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Archive for the month “November, 2015”

Township “cook off” at Eyadini Lounge

My township “cook off” experience started on a shuttle bus which left from the Durban Tourism Offices in Florida Road, firstly to Umhlanga’s beautiful Oyster Box Hotel to collect the Good Food and Wine Show celebrity chefs Brent Owens, Renae Smith, Peter Ayub and Siphokazi Mdlankomo and then on to Eyadini Lounge in KZN’s Umlazi township for a food experience with a difference.

Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi

Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi

On arrival at our venue we were greeted by Mayasree Moodley who is the PR officer at Durban Tourism as well as Sharen Thamboo who oversees the Websites and Social Media for eThekwini Municipality. Eyadini Lounge was a buzz of activity with bloggers, media people, photographers, chefs as well as honoured guests. In the lounge, ready to partake in the “cook off” was our very own loved and treasured Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris and celebrity chef and close friend, Reza Mohamed. There was a lot of activity and excitement going on as we were officially welcomed by Councillor Dumisani Ngema.

Councillor Dumisani Ngema

Councillor Dumisani Ngema

Soon after the welcomes, the first 4 chefs got ready for their “cook off”. On the left the Aussies prepared a very different, yet delicious Pilchards curry with Renae’s added special ingredient, peanut butter, to make the sauce extra creamy. This was served on a bed of pap which is a fabulous alternative to serving curry with rice.
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Renae, Brent, Reza and Jenny

Renae, Brent, Reza and Jenny

On the right was the South African team comprising of Jenny and Reza. Together they made a delicious vetkoek and boerewors combo which too is poles apart from the traditional boerewors and bread roll. By this time, we were all complaining of hunger as we salivated over the appetizing food that was being prepared in front of us.
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After a short break and clean up, the chef’s station was prepared for a second “cook off”. This time round it was Peter Ayub cooking against our very own Masterchef runner up, Siphokazi. Peter made a fantastic lamb hotdog which was smothered in a creamy, garlicky sauce and Siphokazi turned out a scrumptious looking burger with mushroom sauce which I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to taste.

Nicola, Amanda, Faeema

Nicola, Amanda, Faeema

After tempting us all with amazing aroma’s and good looking food, it was our turn to tuck into the spread that was prepared for the guests behind the scenes. In true township style, we were treated to platters and platters of shisanyama (Zulu for meat) and uJeqe (steamed Zulu bread) which I’m getting the hang of pronouncing. One of my favourites is pap and chakalaka (South African vegetable relish) which was served as an accompaniment to the mountains of meat. There was also a choice of butternut with your meal or coleslaw. I chose the latter.

My delicious township meal

My delicious township meal

Shisanyama and uJequ

Shisanyama and uJequ

One of the food stations

One of the food stations

More shisanyama

More shisanyama

After a glorious experience, we all hopped back on the bus and headed back to Durban Tourism offices to go our separate ways. It was an unforgettable experience for me and I’m sure for everyone else too. I headed back home, exhausted but satisfied.

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2015 KZN Café Society Awards

The Café Society Awards is an annual event which has been “on the trot” for 15 years now and is hosted by The Sunday Tribune and Illovo Sugar. This illustrious occasion is intended at showing off KZN’s best coffee establishments and to raise the profile of coffee shops in Durban.
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This year, the awards were held at the ever trendy Duke and Duchess in Meridian Drive, Umhlanga. On arrival, Nicola and I were made to feel very welcome by Darrell de Wet and Lauren Cole from Illovo Sugar. Our hosts invited us to help ourselves to a beautifully set up sweet table. Apricot balls, fudge, marshmallow mice and toffee’s were some of the yummy sweets on display. The night was off to a good start!
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Spar Tops came on board as the official supplier of drinks for the night, but considering we were attending the awards for best coffee shop and enjoying the event in a coffee shop, why not have coffee. I started off with a lovely cappuccino followed by my very favourite; iced coffee.
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Our venue served the most delicious food during the course of the evening. Mini lamb bunny chows were the first eats to come from Scott Baine’s kitchen followed by a spicy tomato soup served in a shot glass. Such a great idea! My favourite was Scott’s wildebeest burger. It was so delicious, I had two helpings.
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Sunday Tribune editor Aakash Bramdeo kicked off the awards ceremony by extending a warm welcome to all the coffee loving guests before he handed over to Kevin Minter-Brown from East Coast Radio who presented the awards. The process of choosing a winner, runner up and third place was not an easy exercise. It took a panel of almost 20 judges over a period of roughly 4 months to scout for the best cuppa in the Province. After much deliberation, winners in each Region were chosen.
Pietermaritzburg: Terbodore (033 – 330 2380)
South Coast: Beaver Creek Coffee Estate (039 – 311 2347)
North Coast: Duke and Duchess (031 – 584 7411)
Durban: Stretta Café (031 – 765 8862)

Well done to all the winners and runners up in this year’s Café Society Awards. I am proud to say that Durban is beyond doubt on the map for having the trendiest coffee spots in the country.

Behind every good cup of coffee is a great barista.  This year, the award for the Barista competition was narrowed down to Shawn Mushoshande from Factory CaféStretta Cafe’s very own Musa Magwaza and Siphiso from Republik.  *Drum roll* and the winner is………..Musa from Stretta Café.  What a great achievement!

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