The start of Autumn in South Africa with rich brown hues, hearty slow cooking and purple velvet fashion
Pear and chocolate cake
This week I am posting a picture not associated with any cookbook.
I recently stopped by the Culinary table on my way to a shoot. I had some time to kill and ordered a coffee. Reading through the menu, I spotted this pear chocolate cake. Of course, I had to try it. A slice of cake is not something I order often. It is light, full of flavour and delicious. The pear and chocolate blends into a rich but light tasting cake. I think the cake is vegan, but I am not sure.
It’s a must-have when you next find yourself racing to Lanseria, Gauteng.
Food is Art
How and what you eat is the appreciation of art.
Spiced Bay leafs
South African winters in Gauteng are cold. It is not the icy cold of the Northern hemisphere in winter. The winter here is mild, nothing like the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and China winters, but it is cold for the local climate.
There is nothing more comforting than a cold weekend of slow cooking food over two or three days into a hearty stew served with samp, rice or pasta in winter. Also, a bottle of red wine or three over a weekend and feet warmed by the fire.
The secret ingredient in all of the slow-cooked meat is bay leaves. Bay leaves are versatile. You can put them in slow-cooking meals to infuse them with flavour or add them to stews, soups, and sauces. Add the bay leaves to slow cooking meat to infuse their rich, earthy flavour into your dish.
Autumn and winter winds with red leaves blowing in the wind. The fire is crackling with flames jumping. The dogs are lying close to the fire, hugged together in a cosy basket. I pop wine and get a whiff of the dark berry nose from the wine. A go-to Cabernet Sauvignon ready to drink paired with slow-cooked beef and vegetables. Winter charm with colour, flavours and rich tastes.
There is nothing more attractive than women in a meticulously designed fitted outfit. Velvet is luxurious. Velvet is a fabric with a long history symbolizing wealth, luxury and comfort.
Velvet’s rich texture exudes luxury. It is a fabric used widely in fashion and interior design. The fabric character is sophisticated and elegant.