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Butter Chicken Curry

Butter Chicken Curry

Very special friends of ours are getting married next year.  We went dow to the Midlands for a weekend recently, to see the venue, check the weather and very importantly to do a food tasting.  Among the dishes was this divine Butter Chicken Curry. Being […]

My Exciting New Website

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I’m sure you had thought that Table Memories had disappeared. Well I’m back with my exciting new website which I now love. I started my blog and website Table Memories, two years ago, after closing Bay Tree Cooking School, and boy did that test me. […]

Italian Baked Eggs (Our Favourite Kruger Breakfast)

Italian Baked Eggs (Our Favourite Kruger Breakfast)

Our days start early in the morning as soon as the gates open.  Our car is packed with tea, coffee, rusks and biscuits to last us until breakfast.  We drive with our windows open, filling our lungs with the wonderful fresh air of the bush. My shoulders relax, my neck loses its tension, and I always give a big sigh leaving the gate.  Our eyes are peeled either side for any movement that signals an animal sighting.  There is always such an anticipation of what we will spot.  Nothing is ever the same and each sighting gives us another story to tell.

When our children were younger, we would have a competition in the car of animal spotting.  Our children are adults now, and when we all manage those rare moments to have a special holiday in the bush together, our game always resurfaces.

At about 10 am everyone starts referring to breakfast.  We head to our picnic spot that we would have chosen the night before around the braai (BBQ).  Picnic spots are not coincidences, they are carefully planned.  If we are there with friends or our children, we always take turns making breakfast, so it’s always a nice surprise when it’s not your turn.  One can only have so many English breakfasts, so this is one Steve and I often choose to cook.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do……… all that’s missing though is the African bush!

Italian Baked Eggs

8th March 2018
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 8tbl flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 12 eggs
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • olive oil
  • 2 cup black olives, stoned & halved
  • 4tbl sugar
  • 8tbl fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 2 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 yellow peppers, seeded & diced
  • 1kg Italian sausage, sliced
  • 4tbl dried oregano
  • 2tbl dried basil
  • 8tbl olive oil
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tins Italian tomatoes, diced
  • 2tsp salt
Directions
  • Step 1 Heat oil over medium heat on the Manchurian plate of your Weber.
  • Step 2 Fry the onions, peppers and sausages until browned.
  • Step 3 Add all remaining ingredients, except the eggs, feta, parsley and basil.
  • Step 4 Cook and then reduce, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  • Step 5 If too thick, add some water to the consisency you wish.
  • Step 6 Season to taste.
  • Step 7 Break eggs carefully in sauce, cover with foil and cook until eggs are ready.
  • Step 8 Sprinkle with crumbled feta, fresh parsley and basil.
We love going to the bush and the Kruger National Park is one of our favourite places.

Memories of Cape Town

Memories of Cape Town

Have just arrived in Cape Town on a perfect day! I had to drop Steve off in the city for a meeting, so we had breakfast at Tashas at the V&A Waterfront. Strolling across to his meeting, this was the view! While ambling around the […]

Dinner at Marble Restaurant

Dinner at Marble Restaurant

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Birthday Lunch at Casalinga Restaurant

Birthday Lunch at Casalinga Restaurant

Birthday Lunch was celebrated as Saturday was my son Liam’s 30th birthday, and Sunday my husband Steve’s … birthday. We chose to have family lunch at Casalinga yesterday, to celebrate their birthdays. It is one of my favourite Sunday lunch restaurants. The setting is beautiful out in the country, the atmosphere great and the food delicious. They do a set menu for Sunday lunches, but there are lots of choices for each course, so one really doesn’t feel limited.

They bring delicious homemade bread and a divine salad for the table. Lots of the salad ingredients come from their garden which you can really taste.

Starter

My starter was fresh mussels in a tomato cream sauce. Do you think I enjoyed them???

Main Course

I just love pork belly and generally choose it when I see it on a menu. And Casalinga’s is divine…….How do I know??? Because I have had it before…and before….and before! They stuff it, slow roast it and serve it with crackling on the top.

Dessert

The dessert choices make it really difficult to choose. I was going to have creme brûlée, but chose one of my favourites that one doesn’t often see in restaurants, Floating island. Their version of floating island and I must say it was delicious. I could have licked the plate! Liam and Jane had the creme brûlée and said it was great. I heard the cracking of the top which is always a good sign too.

Then, of course, something I can’t resist. The happy birthday part. How to embarrass grown men! The waiters sang Happy Birthday in English and then waiter Manny, sang it in Zulu and Italian beautifully.  Wow! We had such a lovely happy lunch, filled with many stories and laughter. With full tummies we took a stroll around the gardens admiring the beautiful flowers, vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Needless to say we were just about the last to leave, and reluctantly strolled to our cars stopping along the way for a pic or two. If you would like a lovely Sunday lunch, visit www.casalinga.co.za and make sure you book!

Handing over the Keys of my Little House that was Bay Tree Cooking School

Handing over the Keys of my Little House that was Bay Tree Cooking School

A week ago I stood in the driveway of my little house that had been the home of the Bay Tree Cooking School.  It was the day I handed over the keys and my special little house to its new owners.  A young couple who […]

A Wonderful Winter Soup

A Wonderful Winter Soup

The way to learn a country’s culture is through their food and I always find breakfast to be the most interesting! On my first trip to incredible Morocco, having landed early hours of the morning, my friend Pam and I made our way to our […]

For My Mother On Her Day

For My Mother On Her Day

If my mom was still here I would have a Mothers Day lunch for her with all our family who was her world, and make all her favourite food. Her children and grandchildren gathered around our table, beautifully decorated with her favourite garden roses, old silver cutlery, linen napkins and her wine glass that had to be filled with ice when you poured in her white wine (already a light wine). We told her it spoilt the wine…. but she said it was her wine and that’s how she liked it…….and who can argue with that?

She would sit facing the window that looks out into our garden where the bird feeders are, so she could see all the typical garden birds she loved.  As always there would be lots of banter amongst all of us, laughter and stories. I can hear her special laugh as she would relish every moment.  And these are some of the memories that have kept her with us.

Our starter would be garlic drenched snails which she absolutely loved.  She taught my boys to eat these snails from when they were little.  We often had people looking at us in restaurants when our 2 year old ordered snails, but boy there wasn’t a morsel or a bit of garlic left when they were finished.  To this day, at 30 and 26 they still order snails as their favourite starter!

For main course we would have Mozambique Queen prawns with garlic, Peri peri and lemon butter – her very best. Her second choice would be duck with orange or black cherry sauce, but for this Mothers Day I would make her prawns, because right now I would give her anything just for her to be with us again.

For dessert, because she loved chocolate I would make decadent, gooey middle, caramel brownies with praline crunch, served with Contreau cream and vanilla ice cream.

Happy mothers day mom, I love and miss you more and more each day.