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Hope On Hopkins

After falling in love with craft gin in the Mediterranean, ex-lawyers Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk refurbished a rundown warehouse on Hopkins street in Salt River, creating the Mother City’s first distillery, Hope On Hopkins.   Lucy is the distiller – she has a knack for flavours and aromas and has developed the skills required to make the all important “cuts” in the spirit runs.  Leigh keeps the equipment up and running and clean: the cold reality of running a distillery is that it is 90% cleaning and 10% distilling!
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The Spirit Merchant Trading Company

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

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Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer

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

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Cooking Up A Storm’s Culinary Clothing

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

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Gin Recipes

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.

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Essential Barware

To make cocktails like a mixologist, you need a few basic bar tools. Below is a list of a few essential tools with their uses.   All of the items on the list is available from The Spirit Merchant Trading Company. Be sure to read this post for more info on this exciting company who stocks more than 100 quality hand sourced bar products. Their motto “by bartenders, for bartenders”, says it all!

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Cakes By Seilaz

Cakes By Seilaz is a bakery based in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg that specializes in
novelty birthday, wedding and special occasion cakes.  Be sure to head in their direction any time you need a cake or treat – be it sweet or savoury. According to owner Michelle Seilaz their aim is to bake with natural products and quality ingredients as much as possible (scroll down for more info on the stoneground flours they use). They strive to make cakes that are fantastic to look at and taste just as great. Each cake is made with love, care and the utmost attention to detail.

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Since it opened its doors in September 2017, Tonic, a cocktail bar in the popular 7th street, Linden, has become known for their exceptional craft gin cocktails and delicious tapas-styled dishes. Owned by husband and wife duo, Caitlin and Dennis Human plan to host a variety of gin pairings and tastings at Tonic. Their aim is to assist their patrons to experience and enjoy gin.

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Cooked Marinade

To improve the flavour and soften the meat, marinate it for several hours or for up to 3 days in the fridge or freezer before pot-roasting, roasting, grilling or barbecuing.  The marinade can be used for large joints, steaks or ribs and will be sufficient for up to 5 kg of meat. Use only glass bowls for marinating – metal bowls will react with the marinade, while plastic bowls absorb flavours and will become stained. The meat can be frozen in the marinade for several weeks, which has the added advantage that it is immediately ready for use after thawing.  Be sure to try the recipe for Fillets Of Venison With Juniper Berries.  Be sure to read the post Juniper Berries for more info on this superfood.

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New Event: Emoji Workshop

With the new Emoji Movie opening in cinemas on the 22nd of September 2017, end Heritage weekend on a high note by booking seats for your kids at Cooking Up A Storm’s Emoji Workshop on Monday 25 September. In case you did not know, Heritage Day, aka Braai Day, falls on a Sunday this year.

My team and I will keep kids entertained with an Emoji-themed culinary activity where they will be able to express themselves by way of decorating a variety of cookies and cupcakes in the Emoji theme with buttercream icing, royal icing, sweets, etc.

You are welcome to drop your kid(s) off and go. I am a mom of two primary school kids, so I know that moms sometimes need some me-time! You are also welcome to hang around. I provide tea, coffee, refreshments, etc. for parents on my patio – free of charge. Remember to bring a book or magazine!

Event name: Emoji Workshop
Date: Monday 25 September 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time slots: 10:00 to 13:00 or 14:00 to 17:00
Cost: R250 per person (includes making a variety of Emoji-themed edible items as well as refreshments and a comprehensive recipe booklet)
Venue: Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences, Robindale, Randburg
Age: Kids 6 years and older can attend by themselves (kids under 6 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Booking:  Booking is essential. Please send a booking request to or 083 408 8802 with the amount of seats you would like to reserve as well as if you want to book for the morning or afternoon session.  Payment required to reserve a seat.

The dictionary describes an emoji as “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication.” Can you image a world without emoji’s?

The Emoji Movie is a 3D computer-animated science-fiction comedy based on the emoji symbols. Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.


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Feedback: One In A Minion Cookie Workshops

During the first week of July, Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences, in partnership with Ster-kinekor Sandton City, entertained kids with a fun and interactive Minion-themed culinary activity at Sandton City.  The kids had a ball!  Click here to see photo’s of this event.  Every child who attended one of the One In a Minion Cookie Workshops, stood a chance to win movie tickets to watch the new Despicable Me 3 movie.  Kids who presented their tickets for the Despicable Me 3 movie when registering for one of the workshops where given vouchers for free popcorn and a soda to enjoy while watching the movie!!!  Thanks again Ster-kinekor Sandton City – these give-aways were BANANAAAAS!

Photo courtesy of Sandton City


See the post One In A Minion Cookie Workshop for more details of this event as well as the Despicable Me 3 movie.


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One in A Minion Cookie Workshop

I am very excited to announce that Cooking Up A Storm, in partnership with Ster-kinekor Sandton City, will entertain kids with a fun and interactive Minion-themed culinary activity at Sandton City.  Be sure to bring your kids to join in the fun – from a Minion colouring-in competition to give-aways by Ster-kinekor Sandton City.

We can only accommodate 20 kids per session, so booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  To book, please send  your name and telephone number, the name(s) of the kid(s) you want to book for as well as the date and the session you want to book for to 083 408 8802.

Be sure to purchase movie tickets to watch the new Despicable Me 3 movie at Ster-Kinekor (Sandton City), and then head over to The Mr Price Court lower level to attend the One In A Minion Cookie Workshop between 01 – 05 July between, daily!

Remember to Follow these simple steps & present your Movie Ticket at the One In A Minion Workshop Registration table when registering for a workshop so that when you go watch DM3, Ster-Kinekor (Sandton City) will give you free popcorn and a soda to enjoy during the movie!!!  These give-aways are BANANAAAAS!

Terms and conditions:
The give-away is only applicable if your child attends the One in A Minion Cookie workshop.  The give-away is only valid for the child/children taking part in the event and not the parents. The movie ticket(s) has to be purchased at Sandton City Ster-Kinekor and your child/children must be registered for a workshop. Movie tickets can be bought before and/or during the workshop, as long as the child/children is/are taking part in the workshop.
Please note: only tickets purchased at Ster-kinekor Sandton City are valid for this give-away.  If your child attends our One In a Minion Cookie Workshop, he/she could stand a chance to win one of two movie tickets to watch Despicable Me 3 with the One in A Minion Cookie Workshop colouring-in competition.  Whilst the children wait for their cookies to set, they will be given a picture to colour in and will be put into a draw that will be done at the end of the session.  There will be two Sandton City Ster-Kinekor movie tickets for Dispicable Me 3 given away per session, through the colouring in competition.  The draw is not based on the best picture coloured in, the draw is just to pick a name to win a ticket to the DM3 movie at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City. Only children whom have not bought tickets to the movie will be allowed to take part in the draw that will be done at the end of each of the workshop sessions.  Only two tickets will be given away per session. These tickets do not include popcorn & a cool drink.

In “Despicable Me 3” Gru and the Minions are back in the third installment of Illumination’s popular franchise.  Following on box office hits “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2”, the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters – Margo, Edith and Agnes – and of course the Minions, continues.  After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother – a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps – one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.