Braai day Ireland

South Africans are gathering at The Meetings in Avoca for a community Braai day.

The Meetings in Avoca

Following on the success of the Pootjie Cooking competition held in Rathmore earlier in the year it was decided to hold a braai competition to show off the best BRAAI MASTER skills.

Come and show us how you braai your meat to perfection, present it and get the judges to judge it the best. You will then take home the “Meating at the Meetings” floating trophy plus a prize bundle including: South African wine, a biltong pack and a stainless steel folding box grid from Braaibeque.com.

Stainless steel drum braai Ireland

Meat packs will consist of a steak, boerewors and two hamburger patties so everyone is cooking the same meal, and its all up to you to show us the way you do it best … to impress the judges.

Charcoal and wood fired braais will be provided, so all you will need are your utensils, and whatever you will be using to create your presentation.

We also will have a “come dressed for the day” judging, best SAFFA outfit wins a prize.

Live music, prizes and a mad fun day.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Booking of tickets / meat packs essential prior to 26th July so that we can have sufficient food for all. Book and pay via http://www.themeetings.ie/index.php/book-tickets

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Thai ingredients in Chichester

I found the Station Store in Chichester which carries a limited stock of essentially Thai cooking ingredients.

Thai food products West Sussex

Their Jasmine rice comes in 10kg and is price between ten and twenty pounds with a choice of half a dozen to choose from. They have the Fat Lady Oyster sauce, fish sauce and flat rice noodles for Pad Thai. I didn’t see any Healthy Boy mushroom soy sauce nor the chilli pastes but I was in a rush and will check next time.

 

 

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Pub lunch in the UK

Twenty eight day aged rump steak loaded into a giant Yorkshire pudding with sage and onion stuffing. Served with gourmet chips, peas, horseradish sauce and gravy.

Pub food in the UK

The first time I tried to order this was in a pub in Haywards Heath. But the girl behind the bar shook her head and I think I know why.

It’s not nice. Too dry. Too heavy.

Not what I imagined. A slightly crispy Yorkshire Pud? Not so, it is served as a wrap and should be avoided.

 

 

 

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Baking soft white bread

Baking soft white bread

thecookinggeek.com/soft-white-bread-pan-loaf-sandwich-loaf/

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Thai Noodles

There are more noodle stalls in Thailand than than there are 7 elevens. Something that gives one every reason to try. But sorting, classifying and identifying all the different variations is an impossible task. But if you are looking for an incomplete guide to noodles in Thailand this I begin. All the mistakes are my own and I would appreciate any feedback and help you have to offer.

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Finebush Farm

Farmstalls Tsitsikamma the Garden Route

The Fine Bush Country Kitchen offers slow cooked homemade food and bakes. Fresh bread is baked daily and their salads are from the garden. Picked, washed and served fresh and crisp.

Home cooked food, slow cooking restaurants Tsitsikamma the Garden Route

Specialities include the Lemon curd or chocolate Cheesecakes, decadent Chocolate cake, Milktart and Brownies with your tea or filter coffee.

Home baked breads, tarts and cakes Tsitsikamma
The lunch menu with open sandwiches, good old fashioned toasties, a variety of cheese platters, and specials each.

Homemade farm style pies Tsitsikamma

Breakfast includes Rob’s Special Oats Porridge to Bacon and Eggs and their signature Welsh Rarebits.

It is a slow food venue. So sit back, relax and enjoy the experience!
Slow food, home cooking in Tsitsikamma

Submitted by Shaun van Eck Knysna Toursism Coach

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From the frying pan

seafood Knysna
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The Oyster Catcher

The Oyster Catcher has been taken over by Seafood Safari. And I suspect there will be  a big changes down at the waters edge. Changes which are long overdue. And hopefully an informal seafood snack bar where one can enjoy oysters in Knysna and watch the sun setting over the lagoon.

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Fravio Muffin Batter

Fravio muffin batter distributors supply frozen muffin batter in Knysna which allows you to snip, pipe and bake. And in twenty minutes you have a tray of delicious fresh out of the oven muffins. They supply eight variants ranging from Blueberry to Orange Burst. They also do frozen waffles and a dry pancake mix in 1kg packs.

For more info Contact Mark 0768165611

http://www.mrmuffin.co.za

 

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Early Bird Breakfasts

I had to do an early morning delivery and found myself trawling for that first cup of coffee. Chaplins in Woodmill Lane and the Wimpy looked like my best options. They open around 7am.  But I was still a little too early. They are followed by Savannah who are also in Woodmill, Mon Petit Pain in Gray and Mario’s at the Waterfront who all open at 7.30.

Which leaves me wondering whether there isn’t an opportunity for a smaller coffee shop to cater for the early risers. Why not an outrageous special to carve a niche and build brand loyalty? One could only try.

Sunday was 07h30 with Chaplins and Caffe Mario’s open with Savannah still  setting up. Wimpy opened I assume at eight.

 

 

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