookies to bake for the upcoming holidays. There are recipes for casual meals at home or for fancy entertaining. Be sure to try them all! Continue reading December 2017 Recipes
We are very excited to announce the launch of Cooking Up A Storm’s own range of Culinary Clothing – just in time for Christmas! The range consists of aprons with matching oven mittens. It makes great gifts for chefs big and small! Cooking Up A Storm’s own range of Culinary Clothing can also be ordered for culinary parties. Please visit our online shop to order yours. Continue reading Cooking Up A Storm’s Culinary Clothing
Get into the Festive Season spirit with booking for the first ever Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Workshop at Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences. During the workshops kids will get to bake and decorate a variety of Christmas-themed items Continue reading Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Workshop 2017
It is said that drinking gin has been proven to have countless health benefits – from longevity, to rejuvenation and of course, hydration. Below are ten ways in which drinking gin might actually be good for you (not that I think anyone needs an excuse to drink a G&T!)
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Juniper is mostly known as the main flavouring agent used in the distilling of gin. They have many more uses than just flavouring gin though. See my post The Gin Revolution for info on how the G&T came about.
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To tie in with the “Gin” theme of the newsletter, we’ve included a variety of recipes – mostly for dessert – that has either gin or tonic, or both, as an ingredient.
Be sure to also try our Gin Cocktails where you will find recipes for everything from the classics, such as G&T, Tom Collins and Negroni. Others are based on the classics, but with a modern twist.
You will find a variety of mouth-watering recipes for the Festive Season here.
The Kitchenware Shoppe in Parkhurst is jam-packed with everything you need to cook and bake to your heart’s content. The shop is situated on the popular 4th avenue, opposite Coobs and a few doors down (or is it up?) from the popular coffee shop Nice on 4th.
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It is no wonder that Annelien Pienaar’s first recipe book “Boerekos met ‘n twist”, which was published earlier this year, is flying off the shelves! Annelien, a qualified food scientist, has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry.
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