On Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Alex and Michael hosted in the groom’s parent’s garden in Hurlingham, Johannesburg for 100 of their family and friends. The bride and groom arranged their own decor and we can’t wait to see a few of the pics when they’re back from honeymoon.
Canapés were passed around to guests after the ceremony and were also served as the starter. Guests got to enjoy prawn wontons with red pepper relish, fillet kebabs with a béarnaise sauce, and brie and fig springrolls, to name just a few.
The main course was served mezze-style on each table. There were wooden boards with a selection of meat, assorted homemade dips with mini pita breads, green salad with parmesan and avocado, artisanal breads, and other lovely treats.
For the final course, a delectable cheese table was available packed with a selection of cheese and assorted breads, biscuits and accompaniments, as well as a gelato bar which added fun to the festivities in the form of various toppings like sprinkles, Smarties, Bar-One sauce.
Just in case the guests hadn’t eaten their full, or if they had danced off the delicious food, a midnight snack was served of bacon butties and toasted cheese sandwich corners.
Last Thursday night we catered a delightful dinner for 50 guests at the Liberty Exco event hosted at a gorgeous house. Decor included beautifully fragrant garden roses finished off with crisp white table linen.
The menu began with a rosti topped with salmon and lemon crème fraîche served with a fresh lemon wedge. It continued with a classic fillet on potato Dauphinoise with plum tomatoes and a tasty bearnaise sauce for the main course. Finally finishing off with a berry roulade with decorative caramel shards for dessert.
Avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content. Did you know that avocados have roughly 35% more potassium than bananas? Or that a high avocado intake diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels? Or that avocados are rich in folic acid and vitamin K, and are good dietary sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E? You can’t go wrong with avocados!
You can either enjoy this with toasted bread or untoasted bread. Simply slice or mash up some avocado and place on your toast or bread. Season with some salt and pepper and enjoy. If you like a bit more salt, you can add some Marmite spread.
Following our post about Healthy Herbs, we thought we’d do the same for our favourite spices! These special spices also have wonderful health benefits.
Saffron is a reddish-golden coloured spice used primarily as a seasoning agent for cooking and a colouring agent. Saffron contains a number of carotenoids which are believed to be the reason for this spice’s health benefits. It is used to relieve stomach aches and kidney stones, improve blood circulation, inhibit skin tumours, improve arthritis, improve eye and vision health, promote learning and memory retention, and assist with the treatment of asthma and depression. If this isn’t enough, it also helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol, and when applied topically as a paste, it helps relieve dryness and other skin conditions too.
Cinnamon isn’t just a crucial topping on pancakes, it is also a very special spice that has great health benefits. It can help to lower blood sugar in people suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. A research study suggests that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. It also assists in lowering the negative effects of high fat meals, and treating conditions like coughing, arthritis, sore throats, infections and loss of appetite.
Ginger is an aromatic and pungent spice and adds a zest to stir-fries and other dishes. Did you know that by eating fresh ginger just before lunch, you’ll stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices? Or that chewing on some ginger will reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea and vomiting? It’s no wonder that ginger has been used for years to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It also improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body, aids in treating aching muscles and joints, and clears up your sinuses during “hay-fever season”.
Like most spices, cloves are available throughout the year. They have a warm, sweet, aromatic taste and are often used in ginger bread. Their health benefits include temporary treatment of toothache, relief from upper respiratory infections, anti-inflammatory properties, treatment of scrapes and bruises, and improving digestion.
Turmeric is a very common spice used in cooking and has a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden colour. This spice is loaded with many healthy nutrients (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, etc) and properties (antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, etc) which is why it is used to treat a wide variety of health problems. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been discovered that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial as a disinfectant for cuts and burns, a natural liver detoxifier, a painkiller, aiding in fat metabolism and weight management, and treating depression.