A birthday cake for a special little girl. I didn’t have specific instructions or brief, but I knew (felt) that it had to be purple and gold. It wasn’t exactly a typical kids party, but a tea party on Sunday afternoon for the family. I skipped the fondant icing and used a Swiss Meringue Buttercream (of sorts) instead, more sophisticated for grown ups The swirly piping detail is similar to her mom’s wedding cake that I made a few years ago and thought it would stir subtle memories of that other happy day.
Every now and then Uthmaan reminds me about our usually-overdue Mom ‘n Son Day, where the two of us spend some time alone together and reconnect. It entails breakfast or lunch at an interesting spot and then some bookstore browsing. I recently purchased a Groupon with this in mind and we were really impressed with this little place! The little details, wonderful and unusual food and the novelty of the teas were outstanding. The menu is divided into East and West, and there are daily specials chalked onto a board.
Address: Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont 7708
Phone: 021 671 2850
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5pm. Sat: 9am – 2pm
They are down the road from Cavendish Square, opposite Limno’s Bakery, so very convenient to pop over after a shopping spree.
And a yummy dip: U was intrigued by the science and procedure of it all. Immerse the cylinder with leaves in the teapot, wait for the timer to remove the cylinder, empty your warm-water-filled teacup into the little bowl. But first, warm, damp cloths to freshen up. How thoughtful! Each menu item has a tea pairing recommendation, mine was Japanese Sencha. U opted for the Strawberry Vanilla Rooibos instead of the Orange Spice after much contemplation.
I had the Steamed Har Gau tossed in cashew and sesame oil, served with crunchy greens and sweet teriyaki. It’s steamed dumplings filled with cabbage, mushrooms and carrot, finely grated. It was great! Along with the tea, it was such clean eating and made me feel so virtuous and good.
And then virtue flew out the back door and things got filthy. Meet the Belgium chocolate brownie with juicy cranberries popping inside, and ice cream. Also, a rich and velvety flat white. Origin roast.
Lunch at Lorenzo Marx Coffee Bar, the view over the lake is so peaceful. This Thai wrap is amazing! A toasted tortilla with fresh coriander, chicken, salad, sweet chilli sauce and mozzarella cheese. Surprise! The candy stick on the right is from Melissa’s Food Shop, and is pear flavoured. I’m not really a candy person but this was exceptionally good! Granadilla sorbet from Gelato Mania. I had the Mango one the week before and was amazed by the creaminess, it was like frozen butter. This one was more icy, and the hard bits ruined that sensation I was craving. Doodles. I think I’m over my Copic brush pen now. Baked goods from Coimbra Bakery on a Saturday morning: Feta and spinach bread, pain au chocolat, custard Danish, scones, pasteis de nata (best ever!) and croissants. With all the trimmings (cheese, scrambled eggs, cream, preserves, etc). That set the tone for the rest of the week fml. A beautiful sight. The parking lot at work, sometimes the sky is breathtaking. Bedtime comforts to help recover from flu! I do have a conscience, contrary to popular belief. Even if it is in the form of Chinese herbal tea. On Monday I will start a 14 day Metabolism reset diet, and these days of carbo indulgence will be over! Big baby Little Aminah at her farewell slash birthday party. Isn’t she a doll? And some sad goodbyes, for seven long months Two airport goodbyes in two days!
We popped around to the quaint little Palmer Road in Muizenberg Village one lunchtime last week and discovered that Bolo Bolo has moved! The new place is also a 100% vegan café with a similar feel, and also kept the Mexican hot chocolate on the menu Bella Vegan promotes slow food, which means that everything is created from scratch, so it’s best if you had no time restrictions to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere. Unfortunately we had to get back to work, so while Ru ordered a vegan burger and Lee plumped for the chickpea and mushroom pie (fresh from the oven and still piping hot) I perused the menu but nothing I fell in love with was take-away friendly. I opted for a Belgian waffle from a little place down the road instead. The food had to enjoyed within the confines of the office, but I popped it into the lightbox before we dug in You can see those right at the bottom of the post. For uninitiated vegan-food consumers, Ru and Lee were very happy with their delicious meals!
Chickpea and mushroom pies Flyers in the window Next, we stopped at The Boardroom to pick up a Belgian waffle for me. And some date balls and oat cookies for Lee and Ru. The Village Pizzeria has closed, but used to have a great spinach and feta! Art gallery Get lost in Gina’s Studio, leather-bound notebooks, arts & crafts, handmade shoes, etc A very friendly local. Vegetarian patty with beans, chickpea, spinach. A very tasty sauce with hummus and salad on artisan bread. “Best burger I ever had” – Ru My Belgian waffle with maple syrup.
If you’ve not yet had this Lindt dessert at Primi, you should make a concerted effort! Forget that low carb/calorie something or other for a few minutes (that’s all the time you need to be rid of the evidence on the plate) and go down to V&A Waterfront. It’s the only Primi that I’ve seen it at so far, but that gives you a reason to have a look at Louis Vuitton’s newest collection (and have a little laugh at the ridiculous price tags, R25k for a small shopper!?).
What is a Concorde Cake?
“It basically consists of chocolate flavoured meringue layers sandwiched with an uncooked chocolate mousse. The whole cake is then covered in more mousse and decorated with broken “sticks” of the same chocolate meringue stuck all over the outside of the cake.
The cake was created (in the ’70′s) by the renowned French pastry chef Gaston Lenotre. Some say that the cake is named after the supersonic aircraft, but it was not mentioned in Lenotre’s cookbook with the recipe.”
The Lindt mousse is extremely dense and rich, with bit of meringue crisp layered throughout. Perfect for a date night